Jul 25, 2014
by Inger
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Peach Mustard Glazed Pork Chops

You gotta love it when a single recipe meets three different requirements.  Quick and easy.  Liked by picky kids.  Finishes food on hand. Check, check, check again. 

My kids, never known for their tolerance of “ordinary” food, have been getting seriously tired of me cleaning out last winter’s pork via grilled pork chops or chops with sauerkraut.  So this week when I canned homemade Peach Mustard, I decided to try something new — Peach Mustard Glazed Pork Chops.   

Mustard Glazed Pork Chop for Dinner

Mustard Glazed Pork Chop for Dinner

Right now, the quick and easy part is especially important since summer has presented some additional cooking challenges.  With two normally absent kids converging “home” for summer jobs, you’d think it would be an awesome time for family dinners.  A dinner renaissance!  Continue Reading →

Jul 21, 2014
by Inger
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Homemade Peach Mustard

Sometimes there’s nothing like homemade.  Even for something simple like a condiment.  Peach mustard in this case.

Homemade Peach Mustard

Homemade Peach Mustard

Last summer I did a lot of canning. I debated about posting the recipes right away but I knew that the mark of a good recipe is making it again (though, as a seasonal foodie, this may mean next year).  I canned a batch of peach mustard again this year (after making it twice last year) and when some friends who tried it turned around and made a batch of their own, I knew I had a winner.

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Jul 17, 2014
by Inger
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Key Lime Pie with Mascarpone Whipped Cream

I think that homemade Key Lime Pie must be one of the world’s best kept secrets.  Because it is super easy–and delicious! 

Key Lime Pie Minis

Key Lime Pie Minis

I had never tried Key Lime Pie until a half dozen years ago when I participated in a charity event.  As a thank you, we got to use the corporate box for a hometown baseball game, with key lime pie for dessert.  “No chocolate?”, was my first thought, but when everyone else looked excited I gave it a try. Continue Reading →

Jul 13, 2014
by Inger
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Mindful Soap Natural Liquid Soap Review and Giveaway

A while back (it feels like a million years ago), I had a little internet retail store selling natural bodycare products.  l loved selling great quality, handmade products–and of course knowing that everything I used passed muster with the EWG’s skin deep rating system.  It was always a challenge, however, to find natural liquid soap that was up to my standards.  So I was really excited when Trisha of Mindful Soap sent me some natural liquid soap samples and offered a giveaway.

Mindful Soaps Natural Liquid Soap

Mindful Soaps Natural Liquid Soap

While I was learning all about natural products, an interesting sideline was hearing the backstory of the artisan vendors.  Often there was a specific, heartfelt reason they got into the business–from wanting a granddaughter to have a safer nail polish to helping a child cope with eczema. Trisha began making soap as an outgrowth of her son’s autism treatment.  Part of his therapy involved the use of essential oils and she wanted to extend the use of the oils into more of his life.  Continue Reading →