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December 13, 2019
Chipotle Split Pea Soup from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

Today I'm sharing a new recipe I made earlier this week. I changed things up just a little from the original recipe but here's a link to the original recipe: Slow Cooker Chipotle Split Pea Soup with Ham This was so good! I didn't have the 10 hours it called for and thought I'd attempt to Instant Pot the recipe. Success after 30 minutes! Definitely a keeper. We love the heat of the Chipotle

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December 9, 2019
Wisconsin Cranberry Pie from A Little Bit Biased

Well, I'm no food blogger but a few of you asked for this recipe after Thanksgiving so here it is!

I got this recipe from my sister many years ago but have been unable to find the 
original source so if anyone recognizes it please let me know!

Wisconsin Cranberry Pie

1 unbaked 9” pie shell
3 c. halved cranberries
½ c. water
1 ¾ c. sugar
5 Tbsp. flour
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. almond extract
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

¹∕3 c. unsalted butter, melted
¾ c. flour
¾ c. sugar

1. In a ...

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December 6, 2019
Blast from the Past: Holiday Baking from Jo's Country Junction

I’m starting up a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  Kalissa and I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts.

It seems in December of 2009 I was busy baking.  I typically do quite a bit of baking around the holidays.  I had Kramer’s sweet tooth to keep at bay back then.  This year…I think I won’t be doing as much.  Kramer’s not ...

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December 5, 2019
Throw Back Thursday - Grandma's Pudding Cookies from Creatin' in the Sticks

I am participating in 2 events this week.
The first is the 
and the second is the

In the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge, Cheryl Sleboda has a list of prompts to help with subjects to blog about every day in December.
Today's prompt is "First Project".

The Virtual Cookie Exchange and Blog Hop is an annual event hosted by 
has been so fun
with all kinds of cookie recipes and sewing projects shared.

So I decided to combine the ...

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December 2, 2019
Christmas Virtual Cookie Exchange and Blog Hop - Buffalo Check Christmas from Creatin' in the Sticks

It's time to make Christmas happen here in the Sticks
my friend Carol at Just Let Me Quilt
has a way of pushing me to get my projects finished on time.

Welcome to 
Creatin' in the Sticks!

I'm excited to kick off the
where bloggers are sharing Christmas cookies recipes, traditions, 
sewing projects.
Thank you, Carol, for including me!

Merry Christmas!

I've been so inspired by all the buffalo check prints and plaids 
this Christmas.
They seem to be everywhere from decor to clothing.

This wrapping paper inspired ...

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November 30, 2019
Chicken Enchilada Soup from Jo's Country Junction

Year ago I had joking told my husband, Kramer, if you ever die, I’m going to each soup for most of my meals…I never thought he’d be dying anytime soon, but he did and here I am.  I spoke the truth then as I now eat a lot of soup.  Seriously, I love soup.  He always hated it as it didn’t “fill him up”.

So as I was trolling Facebook the other day I saw a recipe for Chicken Enchilada Soup and knew if I have the ingredients, or I could improvise them enough, I’d ...

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November 15, 2019
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? A Finished Quilt, and More! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

It's finally Friday again!  And you know what that means - it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  So without further ado, let's get started...


As you read this post, I am currently in New York City, enjoying the sights, tastes, and hustle bustle of the town with my husband.  Which means that I had to write this post on Wednesday as I was sitting in the airport waiting for my plane.  I was wondering what in the world I could write about, since I had not had much time for sewing this ...

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November 9, 2019
Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole–Jason Approved! from Jo's Country Junction

A post from Kelli–

As I’m sure many of you know, going back to work after a maternity leave is a bit difficult.  Obviously it’s hard to leave Georgia, but adjusting to a whole new set of “needs” and “need to do’s” can be a bit taxing.

Back in April before Dad passed away, mom, dad, and I had a talk and decided that we were all willing to pitch in to get things worked out so that mom would be able to watch Georgia while I worked.  The way things are now, I live about 35 ...

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November 2, 2019
Testing: Chocolate Banana Bread from Jo's Country Junction

I’m a little lazy sometimes.  I’ll admit that.  This is proof.

I was in town getting groceries and saw that bananas were 14 cents a pound.  They were the ones that were banana bread ready so I grabbed a couple sacks of them.

The kids at my house love banana bread and love smoothies.  I used these bananas all the time for both.  Plus Georgia and Gannon are both trying baby food (Gannon hates it-Georgie loves it) so these softer bananas work great for making our own baby food too.

Well about the same day I saw a ...

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October 26, 2019
Beef and Noodles in the Instant Pot from Jo's Country Junction

I’ve told you I love my Instant Pot and use it often.  I make so many things with no recipe…or a modified recipe.  Today I took a crock pot recipe and tweaked it for the Instant Pot.

I put a beef roast into the Instant Pot.  I put in enough water to reach the top of the roast.

I added:
a pinch of celery salt
2 tablespoons of Worchestire Sauce
2 tablespoons of beef soup base
1 large chopped onion
1 pack of dry onion soup mix
1 can of Cream of Mushroom soup

You can add salt ...

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October 22, 2019
Kung Pao Chicken (diabetic friendly) from Through My Hands


  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos (soy free alternative to soy sauce) or lite soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tsp Splenda Brown Sugar Blend or 2 tsp Whey Low Gold (low-calorie, low-glycemic, all-natural sugar replacement) [this is my preference]
  • 2 tsp sesame oil, divided
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 medium red or orange bell pepper, cubed
  • 1/2 cup carrots, diced or sliced
  • 1, 8-oz can water chestnuts, rinsed, drained ...

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Pork Tenderloins (which are to die for) from Jo's Country Junction

A HUGE family favorite here are Pork Tenderloins.  I love them..the kids loved them.  Hubby especially loved them.

Last weekend I was on the computer writing blog posts when Karl called me.  He said, “Hey I’m in Cedar Falls at the HyVee Grocery.  They have pork loins on sale for $1.58 a pound.  Do you want one?”  YES!!  YES, I do.  So Karl brought it home.  $14.90 for this.  YES!!

Anytime they are under $2 a pound I buy one.  We love pork loins and the many things that I make with it.

This night on ...

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October 13, 2019
The Diet…. from Jo's Country Junction

There in an auction where you can bid happening on the blog.  You can find it HERE.  Now for today’s post.

So my dreaded diet started on LAST Friday…well Saturday actually but I always start a day early to “get in the mode”.  I know that sounds weird but it so easy to wipe a bit of peanut butter off of a knife and put it in my mouth.  I’ve had a bad habit like that for years and most of the time it’s okay but when I’m on this diet it’s a ...

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October 5, 2019
Apple Pie Muffins from Jo's Country Junction

The family recently got together.  Kelli and Kalissa knew we’d all be here and also knew how hard it is to get all of us to a restaurant so everyone pitched in and made something.  I was in charge of potato salad and my macaroni ring salad.  (recipe for ring salad HERE).  Kalissa brang hamburgers…Kelli brought Apple Pie Muffins.

Here’s Lucy trying one…they were a HIT!

The original recipe was for Apple Pie Bread but Kelli likes muffins better.  I do for the kiddos too.

Kelli found the recipe at Hillbillies Down Home Cooking Facebook page ...

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November 3, 2018
Vegetable Spring Roll Bowl with Black Rice and Hoisin Green Beans from JuniperBean

Vegetable Spring Roll Bowl with Black Rice and Hoisin Green Beans

  • Black rice (one Cup prepared according to package instructions)

Hoisin Green Beans

  • Green beans (ends cut off)
  • Hoisin sauce
  • 2 Garlic cloves (finely minced)
  • Oil

Vegetable Spring Roll Filling

  • 1 Onion (thinly sliced)
  • Cabbage (5 cups of shredded cabbage)
  • 2 Carrots (Llrge, grated)
  • 1 Pack of mushrooms (thinly sliced)
  • 3/4 cup Frozen corn
  • 3/4 cup Frozen green beans


  • 1 heaped tablespoon finely minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoon Miso
  • 1 teaspoon  Onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon  Garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Rice wine vinegar ...

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August 14, 2018
Vegan Mince Singapore Noodles from JuniperBean


Vegan Mince Singapore Noodles


  • 1 tbsp garlic (crushed )
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 large lime (juiced)


  • Rice noodles
  • 4 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 small onion (sliced)
  • 2 red peppers (sliced)
  • 18 sugar snap peas
  • 2 small green chillies (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 8 tsp curry powder
  • 1 cup soy mince

For serving

  • sesame seeds
  • chives
  • green onions
  1. Prepare rice noodles according to instructions and soak soy mince in boiling water for 15 minutes – or if using another type of mince follow package instructions

  2. Make the sauce by adding in all of the ingredients ...

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December 23, 2017
The Mud Dinner from RaNae Merrill Studio

black bean soup

Last winter when I was in Colorado skiing, I had some friends over for dinner. Looking for a fairly inexpensive but satisfying way to feed a large crowd, I decided to make a pot of black bean soup from a WONDERFUL recipe I found on

Here’s the recipe:

(And be SURE to make the relish!)

I made a couple of loaves of homemade sourdough bread to go with it — Yum!

(The book that changed breadbaking for me:
Flour Water Salt Yeast by Ken Forkish.)

Several years ago, I taught at a ...

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