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#1 Tip for Making Creamy Mayo

Not being able to buy mayo was hard in the beginning. I mean, really, no other recipe seems to taste like the jars on the shelf. But, once you get used to making your own the flavor is really good.

If you’re still struggling with the flavor let me know below and I can write a post on flavor troubleshooting, but back to the subject at hand…

What I really missed was the creamy texture. It seemed like silky, smooth mayo was what professional chefs made, and seriously, if they told me to hand whisk I would have probably screamed. Uh, no. I like quick and easy. But my Mom came up with the perfect solution.

Use a food processor (affiliate link).

The top of your food processors compact cover usually has a little cup with a hole in it. So all you have to do is put all the ingredients (except your oil) in the food processor and turn it on. Then fill the little cup with oil and let it slowly drizzle in, filling the cup when it’s drained to far, until all the oil is gone.

Voila! That easy. That quick. And that simple.

Have you had any aha’s in the kitchen lately?

3 Quick Ways to Soothe Sore Muscles

Epsom Salts


Sore muscles always seem to creep up on me. Then when I realize it I really need R&R. These are three of my favorite things to do for my sore muscles.


1 – Take an Epsom Salt Bath
2 cups in a full tub of warm water is a great way to relax those tender muscles, and Epsom salts are available almost anywhere. Best of all it’s affordable

2 – Lavender Oil
I did an article a while ago about lavender oil and I still think it’s the best for relaxing and soothing sore/tight muscles. Works great to put it on before bed.

3 – Arnica Gel or Pellets
This works wonders and is also great if you’re bruised (just don’t put the gel on broken skin). It helps you recover faster.

I would love to hear any tips or tricks you have for loosening up sore muscles, so leave a comment!

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Thanksgiving Turkey Tips and Tricks

Hi everybody. I’m sure you’re all looking forward to the good food of Thanksgiving like I am. I can almost taste it now…

So many people out there seem to think that being on a “diet” means you can’t eat or have fun. Much less have fun eating. Come on, who does that?

I do.


photo from: Pinterest

One of the best things to eat on Thanksgiving – in my mind anyway – is turkey.

What would Thanksgiving be without turkey I ask you? For me it wouldn’t be right. There’s something wonderful about the crackling skin, and tender meat. It’s probably why turkey is my favorite meat. So I can’t understand why most people complain about all that leftover turkey.

Until I think about “Canola-Ball” turkeys. Uh, they just don’t do turkey justice. At all.

But, when you try to cook a heritage turkey or a good organic free-range turkey they can end up chewy and tough right?

There’s a is a trick to cooking one.

Trick: Cook it halfway – upside down. Or thigh side up. Whichever terminology you prefer. Then halfway through flip it right side up and finish. (You may have to cover the top the last 30 min or so to keep it from getting to brown).

[title]That’s the trick to a tender turkey.[/title]
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