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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Green Salad with Beet and Carrot

  The rainy season is here!  Bright green grass now covers the ground.  The grapevines are rapidly losing their leaves.  A fire in the wood burning stove is now a nightly necessity and we have swapped our summer clothes for winter ones.  This is my favorite time of year.  Around here we get rain that…

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Lemon Blackberry Muffins

Hi everyone! I am still here and still pregnant.  We are currently 36 weeks and my brain has turned into oatmeal.  The plain bland kind that everyone hates.  Every drop of creative inspiration has been sucked out of me.  It really blows.  What ever happened to nesting?  I thought all women turned into nesting monkeys…

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Pregnancy Updates and Blackberry Syrup

The last week has been a blur.  The chickens began laying eggs, I played host to several friends and coworkers who were visiting for the weekend and Brae started school, thank goodness!  She has been antsy, bored and grouchy the last couple weeks.  After three months of free time she was craving a new routine…

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How To Freeze Berries

  I am 31 weeks into my pregnancy and have reached that point where my life feels like one big boring waiting game.  I try to keep busy organizing the house and cooking freezer meals, but I lack the energy and inspiration to do much of anything else, making life incredibly boring.  The nesting bug…

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Mini Blackberry Galettes

Last week I went to see my midwife who told me that the baby had turned again, back into the breech position.  She said not to worry, but that I should take a long walk everyday to encourage him to turn.  I used to love a long walk, but these days a long walk is…

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This Week on Instagram

I love Instagram and Twitter.  I can’t say I’m as addicted as my husband who has accumulated over 5000 tweets in less than a month, but I do enjoy the exchange of information through Twitter.  I find links to great articles, photos, recipes and other foodie news on Twitter all the time.  If you ever…

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Nectarine Crisp

Nectarines must have been a sacred fruit.  My idea of heaven on earth.  When in season they are sweet, juicy, tender, a perfect dessert all on their own.  But sometimes you want something a little fancier.  Maybe your mother in law is coming over for dinner and you need something easy, but impressive.  Or maybe…

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Cherry Jam Tart

  Over the last couple years, I have come to love making jam.  The patience it takes, slowly stirring the bubbling juice waiting for just the right thickness.  The simplicity of the recipe, just fruit and sugar, and maybe a squeeze of lemon.  Its practicality, turning fruit that’s almost gone bad into something that will…

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Welcoming Summer with Peach Muffins

This baby that is growing in my stomach must love peaches.  I have had the craziest peach cravings since I discovered the juiciest sweetest organic peaches I have ever eaten at my local fruit market.  They are so juicy that you have to eat them while holding a paper towel under your chin to catch…

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