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Product Review: Mastrad TopChips Maker

There aren’t very many kitchen gadgety-doo-da’s that impress both Cheri and me. But let me just get this out upfront. We both were speechless when the chips came out of the microwave – super crispy and crunchy. WHAT???? A microwave does this?? Yup. It did. With no oil. *components vary by model Mastrad sent over a set for us to …

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Cheating Little Duck!

Each morning, after breakfast and before school, the kids go out and do their morning chores, which includes feeding the chickens, gathering eggs, watering the garden and feeding the ducks. We started out with 2 ridiculously handsome Pekin ducklings and 1 Khaki Campbell duckling but lost one of the Pekin to either an eagle or hawk. We can now tell that Nibbles …

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Buster Blue: May 27, 2012 – August 26, 2013

Our sweet Buster Blue passed away yesterday. May doggie heaven be full of big bones to chew…. ….big fish to catch… …fluffy down pillows to sleep on… …baby ducks to sniff… …no baths…. …and new best friends… *** Pythiosis: Swamp Cancer Buster’s death was sudden. We didn’t even have a chance to say our goodbyes. For the past few days, …

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Steamy Kitchen Triple Whammy

In any normal situation, I wouldn’t take a photo of myself right after an hour’s worth of tennis playing in 95F Florida heat, where the air is so muggy, thick and humid you practically chew every breath. I think one of my eyelids melted off. (Don’t ask my why I live in South Florida until January, when I’m in my …

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Healthy Spaghetti and Meatballs: 2 Secret Ingredients

The key to the greatest meatballs, unfortunately, is using tender, fatty ground meat….which is why many of the best recipes include both ground beef and ground pork (and sometimes ground veal). All that fatty richness goes straight to my backside and sometimes I just want a lighter version of meatballs. My first several attempts at healthy-tizing meatballs were all just …

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Product Review: NexTrend Garlic Twist

  Garlic Press Review I recently bought the NexTrend GarlicPress and was really impressed with it. I found out later that you can easily smash the garlic with the press to easily take off the peel, and then grind it in the press. A more detailed review of what I think is in the video below. And click here to …

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Sweet and Sour Chicken with Cherries

Growing up in Nebraska, the closest family was nearly 8,000 miles away in Hong Kong and so our “family” was made of neighbors and co-workers of my Dad at the city utility offices. On the weekends, the adults would play cards, mah-jong (my parents taught everyone!) and have grand potlucks. We spent many weekends with one of Dad’s co-workers, Walt …