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Brewer's yeast/Lacation Booster

Dallas, TX

A mom gave me a receipe for lactation cookies that called for Brewer's yeast in them and not only are they yummy but they really have helped boost my milk supply. The Brewer's yeast comes in a big can though. Anyone else have any other receipes they can share that I can use the Brewer's yeast in? Would like to add variety so I don't get burned out on the cookies. :) Thanks in advance!

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Cafe Mocha

Dallas, TX

I love my cafe mochas! I usually get them from Starbucks but also like them from It's a Grind. Anyways, now that I am trying to stick to a budget I can't buy them all the time. How do you make one? I cannot afford a coffee machine but didn't know if it was still possible to make. Just hoping there is a former Starbucks worker on here to give me the inside scoop! Also, I remember reading in a magazine a long time ago about combining coffee and hot chocolate cocoa mix but when I tried it it was horrible. Maybe I left out an ingredient?

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Can Banana Pudding Be Made the Day Before with Fresh Bananas?

Austin, TX

I am going to make a huge banana pudding for tomorrow afternoon. I usually make it the morning of the event, but I will not have time tomorrow. I usually do layers of pudding with layers of fresh bananas. Then I top it with fresh bananas. I was going to make the pudding, but wait to place the bananas on top till right before I deliver the pudding, but do you think the "layered bananas will still be ok tomorrow and not turn brown by tomorrow afternoon? Thank you for your help.

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Christmas Eve Ideas

Norfolk, VA

Over the past 14 years, my husband and I have hosted Christmas at our house a few times. We have never been able to figure out what to do for Christmas Eve. Our time and effort goes to Christmas Day breakfast and dinner, so we don't want to exhaust ourselves with Christmas Eve. One year we tried to take everyone out, and after driving around for a long time the only thing we found open was Chinese take-out, which is what we ended up having. We have a new daughter and will be hosting Christmas more often now, and I would like to start a Christmas Eve tradition that we will follow with her. Any ideas??

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Dip Recipes

New York, NJ

Hi everyone, My kids love to dip raw vegetables, especially carrots. I am very happy with this since I can't get them to eat cooked veggies. Does anyone have any good dip recipes that are healthy? I really do not like to buy the one's in the store, like Marie's, because there's a lot of fat and sodium in most of them. I would like to try making my own. Thanks!

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Feeding a Picky 4 Year Old

Phoenix, AZ

My 4 year old son is the pickiest eater. IF the food does not look appetizing he will refuse to eat, I was told don't worry he will eat when he gets hungry!!! Not true he will go all day if I let him. I have tried everything if anyone has any ideas or recipes they will all be greatly appreciated.. I have tried the pedisure and he does not like them.. It's not that he snacks all day either he very rarely eats sweets he will eat eggs (sometimes) fruit but no veggies at all...

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Gluten Free Breakfast Ideas

Austin, TX

Hello moms! My mother-in-law is coming to celebrate Christmas with us this weekend and I want to make her a special breakfast. The past three years have been extremely hard on her. She has a mystery illness (or combination of problems) and after countless doctor visits that have taken her as far as Chicago and back they are only now starting to figure out what is wrong with her...but there still is no clear diagnosis or solution. She has been in severe pain and discomfort for such a long long time. One of their thoughts is that she has celiac disease as well as migraine disease so her doctors have put her on a very strict diet that excludes gluten as well as foods that have been known to cause migraines such as peanuts, bananas, and citrus. I would love to make her a special breakfast while she is here, but haven't a clue as to what kinds of things I could make! If anyone has any ideas or websites that they could direct me to I would be very grateful! Thanks so much!

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Have an Awesome Recipe for Enchiladas? Please Share!

Dallas, TX

We are going to Florida to be with my husbands family for Christmas, so we're having my family over on the 20th to exchange gifts. I have to make dinner for everyone, so I figured enchiladas since you can make a huge batch at once. I absolutely love cheese enchiladas, but every time I make them, the tortillas get too cruchy and and besides that, they're just plain. Can you super smart mamas help me out?????

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Hosting Thanksgiving

Norfolk, VA

Hello! This year I am hosting Thanksgiving, its my first year EVER to do this and I need some help. I have a few friends coming from NC to having Thanksgiving with my hubby and me. I am a little clueless on how to cook the turkey. ( I mean I know you put in in the oven lol) but what kind of seasoning do I put on it and how long would I leave it in? Also what other kind of dishs can I make? So far I was thinking mashed potatoes, stuffing, turkey (of course), and pecan & pumpkin pies..... Any other ideas? Its only going to be 2 friends, me & my son... My husband is in the Navy and has duty so we may go to the ship to be with him so anything I can make that wouldnt be too much or too messy in the car!

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I Need a GREAT Christmas Dinner Recipe!

Dallas, TX

I'm hosting Christmas dinner for my parents, my in laws, and my sister and her boyfriend :) I'm trying to find a great dinner recipe. I'm cooking the main dish and then everyone will bring all of the side dishes. I'm thinking about making some kind of brisket but I'm open to suggestions about any kind of main meat dish. Also, I'm a "Follow the Recipe" type of cook so I need a recipe to follow :) Does anyone have a fabulous recipe that you could share? Thank you!! D.

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Ice Pack for Lunch

Dallas, TX

Hi everyone Thanks for being so resourceful!! I was wondering if anyone knows where I can purchase a small ice pack for my twin 2 year olds lunch boxes? I want to make sure their lunch stays cold during the days they're in preschool when they take their lunch. Thanks A.

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In Search of the BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

St. Louis, IL

Hello fellow moms! I am in search of a chocolate chip cookie recipe. The type I am looking for are the ones that come out buttery, flat and crispy. I have tried different kinds to bake but mine seem to come out soft and cake-like. I know some people like them that way, but I don't. If anyone can reccomend a recipe to me, please do. Thanks

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Kid Friendly Meals

Dallas, TX

I'm taking a meal to a family that just had a recent addition. There are already 3 kids in the family, and I'm not sure what kids like to eat (my daughter eats a lot of table food, but I don't think she has reached that picky stage yet). I feel like all my recipes are too spicy or unappealing for kids! Any suggestions that the kids and parents would enjoy?

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Kids Lunches

Dallas, TX

So I have a few questions...I know this has been asked but mine is a bit tricky. My daughter goes to school from 9:30 - 2:30 I have been giving her tha basic PB and J with a fruit bar and juice. I was wondering about any other ideas about lunch. My son goes from 11:30 - 2:30 and he is a VERY picky eater. Only foods he eats are microwave only (ex: chicken nuggets, corny dogs, and mini burgers).....I have been just giving him a granola bar and juice to hold him over for that 3 hours making sure he eats on the way. They do not have a microwave but will fresh chicken nuggets keep for 1 hr or 2 if wrapped in foil? I havent tried this but I am looking for something to do till he gets out of this picky phase. Any suggestions or ideas would be GREAT.

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Leftovers!

Dallas, TX

I know this is miniscule compared to what some moms ask, but does anyone know what I can make with left over pot roast? I am new to this cooking thing and I keep cooking for an army instead of a family of 4. My husband hates leftovers, but maybe if I can make the leftovers new again it would be okay. As a matter of fact, please tell me any great leftover ideas you have! Thanks!

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Looking for a Dinner Recipe for Friends

Dallas, TX

I'm inviting another family over for dinner. I'm vegeterian so I never cook meals with meat. But now that my son is getting older. I want to invite the families of his playmates over for dinner - but I don't know what to cook. Can anyone share with me their favorite dinner recipes for guest? Thanks!!

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Looking for Soup/salad Noodles in Fun Shapes

San Francisco, CA

Hello fellow mommies! I was wondering if any of you knew where I can find soup/salad noodles in cool shapes (abc's, stars, etc..) for my daughter. I'm in the process of giving her more solid foods and would like to give her noodles that I don't have to cut up. I know they exist because a friend of mine has used them and she doesn't remember where she got them. I'm going to try orzo soon, but I thought stars, abc's would be fun for her, since she loves the little Gerber star shaped puffs. I've looked at Safeway, Long's, PW Market without any success. Whole Foods, Cost Plus, Lucky's, Raley's are next on my list. If you have any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it!! Thanks!!

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Meal Suggestions for 15 Month Old

Chicago, IL

Can anyone give me some suggestions on what to feed my son. I feel like I feed him the same things. Some of the things he eats so far are: hot dogs, pastina with the laughing cow Swiss cheese that he loves sometimes mixed with broccoli, Mac-n-cheese, pasta w/ red sauce, grilled cheese. I've tried like casserole things, but he won't eat it. He's not a fan of cold meals like lunchables either. I know he can pretty much eat what we eat, but honestly I'm not that mom who cooks every night or even that good at it (although I wish I was). So please help. What are some of the things you feed your kids?

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Menu Planner/Organizer

Chicago, IL

Hi, I am looking for a good, free, menu planning/meal shopping organizing site. Our family eats very healthy, so I don't like the free ones from the major food manufacturers because they push their overprocessed products. I want one that lets me search and add recipes and also upload my own recipes. Then I want to set the number of servings and generate a shopping list. Does such a thing exist?

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Need Helpful Hint for Stuck Coringware

Dallas, TX

I hope this doesn't sound stupid. My husband is the cook of the family. I've got 2 pieces of Corningware nestled together, one inside of another, for storage. They are very stuck together, and I can't get them apart. I've tried putting them in the freezer, I've tried putting water in them and heating for steam, I'm even sprayed with cooking oil and pulled and pulled. Nothing works and I'm trying not to break them either. Any ideas?

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Need Ideas for Fast, Easy and Cheap Side Item

Kansas City, KS

We have a pool party/BBQ this Saturday and I need a good idea for a side item to take to the party. It needs to be fast and easy (I would rather spend my free time with my adorable 6-month-old than cooking/baking!!) as well as CHEAP!! But I want it to be appealing to eat and not just a bag of chips or pasta salad from the store. Any suggestions?

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Need Snack Ideas for a Get Together

Dallas, TX

hi moms... im having a get together tomorrow for like 10-15 women and need some ideas on quick ,easy,cheap finger food snacks for the party. also any punh recipes will help too. there are some picky eaters so im not sure what will be best for a variety of eaters...thanks in advance :P

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Peanut Butter Cookies and Others

Portland, OR

I have a cupboard full of peanut butter! There is soooo much! I need an awesome pb cookie recipe (preferrably by tonight to surprise DH) and any other pb recipe/ideas you might have. Toddler friendly preferred, but I'll take anything as DH and I can enjoy afer babies go down at night. Thanks!! *EDIT* Thanks for the concern - I have read about it like everyone else and looked up the ONE line of pb I buy before I posted. Also have read the ingredients and we're fine here.

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Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes Needed in H-E-B!

Dallas, TX

Hi everyone! I am looking for new recipes, my family and I are tired of the same old dinners every night. I would love Crock-Pot recipes, the only thing I know how to make is a roast in my Crock-Pot. My kids aren't very picky but my husband is the one that I have to work around, he doesn't like a like of ground beef recipes. I really need your help! What are some dinners that your family enjoys?

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Recipe Software Suggestions

Dallas, TX

Do any of you use or have recommendations for a recipe software for storing your recipes? I used Mastercook years ago and would like to try getting my meal planning organized again. I'm looking for something that will allow me to store my recipes, automatically double or half a recipe and provide me nutritional information based on the ingredients in teh recipe. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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Recipe Using Mushrooms

Augusta, GA

Our family does not generally eat mushrooms. I bought some for a pizza for my husband but have a lot left over and I am not sure what to do with them. The kids don't like them and I am not particularly fond of them. It would be great if I could get some recipes that use mushrooms and hide them. Thanks!

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Recipes Needed for Son's Bday Cookout

Dallas, TX

Hey ladies! I am having a party for about 40-60 people for my son's 2nd birthday. We are grilling ribs, k-bobs (chx and steak), wings, mini hambergers and hotdogs. We will a big pot of mashed potatoes, salads, chips and dips. What else do i need? Is this enough?? i feel like i need something else or something more "formal"..? Any ideas!?!?! Thanks!

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Saving Dinner...

Dallas, TX

I went to lunch with a missionary friend who was in town yesterday, and my husband had "daddy duty". He's an awesome husband and dad, but relatively inexperienced with running everything alone, or cooking...he overcooked some very big, nice steaks and is really beating himself up over them. They were fine, just way too dry to eat as "steak and baked potato". Money is very tight and we don't want to waste it. I was wondering if anyone had any recipes or meal ideas for the steak to be sliced up into, that would have a little moisture (lol). He did this last year with sausage that was too dry, and I just cooked onions, green & red peppers from our garden, spaghetti sauce with the sausage sliced up, served over rice, and it was great. Hoping to save money and not waste the steaks, and also save my husband's ego by using the meat he prepared in a good meal. Any ideas or recipes?

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Snacks to Take on a Long Drive

Dallas, TX

Hello moms, I was wondering if any of you have great idea for snacks to take on long trips. Good trail mix recipes. (I do have small kids 2, 4, & 9)I would prefer something that is not sticky. Two kids are in car seats. We will be traveling to Salt Lake UT and then over to Rapid City SD. (very long trip) Any other ideas about what to take would great too. Thanks J.

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Sneaking Veggies into Food

Stockton, CA

I am trying to find good recipes or good ways to sneak vegetables into my sons food. He is always constipated and his Dr said it is because he is not getting enough good fiber. She told me that he needs to start eating more vegetable. He is 2 1/2 and a very picky eater! He won't eat most of the foods that you could hide vegetable in. I put veggies on his plate with every meal, but he just won't eat them. His diet pretty must consists of sausage, chicken nuggets, pizza, fruit, rice, pasta (but only spaghetti) and yogurt.

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Sun Butter in Cookies

Pittsburgh, PA

I was wondering if anyone knows if you can substitute Sunbutter in place of peanut butter in recipes. My son has a peanut / tree nut allergy & I was hoping to make cookies for the holidays (for example, the Peanut Butter Blossoms with the Hershey's Kiss in the center). Thank you so much for your help. Have a Happy Holiday Season!!

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Super Bowl Food

San Francisco, CA

I just got a call from my aunt inviting me to her super bowl party. Once I said yes she said, "what can you bring?" I'm on Weight Watcher and in the process of changing my life style and training myself to eat healthy. She's a vegetarian, although other people at the party are meat eaters. What is a cheap, healthy, easy to assemble appetizer for the Super Bowl? Thank you!

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Warm Milk

Dallas, TX

Ok this may sound weird but I have never made warm milk and the doctor told me to make my son some to help relax before bed I don't want to screw it up I will be most grateful for any help with this! Thanks!

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What Next?

Dallas, TX

Hey moms, My family and I are really trying to change our eating habits. I need some healthy new meal ideas (meats, desserts, side dishes, etc). FYI: our all time favorite is Mexican, we could literally eat it everyday, 3 times a day. LOL. So let me know what recipes you guys have that's big on flavor but figure friendly! Thanks!

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Why Does My Baby like Store Bought Food over My Homemade Food?

Los Angeles, CA

I've been using my Vitamix blender to make my own fresh baby food for my 7 month old. This is a commercial grade blender that blends nearly as smooth as store bought. Yet she perfers canned pea taiste to fresh peas and so on. Esspecially the fruit she perfers store bought. I'm buying fresh seasonal fruit and blending at the peak of ripeness. Should I add some agave nectar? Maybe some Karo's syrup? Just kidding on the syrup. Any advice to get her to perfer my cooking? I've chosen to use store bought for convinience when we are out and about. Sometimes when I sense she's not filling up on my food, I offer the store bought and she gloms it down!

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Why Is My Son Not Eating What I Give Him

Los Angeles, CA

Ok... so my son is two (as of last week) and for months now... he has decided he does not like the foods that I give him -- Its difficult because I cant talk him through it and give altimatums -- he does not understand SOME things but I still try -- He will not eat meat most of all -- I give his several choices -- might that be the problem? any ideas? I refuse to cook one thing for my husband and I and other for my son -- I will not cook chicken nuggets every night -- please help =-= thank you so much C.

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Would Love Some Suggestions!

Los Angeles, CA

When my kiddos were first toddlers and trying new foods I made a point to serve all veggies etc to them without dips/sauces/cheese etc hoping that I wouldn't produce kids who would only eat their broccoli if I smothered it in cheese sauce. Well now thats kind of biting me in the butt b/c I feel like I am very limited in what I can serve them as "main dishes." If anything is seasoned beyond salt and pepper they won't touch it and I am sick of serving them plain chicken, plain rice and steamed veggies. Of course the one "saucy" thing they WILL eat is mac n cheese, but we all know how healthy THAT is. Anyone have any food ideas for kids who like everything plain? Thanks!!

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