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We know how busy life can get—kids, work, family, friends … sometimes just getting dinner on the table is a Herculean feat! So in an effort to save our readers some time, effort, and money here are a few tips, tricks, and hacks that might come in handy in your busy world! If life gives you lemons … Make these zingy and festive peppermint stick treats. Lemons are in season, so grab some fresh ones, pop in a peppermint stick, and sip like a straw.

Stack your snacks! Snacks on the go! Just purchase a plastic tacklebox/toolbox and stack your snacks to your heart’s delight!

TIPS, Chop hours off your prep time. Pick up ingredients from your grocery store’s salad bar— think chopped onions, trimmed beans, sliced peppers, hard-boiled eggs, and crumbled bacon.

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Mug Mac n’ Cheese Mix half a cup of water and half a cup of elbow noodles in a LARGE mug and microwave for 2-3 minutes then stir. Add 3 tablespoons milk and a ¼-cup shredded cheddar cheese and microwave for another 30 seconds.

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That was easy! A fitted sheet makes a great tablecloth … especially for the kids’ table!

Grate Ideas for Grilling Use tied herbs as a basting brush. When finished, place the used herb-brush on cutting board, put the meat on top to rest, then cut directly on the bundled herbs … talk about flavor! w