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Sweet Potato Kale Frittata

A delicious and easy frittata that is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner

TOTAL TIME: 0:30 PREP: 0:20 LEVEL: Moderate SERVES: 4
Ingredients

6 large eggs
1 c. half-and-half
1 tsp. Kosher salt
½ tsp. Freshly ground pepper
2 c. sweet potatoes
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 c. firmly packed chopped kale
½ small red onion
2 clove garlic
3 oz. goat cheese
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk together eggs and next 3 ingredients.
Sauté sweet potatoes in 1 tablespoon hot oil in a 10-inch ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender and golden; remove and keep warm. Sauté kale and next 2 ingredients in remaining 1 tablespoon oil 3 to 4 minutes or until kale is wilted and tender; stir in potatoes. Pour egg mixture evenly over vegetables, and cook 3 more minutes. Sprinkle egg mixture with goat cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees F 10 to 14 minutes or until set.

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Turkey-Cobb Sandwiches

Lighten up! For the salad, use only white-meat turkey and reduce the bacon and blue cheese by half. For the dressing, replace the mayo with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Total savings? 74 calories and 8 grams of fat per sandwich.

TOTAL TIME: 0:10 PREP: 0:10 LEVEL: Easy YIELD: 6 sandwiches
Ingredients

3 c. cubed leftover turkey
2 c. chopped butter lettuce
1 large avocado
1 large Roma tomato
1 small red onion
4 strip cooked bacon
2 oz. blue cheese
4 tbsp. mayonnaise
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 tsp. Freshly ground pepper
1 tsp. salt
6 pitas
Directions

In a large bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, pepper, and salt. Add dressing to salad and toss to coat. For each sandwich, fill each of 2 pita halves with 1/2 cup salad.

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GARLICKY GREEN BEANS

This is one of those amazing vegetable recipes that makes something so delicious you can’t stop eating it—and you don’t need to! This makes a great side dish for just about anything, and the beans are good at room-temperature or cold too.

INGREDIENTS
1 teaspoonolive oil
1 to 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced, or put through a garlic press
1 tablespoonfinely chopped fresh ginger root (if you like ginger)
1 poundgreen beans, washed and trimmed
1⁄4 cup cold water
1⁄4 teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS
Put a large skillet on the stove and turn the heat to low.
Add the oil. Add the garlic and (if you like) the ginger and cook until they just start to change color (they’ll get a little bit golden), about 30 seconds.
Add the beans and stir until they are lightly coated with the oil.
Add the water, raise the heat to high, and cook until the pan is almost dry, about 6 minutes.
Move the beans to a plate or platter, then taste a bean and add salt if you think it needs it. Serve right away.
NOTES
Other options:

Stir in 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Add 1 tablespoon chopped toasted almonds or walnuts
Add 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or cilantro
Add 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (if you want to make it spicy)

Source: http://www.chopchopmag.org/recipe/garlicky-green-beans

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Loaded Baked Potato Chex Mix

Ingredients
5 cups Rice Chex™ cereal
3 cups Corn Chex™ cereal
4 cups shoestring potatoes
2 cups bite-size cheese crackers
1/4 cups bacon flavor bits or chips
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 package (1 oz) ranch dressing and seasoning mix
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Steps
In large microwavable bowl, mix cereals, potatoes, crackers and bacon flavor bits.
In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 30 seconds or until melted. Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated. Stir in dressing mix and cheese until evenly coated.
Microwave uncovered on High 3 minutes, stirring after each minute. Spread on waxed paper or foil to cool. Store in airtight container.
Tips
If other flavors of ranch dressing or dip mix are available at your grocery store, try one of these just for the fun of it!

Makes: 26 Servings

Source: https://www.chex.com/recipes/loaded-bakedpotato-chex-mix/

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Cranberry Sauce Margarita

This recipe from Delish.com sounds just too good to keep to myself.

Does this mean we can sub booze for a Thanksgiving side dish?

LEVEL: EASYSERVES: 1
INGREDIENTS

brown sugar
1 c. ice
2 oz. tequila
1 lime
1 1/2 tbsp. chunky cranberry sauce
1 tsp. honey
Cranberries, fresh or frozen
DIRECTIONS

Rim a margarita glass with brown sugar.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, tequila, the juice of 1 lime, chunky cranberry sauce, and honey.
Shake, then strain mixture into glass.
Garnish with fresh or frozen cranberries.

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Melting Sweet Potatoes

I almost always make a sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving, but I think we’ll try these this year, they look super yummy.

Forget mini marshmallows! Pimp out your sweet potatoes with maple syrup and pecans.

LEVEL: EASY SERVES: 3-4
INGREDIENTS

1/2 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced crosswise into ½” coins
1 tbsp. melted butter
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 c. maple syrup
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 c. toasted pecans, choppes
DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
Toss sweet potatoes in melted butter. Lay in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes, until the bottoms are starting to turn golden. Meanwhile, whisk together maple syrup and brown sugar.
Remove baking sheet from oven and flip each sweet potato. Reduce oven temperature to 425 degrees F. Pour maple syrup mixture over the sweet potatoes. Return to oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes, until the syrup has reduced down and is bubbly.
Sprinkle pecans on top of sweet potatoes before serving.

Source: http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a50767/melting-sweet-potatoes-recipe/

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Handmade vs. Store bought

Many customers have various, interesting, and thoughtful questions when it comes to the benefits of Handmade soap.

“Is it better than store bought soap? and why?”

“Why is handmade soap more expensive?”

and “Why would I buy a $7 bar of soap when I can get one from the store for $2?”

These are great questions!

First off, Handmade Soap is allowed to be called “Soap” because it truly is! Meaning, the word “Soap” is not allowed to be used on any bodily cleansing product UNLESS it was actually handcrafted. Have you notice the so-called ‘soaps’ at stores are not called soap? Rather, they are labeled as “beauty bars” or “Moisturizing bars”. That’s because these imposter soaps are not soaps at all! They are in fact synthetic Detergents stripped of all their lavish oils. Detergents! You might as well be washing yourself with Tide or Gain!

Detergent as body soap? not cool 😦

Second, these imposter soaps (detergents) contain NO glycerin within them. Glycerin is a natural concoction that moisturizes skin. WHY don’t these fake soaps have this important ingredient known as glycerin? Because not only is it an expensive ingredient, the glycerin is stripped from these fake soaps and put into lotion, there by forcing the customer to buy a fake soap that dries out skin only to have to buy a lotion to moisturize it, when in the end, all one has to do is buy a REAL soap that has glycerin still in it. Problem solved!

And third, your skin absorbs a high percentage of what you put on it (60% and up!), so you want to make sure what you put on your skin is healthy and natural! Handmade soaps are made with nourishing oils that moisturize and soothe skin while “imposter soaps” (aka beauty bars) are made with many lab made chemicals. Lots of Handmade soap makers(such as Soaps By Handmade In A Jar) infuse lots of natural skin nourishing remedies to help with the appearance, brightness, and overall wellness of the skin. It’s hard to find (if any) a ‘fake soap’ that can work wonders like that!

Although chemicals in ‘fake soap’ are not harmful to everyone, many don’t know how their skin and body will react to said chemicals until your skin absorbs it. Either the body will filter out these bad chemicals, or cause a bad reaction. Handmade soaps are not toxic and anything absorbed from them is pure skin loving goodness.

Another plus: Handmade soaps are biodegradable! Which is something ‘imposter soap/detergents’ are not, these chemicals are being washed down the drain of showers and who knows where it ends up and what kind of harm it may do.

So, next time you pick up a slice of elegantly crafted, sweet smelling handmade soap, remember all the benefits you can receive by scrubbing your body with something all natural and skin nourishing!

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Homemade Flubber For Kids

Some water, glue, borax, and food coloring is all you need. mix the glue, water, and food coloring in one bowl. in a separate bowl, mix hot water and borax. when you mix the two together, a magical thing happens – it turns into this smooth elastic-y substance that i can’t quite describe. Are you curious to know for yourself what this stuff is like?! Try it yourself – your kids will love it!! Here’s the recipe!

what you need:

3/4 cup cold water

1 cup Elmer’s glue

liquid food coloring

1/2 cup hot water

1 teaspoon borax (you can find this in a box in the laundry aisle)

directions:

step 1: in bowl 1 – mix together the cold water, glue, and food coloring. set aside.

step 2: in bowl 2 – mix together the hot water and borax, until the borax is completely dissolved.

step 3: slowly add glue mixture to borax mixture. mix well. pour off excess water.

Source: http://www.livecrafteat.com/craft/homemade-flubber-for-kids/#ixzz3OL1N1eH9

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Cracker Salad

I originally got this recipe from my ex-mother-in-law. At first I found it a little strange, but once I tasted it, it was great.

“Crackers are tossed with tomato, egg and green onion in the quick mayonnaise salad. This is a traditional Southern salad. Best if eaten immediately upon preparing.”

Cracker Salad

INGREDIENTS:
2 (4 ounce) packets saltine crackers
2 large tomato, chopped
6 green onions, finely chopped
3 cups mayonnaise
2 hard-cooked egg, chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper to
taste
DIRECTIONS:
1. Coarsely crumble the saltines into a medium bowl. Mix in the tomato, onions and mayonnaise. Stir in the hard-cooked egg, and season with salt and pepper.

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The 3 most important steps to making great gravy.

A Great Gravy Recipe Will Solve All Your Problems
The turkey’s resting, which means one thing: It’s gravy time. Forget multitasking—these moments are for crafting the silky sauce that brings the entire plate together. Here are the three most important steps:

Stock Answers
Good gravy begins with a long-simmered stock. To maximize flavor, we roast turkey parts and wings—along with aromatics—before they go into the pot.

Roux First
The make-or-break element of gravy is a dark, toasty roux. Take the time to cook the raw taste out of the flour for fuller flavor and the most gorgeous mahogany color.

We Like It Hot
Adding cold stock to warm roux means a trip to lump city. For smooth gravy bliss, heat your stock—as well as your reserved turkey drippings—before you add them to the pan.