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Recipe Developing and Food Styling with Betty Crocker Kitchens

Recipe Developing and Food Styling with Betty Crocker Kitchens

| May 21, 2012 | 15 Comments

When I walked in the door Friday evening after being away for about three days, my son Will‘s eyes lit up. “Mommy! We have a surprise for you. Paige and I made it,” he said, immediately running off to retrieve two wood cuttings (they were cuts from brush and debris that my husband cleared while […]

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Sweetnicks’ Chocolate S’mores Cookies

Sweetnicks’ Chocolate S’mores Cookies

| March 30, 2012 | 6 Comments

Among friends, you can be yourself. Even if that means they giggle at the funny way you describe how food should sound when pulled from the oven. Among friends you can admit your faults and not be judged. They fill life with laughter and joy. And when things aren’t awesome, they lend their ears and […]

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Looking Back on Food Blog Forum Orlando 2012

Looking Back on Food Blog Forum Orlando 2012

| March 21, 2012 | 10 Comments

Where do I begin? That’s been the thought on my mind since my absolutely mind-blowing weekend at Food Blog Forum Orlando this past weekend. Wait. What? I didn’t tell you? I know, I know. I left without a word. I had good intentions of posting while I was away. I even edited and uploaded the […]

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Roasted Red Pepper, Sunflower and Walnut Pesto

Roasted Red Pepper, Sunflower and Walnut Pesto

| February 21, 2012 | 13 Comments

The kids and I have been establishing new routines this year. We’ve shed the lazy weekends that used to feel so empty and instead started packing Saturday and Sunday tight with grocery shopping at the good store, cooking, library time, church and family dinner with our extended family. Though I thought the structure of weekend […]

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Review: Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee at Grocery (& a Giveaway)

Review: Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee at Grocery (& a Giveaway)

| February 17, 2012 | 30 Comments

Every morning, the first thing I do is make myself a cup of coffee (okay, who am I kidding? The first thing I do is drink a cup of coffee — I don’t always make it myself). It’s my morning ritual — my way to get up and going. And honestly, most days I have […]

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Book Review: The Weird Sisters

Book Review: The Weird Sisters

| February 9, 2012 | 5 Comments

With the weekend looming (perhaps that’s too ominous … it’s a happy thing), I am already thinking about what book I will dive into. This year, I’ve been reading a steady flow of fiction and nonfiction books, including a number of books through the BlogHer Book Club. My latest one? The Weird Sisters by Eleanor […]

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Spicy Honey Chipotle Squash and Sweet Potatoes over Brown Rice

Spicy Honey Chipotle Squash and Sweet Potatoes over Brown Rice

| February 6, 2012 | 7 Comments

A few weeks ago, I bought some brown basmati rice for a night when my husband was working. Though we’ve never really loved any brown rice in the past, this time the kids and I enjoyed the nutty grain. But when it came time to make rice a few days later for the whole family, […]

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Goodbye 2011: End of Year Survey

Goodbye 2011: End of Year Survey

| December 30, 2011 | 2 Comments

  What a year 2011 has been. There has been some incredible highs and lows. So many, that I really don’t want to dwell on it. It was a year. And ultimately, when you see past the low parts, there was a lot of good too. Cate and I kicked off the new year by […]

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Top 10 Recipes of 2011 on Sarah’s Cucina Bella

Top 10 Recipes of 2011 on Sarah’s Cucina Bella

| December 29, 2011 | 4 Comments

Chocolate Peppermint Cake in a Jar This fun recipe is a delicious chocolate cake with a layer of peppermint patty and topped with a rich chocolate ganache and bits of candy cane. It’s as pretty as it is tasty. Fool-Proof Herbed Turkey Gravy Making gravy was always a challenge for me until I discovered that […]

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Simplify.

Simplify.

| December 15, 2011 | 2 Comments

Christmas is coming in just 10 days. Presents still need to be purchased. There is wrapping to do. And we still have to get a tree for the living room (that’s deliberate … We’ll do that on Tuesday). Only the mini kitchen tree is up so far. I’ve decorated the kitchen and the porch. There […]

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