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Chocolate Walnut Shortbread Bites for Halloween

Thursday, October 25, 2018
chocolate walnut shortbread bites

This post is sponsored by California Walnuts. As always, all opinions are my own.  I’ve never been a Halloween person; I enjoyed roaming the neighborhood for candy each year with my sister, but as someone who has always been terrified of scary movies and creepy decorations, I will take December 25th over October 31st most days. When I did celebrate Halloween, I always tried to make the day less…

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apple crème fraîche pie

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

It’s my favorite time of year: THE HOLIDAYS! The snow is snowing, the bells are jingling, and there is a constant buzz of excitement everywhere. The 10 year old in me still tends to get caught up in all the buzz; often forgetting to focus on the present, and enjoying each moment with gratitude. Often the Christmas season is about what we get, instead of what we give.…

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roasted peach + salted caramel pops (with vanilla and bourbon)

Monday, August 8, 2016

I missed Billy’s Popsicle Week back in June. I stuck my popsicle molds somewhere last winter ‘so I knew where they were’ and then of course, couldn’t find them when warm weather hit. Last week my husband gently guided me down to the basement to clean out our storage room filled with (mostly my) boxes and piles and whatnot, and lo and behold, there they were, tucked in…

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cake!cake!cake!cake!cake!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

I first discovered Wayne Thiebaud’s painting Cakes at Zoe’s house. She has a small print hanging in her kitchen, and I find myself drawn to it each time I go visit her. It’s simple but beautiful, and I’m often questioning the cakes as I study them. Are you all just chocolate and vanilla, or is there a carrot cake in there, too? Maybe even pumpkin? Is that lemon…

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roasted peaches with crème fraîche caramel sauce + a giveaway

Monday, September 8, 2014

“Fish tacos with pomegranate salsa tucked into warm corn tortillas, happily made from scratch by the kiddos. Homemade crème fraîche. Rainbow slaw packed with purple cabbage, green apple, radish, and orange. A pot of smoky Midnight black beans. Watermelon punch with fresh lime and crushed mint. This is supper at our home. Friends chat, kids play, and we eat simple goodness…” This is how Erin Scott’s Yummy Supper…

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salted caramel sauce with bourbon

Monday, December 5, 2011

It’s that time of year again, a magical month full of contradictions. Outside our windows the world is icy cold, covered in a white dusting determined to keep us tucked away in our little homes. Inside, however, we are warm and glowing: the fire burns bright, the lights are twinkling, and we blush with the rosy glow of holiday cheer. It is a perfect winter wonderland, and we…

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sweet and salty brownies

Monday, September 12, 2011

Even as a young girl, the sweet and salty combination was one of my most favorite things. I have very fond memories of my sister and I dunking hot, salty fries in cold, frothy chocolate shakes, gleeful at our latest invention. Sure, they were from some fast food empire, but we didn’t know any better, and thought we had come up with the most amazing discovery. [We also…