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Lemon-Lime Cupcakes

These lemon-lime cupcakes are one of my favorites cupcake treats.  I love them any time of year, but the lemon-lime flavor is especially perfect for spring. The cupcakes have a subtle lemon-lime flavor from both lemon zest and lime zest and a little added juice from the lemon and lime.  You can add a little more juice if you prefer, but I like the hint of citrus flavor. Lemon-Lime Cupcakes with Lemon-Lime Cream Cheese Frosting (This post contains affiliate links that compensate me when you buy.)  The cream cheese frosting is speckled with both lemon and lime zest and flavored with a little more juice from the lemon and lime.  Taste the frosting as you go to achieve the level of citrus flavor you want. One teaspoon of each juice is a good place to start. I've made these cupcakes as both traditional-sized cupcakes and as minis.  Both sizes work well. You'll find the cake to be moist and dense.  This is a cupcake with some substance.  They freeze very well

4 Steps to Growing a Ficus Tree in Your Home

I've had a ficus tree, also known as a weeping fig, in my home for 34 years.  It's thriving. It's not too big and it makes just the impact that I'm looking for in a room with very high ceilings. If you have a space that you need to fill think about getting yourself a ficus tree.  It will give you many years of beauty and joy. It really doesn't take a whole lot of care to keep a ficus tree living for 34 years.  To keep it green and pretty and a living and breathing part of your home and decor for all that time takes minimal time and effort. Watch My Ficus Care Video Be Sure You Have the Right Light My ficus tree is in a room that is south facing.  West light comes in through a window on the side of the tree. My tree loves it in its southwest position.  At first, I tried it in another place in the house and it dropped its leaves. A ficus tree will talk to you.  It will tell you when it's not happy. It will drop and drop and drop its leaves. When I moved my tree to

Chocolate Chip Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

This combination of chocolate chips, coconut, and oatmeal makes a cookie that will make you say yum. When you're not sure whether you want a chocolate chip cookie or an oatmeal cookie, why not combine the two?   Add some coconut and voila! Chewy deliciousness! This is a simple drop cookie that you can easily customize.  Choose the chocolate chips you like best.  Milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, or white chocolate chips will each add a burst of flavor. I choose to use unsweetened coconut flakes in this cookie but you can use sweetened coconut if you want additional sweetness.  The coconut adds a yummy chewiness to the cookie. The bake time for the cookie will vary with the size of your cookies and your oven.  I like to use a scoop for uniform cookies that are about three inches in size.  Start by checking your cookies at ten minutes of baking time.  Mine take fourteen minutes in my oven. Chocolate Chip Coconut Oatmeal Cookies Print the Recipe Ingredients 1 cup

3 Keys to the Best Vegetable Soup

You CAN make a delicious soup once you understand the basics.  Making vegetable soup is a great way to perfect your soup skills. This recipe shows you just how simple soup can be.  There are three keys to making a delicious vegetable soup. 1. Use fresh, flavorful ingredients 2. Taste as you go 3. Focus on the broth When you are making a vegetable soup the veggies are the star.  That means you want to use delicious tasting vegetables.  A combination of multiple kinds of vegetables will give you a breadth of natural flavors that infuse the broth and meld together nicely. You also don't want to overcook your soup.  A flavorful soup does not need to cook for hours on your stove.  This is actually a quick soup to make. As you layer the ingredients into your soup you will want to taste your progress after each step.  This will help you to know whether you need to enhance the flavor in any way. This recipe relies on salt, pepper, a

How to Trap and Get Rid of Fruit Flies

What can you do to kill fruit flies?  We've all been there.  Fruit flies in the kitchen.  Fruit flies in the bathroom.  Fruit flies buzzing around everywhere in your home.   It's a frustrating problem that happens to everyone at one time or another.  If you are a fresh fruit and produce lover you certainly know what I mean. How to Kill Fruit Flies with Two Ingredients Those pesky little buggers can often be brought into your home on the vegetables and fruit you buy. There are many solutions offered for fruit fly traps to help you solve your problem.   A quick Amazon search found these products. You can spend your money on one of these solutions or I can save you a whole lot of your hard-earned cash today. My solution is the best.  Here's why: You have the ingredients in your kitchen now.  You need apple cider vinegar and a mild dish liquid . It's a healthy, family-friendly solution. It works quickly. Two-Ingredient No Pesticide Fruit Fly Trap

Mushroom & Onion Smothered Chicken Thighs

Are you looking for a recipe to break you out of your chicken rut? This sauced-up chicken thighs recipe will do that.  The mushroom-onion cream sauce elevates boneless chicken thighs to a lip-smacking level of yumminess your family will thank you for. Chicken Thighs in Mushroom-Onion Cream Sauce This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  I receive compensation to help support publishing this blog when you shop with these links. Smothered Chicken Thighs Caramelized onions are one of the keys to the amazing flavor of this chicken dish. Yes, they take a little time and effort.  You may be tempted to rush this step in the preparation process, but taking the time to caramelize the onion will add a great depth of color and flavor to the end result. Please don't rush this step.

Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs

Beef short ribs make a perfect meal for a cold winter weekend.  Hearty and flavorful, it's a dish that you'll want to share with family and friends.  This isn't a hard recipe to make but it does take a little time to prepare.  That is time well spent, friends. Hearty Beef Short Ribs Beef short ribs can be pricey, so make sure you are getting good ones with plenty of meat on the bone.  You want fat for flavor, but you won't be eating the fat. You'll want to make this meal when you have a full day because they take four to five hours to cook in your oven or slow cooker .  I prefer my slow cooker but the oven works just as well.  Making the short ribs a day in advance is even better because you will have time to chill the sauce and separate the fat.  Then you can either serve it as an au jus or thicken to serve as a gravy. Also, make sure you have a nice bottle of dry red wine on hand.  It makes a difference to the flavor s