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Simple Ways to Make Your Cooking Taste Better


America’s Test Kitchen says: Sometimes it’s the small touches that make the biggest difference. Here are some simple tips for prepping, cooking, and seasoning that are designed to boost flavor in everyday cooking. Because after over 20 years of testing recipes, we’ve learned a thing or two.

1. Don’t Prepare Garlic and Onions in Advance

Chopping garlic and onions releases sharp odors and strong flavors that become overpowering with time, so it’s best to cut them at the last minute. Soaking sliced or chopped onions in a solution of baking soda and water (1 tablespoon per cup of water) tames their pungency for raw applications; just be sure to rinse them thoroughly before using.

2. Don’t Seed Tomatoes

The seeds and surrounding “jelly” contain most of the flavor, so don’t seed tomatoes unless called for in a recipe where excess moisture will ruin a dish.


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Posted by on October 22, 2014 in Dinner - Eat it!, Kitchen, Reference


Start a Smashbook

The realistic mama says: This is a delightfully simplified way to chronicle life’s special moments without the time commitment usually required by scrapbooking. The best news – you can start today!


Click HERE for the step-by-step instructions


Mike Wazowski Monster T-shirt


Green t-shirt (try to find one in “Mike Wazowski” green)
Freezer paper
Fabric paint in white, black, green, and 2 shades of blue

For the youngster that wants a simple costume, or for everyday wear - Click HERE for the instructions

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Posted by on October 22, 2014 in $ave it, Art, Crafts, Fun, Holidays, Kids, Party Wear, Wear it


Samoa Brownies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1½ tsp. vanilla
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1⅓ cups flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 2-3 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 cup toasted coconut
  • 4 oz. chocolate candy coating, can use chocolate chips
  • ½ cup Kraft Caramel Bits
  • 1 Tbsp. water

CLick HERE for the instructions

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Posted by on October 21, 2014 in Dessert - Yum!, Kids, Kitchen, Sell it, Snack it!


Mason Jar Prism Candle Holder




  • Mason jar
  • Round glass decorative elements
  • e3600 glue (or any glue rated for affixing to glass)
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Tea light
  • Lighter
  • Brushes


Check it out HERE


Allowance 101

This is one way to do it. How do you do it in your household? Comment below to share your ideas.


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Posted by on October 21, 2014 in Education, Family, Kids, Reference


Pumpkin Seed Amber Brittle



  • 2 cups pumpkin seeds, roasted
  • 1 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pound 6 ounces sugar
  • 12 ounces water
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup

Click HERE for the instructions


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