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How to make spreadable butter

Stores charge more for their spreadable butter than regular butter, and you actually get less butter for the increased cost. Make your own and save.  Turn one cup of butter into two cups of spreadable butter!

Home Made Spreadable Butter Recipe:

  • 2 sticks of butter,  soften to room temperature.
  • Using an electric mixer, mix 1/2 cup water, room temperature into the butter.
  • Slowly mix in 1/2 cup of canola oil (or use 1/4 cup canola and 1/4 cup olive oil).
  • Store butter mix into a plastic container with a lid and refrigerate.

That’s it!  Now you know how to make spreadable butter easily!

This butter is spreadable right from the refrigerator.  Use for a spread or on veggies & pasta. Because of the added water, it is not recommended to heat or cook with the spreadable butter.


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Clean Your Microwave In Seconds

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by Jennifer Freeman

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Homemade Tomato Salsa in 5 minutes!

10:00 am

by Jennifer Freeman

chips and salsa

Homemade Salsa

When I need a quick last minute item to take to a picnic or have someone coming over unexpectedly, this is a quick recipe I use.

Homemade Tomato Salsa :
Prep-time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 15 min.
Serves: 5

1/2 cup onion chopped
1 garlic clove chopped
2 large tomatoes diced
2 T fresh lime juice (or frozen – see my video)
2 tsp fresh cilantro chopped
1/8 tsp chili powder (add a bit more if you like spice)
1/8 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste.

Optional:  1 Diced jalapeno

Warm 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add diced medium onion and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add chopped  garlic clove and saute 1 minute more. Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool. In a medium bowl, combine 2 large chopped tomatoes, onion mixture, 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice, 2 tsp. chopped fresh cilantro (optional), and 1/8 tsp (or a bit more to taste) each chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Tip Resouce

Healthier chips ~ Choose a brand of chips with no more than 150 calories per ounce, no more than 150 milligrams of sodium and at least 2 grams of fiber.  Also look for trans-fat free and with fewer than 8 grams of fat in total.


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How to make the perfect homemade cookies


Ever wonder why some people can make the best cookies and others, well..let’s say it’s not their forte’?   There are a few very simple techniques to ruing out the best homemade cookies.  Start with a good tried and true recipe, that’s easy enough.

Perfect Homemade Cookie Tip #1 — Measure, measure, measure.
The most important starting point is to be precise with measuring the ingredients.

Perfect Homemade Cookies Tip #2 — Never overmix.  Overmixing cookies encourages gluten development. Basically, the more you mix the tougher and more elastic the dough becomes making it very dense & heavy.

Perfect Homemade Cookies Tip #3 — Do not overbake.  Know your ovens true temperature by using an oven thermometer (I leave one in my oven). And then watch the cookies for precise timing for removing from the oven.   Take them out just prior to what you feel is “done” they will continue to slightly cook while cooling.

BONUS How To Make Perfect Homemade Cookies TIP: 

Mix softened butter and sugar for several minutes, until very light and fluffy.  This makes the cookies melt-in-your-mouth perfect!


Now it’s time to make cookies!

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Put the egg to a test and find out if it is uncooked or hard-boiled.  Spin it on a flat surface.  If the egg wobbles, it’s fresh because the insides are moving around.  If the egg spins smoothly, it’s cooked.