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Feb 09, 2019: Sugar Cookie Tiny Homes

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Ready for some big-time fun? Get the family together to build and decorate these raw sugar cookie tiny houses! It's the biggest house trend around... or it ought to be?

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Feb 06, 2019: Buckwheat – Good for the Body, Good for the Land

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It is neither a grain nor a cereal and it is gluten-free. So where does it come from? Buckwheat is derived from the seeds of a flowering plant. It is similar to the sunflower seed, with a single seed inside a hard outer hull.

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Jan 30, 2019: Flax Seeds – Nothing but Blue Prairies

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First off, flax seeds are cultivated for either fiber or for the seeds. A farmer has to choose what he/she is wanting to harvest; one can't harvest it for both purposes due to the timing of how things mature.

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Jan 28, 2019: Candied Walnuts

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This recipe for candied walnuts is simply walnut halves coated in a sweet and salty mixture then dehydrated to crispy and crunchy perfection. They are perfect for salads, snacking or package them up for a fun homemade gift idea! Candied Walnuts are a healthier snack including vitamin E, healthy fats, and antioxidants. You won't find that in M&M's (just saying). Once you learn how to make them, you’ll be using them in all sorts of recipes.

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Jan 23, 2019: Fava / Broad Bean – Worth all the Work

Hidden inside those fat, long pods are handfuls of delicious beans, but they make you work for it. All good things in life require a little work, and work builds character, right? So think of these as a character building bean! I am not selling this very well, am I? But seriously, despite the seemingly never-ending shucking involved, fava beans have a buttery goodness that you don’t find in other beans, making the toilsome undertaking a true treasure hunt.

Dspite the seemingly never-ending shucking involved, fava beans have a buttery goodness that you don’t find in other beans, making the toilsome undertaking a true treasure hunt.

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Jan 21, 2019: Nutty Nugget Cereal

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A great way to satisfy hunger at the breakfast table is with these tiny crunchy clusters made with pure, whole food ingredients. This breakfast cereal is grain-free, corn syrup free, yet is loaded with sprouted nuts, dried fruit, and spices—making it completely gluten-free and Paleo-friendly.

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Jan 16, 2019: Dragon Fruit – Queen of the Night

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There is a uniqueness to this gorgeous tropical fruit, and that is it lives only one night. First, the cactus produces a beautiful pink or yellow flower. Sometimes called "moonflower" or "Queen of the night," the plant blooms from evening to midnight, only to wither in strong sunlight. During the night, the pungent flowers are pollinated by moths and bats. Although the flower dies, the cactus bears dragon fruit (pitaya) about six times every year.

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Jan 14, 2019: Cracked Black Pepper and Black Truffle Salt Kale Chips

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Black Truffle Sea Salt... my new spice love affair. Combine that with my deep-rooted enjoyment of kale chips and POW... my hidden superpower of "willpower" is completely defeated. haha My kryptonite! Do NOT underestimate the luxurious culinary delight of truffles.

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Jan 04, 2019: Ginger Pear Granola Bars

These eat-on-the-go bars will help to keep you full and satisfied as the day progresses. They are nutrient dense without any added sugar. The pears alone add the perfect amount of sweetness that doesn't leave you feeling sugared-out.

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Jan 02, 2019: Papaya – Does it taste like Soap?

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The fruit's taste is vaguely similar to pineapple and peach, although much milder without the tartness, as well as creamier and more fragrant, with a texture of slightly over-ripened cantaloupe.

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Dec 31, 2018: Old Fashioned Sugar Cookie Wisps

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Old Fashioned Sugar Cookie Wisps... are just what they sound like. They have the rich "butteriness" of baked sugar cookies and they are almost paper thin, giving them a unique texture.

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Dec 28, 2018: Humble Gingerbread House

Everybody loves the idea of making a gingerbread house as the holiday season approaches, but that’s about as far as most of us get. As I was constructing this gingerbread house, I would explain to…...

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Dec 27, 2018: Happy Holidays from my Kitchen to Yours

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I know that you are all busy during this time of the year so I will keep this brief. Bob and I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for being part of… Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 26, 2018: Apples – An Apple a Day

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Did you happen to know that there are 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States... 7,500 varieties of apples are grown throughout the world??? Well, shiver me timbers. Why is it that I typically only eat about eight varieties? I need to expand my horizons.

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Dec 24, 2018: Frozen Cookie Dough Gift Idea

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What do you give the person on your Christmas list who has “everything” or the coworkers you hardly know but wish to bless? Tasty treats, of course... tasty RAW treats that is. One way to everyone’s heart and soul is through the stomach. This holiday season, give your family and friends a gift from the heart — and the heart of your home, the kitchen. I have a brilliant last-minute solution that is easy to make, tastes delicious, doesn't require baking, and is far more nutritious than any store bought sweet treat!

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Dec 23, 2018: Chocolate Salami Log

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So the title and photos may seem a bit of a head-scratcher. Let me clear one thing up in case you are confused, chocolate salami doesn’t contain any meat! The salami name derives from the physical appearance which is cylindrical and can be sliced for serving.

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Dec 19, 2018: Hazelnuts – Oregon State Nut

Hazelnuts are highly prized for their easy-to-crack shells and small, sweet kernel.

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Dec 18, 2018: Gingerbread Wafer Cookies

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One bite of these cookies and you will understand what it feels like to taste a hug. Each bite is packed with the amazing, rich flavors of molasses, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon. A symphony of flavors that will have our taste buds singing in unison! They leave a lasting impression.

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Dec 17, 2018: Polar Express Hot Chocolate Mix

For those times when you want a rich, creamy hot chocolate but don’t want to use those store bought brands that are loaded with undesirable ingredients... this homemade hot chocolate mix is made of simple ingredients but has all the creaminess and chocolate you could ask for.

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Dec 16, 2018: Winter’s Blend Granola Bar

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These bars are raw, vegan, grain-free, salty sweet, have the perfect hint of warming spices in them, they are chewy, they are mildly sweetened with a fiber-packed Medjool dates, and they are just flat out yummy.

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Dec 16, 2018: Winter’s Blend Granola

While many conventional granolas are sweetened with refined sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, this granola gets its sweetness from a small amount of maple syrup.

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Dec 15, 2018: Gift Packing Ideas for Granola

Handmade gifts are the best kind, particularly when they’re edible. They’re so much more personal, and no one can resist homemade cookies or granola, especially when these raw gourmet goodies are prettily packaged.

Dec 14, 2018: Pear Reduction Syrup

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I stumbled upon this creation when I found myself with a case of ripe pears that we harvested from our orchard. Typically, I slice and dehydrate them, but this year I wanted to do something more creative. Unfortunately, I waited a little too long and found myself with loads of fresh, juicy pears that were demanding some instant attention.

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Dec 13, 2018: Christmas Storybook Tradition

I don’t know if you feel the same way, but I love traditions. I am not referring to routines which are totally different. Today, I will be opening up my heart to share one of the holiday traditions that Bob and I are creating.

Dec 12, 2018: Kiwifruit – Furry Fruit

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Have you ever seen how kiwis grow? Do you pluck them off a bush or tree? Have you ever experienced an itchy, or tingling sensation in your mouth or perhaps the corners of your mouth start to sting?

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