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I love kitchen toys, and especially my pressure cooker. You can take tough, economical cuts of beef and make it tender in 12 minutes. Dry beans, which can be fussy to cook on the stove top and all day in the slow cooker, takes 20 minutes. The only downfall is, you cannot sneak a peak and see how the dish is cooking. If you follow instructions though, the results are magic.

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Personalized Easter Basket

Happy New Year! I know it’s early, but I have the opportunity to pre-order these adorable Easter baskets, and I need to order in the next few days. I can put your child’s name on these baskets with heat transfer vinyl. These are 10 inches tall. The ones with the tails are canvas, and the baskets with the ears sticking up are burlap. These are $20, personalized. This doesn’t include shipping. Please contact me directly at lauram7@gmail.com if interested.

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Slow Cooker Lasagna

I never knew about the 9×13 slow cooker until my friend Tracy brought one to a homeschool potluck. I was amazed that someone like me with unconventional  kitchen toys like a deli slicer, hadn’t heard of the casserole slow cooker. This size makes it easier to slow cook ribs, casseroles, and just cooks individual cuts of meat better in my opinion. Instead of stacking all the ingredients on top of one another, they can lay side-by-side.

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Oh my, I have been so busy with my craft orders, I’ve been getting up at 3 and 4 am to ensure completion by the committed deadlines! As a result, I haven’t sent out many blog articles, but I’m back on track! I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of orders, but my household was not prepared. Before the next holiday season, I’ll have freezer meals, and home canned meal helpers ready to go! A meal solution I enjoy during busy days, is making a “one pot wonder” meal, and I just created a new one last night. It’s delicious!

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It’s only mid-October, but certainly not to early for holiday food prep! From pie to mashed potatoes, make room in your freezer and stash away your holiday feast!

Consider your pre-prepped food an early Christmas present to yourself. Yes, you can buy pre-made things, but it makes an extra special holiday to offer time tested family recipes, or new ones sure to be passed down. I want my kids remembering mom’s famous pumpkin pie, not Costco’s. Not to say it’s bad to take some help from stores, especially when guests are staying with you, but in my house from scratch holiday meals are a must for the main event.

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