“May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please,
but as the opportunity to do what is right.”

-Peter Marshall


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    In the Kitchen

    My Favorite Apple Crisp

    The fall signals apple-picking time to me, and we have some wonderful orchards here in the Midwest ripe with a variety of scrumptious baking fruit. My mom’s group has visited Schweizer’s Orchard near St. Joseph, Missouri, the last couple of years for some delicious apples; plus, the children love to start their morning with the apple tree book before a tour and love to end it with a picnic and time on the playground. If you live close, and want to pick some fresh fruit,  I recommend a visit. Okay, so you know where I pick my apples, but how about the fun part — the eating of it all?  There are…

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    In the Kitchen

    Barbeque Pulled Chicken and Homemade Buns, Hun

    Now these are some good buns, hun (it had to be said)! My latest bread machine creation is a winner, so I just had to brag a bit, but I’m also sharing one of my favorite go-to recipes with all of you so please forgive me for being so pleased with myself. I just get super excited when a new recipe tastes like it should when it comes from my kitchen. . . sad, I know. I made hamburger buns using the dough-only setting on my bread machine and came up with some of the tastiest (fresh and preservative-free) buns we’ve ever had in this house. So a couple of them…

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    In the Kitchen

    Jumping on the Breadmaker Bandwagon: Better (30 Years) Late, Than Never

    I have this friend. She makes bread. She makes a lot of bread. She is absolutely the only person I have ever met that has used one of those chunky space-hogging bread machines more than twice. In fact, she recently started making hamburger buns and English muffins with her big ol’ bread making device and has been raving about how healthy (minus the preservatives and additives of store-bought loaves) and delicious everything tastes. So I started rethinking my view on bread machines. I never realized I could make anything other than a square-ish lump of bread with one of these contraptions. Oh no, I could make dinner rolls, sweet breads, pretzels, buns, crescents and more. Apparently if…

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