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No Fooling!
No Fooling!
By Karen Ilhardt, Home Economist Kroger Customer Connect (C|c)
April 1, 2014

Ever had an “April’s Fool” joke played on you?   Most of us have.   Now is the time to turn the tables.  You can surprise family and friends with recipes that contain creative ingredients.   They may never know the moist chocolate cake they are enjoying actually has green tomatoes in it… unless, of course you tell them.   Personally, I like to have fun with people guessing the “secret ingredient”   after they have eaten some of it.

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Tags: Smoothies, Cake, Noodles, Pudding
You’re Grilling What…?
You’re Grilling What…?
May 25, 2013

When you think of grilling you probably imagine hamburgers, hot dogs, maybe some steaks or mixed veggies. And while all of those things are delicious and perfect for grilling season, we want to explore some of the lesser-known grilling options, and we hope you will too.

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Tags: Grill, Fruits, Salad, Pizza, Dessert, Dish
Composting Made Easy
Composting Made Easy
April 25, 2013

Many gardeners have learned that composting is a difficult, complicated process that requires extensive knowledge of ratios, chemicals, temperatures and materials, plus a lot of time and effort. That sounds more like a prison sentence, and less like fun. We’re here to say it doesn’t have to be that way!

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Tags: Gardening, Composting, Easy, Tips, Organic
Natural Ways to Dye Easter Eggs
Natural Ways to Dye Easter Eggs
March 24, 2013

Are you an egg-coloring enthusiast bored with the traditional method and looking for new ways to express your art? Or perhaps you fear the almost inevitable messes from artificial dyes when you have kids reaching over each other because they just had to have that blue dye? Us too. You can let go of that worry now, because we have three natural egg-dyeing alternatives that will rekindle your creativity and decrease the chance of messy mishaps. And the kids will love these too!

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Tags: Organic, Natural, Easter, Eggs, Coloring, Fruit
Organizing a Dinner Swap
Organizing a Dinner Swap
February 8, 2013

For the busy individual and over-scheduled family, preparing a nightly dinner can be difficult. If you find it hard to put a healthy, wholesome meal on the dining room table every night, odds are, you’re not alone. A dinner swap is the perfect solution!

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Tags: Simple, Solutions, Dinner, Potluck, Swap
Coconut, Brown Sugar & Rose Body Scrub
Coconut, Brown Sugar & Rose Body Scrub
By Arantha Royce
January 31, 2013

Taking the time to whip up a homemade beauty product can be better than splurging on store-bought products that are often expensive and full of harsh chemicals. This is great for anyone who wants to go green, has sensitive skin, is concerned with animal testing, or is looking for an affordable alternative.

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Tags: Homemade, Simple, Easy, Body, Scrub, Sugar
Homemade Gifts: Heartwarming Tokens
Homemade Gifts: Heartwarming Tokens
December 14, 2012

The holidays can get expensive as you begin to check people off your gift list, from your sister’s latest boyfriend to your summertime landscaper. Purchasing a gift for everyone on your list can be time-consuming, pricey and nearly impossible. A great way to help solve this difficult situation is to consider making special, handmade gifts from home.

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Tags: Handmade, Homemade, Gifts, Holidays
Simple Ways to Give Back
Simple Ways to Give Back
November 12, 2012

It’s the season of giving, but during the busy holidays we tend to forget the simple ways to give back to our local communities. Supporting local businesses is a powerful thing and helps keep money in the community. But there is so much more we can be doing. This holiday season, take a look around the town you know and love, and see how you can lend a hand.

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Tags: Simple, Community, Volunteer, Holidays
Create Your Own Jams, Jellies, and Sauces
Preserve the Autumn Harvest: Create Your Own Jams, Jellies and Sauces
November 1, 2012

Preserving and canning have been around for ages, but have recently re-emerged as a trend, as people are increasingly trying to find healthy alternatives to processed foods that have added sugars and artificial ingredients. Preserving autumn fruits and vegetables can be a great way to keep the fall spirit alive through the winter months.

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Tags: Canning, Preserves, Fall, Autumn, Apples
Chill Out: Homemade Frozen Fruit Pops
Chill Out: Homemade Frozen Fruit Pops
August 26, 2012

Homemade frozen fruit pops are the best way to know exactly what you’re consuming. This healthy trend allows you to create flavors  that may not be available in stores. And when money is tight, homemade frozen fruit pops are a great economical option.

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Tags: Homemade, Snacks, Healthy, Treats