If you are looking for a recipe for Christmas morning, or an easy weekend recipe, try this Crockpot French Toast recipe. You could also make it the night before and have breakfast ready to go before work or school.

I made it recently and it turned out great. I just used regular sliced bread and since it is in the liquid for quite awhile it soaks it up and puffs up quite a bit.

I had it on for a couple hours longer than the recommended 6 hours and on warm for a couple hours after that and it was still good.

You could put it on before going to bed and have French toast ready when you get up.

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Nancy Kvamme

Z!ng is a dining option that opened earlier this year at 3241 42nd St S, Fargo. It is an app based business, which means once you download the app on your mobile device you can place your order online and your order is ready to pick up when you get there. Orders can also be placed in person or by phone (701-356-3822). If you place an order thru the app or by phone you should not have to wait for your order. If you place your order in person, the wait is usually about 5 – 10 minutes unless there are several orders.

The menu is available on Zingdinner.com, the app or in the store. The meals are cooked and packaged and in most cases you only need to warm them up once you get home. For some of the pasta dishes, the pasta will need to be cooked and added to the sauce once you get home. Most meals can be completed within 15 minutes. Menu items can be ordered in single portions or 2, 4 and 6 person portions. They use USDA guidelines for portion sizes and nutritional information can be found on the website.

I recently picked up a few meals and enjoyed the ones I tried. A couple of the meals were for an elderly couple I know. I tried the Swedish Meatball meal and it tasted great. After being warmed up it tasted fresh and homemade.

It is also a great way for smaller households to get the taste of comfort foods that are difficult to make a small amount, such as lasagna.

There are also holiday meal options available for order which are make it possible for smaller parties to have the taste of a home cooked meal without the expense and time to cook a big meal for a few people.

I would recommend Z!ng to anyone that wants a homecooked meal without the time and labor of making it yourself.

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Photobook America is offering a voucher to purchase one 11″ x 8.5″ hardcover photobook and receive three more for free. You can either get 4 copies of the same book or 4 different designs.
The books are $69.99 plus shipping.

The voucher is valid until June 28, 2015 so you could purchase the voucher now and make the photobooks later.

Photobooks make great gifts and are also a great way to preserve your memories from holidays and other events.

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I recently tried a recipe for Carmelized Onions in the Crockpot. If you like using carmelized onions, it is a great way to have them on hand instead of making them for each recipe.

They can be frozen up to 6 months. The liquid that is left after you have drained the onions can also be frozen to use later. I used some of the liquid last night when making soup.

I used water, beef base powder, about 1/4 cup of the onion liquid, potatoes, corn and noodles to make homemade soup in a few minutes.

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If you still have some holiday shopping to finish you may want to shop online on Thursday, December 18. It is Free Shipping Day and over 900 online retailers will be offering free shipping that day.

Click the link above to see which retailers are participating.

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I have been toying with the idea of teaching cooking lessons, especially for children. I recently learned of the Healthy Hands Cooking instructor training. I have become a Certified Cooking Instructor.

I will be offering cooking lessons for children ages 2 -13 starting after the first of the year in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Information on the classes offered can be found on my website. Gift certificates are also available. Classes range from $20 – $30 for 1 and 2- hour classes to $150 for 8-hour courses. Birthday parties are available at $150 for up to 10 children.

Checkout my Facebook page for information on upcoming classes.

Please contact me with any questions at (701) 799-1857 or nkvamme03@gmail.com.

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With the holidays approaching, you may think you don’t have the time to bake cookies. There was a recent post by Jessica from Good Cheap Eats with 12 cookie recipes. In the post she suggests either freezing the cookie dough before baking or baking the cookies and then freezing. If you freeze the gift the dough that has not been baked, then the recipient can make fresh cookies whenever they want, preferably after the holidays if they have received other goodies.

I made the Chocolate Toffee cookies last night and they were very easy and great tasting.

I am looking forward to trying her recipe for the Mexican Wedding cakes. They were always my favorite when I was growing up. It was what I usually ordered when we went to the bakery with my Grandma.

One way to get a variety of cookies is to arrange a cookie exchange with a group of friends. If each person brings a different type of cookie, each person will be able to leave with a variety of cookies with only making a batch or two.

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I have been a member of the Bluebird Gardens CSA for 4 years and have signed up for a fifth year. They are located by Fergus Falls but make deliveries to the Fargo Moorhead area and various towns in Minnesota. Depending on what size share you purchase you will get a weekly box of vegetables from about the 2nd week of June through the middle of October. Click the link above for a listing of share sizes and prices. New for 2015 you can purchase “Build a box” shares instead of weekly boxes and you can determine what will be in each box. Another difference of the “Build a box” is that you will need to go to the farm to pick them up. I have been getting the share size and it works out to $20 a week for the summer. In most cases you will receive more than if you were to spend $20 at a grocery store or farmers market. It is an even better deal if you freeze or can extras from the weekly boxes or if you pick more at the farm.

It is a great way to get a variety of vegetables and also to try things that may be new to you and you normally would not purchase.

If you join by December 20th your name will be put into a drawing for a variety of prizes.

Along with the weekly deliveries, you will also receive a certain number of tickets (depending on the size of share you purchased) to go to the farm if you want and pick more of certain produce.

I have really enjoyed being a member and receiving weekly boxes the past few summers.

There are other CSAs in the area, but Bluebird Gardens is the only one I am familiar with.

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I recently purchased a turkey breast and tried this recipe. It uses cranberry sauce and I used pineapple juice instead of the orange juice.

It is made in the crockpot but you could cook it in the oven also, until the turkey breast is done.

It was nice and juicy and tasted great.

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The photo above shows some of the books I recently added to my Little Free Library for Christmas. They include both children and adult titles.

My library is located at 3022 18th St S, Fargo. Stop by to see what titles are available. You can take a book, leave a book or both.

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