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DIY Better Than Boxed Brownies

I found this recipe for chocolate peanut butter brownies that is amazing, but some of the ingredients are a little expensive here, so I don’t make it as is everyday. The version that I adapted tastes very similar to fudge brownie from a box, but better. These are also great with caramel chips baked in []

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Mandarin Mondays: 面条 (Noodles)

A Chinese friend of mine came over last week and showed me how to make some Hainan (Hǎinán, 海南) style noodles (miàn tiáo, 面条). I’ll share the basic recipe and method with you, but all amounts are very approximate. Hainan style food uses a lot of garlic and green onion, but not a lot of []

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Mandarin Mondays: 包饺子 (Make Dumplings)

A little while ago, a friend of mine taught me how to make (or “pack”) Chinese dumplings (bāo jiǎo zi, 包饺子). I’ve mentioned before that  jiǎo zi are one of our favorite Chinese foods, so it was neat to learn how to make them. We bought the wrappers from the market, which was really inexpensive []

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Easy One-Dish Dinner: Fried Eggs and Tomatoes

I am going to share a Chinese recipe with you today. This dish is always a favorite among foreigners living in China because it doesn’t have any ingredients that you can’t tell (and don’t want to know) what they are. Simple and fast, this is one Chinese style dish we eat a lot in our []

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Easy One-Dish Dinner: Pancit

This is a easy Asian style dish that is really popular in the Philippines. It is similar to the fried noodles (chǎo miàn  炒面) that are popular in China as well, but there is less oil and more meat and vegetables in this version. When I was working in a hospital, I worked with Filipino []

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DIY Hearty Pancakes

We love pancakes around here and will often eat them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner (just not all in the same day). This recipe is heartier than most and keeps us full longer. It is great with homemade butter and homemade pancake syrup. Hearty Whole Grain Pancakes 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup flour []

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Pizza Crust

I am writing out this recipe from memory. It is so simple and tasty. My mom and I made this delicious crust all the time for our Saturday night pizza tradition when I was growing up. I still make it all the time, but not always on Saturdays anymore. This recipe also makes excellent bread []

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Bread and Bakery

Light and Fluffy Pancakes I am very glad that I am not gluten intolerant because I love bread and almost anything made with wheat. I may have gotten this from my Grandpa Roy who always ate enough bread or rolls at family dinners to spoil his appetite. Baking makes the whole house smell good and []

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DIY Light and Fluffy Pancakes

This a a more traditional pancake recipe than the hearty pancake recipe. While not quite as nutritious, these taste great and are fun to make for special occasions or company. I made them in heart shapes with strawberry sauce for Valentine’s Day. Homemade Fluffy Pancake Recipe1 cup flour 1 cup milk (or buttermilk) 1 egg []

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DIY Cinnamon Brown Sugar Granola

This is another variation on how to make a basic granola. This one reminds me of fruit crisp topping. No one besides me ever seems to get bored with our basic peanut butter granola I make most of the time. But I like variety sometimes and have heard of other houses where they get tired []

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Mandarin Mondays;端午節 (Duanwu or Dragon Boat Festival)

This weekend was the traditional Dragon Boat Festival (Duānwǔ Jié, 端午節) here in China. This festival varies year to year according to the traditional Chinese Lunisolar calander, but takes place around the summer solstice when the sun is at its strongest. During this festival people might watch dragon boat races, drink wine, and eat zòng []

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DIY Cinnamon or Pumpkin Spice Syrup

We are loving all things pumpkin right now at our house, including these delicious pumpkin pancakes. This weekend, I made some pumpkin spice syrup to go with them. I briefly adapted the recipe from here. I really like the combination of spices, but if you feel like this would be pumpkin spice overload, simply using []

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DIY Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

These are great for snacking at home or on the go. Just wrap them individually in plastic wrap. The boys love these chocolate granola bars as much as most types of cookies. Homemade Chocolate Granola Bars Recipe ½ cup peanut butter ½ cup honey ½ cocoa powder 1½ cups oatmeal ½ additions (raisins, other dried []

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DIY Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola

Chocolatey Granola Chunks The cocoa doesn’t add nutrition to this otherwise completely healthy recipe, but it does add a lot of fun. If you are trying to transition from high sugar, store bought cereal or are having a hard time convincing kids to eat granola, this is a great this is a great way to []

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DIY 2 Ingredient Crock Pot Strawberry Jam

So, after a couple different successful attempts at making strawberry sauce, I actually got around to trying what I really wanted to make, strawberry jam. I kept putting it off because I have no idea where to buy pectin here, and from what I’ve read it is more difficult to make without the pectin. But []

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