Roasted Veggies and Rice Noodles with Poached Egg

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My world right now is dominated by work and schedules and Christmas trees and baking and Christmas pageants and decorating and gift planning (we’ll get to the buying soon, I hope …) and … ‘Tis the season. Between all this push-pull of responsibilities and seasonal traditions and holiday excitement, I am trying to soak in…

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Stress-Free Thanksgiving: Roasted Vegetable Barley Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

roasted vegetable barley salad

One of the keys to planning a stress-free Thanksgiving lies in the planning aspect. Good planning doesn’t just center around dishes that complement each other — the dishes also should make sense in terms of timing. For instance, if you have one oven (which clearly needs to cook the turkey) and only four burners to…

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Roasted Five Spice Squash Seeds

five spice roasted squash seeds

These might look a lot like roasted pumpkin seeds. But they aren’t. They’re actually from a spaghetti squash. And they’re just as delicious. Ok. Are you ready for this? This might blow your mind a little … You can roast seeds from any squash for a delicious snack. Seriously. Squash seeds are edible and can…

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Easy Crispy Fruit and Nut Granola Bars

homemade granola bars

Would you believe me if I told you these bars are pretty frugal and also easy to make? I mean minimal fuss. It’s true! Last school year, I got myself addicted to breakfast bars made with whole ingredients like nuts, dried fruits and honey. They’re so easy to grab and with simple ingredients, I could…

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Brie Toast with Truffled Tomato Bruschetta

brie with truffled bruschetta

When my kids returned to school last week, there was a moment where the silence of the house settled around me. Everything was so still. The dogs were sleeping. The kids were gone. And the whole lack-of-noise was unsettling. For that moment at least. After a summer of being surrounded by noise and action, the…

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