Free Printable Holiday Food Safety and Cooking Guide: Recipes, Games, Activities

The holidays can be a time for sharing and family bonding. The holiday season also poses certain safety and health risks. Health risks are associated with some holiday foods. Here is a free Holiday Food Safety Success Kit with free printable games, health and holiday activities. Read more...

35 Ways to Start Healthy Eating Habits Before the Holidays

The holiday season is notorious for causing binging, over-eating and weight gain. Here are 35+ easy, inexpensive healthy eating habits that you can start today. Any kind of change takes time and work. Start small.

Change steadily. It's like the old social revolution slogan says, 'think globally, act locally.' Get these healthy eating habits in place before the holidays. Read more...

Vegetarian and Vegan Christmas and Holiday Recipes

Following a vegetarian or vegan diet? Who needs meat-based entrees and turkey for Thanksgiving? Here are vegetarian and vegan recipes to grace any Thanksgiving or holiday meal. Read on...

Vegan, vegetarian and Pescetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Fish and Shellfish Recipes for Pescetarian Diet and Vegetarians You can't have Thanksgiving Dinner without a turkey, right? You surely can. In fact, there's some doubt as to whether turkey was even served at the first Thanksgiving. Here are dozens of recipes and food tips to enjoy all the harvest bounty with meat. Read More

Refrigerator Clean Up Leftover Use Up Salsa Soup

Refrigerator Clean-up Leftover Use Up Recipes: Waste Not, Want Not Salsa Soup It that time again. Time for your 'refrigerator clean up leftover use up recipes' of the week. This week we focus on a recipes to use up leftover cheese and vegetables in a creamy vegetarian salsa soup. Eating vegan? I've got recipes for you too.
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Hindu Diwali and Deepavali Recipes

Recipes to Celebrate Hindu Diwali Diwali is the Hindu 'festival of lights'. Diwali is celebrated for five days and includes much feasting. Sweets are an important part of the Diwali festival. Neighbors exchanges sweets and treats. Here is a  compilation of best Diwali recipes.Read More

Healthy Harvest Thanksgiving Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Recipes: Beta-Carotene Bonanza in Fall Harvest
I am a pumpkin fanatic. Every fall and through the winter, pumpkin appears in dozens of foods from my house. Pumpkin is full of vitamin A and beta-carotene. Pumpkin is perfect for vegans and vegetarians, too.
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Healthy, Cheap Convenience Foods

Healthy Packaged Convenience Foods that Save Time and Money
You always pay more for the convenience of packaged foods, right? Convenience foods can't be healthy and save money, can they? Not always, but there are some convenience foods that are health and save time and money. You have to do the math.
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Healthy Trick or Treat and Halloween Party Food

Fun, Healthy Trick or Treat and Halloween Party Recipes
It's a Halloween tradition for kids to stuff themselves with trick-or-treat candy. Before your goblins get their sugar overload, and become real demons, feed them some nutritional treats. Here are fun, healthy trick-or-treat and Halloween party recipes.
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Spooky Halloween and Trick or Treat Party Foods

Spooky Halloween Party Buffet Foods and Treats
Want to scare ghosts and goblins this Halloween? Try these spooky trick-or-treat party goodies. These treats will satisfy every vampire, witch, bat, zombie, ghost, mummy, ghoul, skeleton and monster on your Halloween party guest list.
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Easy Halloween Party Treats and Foods

Halloween Party Food, Trick or Treat Goodies for the Family
You've decided on games and activities for your Halloween or Harvest Party, but what about eats to feed the ghouls and goblins?  Think pumpkin, for starters. Great Halloween food ideas for kids and families!
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Mediterranean Za'ater Spice Recipes

How to Make Your Own Mediterranean Zaater Spice Recipes
When I find a dish I like, I always scout out the recipe or try to duplicate the taste at home. Recently, my newest best friend on the spice rack is Mediterranean Za'ater. Here's are recipes for making your own Za'ater, using za'ater and best pricing.
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Kuhn Rikon Switzerland Made in China

I like to buy 'made in America' and union-made. But everywhere I look I see that ubiquitous little gold 'Hencho in Chine' sticker. While kitchen utensil shopping recently, I found Kuhn Rikon Switzerland. Oh rapture, I thought, 'fabrique du Suisse'? Nein. 'Made in China.'
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Homemade Old Bay Shrimp, Crab and Seafood Seasoning Mix

McCormick Old Bay Cajun Creole Seasoning Mix Recipes
Being mother and wife to cajun creole spice lovers, I'm always on the lookout for good spice blends for my bayou boys. I can late in life to the joys of Old Bay Seasoning. Old Bay Seasoning is delicious and contains no monosodium glutamate
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Healthy Holiday Cooking for Busy Familes

Healthy Holiday Meals for the Whole Family
The holidays mean extra work for most families. Alas, we don't get extra time for the extra work. Amidst the holiday rush, it's easy to lose sight of family nutrition. Here are quick, easy, inexpensive recipes that your whole family will enjoy.
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Apple Coffee Cake Recipes

Appel Kuchen Und Streusel Recipes for the KaffeeKlatsch
Grampa called Grandma's womens' clubs, her 'kaffeeklatsch'. 'Kaffeeklatcsh' is German/ Dutch for 'coffee' plus 'talk' or 'gossip'.  From kaffeeklatsch's we get delicious coffee cake recipes. Here are my favorite kaffeeklatsch recipes.
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Healthy Holiday Snacking Alternatives

Top 10 Healthy Holiday Snacks
Think eating healthy during the holiday season is impossible? If you are watching your weight and trying to stay healthy, you can't enjoy those yummy holiday treats, right? Wrong. Here are some recipes that allow you to have your cake and eat it too.
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Healthy Harvest Salads for Thanksgiving and Holiday Meals

Thanksgiving Salad Ideas
Thanksgiving is about turkey and stuffing, but Thanksgiving also celebrates nature's harvest bounty, so why not include some festive, healthy salad recipes on your Thanksgiving menu? Here are fresh, healthy, harvest salads to grace your table.
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Local Fresh Produce from Michigan Fruit Ridge Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patch

Fruit Ridge Hayrides Harvest Fest Apple Orchard, Pumpkin Patch Family Fun
There's no better place to be in fall than an apple orchard and pumpkin patch. Fruit Ridge Hayrides Fall Fest, September 18-October 31 serves up hayrides, corn maze, petting zoo, pony rides, fire engine rides, pig train, donuts and cider.
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Free Printable Grocery Shopping List

Free Printable Grocery Shopping List This grocery shopping list includes all foods, health and beauty aids and household products. To print this grocery shopping list, you may click the 'print' icon, or copy and paste into your wordpad, notepad, Word or Wordperfect document maker. Read More

Smucker's Natural Jif Peanut Butter Review: Healthy, Delicious

Smuckers Natural Jif Peanut Butter Product Review
If 'Choosy Moms Choose Jif', I have a problem. My kids love peanut butter. But I don't like the hydrogenated fat in most commercial peanut butter brands And 'health food' natural peanut butter is oily. Natural Jif Peanut Butter is a happy medium.
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Healthy Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes

Fresh Healthy, Naturally Low Fat Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes Lettuce and vegetable salads are a main feature for most of my family's meals. Commercial salad dressings don't excite us, however. Here are homemade, healthy, naturally low-fat salad dressings and vinaigrette that will put the joy back in your salads.
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Easy Vegetarian, Chicken, Shrimp and Pork Fried Rice Recipes

Easy Vegetarian, Chicken and Pork Fried Rice Recipes
When I was in 8th grade Social Studies, our teacher taught us how to make different ethnic recipes. One of our favorite recipes was Asian fried rice. Here are quick, easy fried rice recipes, including vegetarian, chicken and pork fried rice.
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Homemade Pesto Sauce and Pesto Bread, Soup and Main Dish Recipes

Homemade Pesto Sauce and Recipes with Pesto To say that I love pesto sauce is an understatement. I crave pesto. With fresh sweet basil from my garden, pesto is delicious. Here is a homemade blender pesto recipe and several recipes using pesto sauce in main dishes, pasta, soups, breads and stews. Read More

Healthiest, Most Nutritious Packaged Breakfast Cereals

Healthy, Nutritious Packaged Cold Breakfast Cereal Brands Cereal is another word for grain, but it has come to mean 'boxed, cold breakfast food', in the vernacular. Cold breakfast cereal brands vary greatly in nutrition content and health benefits. Here are the healthiest, most nutritious breakfast cereals. Read More


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