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June 15, 2019
Chocolate Cookies from Jo's Country Junction

While Kramer has been having chemo and radiation, I’ve turned into the cookie maker.  I often make some to leave for the childcare kids for snack when I’m not there.  We often pack a couple and take them with to snack on the way back from treatment.  I’m doing my best to keep Kramer eating as they say it’s really easy for chemo patients to lose weight.

When all of our kids were living at home I didn’t often make cookies.  I made bars instead as the kids ate the cookies WAY to quickly.  That ...

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June 12, 2019
My Tagless Garage Sale Find from Jo's Country Junction

A post from Kelli–

A few weeks ago, before Dad passed away, I heard about a tagless garage sale that a group was going to sponsor in the next town over.  The parents of the middle school students had gotten together and decided to put on a tagless garage sale and vendor show as a fundraiser for the student’s trip to Washington D.C and I was thrilled to contribute.  They had tons of vendors with clothing, jewelry, and all kinds of goodies.  But me?  I was going for the tagless garage sale.

I found a few clothing items ...

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June 10, 2019
It’s Jenny’s Birthday! And She Wants to Share Fun Ways to Celebrate Your Summer Birthday Too! Let’s Party! from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Happy Birthday Jenny and to all of you who share in the summer birthday season! Start planning your next party as Jenny shares her favorite birthday foods along with some fun, summer recipes from our Missouri Star employees! Find quick and easy sewing projects to decorate your party, and don’t forget to download some of our printable photo booth props to make your summer celebration a blast! Grab your friends and let’s party!


Jenny’s Favorite Summer Recipes!

Jenny’s absolute favorite is a Strawberry Pie that she makes on her birthday year after year to treat herself ...

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June 8, 2019
Cherry Cheesecake Lush Dessert from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

This past week I tried a couple of new recipes on the boys and they were met with thunderous applause...cowboy style, which translates to complete silence around the table interspersed with grunts of appreciation.

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May 29, 2019
After Pregnancy Cravings–French Toast from Jo's Country Junction

A post from Kelli–

As you know, my pregnancy was difficult at times.  I puked quite regularly throughout my entire pregnancy, lost 20 pounds at one point (gained part of it back, but never reached my pre-pregnancy weight) and was super tired.  Often people asked what I craved.  Most of the time, I craved not eating.  People often told me that was bad for the nausea, but on the bad days I just couldn’t eat.  There were a few spurts where I’d crave strange things–Laffy Taffy (but not banana flavor), chicken fries and mashed potatoes with gravy ...

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May 24, 2019
Spring Equals Birthdays & Proms from Needle and Foot

May has been such a busy month! School is winding down – senior year is coming to a close for Julia. Plus we have celebrated her 18th birthday and she went to her Senior Prom. Crazy to see this girl finishing up high school because it was only a few weeks ago that I felt like such an awful mother as I left her crying on the first day of Kindergarten. Such is life, right?

A few weeks ago, I posted this desperate plea on Instagram and Facebook. Julia’s prom dress didn’t really fit well and she asked if ...

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May 15, 2019
Chicken and Dumpling Casserole from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

Pulling another favorite from the files of my treasured family recipes to share with ya'll today. I've been making this one for 25 years and I made it a lot while we were raising our family. I haven't made it in many years now, but our boy was home this weekend (Hip! Hip! Hooray!) and I wanted to make food he loved and send him home with leftovers and this fit the bill. Chicken and Dumpling

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May 11, 2019
Bacon + Asparagus = LOVE! from Jo's Country Junction

If I ever had to choose only 10 foods to eat for the rest of my life, this would definitely be on the list!  It is SOOOOOOO good!  And the best part–It’s as easy as it is simple.

One of my favorite buys at our local Fareway is a box of bacon ends and pieces.  It’s all of the stuff that is the leftovers or pieces of bacon that for some reason weren’t packaged in the 1 pound packages to be bought at the grocery store.  This is literally a staple at my house.

To start ...

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May 1, 2019
Chop-Chop: Keeping Onions through the Year from Jo's Country Junction

We use a lot of onions at our house.  I am sure way more than the average family uses.  I plant them in the garden and use them from the garden all summer and then in the fall I harvest what’s left plus I buy about 40 pounds of them from the Amish.  In the fall the 10 pounds bags are only about $6 each and the onions are really nice.  Typically that many will last us about through May…but this time of year, several are starting to sprout.

I never want anything to go to waste so ...

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April 22, 2019
Cherry Salad from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

I have another treasured family recipe to share today. This is one of the first recipes I inherited from my MIL and SIL when DH and I were married. I married into a family of great cooks. I love new recipes, but it's hard to beat the ones that evoke wonderful memories of family gatherings over the years. I made this as an Easter dinner side dish yesterday and realized I hadn't posted it. It

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April 18, 2019
Crock-Pot Pizza from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

It's been a while since I've shared a recipe, but we're veering into branding season around here and the topic of conversation is turning towards recipes. My coworker / friend and I are both addicted to quilting, but we are also both ranch wives that often find ourselves cooking for a crew - thus recipes are also frequent topics of conversation. On Monday, I  mentioned that I was planning on

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April 13, 2019
Kid Friendly Chocolate Peanut Butter Dip from Jo's Country Junction

The ho-hums have been bringing my snack offerings for the childcare kids to little variety.  I looked in the cabinet and there was the plain Jane snack ever graham crackers.  UGH.

I didn’t feel like I could “do graham crackers” again.  If I was sick of them the kids were bound to be sick of them too.  So I went to the other cabinet…I opened it and saw chocolate pudding.  Hmm.  That might be okay but shucks….I only had one box.  That’s when the idea jumped in my head to somehow make the pudding into a ...

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April 12, 2019
Granola Recipe from From the Strawberry Patch...

Here's the well-worn recipe card with the directions to make up the granola mentioned in my previous post. A few of you requested the recipe and not everyone was reach-able via email.  The only substitution that I make is to replace the currants with dried cherries. I can recommend the Inn too, it's been a while since we visited (2004!) but we remember this lovely B&B, and the innkeepers,

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Granola Recipe from From the Strawberry Patch...

Here's the well-worn recipe card with the directions to make up the granola mentioned in my previous post. A few of you requested the recipe and not everyone was reach-able via email.  The only substitution that I make is to replace the currants with dried cherries. I can recommend the Inn too, it's been a while since we visited (2004!) but we remember this lovely B&B, and the innkeepers,

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March 24, 2019
Hands2Help 2019 - Tips, Tutes, and Tasty Things! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Welcome to one of my favorite weeks of each year's Hands2Help Challenge - Tips, Tutes, and Tasty Things!  I always enjoy seeing what you guys share, and I've picked up some great ideas each year.  It's a great way to get to know the folks who are participating in this year's challenge, too, and make new friends.  Just link up a post (or two or three, or more!) below to share your ideas.  It doesn't have to be a new post, or even one of your own if you want to share a great ...

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March 23, 2019
Coffee Cake in a Cup from Jo's Country Junction

A bit ago a message popped up from Kalissa.  “I looked on the blog and there is no recipe for Coffee Cake in a Cup”.  Hmm.  I think she’s right.  I checked myself and there wasn’t.  So I walked over to the cupboard door and snapped a picture of the recipe and sent it to her.  (I love my phone for this!!)

Then a little while later my phone dinged again.  Pictures started showing up….This….

Then this….

Then this….

Then came a message that said, “Now you can blog about it”.  I smiled.  She knows me so ...

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March 16, 2019
Jason’s Favorite Meatloaf from Jo's Country Junction

A post from Kelli–

No matter what time of day, if you ask Jason what he would like to eat, chances are if you suggest some combination of meat and potatoes, he will happily agree.  And if you add green bean casserole to the mix, he’ll probably love you forever!

With the lovely weather that we’ve been having here in Iowa–ya know…windchills up to -60 below–and the accompanying wind with that, travel on gravel roads and other secondary roads is going to be minimal….unless you have a plow or skid loader!  To make things ...

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March 9, 2019
Ground Beef Grand Style from Jo's Country Junction

I had some veggies in the freezer.  It’s my own blend of mixed vegetables.  I use frozen veggies for the childcare kids when fresh are out of season or I on those days when I’m needing to get to the grocery store.  Rarely do the kids eat a whole package so I take the leftovers and throw them into a bag and put them in the freezer.  A few days later we have a different veggie and again there are leftovers so I throw them in the same bag.

I tried to think of a recipe I could ...

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March 4, 2019
Vermont Sewing Continues from Needle and Foot

Time has flown by and I will be heading home on Wednesday. When I was getting ready to come out here I thought three weeks sounded like such a long time but yikes, it has gone by quickly!! We quickly settled into a rhythm and it has been wonderful

H and I have spent a lot of time in the kitchen. She has a new stool to stand on so she can ‘help’ cook and she just loves it. She crawls in and out constantly and has learned to drag it from counter to counter to the sink and back ...

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March 2, 2019
THE BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER from Jo's Country Junction

Growing up I remember my brother Jay often baking something on Sunday afternoons.  One of the things he made was cookies.  I thought they were the best.

After I was out on my own I remember going home and getting mom’s cookie recipe which at the time I called Jay’s cookie recipe.  Over the years I’ve taken the recipe.  I’ve doubled it and tweaked it.

I don’t even remember what the original recipe was but at our house we still call it Uncle Jay’s Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

All of the kids love these ...

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