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Hearty Flaxseed Rolls

As the outside temperatures get cooler and cooler, my craving for all things comfort-food related increases.  One food that makes its way into my diet this time of year is homemade bread. Homemade bread goes perfectly with a bowl of steaming soup, another food that takes its place on my must-have comfort food list during the colder months of the year. How to Make Hearty Flaxseed Rolls in Your Bread Machine This post contains affiliate links.  If you make a purchase using one of these links I will receive compensation that helps pay for the costs to maintain this blog. Hearty Flaxseed Rolls Portion control can be an issue when making homemade bread.  After all, who can resist fresh bread? Once you start cutting into the fresh loaf, all self-control seems to float off into the wind.  One way I try to place limits on my bread eating is to make rolls rather than loaves of bread.  For some reason, once I cut into a loaf of bread I feel like the whole thing needs to be eaten.   It

Baked Stuffed Pork Chops, A Family Favorite

My mom, Gloria,  is a terrific home-cook.  Her stuffed baked pork chops recipe is a favorite with our family, especially my sons.  I really haven't made it much over the years because it never seemed to turn out as tasty as Mom's.  One time when Mom made this dish for me and I commented that I just couldn't make my stuffed pork chops taste as good as her's.  As she ran down the recipe I realized I consistently omitted two critical ingredients.  There should have been applesauce in the stuffing and the white wine in the sauce.  Mom had never told me about these secret ingredients. They make all the difference in the world!   Baked Pork Chops with Stuffing Baked Stuffed Pork Chops This pork chops recipe is easy to make and a perfect comfort food for autumn and winter dinners.  I'll often prepare the dish a day ahead and then bake it the next day.  That makes this a great dish for you to prepare on the weekend for cooking early in the week.  It will take an

Light Up Your Life with Pine Cones

Have you noticed how it is getting dark earlier at night these days?  The thing I like least about fall and winter is how early the sun goes down.  Today I'm sharing a simple, pretty solution to the dark hours ahead of us.  Read on for a DIY fall decoration that will light up your life. A Lighted Fall Pine Cone Basket  This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  The compensation I receive when you shop with these links helps to support the costs to publish this blog. A Lighted Basket of Pine Cones There are two solutions I gravitate to to solve my dislike of the dark nights of fall and winter. Sure, you can turn on the lights, but I prefer little pockets of light to brighten the dark corners of my rooms. For that, I'll use either flameless candles or strings of mini LED lights. Flameless candles with automatic timers are my first love.  You'll find them all over my house.  They are easily tucked into shelves and fit nicely into bathr

DIY Cheap and Effective Rug Cleaning

I like to use area rugs to make my home feel warm and inviting.  Area rugs help absorb noise and add pops of color throughout your home.  While regular vacuuming is important, you'll want to deep clean your rugs periodically, especially if you own pets,  Today I want to show you how I clean my area rugs.  It is a cheap and effective rug cleaning method. How to Clean Your Area Rugs (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience ) Cheap and Effective Rug Cleaning This post will focus on cleaning polypropylene rugs like I have in my front entry hall.  These rugs are workhorses and take a beating. That's why polypropylene is a good choice for the entry location. In my experience, good-quality wool rugs can also be cleaned using this method.  Just be sure to test for colorfastness before you begin. I have wool rugs in my family room and living room.  Both are heavily used rooms and I have cleaned those rugs using this method, too. Don't attempt to clean r

The Secret to Easy, Family-Friendly Meals

I don't know what I would do without my pantry.  It is because of my pantry that I can whip up meals for my family relatively quickly any day of the week.  Regular followers of Just One Donna  know that my recipes are straightforward, flavorful, and simple to prepare.  Good food, prepared simply is my goal day in and day out.  A well-stocked pantry will help you to do the same.  September is a perfect time to update your pantry in preparation for end of year holidays and family gatherings. A Guide to a Well-Stocked Pantry (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  Purchases made through these links will help support this blog.) What is a Pantry? For me, the term pantry refers to the places in your kitchen where essential meal planning ingredients and tools are stored.  When I use the term pantry I am talking about the ingredient cabinets and refrigerator space in my kitchen. The most important space I have dedicated to meal planning is the pant

An End of Summer Pizza

The three tomato plants I have in my garden just keep on giving.  I'm not complaining.  I wait for my tomato bounty all year long.  That's why you'll find a lot of tomato recipes on Just One Donna in the summer.  When my garden tomatoes are ready to harvest one of the ways I like to highlight their sweetness is with a pizza.  I keep it simple.  This fresh tomato and mozzarella cheese pizza is a favorite. A Fresh Tomato and Mozzarella Pizza (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  Your purchases made through these links help to support this blog.) Fresh Tomato and Mozzarella Pizza Pizza became easier to make at home than ordering out when I got a pizza stone.  It took me a little while to get the hang of baking pizza with the pizza stone, but once I did my preference for pizza became any kind of pizza I make at home.  No more pizza deliveries here.   When you choose a pizza stone, choose one that can be used in the oven or on the grill.  In my