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Mouthwatering Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipes

Barbecue sauce is serious business for some, and it seems like everyone has strong opinions on the matter. We say, why just stick to one? There are so many to try, whether they get their distinctive taste from fruit, soda or spices, they all have one thing in common—the YUM factor! Have a great summer trying out these recipes for a tasty, sweet and tangy delight.

Fruity BBQ sauces

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Fruity BBQ Sauces

These BBQ sauces get a sweet punch from fresh fruit. What a great way to incorporate summer’s harvest into your festivities. 

Fiery Peach BBQ Sauce from Kitchen Confidante

Blackberry BBQ Sauce from Smitten Foodie

Roasted Strawberry BBQ Sauce from Ziplist

Fizzy BBQ sauces
Fizzy BBQ sauces

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Fizzy BBQ Sauces

Soda is the hidden ingredient in these two BBQ sauce recipes:

10 Minute Best Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce from Linda at With A Blast

Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce from the Noble Pig

Date BBQ sauce
Date BBQ sauce

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Date BBQ Sauce

This Medjool Date BBQ sauce has no refined sugars. Plus, it is gluten free, vegan and naturally sweet. 

NC BBQ sauce
NC BBQ sauce

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North Carolina BBQ Sauce

Classic Hill Country North Carolina Barbecue Sauce gets its zing from crushed red pepper and vinegar.

BBQ bible
BBQ bible

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Asian-Inspired BBQ Sauce

Tired of your usual BBQ sauce? Give this Great Wall Barbecue Sauce from the Steven Raichlen recipe book Barbecue! Bible: Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades, Bastes, Butters, and Glazes a try. It contains ginger, rice vinegar and soy sauce to give it an Asian accent. 

This was originally posted on July 9, 2014 at http://www.craftfoxes.com/blog/homemade-bbq-sauce-recipes.

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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.

Celebrate Canada Day with Recipes Featuring Maple Syrup

Happy Canada Day! Canada Day celebrates the anniversary of three colonies being united in 1867. And what is more Canadian than maple syrup? We hope you enjoy these recipes for both sweet and savory treats loaded with the good stuff…and a few surprising ingredients, too!

black-bean-maple-truffle

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Fudgy Maple Pop

There is a reason Mom sometimes won’t advertise the ingredients until after you’ve tried it. These secretly healthy black bean truffles with maple syrup are good, and good for you, even if most people don’t think of beans and sweet treats in the same context. They are also packed with protein powder for an extra boost. These truffle pops won’t bust your waistline, so be brave and give them a chance.

cookies

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Crunchy Maple-Inspired Cookies

Maple syrup jazzes up these cookies. Warning: you will want more than one!

Vermont Maple Meringue Cookies by King Arthur Flour

Maple Almond Butter Cookies by Sweet and Natural

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Gluten-Free Mug Pancake

Sometimes you just crave a pancake or two, but you can’t justify making a whole batch. This gluten-free mug pancake uses maple syrup as the sweetener and won’t leave you feeling sluggish like it’s flour-based counterpart. Plus, it is a snap to make and clean up.

maple-syrup-popcorn

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Maple Glazed Popcorn

Although scientists agree all sugar is processed the same way in our bodies, maple syrup offers something many of the other sugars don’t —nutrients. Maple syrup contains higher doses of manganese, zinc, calcium, B2, magnesium and potassium —beating out both honey and agave nectar. This tasty treat isn’t overly sweet — just right for a quick snack.

main dish

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Savory Sweet Meat Dishes

Maple syrup isn’t only for yummy treats. These meat dishes get a sweet kick from maple syrup as well.

Chipotle Maple Chicken by the Creekside Cook
Oven Roasted Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin with Maple-Ginger Glaze by the Tasty Kitchen

spaghetti-squash-with-maple-syrup

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Light and Healthy Maple Spaghetti

Spaghetti Squash with Maple Syrup and Shallots is a great dinner. Just add a side salad and you are good to go — or it makes a great side to a main dish like the maple pork tenderloin or chicken.

Brussels-Sprouts-with-Walnuts

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Sweet Greens

This often-overlooked veggie is treated with a healthy dose of sweetness – try these Brussels Sprouts with Maple Syrup and Walnuts. Tasty and good for you!

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Sweet and Salty Carrots

Save some bacon from your breakfast to sprinkle over this yummy recipe of Maple Glazed Carrots with Bacon.

Originally posted by Melissa Legates on Jul 01, 2014 at http://www.craftfoxes.com/blog/happy-canada-day

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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.

 

 

 

Juneteenth Celebration

Soul Food Recipes to Celebrate Juneteenth

Juneteenth Celebration
Juneteenth Celebration

Note: Juneteenth is coming up this Thursday. Here are some great BBQ recipes for the celebration. Juneteenth is an annual celebration where African-Americans come together with family and friends to celebrate the end of slavery. It started in Texas because freed slaves there found out a whole TWO AND HALF YEARS after President Lincoln passed the Emancipation Proclamation that they were actually free. Sometimes progress takes some time to filter down in society.

Originally posted by Melissa Legates on Jun 17, 2014 at http://www.craftfoxes.com/blog/soul-food-recipes-to-celebrate-juneteenth

June 19th, known as Juneteenth, is a national commemoration of the end of slavery in the US. Juneteenth is about people of all races, nationalities and religions coming together to acknowledge a time in our history that continues to influence our society today. Families around the country celebrate with barbecues and picnics, so here’s a collection of soul food recipes that will surely please everyone!

Molasses-Barbecue-Sauce

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Molasses BBQ Sauce

This molasses BBQ sauce from Fredrick Douglass Opie, author of Hog and Hominy: Soul Food from Africa to America, is great on beef, pork or chicken.

fried_catfish

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Fried Catfish Fillets

You’ll love this spicy, fried catfish from the author of Cajun Cuisine and More, Paul Raphael. Serve it with hush puppies and sweet potato fries.

collard-greens

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Greens with Ham Hocks

Author of The Southern Slow CookerKendra Bailey Morris, cooks up delicious collard greens with ham hocks.

lima-beans

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Beans, Beans, Beans

Member of Real Men Cook, Joseph White, combines ground beef, bacon, molasses and beans for his Florida Boy Baked Beans recipe. And because there’s no such thing as too much bacon, try this lima bean recipe by the Homesick Texan.

Healthy-Candied-Yams-watermark

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Candied Yams

Sweet, sweet yams – check out this healthy candied yams recipe from My Whole Food Life.

corn-bread

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Brown Butter Cornbread

This brown butter cornbread from Grandbaby Cakes belongs on everyone’s plate!

desserts

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Sweet Treats

Every good meal deserves a sweet ending…or two or three. This coconut cake from Sweets: Soul Food Desserts and Memories by Patty Pinner hits the spot, as does this Sweet Potato Pound Cake by Jocelyn of Grandbaby Cakes.

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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.

Camouflage Crafts

Celebrate Our Soliders with Camouflage Crafts

Originally posted by Melissa Legates on Jun 14, 2014 at http://www.craftfoxes.com/blog/camouflage-crafts

The Army celebrates its 239th birthday today. There are lots of ways to celebrate our soldiers – we have 480,000+ on active duty around the world. Make a camouflage tote, camo toys or even camo cupcakes – and some of these camo crafts would make a great Father’s Day gift, too. So take some time today to tell people in uniform that you support them and their family.

BDU Shirt Purses

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BDU Shirt Purses

No need to tie a yellow ribbon around the old oak tree – military spouses, family and friends can proudly proclaim their support by carrying this camo purse made by Army wife Melissa.

Camo Minky Puppy

Ginger Peachy Kids

Camo Minky Puppy

It’s hard for kids to say goodbye when Mom or Dad is deployed. But you can turn an old battle dress uniform (BDU) shirt into a cuddly friend for the kiddos to love until their soldier comes home safe and sound.
Camouflage Cupcake Sandwiches

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Camouflage Cupcake Sandwiches

Whip up these treats and watch them disappear! Debbie from Life is Sweets baked these camouflage cupcake sandwiches for her sister’s boyfriend who serves in the Guard and is going overseas for a year.
Camo Play Barricade

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Camo Play Barricade

Blogger Midwest Moma rescued these boxes headed for the dumpster and sprayed them camo-style for her son’s Nerf Gun War Birthday Party. They make great barricades for little kids and those young of heart to run, hide and shoot with their Nerf guns. What a great way to recycle and create a playland for a few hours.
All Around Tote Bag

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Camo Tote Bag

Jen Eskridge, author of Deploy that Fabric: 23 Sewing Projects that use Military Uniforms in Everyday Life, sells lots of great patterns to turn BDUs into purses, tote bags and quilts.
Camo and Flag Braclet

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Camo and Flag Bracelet

Stacy Risenmay from Not Just a Housewife crafted these cute camo and flag bracelets from polymer clay. Wear them in remembrance of the soldiers you love.

Camo Wreath

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Camo Wreath

This camouflage wreath made by Faccia Bella Couture is a great way to let people know you love a soldier and support the Army all year long.

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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.

Handmade Gifts Dad Will Love

Handmade Gifts Dad Will Love

Melt your dad’s heart this Father’s Day with a thoughtful handmade gift — buy it straight from the artisan or choose a tutorial to make it yourself.

 

Dad Hero Necklace

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Hero Necklace

For the dad who has everything and wants to give back, consider this beautiful sterling silver necklace by Alison Kelley Designs for yourself and let Dad know he is your hero. Fifteen percent of the proceeds go to the David Turner Lymphoma Foundation.

Chicken Dinner recipes

Chicken Dinner with a Twist

They say the way to every man’s heart is through his stomach. So why not give the old chicken dinner a new face lift with Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Chiptole Mayo from the recipe book, Great Pub Food: Make Home Your New Local? Then add some quick side recipes like mashed potatoes from a Tummy Treasure and green beans from the World’s Healthiest Foods. Plus, what dad doesn’t like carbs and bacon? So serve him these Bite Size Bacon and Cheese Scones from the cookbook, Homebaked Comfort. Dad won’t even need to break out an after-dinner cordial with these Pecan Mini Pies laced with bourbon and topped with a crown from the cookbook, Mini Pies. After all this great homemade food, Dad will surely feel like a king on his special day.
Concrete Flower Pots

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Concrete Flower Pots

Use containers you already have to make impressive flower pots from the book Concrete Garden Projects. Perfect for dads who love getting their hands dirty.

Fish Embroidered Pillow

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Fish Pillow

Sew this beautiful embroidered fish appliqué pillow for the stylish and outdoorsy dad.
Handtooled Leather Notebook

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Handtooled Leather Notebook

For the creative dads out there, Eva Buchala makes a hand-tooled, leather spiral medieval notebook for writing down those special memories all year long.

DIY tile coasters

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DIY Coasters

Decorate a tile by A Dose of Paige with your dad’s favorite theme and coat it with Mod Podge to create a water-tight coaster. You might even use a newspaper clipping from that spelling bee you won or basketball tournament that your dad helped coach you for hours to prepare.

diy Farmhouse Bench

Anna White

Farmhouse Bench

Build this stunning farmhouse bench for the DIY dad from the book, The Handbuilt Home.

hand-stamped metal Tag Charm

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Keepsake Tag Charm

These cute keepsake tag charms from Alison Kelley Designs help you commemorate a special date with dad and would look great attached to the zipper on his hoodie or gym bag.

Original blog posted May 30, 2014 at www.craftfoxes.com/blog/handmade-gifts-that-dad-will-love
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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.  You can commission Melissa’s work (either writing or art) by contacting her at malegates@gmail.com.