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It’s week three of “sheltering in place” with two trips to the store – and we just took our last until the end of April. We should have enough, but I need to keep my fresh produce, fresh. Fortunately, I have my handy vacuum sealer.

I got five bunches of celery at a restaurant supply store for a little over $3. I dehydrated one bunch of the celery, and vacuum sealed the rest so I’ll have plenty for homemade stock and soups. I also vacuum sealed carrots and romaine lettuce. We love salad in my house, especially dinner salads, and will be sad when it’s all gone.
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No Bake Creamsicle Pie

I buy giant bags of chocolate chips from Costco, and if I don’t have something sweet on hand, my family will dig into the bag. Simply to prevent my chocolate chip stash from being pillaged, I try and make one dessert a week.  An easy go-to is my homemade brownie mix, which yields a decadent, fudgy treat. If you want something lighter, this Creamsicle Pie is a lightening-fast offering. This pie is airy, flavorful, and tastes exactly like a Creamsicle. [continue reading…]

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I’ve been making my own hummus for years, and started feeding it to my kids as soon as they were able. My mother accused my then-toddlers of having garlic breath because of their love of hummus! I make so many variations with roasted bell peppers, sun dried tomatoes, rosemary, and the list goes on. I found another fun way to eat hummus with this Layered Greek Dip. You can buy the hummus, but store bought is expensive, and homemade is just better. Plus, it’s easy!

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My 13 year-old daughter Anna isn’t picky, and even eats raw onions. But she has this funny quirk, where she doesn’t like tomatoes, but likes them on BLTs, and they’re a must on hamburgers. And my North Carolina girl gasps with joy when offered a fried green tomato. However, even the sweetest summer tomato by itself or in a salad is unpalatable to her. It’s the same with oats. She won’t eat oatmeal, but begs for overnight oats. Anna gets teased about not knowing the pleasures of Coco Puffs and other junk cereal, but her breakfast chocolate treat, chia seeds and all, is more satisfying, and actually healthy!

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Baked Potato Soup

It doesn’t matter if it’s 102 in July, my kids will always ask for baked potato soup. They are obsessed with this rich, creamy soup, which is perfect for a chilly day. I make them wait until fall to start serving it, but might give in on a rainy day during warmer months. I wish this soup was food safe for home canning, because I would line my shelves with the stuff for quick lunches.

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