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Costco Grilled Chicken Patties are back!

Last year in the deli section at Costco I found a wonderful Chicken Patty. They are Sabatino's Flame Broiled Spinach with Aged White Cheddar Chicken Patties. Then they disappeared. I finally found someone to ask about them after the first of the year and I was told they were seasonal (What, people d...

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Dinner from Trader Joe's

Just had a wonderful, filling meal, that was 100% from Trader Joe's. I combined a third pkg of their frozen brown rice, with a half pkg. of their Chicken Asada and a half pkg. of their Julienne Sauté Vegetables. 287 calories and my plate was FULL! I also recently tried their Reduced Guilt Mac & Chee...

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Freezer organization

A few months ago I bought a chest freezer. They are notorious for their ability to swallow things and hide them in corners! I was able to find some baskets at Wal Mart that fit perfectly into the freezer. I used magnets to attach a white board to the top of the freezer door. I drew a rough diagram ...

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Vitalicious Golden Corn Vita Top

I recently read about Vitalicious muffin tops. I ordered a variety pack. I've only had 3 of them so far...an Apple Crunch, a Triple Chocolate and a Corn VitaTop. I wasn't all that impressed with the first two, but WOW, the corn muffin is wonderful. I'd made some corn bread from a mix or two and ...

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Tasty Bite Madras Lentils

While browsing in Costco the other day I happened upon a product called Tasty Bite Madras Lentils. 4 individual packages per box, 2 servings per package. It heats in the microwave in 90 seconds and has only 150 calories per serving. Had it over 1/2 cup brown rice and it was really tasty as the na...

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Pre-cut your butter

I don't like the soft spreads so I continue to use stick butter. To make the measuring easier I cut the butter long ways into thirds. Then I cut the stick in half, then halve those and halve them again. You end up with 8 Tablespoons one way, and each tablespoon has been cut into a teaspoon from the ...

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Emptying the dishwasher for more steps

Under normal circumstances when I unload the dishwasher, I empty the contents and stack them for efficient distribution. It occurred to me that if I empty and put away one pot, lid, ladle, measuring cup etc at a time, I could get in a whole lot of added steps crossing my kitchen to the proper cabin...

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Don't forget the small stuff

I am usually low on Carbs (Atkins hangover!) and I had recently begun taking the juice of half a lemon with warm water in the morning to break a plateau. It worked fine, and I never thought about adding it into my nutrition info. Well, the juice of half a lemon has 6 carbs, so sometimes that's all...

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Mustard for leg cramps

I know it sounds crazy, but eating some plain old yellow mustard when you get a leg cramp will relieve that cramp in a matter of seconds. Don't ask me how it work but dip a teaspoon in the jar and eat about a half-inch worth from what sticks to the spoon will do the trick. Worked on a cramp that w...

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Message Board shortcut

On the message board, I have my favorite topics and sometimes I spend a lot of time looking for those favorites. Just tonight it occurred to me that I could open a whole new session of Firefox and put my 5 favorites, each in their own tab. Tomorrow I can go to that Firefox session and just click ...

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