Quick Tip: Substitute Apple Sauce for Oil
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Quick Tip: Substitute Apple Sauce for Oil

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One of the easiest substitutions you can make in your kitchen is to substitute applesauce for vegetable oil in baked goods like cake, muffins, brownies and more. By replacing oil with applesauce, you lower the calories and fat in a recipe. How to Substitute Applesauce for Oil Applesauce can be replaced at a 1:1 ratio.…

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Forget the Double Boiler; Try This Instead!
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Forget the Double Boiler; Try This Instead!

A double boiler is one of those pieces of kitchen equipment that I've just never been able to bring myself to buy. It's not that I don't need one from time to time, especially around Christmas and Valentine's Day, but that melting chocolate or assembling a cream sauce without a double boiler is so very…

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8 Things You Can Clean with Lemons

The following post is from Andrea of AndreaDekker.com: I love lemons! I love baking with lemons, decorating with lemons, using lemon-scented soaps and¬†candles... and cleaning with lemons. Lemons are a frugal way to naturally clean and disinfect so many areas of your home -- plus your whole house will smell lovely after you're finished cleaning!…

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Quick Tip: The Easy Way to Slice a Banana

Today I'm sharing a quick tip over at Easy Homemade -- my simple method for slicing bananas: Have you seen this handy dandy banana slicer? The gadget itself may seem a little silly since people have been slicing bananas with a simple knife for centuries, but the reviews on it are well worth your time!…

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Quick Tip: The Easy Way to Slice a Banana

Have you seen this handy dandy banana slicer? The gadget itself may seem a little silly since people have been slicing bananas with a simple knife for centuries, but the reviews on it are well worth your time! In our house, we add banana slices to pretty much everything -- oatmeal, yogurt, granola, cereal, french…

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Quick Tips from a Minimalist Kitchen

I'm excited to share a new series I'm launching on the Easy Homemade blog, Quick Tips from a Minimalist Kitchen! Each week, I'll be sharing tips from my kitchen on how to cook without specialty gadgets, and I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts as well: Five-and-a-half years ago, my kitchen cabinets were overflowing with…

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Quick Tips from a Minimalist Kitchen

Five-and-a-half years ago, my kitchen cabinets were overflowing with cooking gadgets. In fact, my laundry room was overflowing with them as well. And there were probably a few in storage too. I have always loved kitchen stuff, and even in high school I would ask for gadgets and small appliances as gifts. Before our wedding,…

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Quick Tip: Save Money by Staying Home

Before moving to the boonies five years ago, we had always lived in suburban areas where stores and restaurants were easily accessible pretty much any time. Although we often bemoan the fact that we have to drive 30 to 45 minutes just to get to, well, anything, the fact is that it saves us a…

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Quick Tip: Use Middle Click, Simplify Your Life

Have you discovered the power of the middle click button on your mouse? When I browse the internet, I am always opening links in new tabs so that I can go back and read them later. In the past, I've right clicked, selected "Open in a New Tab" and then moved on. But did you…

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Quick Tip: Pack a To-Go Bag for Easy Outings

Although we are out of the diaper bag stage and the things we need to take with us on outings is much less than it was when we had several kids under three, we still have a list of things that are helpful to have when we run out for a playdate, family outing or…

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