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Motobaker Shares Tips for Shipping Baked Goods for the Holidays

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With the holiday season upon us, baked goods have been on my mind big time. I really enjoy baking, and I love sharing the goodness with friends and family. Shipping homemade goodies, on the other hand, has always intimidated me. I decided it would be great for me to get over this fear by asking my friend Kellen (who is a rockstar baker, and also has a fantastic baking/motorcycle blog called Motobaker) to give me some pro tips to make shipping homemade holiday treats something that I can take on with confidence. Check out this Q&A to learn more about how to share your culinary creations with less stress at any time of year! Continue Reading →

Slow Cooker "Roasted" Beets

Slow Cooker “Roasted” Beets

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I picked up a few bunches of beets from the Farmers Market yesterday, and while I knew what I wanted to do with the greens, I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted to do with the actual beets. I knew I wanted to roast at least some of them, but the thought of heating up the oven for an hour or more really didn’t sound too appealing in the midst of this summer heat. Then I had an idea – what if I prepared them the same way as I would to roast them in the oven, but just put them in the slow cooker for a few hours on high instead? I recently tried wrapping salmon in foil and cooking it in the slow cooker, and it was fantastic, so why not give this a shot? Continue Reading →

Breakfast Scraps Can Benefit Your Garden!

Breakfast Scraps Can Benefit Your Garden!

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Having eggs and coffee for breakfast today? Save your scraps to help out your garden! A friend of mine who has an amazing backyard garden gave me a few tips on helping to keep healthy tomato plants – add coffee grounds and egg shells to the soil! It helps add nutrients like nitrogen and calcium to the soil, and when I used this method for the first time, I had the tastiest and healthiest tomato harvest ever! Continue Reading →

How to Turn Regular Yogurt into Greek Yogurt

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Have you ever needed Greek yogurt but only had regular in the fridge? I ran into this issue a while back when I was making Guinness Chocolate Cheesecake, and I didn’t want to make another trip to the grocery store. Then I remembered that it’s really easy to make Greek style yogurt at home if you have some time to spare. Continue Reading →

Hard Boiled Egg Tip

Help Keep Shells From Sticking To Hard Boiled Eggs

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For some reason, lately I’ve been having trouble hard boiling eggs. I never used to have any issues with it. My old method was to add salt and white vinegar to the water. That’s how my grandma did it. But last week, I ran into trouble a few separate times when trying to peel the eggs, so I decided to try out something that I had read online a while back – I added some baking soda. Continue Reading →

The Beauty of Dragon Fruit

The Beauty of Dragon Fruit

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Isn’t Dragon Fruit the prettiest fruit ever? I’ve been wanting to try it for years now, and I finally got my hands on one to try it out. I used this method for cutting it up and serving it, and it was stunningly beautiful! I had no idea what to … Continue Reading →

Great Time-Saving Tip for Halving Grape Tomatoes, Grapes, etc.

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I made this recipe again and thought I’d share a really great time saving tip with you all. I saw this on an episode of 30-Minute Meals once, and before Rachael showed the tip (she got it from a friend of hers), she said that your jaw was going to drop when you saw how much time you’ll save. I figured she was exaggerating, but honestly – my jaw did drop!

I’ve used this method for grapes, small tomatoes (grape or cherry), and I’m sure it would work for other things as well. I’m going to post a visual step-by-step which I think is pretty self explanatory. You just save 2 of the tops from deli containers and use them to slice a bunch of items all at once. No more cutting one by one, letting them roll all over the counter! Continue Reading →