Understanding the Secret Language of Recipes

The secret to being a better cook is by understanding how recipes are written.  Learn more with this helpful post. #baking101 #cookinghelp #recipes #andersonandgrant

A recipe is like your road map in the kitchen.  If you know how to use it, there is no reason why you can't be successful at baking and cooking basic foods.  Believe it or not, but recipes are written with a "secret formula" helping to ensure that you can understand the steps and process of making the dish.  But the reasoning behind how recipes are written is rarely shared.

You may take an imperfect cake or cookies out of the oven and wonder where you went wrong.  Maybe the cake isn't done on the inside or the cookies became hard from being cooked too long.  Because you had a recipe to follow, you assume that the problem was with your own abilities.  But that isn't necessarily the case.  Most times, the problem is simply that the recipe itself was written in a way that could be misunderstood.

Types of Interior Paint for Your House

Painting a room is one of the most cost effective ways to transform your home.  Nothing will alter the mood or style of your space more than a simple change of color.  A dark color makes your room more moody or cozy feeling, while a lighter color allows in more light making it feel open and alive.

While we spend a lot of time discussing what the "right" paint color would be for a room, there is something equally important to consider before having your paint mixed up.  While the color is what we see, the finish of the paint determines how it appears on your wall and how it will withstand the wear and tear of daily living.

Perpetual Calendar for Remembering Special Dates

Use this handy free printable to record the birthdays, anniversaries, and special days 
of your friends and family each year.

Never forget important birthdays and anniversaries again with this handy perpetual calendar.  Download the free printable at www.andersonandgrant.com.

Have you ever thought about how you feel when someone acknowledges your birthday with a card, email, or even just a text?  Knowing that they remembered and took time out of their schedule to mention your special day makes you feel all warm and happy inside, doesn't it?  We like to be reminded that on at least one day a year we are worth remembering and celebrating.

On the other hand, how do you feel when the realization hits you that you forgot to wish your best friend from high school a happy anniversary?  Or that your best friend from high school forgot about yours?

Quick and Easy Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Are you in need of something delicious for supper, but don't have a lot of time to spend over the stove cooking?  This recipe for Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup is for you as it is made in a slow cooker with leftover chicken and frozen vegetables.

Organizing Spices | Free Printable Spice and Herb Labels

Learn tips for cleaning out your spices in the kitchen, and download some free printable labels for your jars.

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time for taking out the old and bringing in the new.  And there is no better place to start than the spice rack in your kitchen.

Unlike most of the foods you have stored in your cupboard, spices do not actually spoil.  But, their flavor and potency will disappear over time.  After awhile, the spices may not season your food with the same intensity and could even add an undesirable flavor to your dish.  Nobody wants to see that happen.

Learn tips for cleaning out your spices in the kitchen, and download free printable labels for your spice jars.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com

Live Life More Perfect

Happy Monday to you my friends.  The beginning of a new year is always refreshingly filled with hope and promise for the days ahead.  I hope that the holidays were a time of joy and that 2017 has started off well for you.

Over the past year, there were a lot of things I heard talked about that really caused me to pause and think.  More and more people expressed their frustrations over there being way too much to get done and not enough time to do it.  Magazine worthy, Pinterest-perfect images caused people to feel like they must attain the same (unattainable) perfection in their own homes.  Older generations discussed how much simpler and enjoyable life was thirty or more years ago.  Younger mothers turned to frozen chicken nuggets and Kraft macaroni and cheese over a homemade meal for their family, not necessarily for the lack of time but rather the lack of knowledge in how to prepare something from scratch.  And over and over again, people brought up how an overabundance of things in their life was zapping the time and energy from their day.

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