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Homemade Chili Powder

{Recipe} Homemade Chili Powder

My enthusiasm for DIY spills over into nearly every part of my life, and most definitely into my cooking. I’m not saying I never go the store bought route when buying ingredients, because sometimes I do. There are some ‘convenience foods’ that are just too darn, well, convenient to pass up. It’s just that I’m […]

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Calendula Bouquet

{In the Garden} Calendula or “Pot Marigold”

Until last year, I had a real bias against flowers. Well, not against flowers themselves, I actually love flowers. I just didn’t want to “waste” any of my precious garden space on things that weren’t edible or otherwise useful. Then, one day it occurred to me that I could indulge my love of flowers AND stick […]

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Potato Fruit

{In the Garden} Potato Fruit, Who Knew?

One of the things I love about gardening is that there’s always something new to learn. I know way more now than I did 18 years ago (yikes, has it really been that long?!) when I planted my first little veggie patch in front of the house I shared with 3 girlfriends during college, but I […]

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Giving Thanks for Apple Pie

{Recipe} Giving Thanks for Apple Pie

Thanksgiving at our house this year was a low key affair, filled with family, friends, and lots of good food – just the way I like it! Apple pie has always been my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner. Don’t get me wrong, I love the turkey…and the stuffing…and the sweet potatoes…but I just have a […]

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Chili with Dark Chocolate & Walnuts

{Recipe} Three Bean Chili with Dark Chocolate & Walnuts

The weather has been cold and clear here for the past week, resulting in frosty mornings and gorgeous (albeit early) sunsets. I have been having daydreams of snuggling up in front of a crackling fire and drinking hot buttered rum. Unfortunately, we don’t have a fire place, and I’ve never even tasted hot buttered rum […]

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Pork, Pumpkin & Apple Cider Stew

{Recipe} Pork, Pumpkin & Apple Cider Stew

I love to cook, but every year, sometime between late July and early August, my enthusiasm starts to wane. I get distracted by other things, and it seems a shame to heat up the house by turning on the stove. Plus, with all the fresh produce available, I’m usually content to just graze. Do raspberries […]

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Honey Sweetened Skillet Cornbread

{Recipe} Honey Sweetened Skillet Cornbread

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with honey, and this cornbread is one of my favorite ways to indulge my obsession. It’s moist and delicious with a golden brown crust. It’s perfect alongside a bowl of soup or a simple salad. I made it last week to go with my ‘Wild Kale & Baby Dill […]

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Chiffon Cake

{Recipe} Chiffon Cake with Lemon Glaze & Nectarines

My little boy turned 6 on Friday. He requested chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting for his class party, and vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting for his ‘friends party’ at the children’s museum next weekend. So, for his ‘family party’ (yes, that’s a total of 3 parties…and yes, I know it’s ridiculous) I wanted to make […]

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