Cranberry Orange Nut bread

You can make this with cranraisins if you don’t have frozen or fresh cranbrerries. It is so good. You will enjoy making this.

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I had a small package of organic cranberries in my freezer from after New Years. I was given them at the food bank. These were large beautiful berries. I rediscovered them lingering in the freezer so it was time to use them. While looking through my cookbooks for new ideas to make, cranberry recipes reminded me of the ones I had in the freezer.  I found this recipe and adapted to what I had on hand to make this luscious dessert.

One of the things I do is make sure I have a assortment of items in the my spice cupboard. There is a small organic store near me that offers bulk items.  I can buy my spices in any amount I need. I just select some every month that I have use for. The spices are displayed in jars and they provide clean little scoops for you to bag…

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Apricot Turkey With Bourbon and Pecans

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You are in for a treat.  The original recipe called for chicken breasts. I had some turkey fillet breast meat in the freezer and wanted to do something really nice with it. I was so appreciated to have been given the frozen meat in my food pantry box. Normally it is something I would not have the money to buy.  I spent time in my cook books having a food adventure trying to find a recipe that I could make with what I had on hand that would be elegant. There was enough meat for two meals so I partially thawed it out and split the package. What I didn’t need was returned to the freezer for another food adventure in a few weeks.

Rice and peas seemed like a nice complement to this main entree.  I had a box of instant brown rice and just followed the directions for…

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Zucchini Nut and Raisin Bread

Wonderful recipe for zucchini bread. It is really yummy.

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My income is small so I depend on the local food bank to help me get through the month with my expenses. It only is enough to supplement your food needs.  You still have to purchase food. I have noticed weight loss in a few of the regulars that I see so some must be trying to survive with very little. I live in a community with many retired single women that do not qualify for SNAP.  If you don’t have small children you receive very little.  Many of these women have out lived their husbands and savings.

I usually take what ever they offer in produce that I can freeze for later use.  The bulk of the produce is donated from local stores and is at the end of their shelf life. Food bank day also become food prep day.  I put what I can’t use before it spoils…

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New England Boiled Dinner (Corned Beef)

Enjoy this recipe.

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This is my family’s favorite spring meal.  Corned beef goes on sale just before St. Patrick’s Day.  I usually pick up a brisket right after that holiday on a quick sale.  It is an easy meal to make.  I like to make it on the stove top but you can make it in a crock pot. It take about 2 hours to boil the corn beef until it is tender and another 30 minutes for the vegetable.  I usually puts the spices that usually comes in a separate packet in a tea ball that I have instead of tying the spice up in cheese cloth.

This recipe can be adjusted to the amount of servings you want. You just add enough vegetables to cover those servings.  I used a flat cut brisket this time because it was cheaper by pound.  I like the flat cut because it slices nicely.


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Roasted Herbed Chicken Leg Quarters With Vegetable Wine Sauce

I thought you would enjoy a good recipe for a light dish that is easy to do to usher in the Spring.

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I live on a fixed income and depend on the local food banks to help me make ends meet.  I write for another blog and was encouraged to write a food blog sharing my recipes and ideas on making do when you have run out of ideas and money.

Last month included in my box was 10 pounds of leg quarters.  I am very fortunate to have a small apartment freezer that I am able to freeze any extras to use later.  I thawed the legs out enough to separate them and divided them up for meals.  It is growing season right now in South Florida so the box includes donations from local organic farmers.  It is usually blemished produced they can’t sell.  I also freeze the extra to use later.

I love cookbooks and have kept all of mine from the last 40 years.  I am glad I did…

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How to Make High Efficiency Liquid Laundry Soap for Pennies.

It saves a lot of money and easy to make.

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When I was really young in the early 1950’s I remember helping my mom make laundry soap out of Fels-Napha bar soap, Octagon bar soap or Ivory bar soap. Octagon is no longer being made. For baby diapers she would use Ivory bar soap. She would make it up in a bucket every couple of months. She would grate it and cook it and mix it up in a bucket of water. I never thought to ask her about it later in life. It was just something that was history along with her Maytag Ringer Washer. I can still smell that soap in my mind.

Like women of her generation she became attached to the lunchtime stories or also call soap operas because they were sponsored by soap manufactures. Television was the new exciting thing to have in the home. They came on at noon until one o’clock. Each one…

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

Something yummy for Easter.

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They are as good as they look.  In fact one of the kids swiped two before I got the picture taken. The 9 inch by 13 inch pan of blondies didn’t last long.  The cookie dough base is a chewy peanut butter and oatmeal covered in chocolate chips and dry roasted peanuts.  If you don’t have the peanuts you can use chopped nuts of your choice. It is also fast and easy to make.

Prepare a 9 inch by 13 inch baking dish or pan with vegetable spray or grease with shortening. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.



1 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup rolled oats

Sift together the first 3 then add rolled oats in a separate bowl. Then set aside to be added later to the creamed mixture.

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup brown sugar packed


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