Author Archives: Mary Biever

About Mary Biever

High energy wife & mom of teens who loves fun adventures. Passionate about social media, technology, cooking, gardening, 4-H, and building community.

Christmas Menu

“No poultry or ham,” was the only request my family made for Christmas dinner this year.  Out go our normal menu choices.  What to fix? Bacon-wrapped Maple Pork Loin Applesauce (home-canned) Spinach salad with mandarin oranges Twice-baked potatoes Roasted vegetables – … Continue reading

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8 Tricks to Destress & Delegate Thanksgiving Dinner

I reinvented Thanksgiving dinner last year, and not by choice. Cooking is my passion, and  Thanksgiving dinner is one of my favorite dinners to fix for my family. Last year, things changed. I was recovering from major surgery, forbidden from driving, … Continue reading

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7 Bacon Brunch Recipes for a College Dorm

Here’s my challenge from Twitter tonight: what kind of bacon brunch recipes can you make in a college dorm kitchen with an oven, stove, and microwave with limited ingredients? Make good bacon. Either cook it in the microwave or bake … Continue reading

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Chicken Noodle Soup

This is not your grandma’s chicken soup. I was going to take a photo of the soup, but my teen-aged son ate it before I could find the camera. Ingredients: 1 fryer 4 carrots, peeled 4 stalks of celery 2 onions … Continue reading

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Tropical Fruit Salad

You can make this advance when you’re really busy. Ingredients 1 29 oz. can Del Monte tropical fruit mix 1 15 oz. can Del Monte chunky fruit 2 Red Delicious apples Mix cans of fruit together. Cut up apples and … Continue reading

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Aunt Lena’s 6 Bean Salad

My Aunt Lena was really my great-aunt, and she was one of the best cooks I’ve ever known. When she was in her 90’s, she would make her 3 bean salad in large batches. Her neighbors in her assisted living … Continue reading

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Roasted California Blend

Fresh vegetables take a whole new blend when roasted, and they are easy to make. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick foil. Toss vegetables in olive oil, just enough to coat. For today’s menu, … Continue reading

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Smoky Turkey Chowder

Stop! Don’t throw out the turkey carcass after you bake a turkey! Refrigerate it, and use it to make the hands down best broth you’ll ever love for soup. This chowder is good whether the turkey was smoked or baked. … Continue reading

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Speedy Skillet Spinach Frittata

I first started making skillet frittatas years ago with boxes of Betty Crocker hash browns.  A couple of years ago, Betty Crocker reformulated them, and I don’t like the new ones as well.  So I altered the recipe to use … Continue reading

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Meatloaf Like You Wish Grandma Made

Fifteen years ago, I tasted the best meatloaf of my life and spent over a year experimenting with techniques and recipes to make my own better.  This is the result of my work: 2 lb. ground round beef 1 lb. … Continue reading

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