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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

What Do Bread, Peanut Butter, Salsa and Ice Cream have in common?

They are all home made. At least in our house they are. And they are all easy to make with very little time and effort involved. Bread takes five minutes of my time to put the ingredients in the bread machine and turn it on. Peanut Butter takes about 10 seconds to put the nuts in the food processor, and requires just one or two scrapes of the bowl and scooping it into a container. Salsa involves just a few minutes of cutting and dumping into a food processor.  Ice Cream, again, just a few minutes to put the ingredients into the ice cream maker and turn it on.

Bread is a "staple" in most families. Ever since I started  making my own bread , we've never run out, not had to run to the store at the last minute, and never opened the bag and found stale bread.  It has been great having fresh, delicious bread whenever we wanted. 

Peanut Butter is another staple, especially if you have children.  I buy a bag of bulk, organic peanuts and just a few minutes in the food processor, and we have fresh ground peanut butter, without the sugar and additives found in store bought brands. 

Salsa is such a healthy snack.  Search online for recipes....there are many different recipes and flavors from fruity to spicy!  Again, prep time is just a few minutes.  If you have a food processor, you just dump your ingredients in, give it a few pulses and you have your salsa.  You can also use a mini-chopper, or if you are like me and like your salsa more chunky, you can use something like the Vidalia chop wizard.   Takes just a few minutes more.  In five minutes of prep time, I have some great tasting salsa.  We not only eat it with chips, but also put it on scrambled eggs or mix it with rice.

And Ice Cream....who doesn't like some cool, tasty ice cream on a hot summer day?  I bought an ice cream maker and made my first batch last week.  We had some lemon sorbet, and the other day, some yummy mint chocolate chip.  Both took just a matter of few minutes to mix the ingredients and pour into the machine, and turn it on.  A short time later, ice cream!

The best part is being in control of the freshness and quality of the ingredients used.  Each of these things literally takes just a few minutes to give my family fresh, healthy foods....and for a bonus, I save time and $$.  

Those are just a few things I make at home. What foods are homemade at your house?

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