Today, it’s all about how to use a Lodge Dutch Oven and love it! I mean really love using it. My husband received an email in a group message asking about Dutch ovens. The question she asked was “what Dutch oven brand should I buy and can I use it indoors as well as outdoors”? Here’s the deal, I grew up with Lodge cast iron products from the time I was very little. My mom always had the brand called Lodge. I was not paid or given any product from Lodge to write this post, just in case you were wondering. My mom fried eggs, bacon, cheese and so many things in her Lodge cast iron fry pans. You can actually cook with a Dutch oven outside with just charcoal, for instance. You can also bake something in your Dutch oven in your conventional oven inside your home.

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This is my quick and easy way to make Ebelskivers for the family. When I was a little girl, my grandmother and mother would make these Whole Wheat Ebelskivers for special occasions like Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. I carried on the tradition with my own daughters. My mother used a cast iron Ebelskivers (pronounced: able-skeevers) Pan. I used a cast iron one for years, in fact, I think one of my daughters has the original one. I purchased one that is made by Nordic-Ware. I have a glass top (which I do not like) stove. LOL! The Nordic-Ware works better on my stove than the cast iron style pan. The bottom is a little flatter with a ring that generates the heat evenly on a glass stove top.

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This is truly the best fresh broccoli salad you will ever make, I really do mean this. You can make a big bowl and take it to a family reunion or neighborhood party, or cut the recipe in half and enjoy it as a family. I LOVE every fresh broccoli salad recipe I can find. This salad has bacon, mozzarella or Swiss cheese and a few other ingredients. You can add different things to it and change it to fit your taste, or just to use other ingredients you have in your pantry that it’s time to put to use. I must tell you a secret about this salad recipe, I paid about $30.00 from a popular store in California once and the salad was 1/3 of the size of this recipe. Live, learn and move on, right? This is a great salad for summer and a bonus to take to a holiday party. People love this salad, if they like broccoli, that is! Continue reading

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Today it’s all about how to have a cookie exchange party this year! My daughter, Alli, has a friend named Charla who is amazing in everything she puts her mind too! Well, every year she has a cookie exchange party with friends and family. I know we have virtual cookie exchanges sometimes, but I’m talking about planning a real cookie exchange. You know you grab a piece of paper and start numbering it with all your friends and if they have emails, yay! You can put together an email list to send out the invitation to everyone this year, next year and the year after that. Social media is fabulous, don’t get me wrong, but there is something about that face to face conversation that is so important. Cookie exchange party, here we come!!

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Today I’m sharing 11 things you need to soothe the flu or cold. It’s that time of year that I am starting to hear the coughs and sniffles everywhere I go. Is it an allergy or is it the flu or a cold? Sometimes it’s really hard to tell which one it is for sure. Last week I had a friend call me who I feel is my “adopted son”, because his mom passed away a few years ago. I love this young man and his sweet family. He asked me what to do because he had been sick with nasal issues and coughing like crazy. I’ve listed below some suggeted approaches to consider. Now, remember I am not a doctor, nurse or in the medical field. We must do our own research and do what is right for our family. I’m sure I have told you before I go to the doctor once a year, I feel I can listen to my body and heal it myself, in most cases.

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I’m sharing the best Thanksgiving Recipes by Food Storage Moms today because I think we can always use new recipes. Plus, if my daughters need the recipes, they are on the blog today! LOL! Here’s the deal, my favorite part of Thanksgiving is the appetizers. We all make turkey, mashed potatoes, and our favorite side dishes, right? I must admit I buy my pies, yep it makes life so must easier for me. It’s so funny because we have the best pie shop right here in St. George, Utah called Crowshaw’s pies. If you don’t order your Thanksgiving pies by Halloween (October 31st) you are out of luck for picking up your favorites. I learned this a few years ago. Therefore I go to Costco to get my pies.

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