Changes in my Kitchen

     I know.  Its been forever since I have had a chance to sit down and write.  Baby Gavin takes up every minute of my time.  He naps about 4 times a day, but only for 30-40 minutes at a time.  That’s enough time to go to the bathroom and make a cup of…

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Venison Stew and Cooking with a Baby

  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Ours was smaller than normal, but wonderful anyway.  We had all our favorite dishes and Gavin even napped for a record 4 hours while I cooked during the afternoon.  Definitely, something to be thankful for! These days if you looked in my window you would most likely…

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Wishing for Summer – Quinoa Salad

I cannot wait for summer food. Peaches, tomatoes, watermelon, cold potato and pasta salads, Popsicles, lemonade, BBQ chicken… please wait while I stop drooling… Ok I’m back. I needed a summer food fix so I threw together this fast little salad. Quinoa is a great alternative to my favorite pasta, potato and rice salads and…

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Cheap Eats: Braised Pork Shoulder

My dad was the king of getting a good deal.  He was an Extreme Couponer before there were Extreme Couponers.  As a teenager, driving practice meant driving my dad to 3 different grocery stores so he could be sure to get the best deal.  I thought it was so ridiculous and insisted that we must…

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Egg and Sausage Breakfast Sandwich To-Go

His alarm blazes Sweet Home Alabama every morning at 5:30 am. He is so quick to turn it off that I rarely wake to hear it.  45 minutes later his old blue and silver GMC truck rumbles to life.  The dog, hearing the engine, pulls himself up from his place by the fire and trots…

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Steve’s Creamy Pinto Beans

After my dad passed away in 2005 my mind was full of all the things I would miss.  His laugh, his advice, his silly nicknames.  It wasn’t until about a year later when I realized I also never learned how he made his famous pinto beans and I LOVE his pinto beans.  They were always…

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts and We’re Moving!

Waiting. Anticipating. Yearning. Hoping. That’s all I seem to be doing these days. Tom came home for only three days, then this morning he left for our new house. Yup that’s right, we are moving and its time for you to know where we are going! Sonoma County!  Sebastopol, CA to be exact. In a…

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Red Lentil Dal – For When Your Sick

I really thought I wouldn’t get sick this early in the season, but when I started hearing rumors of a cold going around I began to get this sinking feeling that I was next.  I’m one of those people who gets sick if a contagious person even looks in my direction.  I take vitamins, drink…

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Simple Moments and Roasted Strawberries

  I can feel the sun is streaming through my bedroom window before my eyes open.  Its going to be another hot one.  I listen for the chickens.  Silence, that’s good.  It must be before 9:00.  I roll over to check the clock.  8:04 am.  Perfect. As quietly as possible I tiptoe past my little…

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