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How to Make Stabilized Whipped Cream

Homemade whipped cream is the best.  It’s light and fluffy and adds great richness to desserts without overpowering them.  There’s just one problem, it has an absurdly short shelf life.  After a few hours it gets all runny and gross, even when properly refrigerated – not cool!  So, what if I told you this problem can be completely solved with just a single teaspoon of unflavored gelatin?  Adding gelatin during the...

Sweet Lemon Fruit Dip

Fruit dips are highly under-rated.  A fruit tray accompanied by fruit dip is an easy crowd pleaser (wooden skewers for easy dipping are a nice touch).  This recipe makes a summer style fruit dip that takes just a minute to whip up.  It’s sweet, creamy and refreshingly tart.  This is a great recipe to have up your sleeve for unexpected dinner guests, sweet cravings, potlucks or to entice little ones to eat their fruit. ...

How to Make Flax Meal

Flax is a potent little superfood that can be easily incorporated into a ton of common dishes.  The trick is to grind the seeds into flax meal.  Grinding the seeds is important for two reasons: It makes the flax seeds more digestible.  Flax seeds often pass through the body whole.  Grinding them greatly improves their digestibility and nutrient absorption. Flax meal is also much easier than seeds to incorporate into...

Sesame Flax Squares

I’ve always loved the little sesame candies popular in Asian cuisine but have never made them before because I don’t have the time or patience for candy making.  Instead I set about to make a simplified version of these sweet little treats.  Oh yeah, I wanted them to be healthy too – nutrient rich, nothing artificial and no white sugar.  I took a basic recipe, added flax for extra nutrition, used honey and maple...

Homemade Dijon Mustard

I’ve been experimenting with Dijon mustard for a while using different types of vinegar, sweeteners and fresh vs. powdered onion and garlic.  I’ve made several that I liked but none that I loved… until now!  This recipe makes a delicious classic Dijon.  It’s smooth and savory with a nice tang.  I added just a bit of sweetness and spice to balance the flavor without taking away its bite.  Enjoy it on sausage,...

Homemade Peanut Butter Chips

Homemade peanut butter chips have bolder peanut flavor than the over-sugared ones you’ll find in the grocery store.  The version I make uses minimal sweetener and yields delicious semi-sweet chips that melt in your mouth.  This recipe is to peanut butter chips what semi-sweet morsels are to chocolate chips!  (Feel free to up the sugar content or use a different sweetener if you want a sweeter chip).  These tasty little...

How to Get the Meat Out of a Coconut

I love all things coconut and have often been tempted by the whole coconuts sold in the grocery store.  However, my past attempts to actually use a whole coconut failed because I could never figure out how to separate the meat from the shell (it’s stuck like super glue!).  Then I discovered a handy trick:  When you roast a coconut, the shell cracks and pulls away from the meat.  This saves an enormous amount of time and...

7 Things People Don’t Tell You About Having ...

We recently welcomed our second son into the family (Yay Nate!).  Going through childbirth for the second time reminded me of all the funny changes that happen to your body after the baby is born.  Moms-to-be have access to tons of books, classes and advice from other moms regarding pregnancy, labor and baby care.   All of this information really helped me prepare for childbirth itself.  But for some reason they failed...

Smelly Spot Spray

Anyone with animals or children knows how often smelly stains pop up around the house.  Dog pee on the carpet?  Food spill on the couch?  Mysterious unnamed substance on the rug?  This spray neutralizes odors and has some stain fighting ability as a nice bonus.  It can also be used on hard surfaces such as stinky trashcans or litter boxes.  It uses ingredients that most people keep on hand and it works really, really...

Healthy Homemade Jello Recipe

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