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Summer Squash and Wild Rice Casserole
Squash season will soon be upon us. Yellow Crookneck Squash The time will come when I will make my daily trek out to the garden and be delighted to see that my first yellow crooknecks and zucchinis  are ready for picking...and then there will be more the ne...

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Kids Crafts: Outdoor Materials Collage
Children love to forage and collect "treasures."  Send them outside with a basket, in search of all kinds of nature's trinkets:  pine cones twigs seed pods leaves stems flowers rocks feathers shells moss The list goes on...  Once the children have collected...

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DIY Chocolate Syrup
I check labels carefully before I purchase any food product, and I am not thrilled by what I see on most chocolate syrup or chocolate milk labels: Hershey's Chocolate Syrup Label Nature's Touch Chocolate Milk Label Once in a while, the kids like to have som...

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Mexican Avocado Deviled Eggs
If you are looking for a good way to use up some eggs, try this delicious twist on deviled eggs--these are made with avocados and plenty of savory seasoning.  They are also mayonnaise free, and contain only healthy fats. I have included instructions for har...

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Why Your Chicks Want Access to a Dust Bath Too
Most chicken owners know that their full grown hens and roosters should have access to a dust bath.  Usually, if they have enough space to roam outside, chickens will find their own favorite spots to bathe in the dirt (annoyingly, ours picked right in the f...

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Last Minute Halloween Pumpkin Centerpiece
I discovered a unique, but speedy, idea for a Halloween centerpiece or decoration. An easy Halloween pumpkin made with a roll of toilet paper and a square of fabric. I was going through some Halloween stuff that used to belong to my hubby's grandma, and cam...

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Yellow Lard Cake with Butter-Cream Frosting (For a Crowd)
Lard (fat from a pig) has been used for thousands of years as a culinary ingredient.  Indeed, the fat from any animal was considered just as important as the meat (as well as the organs).  During the early 20th century, something changed in the United State...

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DIY Rose Petal Extract
My interest in roses, and maybe medicinal herbs in general, probably got
started way back in my middle school years (this may sound unrelated to roses, but bear with me).  I did a
report on the famous scientist and supposed predictor of the future,
Nostr...

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Eggs a la Suisse: A Delicious 3 Ingredient Breakfast
I am in love with another old cookbook (I think this is #2,759).  This one is called Farm Journal's Country Cookbook , and I found it at a garage sale buried in a box of old books.  It was marked for $2.00; normally, that would be too expensive for a used b...
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