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Quick and Yummy Nutty Homemade Granola

On crisp fall mornings, this nutty homemade granola is just the ticket.  I love to sprinkle it on some greek yogurt or have it with a little bit of macadamia milk, but it’s also great on its own as a snack.  My kids love store-bought granola, but with all the added sugar, I don’t like them to eat it very often.  This nutty homemade granola uses honey and agave for sweetener and the nuts add some healthy fat and protein, and they gobble it up especially when I add some chocolate chips. (more…)

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Is White Zinfandel Worth Drinking?

Say what?  Say yeah.  We are talking White Zinfandel today.  That fruity, cheap wine you see all over the place but never buy because isn’t that just for old people?  I mean, a serious wine person would never drink that, right?  Perhaps.  But think of White Zin as a fruity beverage for enjoying on its own or as a base for cocktails and not a serious wine.  Watch the video below for more deets on why you might try a White Zinfandel.

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Delicious Pecan Apple Crisp

Nothing says fall to me as much as warm apple crisp.  The aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg give me all the cozy feels and make me so happy.  I love the colors of fall too, and we’ve been lucky to have a warm and sunny fall so far out here in the Pacific Northwest.  All the sunshine has the leaves still on the trees so we can enjoy their splendor.  It makes for delightful mornings at the farmers market picking out all the beautiful apples.  Okay, I’ve not been to the farmers market, but I think about how much fun that would be.  I’ve had the time, however, to go to our local produce market in town and their apples from Hood River have been amazing, and I wanted to make something with them right away! (more…)

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Tasty Good Bolognese Sauce

Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I love my bolognese sauce. Okay, maybe I am tooting my own horn, but I’m pretty proud of my sauce and could eat a whole bowl on top of noodles, spinach, rice or just by itself.  But have you ever worked on something and been really proud of it and then somebody makes a comment and ruins the whole thing? That’s what I let my husband do.  Well, I guess he didn’t ruin it just annoyed me more than anything. (more…)

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Quick Chicken Pot Pie for Busy Weeknights

Quick chicken pot pie is for when, in the span of three days, your kid tells you he lost his ASB card, his water bottle, and his soccer team jacket.  Kids.  I feel for him though.  As Kyle’s been transitioning into middle school, his days have gotten busier, and he seems more overwhelmed.  It’s a lot to carry a backpack that weighs 16lbs (no joke,) catch the city bus every day, navigate multiple classes, and participate in two sports.  But he’s crushing it, and this mama is so proud. (more…)

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My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie

My daughter LOVES to bake, so I’ve been gathering recipes and trying them out with her.  My favorite food website, magazine and TV show is Cooks Illustrated.  The step by step instructions and the science behind why you should do something a certain way is so helpful for me.  Plus I find it fascinating!  Ellie was dying to make cookies, and I’m not making up my own cookie recipe any time soon, so I turned to Cooks Illustrated instead. (more…)

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Age Gracefully Like Fine Wine

Do you struggle with your weight?  I for sure struggle with it when I allow myself too.  In fact, I just scarfed down a tortilla with cold cheese. I mean I didn’t even heat it up to make it a real quesadilla.  I was starving and too lazy to make anything else, and if there had been leftover pizza or something, I would have just eaten it cold over the sink.  Look, some days are just like that, and you can’t beat yourself up over it. (more…)

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5 Tips for an Easy Summer Shrimp Boil

I love a good summer party, and last weekend we had our friends over to enjoy a Southern-style low country shrimp boil.  My husband is from Charlotte, North Carolina, and when I moved out there, I learned that low country boils are a way of life.  I missed them when we moved back out West, so we started having our own boil parties.  Having the pot out on the patio and having your friends participate in the creation of the meal makes your party a memorable experience.  Use shrimp, crab or lobster…whatever shellfish your tribe likes.  But make sure to follow my five “must-have” tips for any summer party to make it a real success. (more…)

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Petit Verdot Blackberry Wine Slushy

I love wine slushies, but my husband isn’t such a fan.  Most of the time they are too sweet for him, and he’d rather just have a glass of red.  So for Father’s Day, I wanted to create a slushy that wasn’t too sweet, and where the wine would really shine.  I came up with this Petit Verdot blackberry wine slushy, and he loves it!  There is only one added teaspoon of sugar, so the flavor of the wine comes through.  If you are looking for a wine slushy Dad will love, look no further. (more…)

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