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Cheesey Butternut Macaroni Bake


By Kathy Little

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
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I’m not a “Pampered Chef” (pun intended) or a Tupperware Queen with many plastic containers that burp on command. I have to honestly admit that these are good products (and also on the advice of my lawyer), but I am too cheap to buy many of them. I do have a Pampered Chef fruit peeler that is awesome for peeling oranges. I also have a two-quart plastic Tupperware measuring cup with a spout that is perfect for mixing pancakes and waffles and a green lettuce keeper which I use to store salads. The measuring cup and bowl were wedding shower presents. Tupperware really lasts...at least 43 years. In our “throw away and just buy new “society this was obviously a product design mistake! As I said before my frugal nature prevents me from buying these products when I can freely recycle plastic Cool Whip and soft butter containers.

Not wanting to throw anything away in case I might need it in the future causes a certain amount of clutter in my pantry. Sometime I think that plastic containers are reproducing in my panty during the night. In order to store more in my pantry, I needed to clean, organize and de-clutter the space. Spurred on by my dear husband who kept mumbling, those three little words that cause such an emotional response in me, “Hoarder intervention needed”; I started the task. How hard could it be? My pantry has four shelves, three drawers, and three doors which enclose two smaller shelves. Well, some of those doors have not been opened recently. The first door refused to open so I just pulled harder. A tin cake pan was wedged between the shelf and the drawer as I discovered after my husband removed the door hinges. The angel cake pan was crumpled and had to be thrown. Oh well, I hadn’t baked an angel food cake for a while and obviously never would again unless I find an uncrumpled one at a garage sale for a quarter. I soldiered on in spite of my husband’s grumpiness. Good grief, he’s the one that started this!

After sorting out all my appliances and cookbooks, I still had cookie sheets, cake and bread pans, pie plates, canned goods and boxed food stuffs to organize. My husband had left the scene so I checked the attic (which enables hoarders) where I had a couple of years ago stored other metal containers. Maybe in my soon-to-be uncluttered pantry, I would have room for some of these cast-offs. Unfortunately, metal pans + leaky attic = rusty metal pans. Now, I was in the zone. Within minutes with no r .....
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Country Coffee Talk - September 30, 2013

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
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Morning coffee days on the porch are numbered, sad to say. But as I enjoy one of the last, my mind travels back to a few weeks ago, when 10 college friends met for a 50 year reunion of our senior trip to Colorado. We traveled there in a nine passeng ..... 
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Yum-m-m - Planning a Wedding? Trying to Be Frugal?

By Katie Van Sickle

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
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You probably have attended many weddings this summer or maybe your invitations will start coming in the mail for fall weddings. I love the fall colors for decorating my home and it is a great time of year for decorating for a wedding as well. My ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - A Taste of Changing Seasons

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
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Leeks and carrots arrived in the CSA box today. These lovely vegetables were accompanied by equally lovely warm weather chili peppers and tomatoes, but leeks and carrots are... fall vegetables. Fall vegetables? Is it really that time of year alrea ..... 
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A View From The Woods - Why Garden?

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
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Most mornings I grab a small bowl and walk out to the little ever-bearing strawberry patch I started last year. I make my way around the edges of the bed, plucking red berries that apparently like our hot and humid summer just fine. Pushing the co ..... 
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Yum-m-m - September 9, 2013

By Katie Van Sickle

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
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This dessert recipe is over 30 years old, but a great one to fix ahead. I got it from my sister-in-law (I have five) while we were living in Bismark, North Dakota. The most I ever made at one time was eight. Our youngest son was a senior in high sc ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - September 2, 2013

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
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Tomato Season - A Tale of Irrational Gardening Tomatoes are easily my favorite thing to grow in the garden. Every year I have to try new heirloom varieties in my quest for ‘The Perfect Tomato.’ This year I have no less than 11 varieties plant ..... 
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The Working Mom - What’s Your Definition of Camping?

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
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I will apologize up front for concentrating a column strictly to camping but, hey, who doesn’t love it? Now, when I say camping, that does not include a tent. It also avoids dewy air mattresses, your food along with grass and dirt floating in da ..... 
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Postcards from the Windy City - Doing Summer

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
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Hi, Readers. Well, we’re reaching the point in the summer when even the most nonchalant among us will soon be forced to reckon with The Question: what have you done this summer? For some I know, this question doesn’t seem to cause much stre ..... 
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