Apple Dumplings

There is only one big apple, but here are a few varieties of the baked kind. An Apple Dumpling Story or, in Pennsylvania Dutch, “Eb’l Dumplin’” The year was 1969. The month, October. That’s what is on my recipe card. Wyn, a neighbor, when we lived in Chicago made these on the evenings the children were out “trick-or-treating.” When our doorbell rang, we expected little costumers waiting for their treat from us....

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Cherry Pineapple Coconut Cake

Of all these easy vegan recipes, this one takes literally 5 minutes to prepare. Keep the ingredients on hand and you’ll have the makings for a dessert in a hurry. A delicious dish served with your favorite vegan ice cream. Makes a nice holiday dessert also. And guess what? A snap to make: no mixing bowls to clean because everything goes right in the baking dish....

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Chocolate Bundles

Step 1

Thaw pastry 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 425 F.

Step 2

On a lightly floured surface roll pastry to a 12-inch square; cut into four 6-inch squares.

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Banana Walnut Muffins

Step 1

Lightly grease muffin tins or add muffin liners.

Step 2

Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl.

Step 3

Mash bananas on a flat plate with a large fork. Let sit for a few minutes, then add to the flour mixture. Add rest of wet ingredients and stir just until everything is combined. Do not overmix batter.

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Pecan Muffins (With Lots of Fruit)

Step 1

Sprinkle sugar over strawberries, to release the juices, and refrigerate.

Step 2

Combine all dry ingredients. Add the applesauce and egg replacers and the strawberries and mashed banana, along with the nuts. Give it a quick mix with a large spoon. Add the blueberries last and fold gently into the mixture, so they don’t get crushed.

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Savory Basil Biscuit Muffins

Step 1

Combine flour, baking powder, sugar and basil in a food processor. Give it one quick pulse just until blended.

Step 2

Add butter and process until mixture resembles coarse crumbs, just a few seconds.

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Hash Browns and Veggies

Step 1

Lightly coat a large frying pan with a bit of oil. Heat to hot and add hash brown potatoes.

Step 2

Flatten all around pan and shake so they don’t stick. Let get brown on one side then with a spatula, flip the potatoes in sections to brown the other side. Turn heat to medium and take care not to burn. Just let them cook until they get brown and crisp.

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Health Benefits of Lemons

I have a difficult time drinking just plain water. I know it’s good for me, but I have to really think about doing it. Instead, practically everyday, I will juice half a lemon and pour it into a cold glass of water and sip on it throughout the morning. When I think about the many health benefits of lemons, I will have two glasses of lemon juice in a day. Two glasses are best. It’s very cleansing and aids in removing impurities from the body. It also tends to dissolve uric...

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