In need of a quick homemade meal to feed the family? Try this easy pasta bake—it’s ready in under 30 minutes, and with one pot, cleanup is a breeze!

One-Pot Pizza Pasta
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One-Pot Pizza Pasta
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Ingredients
  • 16 ounces Italian sausage
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 16-ounce box uncooked pasta
  • 2 15-ounce cans tomato sauce
  • 1 5-ounce package pepperoni
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
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Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, cook Italian sausage until browned, or about 3-5 minutes. Drain if desired. Stir in water, pasta, tomato sauce, ½ cup pepperoni, basil, oregano, and garlic powder, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 10-12 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from heat. Top with remaining pepperoni and mozzarella. Cover immediately with foil until cheese is melted, or about 2 minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley, and serve!

There’s nothing better than the smells of a Minnesota summer—blooming flowers and fresh lemonade by day, and woodsy cuddles near the campfire by night. With these two summer blends, you can get the best of both worlds, all in the comfort of your own home.

Summer Diffuser Blends
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Summer Diffuser Blends
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Ingredients
Citrus Burst
  • 4 drops spearmint essential oil
  • 2 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
Cozy Campfire
  • 2 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 2 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 2 drops cypress essential oil
  • 1 drop arborvitae essential oil
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Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients for each blend in a diffuser as directed.

Indulge your taste buds with this plant-based burger filled with bold flavors for a healthy twist on dinner.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers
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Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked sweet potato, mashed
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
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Instructions
  1. Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until a loose dough is made. Portion and patty the dough into burgers. Cook on the grill, turning once, until heated through. Serve with your favorite burger toppings. You can double the recipe and freeze the patties for convenient, healthy burgers any time!

Forget those pesky bugs—create your own bug spray to use around your house or yard to fight off those unwanted insects.

Basic Bug Spray
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Basic Bug Spray
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Ingredients
  • 2 ounces witch hazel
  • 2 ounces distilled water
  • 15 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 20 drops citronella essential oil
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Instructions
  1. In a 4-ounce spray bottle, add witch hazel, distilled water, and essential oils. Shake well before each use and spray on clothes and exposed skin. Reapply as often as needed.

Dreading shaving the stubble? If your skin is easily irritated, it’s time for a natural, homemade aftershave spray to help soothe your skin.

Natural Aftershave
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Natural Aftershave
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Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons witch hazel
  • 4 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  • 2 tablespoons organic grain alcohol
  • 6 drops sandalwood or cedarwood
  • 3 drops frankincense essential oil
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Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass spray bottle. Spray onto hands and gently pat face after shaving to soothe skin. Store in the refrigerator up to two weeks.
Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from naturallivingfamily.com.

Packed with muscle-building nutrients, these homemade protein bars feature healthy, whole foods as ingredients—and they’re perfect as an on-the-go, tasty, and energizing snack.

Homemade Cherry Almond Protein Bars
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Homemade Cherry Almond Protein Bars
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Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen dark sweet cherries
  • 5 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup liquid egg white product
  • 1/2 cup Almond Meal
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Chop frozen cherries and place them on two layers of paper towels in a small bowl. Let sit for 30-40 minutes, allowing to thaw and for some of the juices to drain. In a large mixing bowl, combine cherries, protein powder, liquid egg white product, almond meal, almonds, water, honey, almond butter, and vanilla. Spray a baking pan with cooking spray. Pour protein bar mixture evenly into the pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cooked through.
Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from menshealth.com.

Fill up on this healthy, easy-to-make quinoa bowl made with fresh ingredients.

Southwest Quinoa Bowl
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Southwest Quinoa Bowl
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Ingredients
  • 1 package quinoa brown rice blend
  • 1 tablespoon red onion, diced
  • 1-2 tablespoons avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup corn
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheese
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Instructions
  1. Make quinoa rice blend according to package instructions. Set aside.
  2. Place 1 cup of quinoa rice blend in a bowl. Top with remaining ingredients.

Create your own at-home spa day with this natural, exfoliating scrub that will leave your skin feeling refreshed and invigorated.

Citrus Mint Salt Scrub
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Citrus Mint Salt Scrub
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups coarse sea salt
  • 1/4 cup sweet almond or shea oil
  • 15 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • Zest of 1 grapefruit
  • glass jar
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Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a large stainless steel or glass bowl. Mix until well combined. Rub zest between fingertips to release some of the color, giving the scrub a pretty orange hue.
  2. Add the scrub to a jar and enjoy, or give as a gift!

With sweet and savory ingredients, this slow cooker teriyaki chicken recipe is easy to make, yet big on flavor—and is sure to be a big hit at the dinner table, too!

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken Thighs
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Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken Thighs
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Ingredients
  • 3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thights
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 4 teaspoon cold water
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Instructions
  1. Place chicken thighs in the bottom of a five-quart slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger, and pepper. Pour over chicken, and cook (covered) on low for 4-5 hours or until chicken is tender. Remove chicken and place on a serving platter, and keep warm. Transfer cooking juices to a small saucepan, skimming fat as needed, and bring to a boil. In a small bowl, stir together cornstarch and cold water until smooth. Add to cooking juices, and return to a boil, cooking and stirring for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Serve sauce with chicken over rice or vegetables, if desired.
Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from tasteofhome.com.

Try this simple all-purpose cleaner using a few basic pantry items to get your home clean and smelling as sweet as spring

Springtime All-Purpose Cleaner
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Springtime All-Purpose Cleaner
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Lemon rind
  • Fresh rosemary sprig
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Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass spray bottle, shake well, and let infuse for one week before using. When ready, use your all-purpose cleaner to remove hard water stains, wipe down countertops, or clean trash bins. As an added bonus (besides the fresh scent!), the lemon rind acts as a cleaning power boost. Caution: Do not use acidic cleaners on granite.
Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from goodhousekeeping.com