How Did Your Great-Grandmother Feed Your Grandma When She Was Little?

Thumbnail image for How Did Your Great-Grandmother Feed Your Grandma When She Was Little? How many generations of babies do you think the world has known? Too, too many to count! The birth and successful rearing of children to adulthood has been the domain of women since time immemorial with all the little must and must-nots handed down from mother to daughter for thousands of years uninterrupted, that is until recently. The specifics varied according to the mother’s culture and what kinds of foods were available to her. But the fact of mothers and grandmothers deciding and providing their cultures whole and healthy foods to her baby did not vary in the least. In modern times though parents rely heavily on medical experts and the makers of nutritional formulas and foods to know how to provide sustenance for their young children.…
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Spend Less Time in the Kitchen with Master Recipes

Thumbnail image for Spend Less Time in the Kitchen with Master Recipes What if I told you that you could learn a handful of recipes and be able to makes hundreds of different things all from your own pantry? No more hunting around for recipes that match what you have, no laborious detailed meal planning, just simply walking into your kitchen and starting to cook? Sound too good to be true? Well, all this can be yours if you learn a handful of simple flexible recipe templates, or master recipes as chefs call them. Now, when a chef calls something a “Master” recipe it’s intimidating, like you’ll need to be a master of cooking to be able to do them.…
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Making the Most of Granny’s Free Meal Plan

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Last week I released my first meal plan as a free download for anyone signing up for my mailing list. The meal plan has a page devoted to getting started with the plan but that is necessarily brief, so I wanted to share a few more thoughts with everyone on how best to work the plan. In general, I’m not a big fan of meal plans. I have friends who have made business’s out of creating them, making software so you can create your own, or providing somewhat flexible plans for people eating real food. I think all this is a sizable improvement of traditional static plans.…
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Three Spice Snickerdoodles

Thumbnail image for Three Spice Snickerdoodles This funny sounding cookie is believed to have originated in New England in the 1800’s. So not only did your grandma likely eat these cookies, but your great-great-great grandma may have had them too! Supposedly the older recipes used cream of tartar and baking soda to make the cookies rise, while the newer recipes just use baking powder. In keeping with tradition, these cookies use cream of tartar. Typically snickerdoodles are made with cinnamon, but this recipe also has ginger and nutmeg for an additional kick of fall spices. They’re soft and cakelike with a slight, buttery tang. These are perfect with a glass of cold milk.…
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Baked Butternut Squash

Thumbnail image for Baked Butternut Squash If you’ve been making most of your buttered vegetable side dishes on the stovetop according to The Granny Plan well, here’s a new twist for you in the side-dish department! If you have just a little more time at home and can wait for something to bake in the oven this kind of recipe will make meal prep just a little easier for you. And, this one is a great side dish for your Thanksgiving table. You can put it in the oven with your turkey just an hour or two before the turkey is done. Saves room on the stovetop for sure.…
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Two Meat Crockpot Chili

Thumbnail image for Two Meat Crockpot Chili This set-it-and-forget-it crockpot meal is sure to please the guys in particular this fall. But then who doesn’t enjoy a hot steaming bowl of comforting chili on a cool night! In a nutshell all you do here is brown the meat on the stove, add the remaining ingredients and pour into your slowcooker. Then turn it on and when you get back home you’ll have a hot meal at the ready. Just make a buttered veggie and add rice or a good bread on side and you’re done!…
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Crockpot Baked Apples

Thumbnail image for Crockpot Baked Apples Nothing says fall than the smell of apples and cinnamon. It makes the entire house smell warm and comforting. These ‘baked’ apples are simple, throw it all in the crock pot and have a fresh warm dessert ready at dinnertime. Served with vanilla ice cream, it’s like apple pie with out the crust. This recipe from Jessica at Simply Healthy Home show how just how simple and easy real food can be! Jessica’s family also loves these apples mixed into a bowl of oatmeal for a warm breakfast.…
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Creamy Potato Soup

Thumbnail image for Creamy Potato Soup I loves me some potato soup! This one from Jessica at Simply Healthy Home looks particularly good. Potato soup is always greeted with excitement in our house by one and all. Usually when I make potato soup I use a mix of broth and heavy whipping cream instead of milk, but I buy a ton of cream for cooking. You might not want to do that, or then again maybe you would ;-). Milk is more affordable than cream in general making this recipe more practical for more families.…
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