June 13th, 2016

[podcast] 5 Ways to Not Eat a Cupcake #024

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NOTES First, I update you on goings-on around here, from my birthday last week to my son’s high school graduation. Here is the speech he gave at the graduation ceremony that made me so

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January 27th, 2016

Potato and Bacon Soup

A friend shared this recipe with us this week and, being a fan of both bacon and potatoes, I was excited to try it out. Happy to announce this one’s a keeper!

Like all my “keeper” recipes, this one goes on the blog for safe keeping. You can add onion with the celery. We skipped that. Also, we doubled this and used extra bacon.

5 bacon strips cut into

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November 17th, 2015

My Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes


I like to experiment in the kitchen, but when it comes to Thanksgiving, my secular favorite holiday, I’m all about tradition, and I’ve trained my family to agree with me.

Don’t mess with the traditional recipes!

In case you are looking for some traditional inspiration yourself this year, here are some of the recipes I use:

Sage Stuffing

Pumpkin Bread

Cranberry Orange Bread

Corn Bread

Basic Pie Dough


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November 8th, 2012

It’s Snowing!

Or slushing. Or freezing-raining. Or whatever. I’m making cocoa.

October 29th, 2011

Bread Machine Pecan Coconut Coffee Cake

To make this coconut pecan coffee cake, I used the following recipe:

(adapted from Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook)

Dough: 1/4 cup warm water 1 extra large egg 3/4 cup plain yogurt 2 tablespoons butter, softened 3/4 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 1/2 cups bread flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 2 1/4 teaspoons dry yeast

Filling: 6 tablespoons butter, softened 1/3 cup brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

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October 15th, 2011


September 28th, 2011

Oktoberfest Again

Here’s my annual getting ready for Oktoberfest post. Even if you aren’t planning a fall party, you might enjoy treating your family to some of these seasonal recipes.

Here’s what we’re making and baking these days:

Pumpkin Bread

Beer Rolls


Brown Sugar Cut-Outs with Royal Icing decoration

Cheddar Cheese Ball

Basic Pie Dough (for apple pies)

Savory Beef Stew

September 10th, 2011

The Cake