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“If ye are prepared…”

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How is it that I can be so calm when faced with immediate danger to myself and family, but I panic at the sight of dwindling grocery store shelves? This is a question I have been asking myself in the last 5 weeks since we went on an evening hike up the Alpine Loop to see the Fall colors.  We arrived at the trailhead by 6 PM and skipped through the yellow and red aspens until we finally reached the apex of our hike. There, I noticed a group of women putting on headlamps as they turned to hike back

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Gluten-FreeMain DishRecipesSoups

Italian Sausage and Lentil Stew

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Soup night is our dinners during chilly Fall months. This hearty stew is one of my boy's favorites. Pair it with a slice of warm, homemade bread lathered with honey butter, and we have the ultimate comfort meal. Enjoy! Italian Sausage and Lentil Stew Sausage, potato, lentil, and vegetable stew 11 pound Ground Italian Sausage (mild)1 cup Carrots (sliced)1 cup onions (chopped)2 cloves garlic (minced)1 1/2 cups zucchini (chopped)4 cups vegetable broth2 teaspoons dried oregano1 bay leaf2 cups potatoes (cubed)1/2 cup dried lentils (rinsed)4 cups kale (loose packed, chopped) In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, cook sausage until browned.

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Appetizers/ DipsGluten-FreeMain DishRecipes

Ham and Cheese Quinoa Cakes with Ranch Dipping Sauce

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This recipe is a spin-off of my very favorite meal, Spinach and Feta Quinoa Cakes with Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce. Unfortunately, my entire family HATES those quinoa cakes. How can something I love SO much be hated by everyone else in my family?! It's sad. However, I made a few swaps to make a more savory, homestyle version of the same quinoa cakes, and the kids LOVED them. It's a keeper! Enjoy! Ham and Cheese Quinoa Cakes with Ranch Dipping Sauce Savory homestyle quinoa fritters 3 Cups Quinoa (cooked)6 Eggs4 Cups Fresh Spinach (chopped and stems removed)1 Cup Ham (chopped)1/2

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Appetizers/ DipsCooking Tips & TricksRecipes

Refrigerator Dill Pickles

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I planted WAYY too many cucumbers in my garden this year and I am close to cucumber overwhelm! It is really easy for cucumbers to spoil before I can get around to steam-canning them, so I have been doing the chilled method lately. Also, I have had the hardest time finding canning lids in the stores around here! It's like everyone is storing up food incase the pandemic shuts down the stores again! Anyways, this is the easiest way to get a lot of cucumbers preserved really fast--and they just so happen to be totally delicious. Here is how you

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Appetizers/ DipsGluten-FreeRecipesSaladsSides

Fresh Garden Salsa

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For the first time in the six years we have lived in our home, we are getting a GREAT tomato crop. I plan to bottle most of my tomatoes, but I also want to enjoy them fresh as much as I can before the season ends. With the help of a good vegetable chopper, I was able to whip this fresh salsa up in less than 30 minutes. This served as today's lunch and everyone is so happy about it. I hope you enjoy it too! Fresh Garden Salsa This salsa features tomatoes, peppers corn and cilantro fresh from the

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Main DishRecipes

Pesto Chicken Pasta

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Here's a quick fix for a hot summer night. We are getting 2 or 3 tomatoes from our garden right now, and this dish is a great way to eat them. Our basil plant is also starting to produce enough leaves for homemade pesto. Add some pasta and chicken and this is a winner! Enjoy! Pesto Chicken Pasta Easy summer dinner recipe Pesto Sauce2 Cups fresh Basil leaves (packed)2 Cloves Garlic1/4 Cup Pine Nuts2/3 Cup Olive Oil (divided)1/2 Cup Parmesan (fresh grated)Salt and Pepper ( to taste)Pasta16 ounces Penne Pasta1 1/2 Cups tomatoes (sliced)1 Cup Rotisserie Chicken (cooked)1/2 Cup Parmesan

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Baked GoodsRecipesTreats

Mom’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake

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This was one of my favorite Sunday evening desserts Mom would throw in the oven after church. Now that I am a busy mom myself, I understand why she loved this cake. It is a quick fix with a moist sponge, crunchy walnuts (only on half the cake, because every family has nut-haters, right?), and smooth chocolate chips. You have to eat this cake warm with a glass of milk to get the best experience. Enjoy! Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake Moist sponge, crunchy walnuts and chocolate chips 1 ¾ cups boiling water1 cup oatmeal (instant)1 cup brown sugar1 cup white

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Appetizers/ DipsBreakfastGluten-FreeMeals for OneRecipesSidesSmoothies

Tropical Green Smoothie

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At first glance, my kids wanted nothing to do with this new smoothie. It was an unfamiliar color, and they didn't know what to expect from it. After explaining it was full of their favorite tropical fruits--mango, pineapple, strawberries and banana--they gave it a taste. And they LOVED it! The green spinach adds lots of fiber and nutrition--and color. What a great life lesson to be learned from food. Tropical Green Smoothie mango, strawberry, banana, pineapple, spinach 2 cups spinach (fresh)1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk1 1/2 cups mango chunks (fresh or frozen)1 small banana (fresh or frozen)1 cup fresh

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Gluten-FreeRecipesSaladsSides

Mandarin Side Salad

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This is a great side salad for rounding out curries, tikka masala, fried rice, and other Asian foods. Mandarin Side Salad Fresh green salad for Asian Night Salad6 Cups Kale (loosely packed)2 Cups Romaine Lettuce1 1/2 Cups Shredded carrots3/4 Cup Red Bell Peppers (chopped)1/4 Cup Green Onions (sliced small)10.5 ounce can Mandarin Oranges (drained)1/2 Cup Chow Mein Noodles (Omit for gluten-free option)1/4 Cup Toasted Almonds (sliced)Dressing2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce (See Notes)3 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar1 teaspoon fresh Ginger zested2 Tablespoons Olive Oil1 teaspoon Sesame Oil1/2 teaspoon Sriracha Sauce* (See notes)1 clove Garlic finely minced1 Tablespoon Honey Combine all dressing ingredients into

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Apple Bacon Kale Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

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Ya know it's a winner when there are no leftovers. Apple Bacon Kale Salad with Poppy seed Dressing side dish for steak, chicken or pork Poppyseed Dressing1/3 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar1 Cup Vegetable Oil1/2 Cup Honey1/2 Cup Yellow Onion chopped1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard1 teaspoon salt1 1/2 tablespoon poppy seedsSalad6 cups kale (loosely packed)1 large fugi apple1/2 cup real bacon pieces1/4 cup dried cranberries Mix 1/4 Cup dressing with kale and massage into the leaves for about 60 seconds. Top with remaining salad ingredients. Drizzle another tablespoon of dressing over top.Poppyseed DressingIn a blender, add all dressing ingredients EXCEPT poppy seeds

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