Breakfast Tacos

Are you feeling those first stirrings of Fall yet?  I know I have been for a couple of weeks now.  The nights are much cooler.  My bedroom windows are still open at night, but only a crack.  The evenings are still very warm but I have pulled out the warmer blankets for the middle of…

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How To Make Fresh Pasta (without a pasta machine)

It feels so good to be posting a recipe!  Its been too long! Recently I discovered a wonderful website called Scribd.  It’s basically Netflix for books and I am totally in love with it.  Its like having an entire library at my fingertips.  This month I’ve been reading this wonderful book called The Happiness Project…

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Winter, Changes and a December Soup

Winter has touched the landscape with its icy fingers.  This morning I woke up to a crisp 25 degrees outside.  A thick layer of frost blanketed the ground.  The apple trees and grapevines have been bare for over a week, the ice in the bird baths is 1/2 inch thick in the mornings, and piles…

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Homemade Flour Tortillas

Woah!  Has it really been 2.5 months since my last post!  Time flies when life gets busy doesn’t it?  So much has been going on since my last post.  In October we celebrated Gavin’s first birthday, my 31st birthday, Tom’s 36th birthday, and we had our 3 year wedding anniversary.  Even my blog had a…

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30 Days of Renewal – Day 21 – 6 Fruits and Veggies I Always Have in the Kitchen

I planted the garden this weekend!  Pictures and info on what I planted to come.  For today I thought I would tell you about the 6 most useful fruits and veggies I use on a regular basis. 1.  Mire Poix Veggies – Carrots, Celery, Garlic, Onion – Okay I know this is actually four veggies,…

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30 Days of Renewal – Day 10 – How to Make Pecan Butter

If you have never tried a nut or seed butter other then peanut butter then you are in for a treat. Peanuts are not actually nuts, they’re a bean! Which is why those allergic to peanuts may not be allergic to tree nuts. If your kid is a PB&J lover and has a no-peanut policy…

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30 Days of Renewal -Day 9 – How to Make Chive Blossom Vinegar

  For weeks I’ve been waiting for these flowers to bloom.  Ever since I read about making flower flavored vinegars.  When Quirk Books sent me a new cookbook called Cooking with Flowers by Miche Bacher I was excited to try cooking with these new flavors I’ve never experienced before.  Hollyhock Scones, Dandelion Wine, Daylily Cheesecake,…

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30 Days of Renewal – Day 7 – How I Went Dairy Free

  Going dairy free is scary. You think your never going to be able to eat ice cream again. You can’t have cheese, or butter, milk, or yogurt. But, over the last four months of going dairy-free, I’ve learned that it’s not as bad as you think and the unexpected benefits may eventually outweigh the…

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30 Days of Renewal – Day 6 – Oven Baked Marinated Chicken Drumsticks

I tried to get this posted yesterday, but Tom’s boss was coming to visit so I was a bit busy getting ready. Tom has an incredible metabolism. He is one of those guys who needs to eat 3000 calories a day just to maintain his body weight.  If I don’t keep the house stocked with…

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Raw Chai Coconut Pecan Brownies

This week has been crazy.  Tom’s in the middle of an insane work schedule.  14 hour days for 2 weeks straight.  I have a 4-month-old and a 9-year-old who is acting more like a 15-year-old lately.  It’s been stressful, I don’t know how we do it.  I am so glad it’s almost over. I’ve been…

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