How I Cook: Balsamic Cider Glazed Salmon with Rosemary

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Hey, guess what!

I love to cook.

No, really… I love to cook.

You’re likely reading this thinking, “Ok, Jen… Good for you.” Or, perhaps, you’re even thinking, “It’s a good thing you like to cook, Jen… You’re a food blogger.”

Yup, I am. And, that’s why I’m finding it so amazing that I love to cook.Continue Reading

Whole Wheat Sourdough Sandwich Bread

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Do you know what it’s like to be hungry? Really hungry?

I’m not talking about when you get home from work and raid the pantry because you’re “starving” and can’t wait for dinner.

Nope. I’m talking about real hunger. I’m talking about going to bed at night without having anything to eat. I’m talking about not knowing where your next meal is coming from or how you are going to provide food to feed your children.

I’m fortunate that I am not in that situation. I’ve never truly been in that situation. But, it is something that tugs at my heart strings… It tugs hard, and it always has. Since having my daughter, though, I find myself thinking about it more and more.

What if I didn’t have food for her? What if she had to go to bed hungry at night?

Poor nutrition causes nearly half of the deaths in children under 5 years old – 3.1 million children every year.

It breaks my heart to think about it… And, it breaks my heart that there are mothers and fathers out there who are living with that reality every day. They are people just like me who have just been dealt a slightly different hand in life.Continue Reading

Tea for Two Party

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Last week, the kiddo turned two. I’m still trying to wrap my brain around it.

Fortunately, I was pretty busy planning her 2nd birthday party, and I had very little time to sit around and lament how quickly the time has gone. In fact, I’m not sure I sat down at all last week.

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Sometime in August, I had the idea to throw a Tea for Two birthday party.  Naturally, I did what any mother of a toddler would do… I started pinning ideas. Lots of ideas. More ideas than I would ever have time for. Need I remind you of the toddler?Continue Reading

Roasted Applesauce

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I’m convinced that toddler’s are bottomless pits.

When the kiddo finds something that she likes to eat, she can just eat and eat and eat and… Well, you get the idea. One day last week, she ate 5 clementines with breakfast. Yes, five. She also had a pancake. She’s been known to devour pretzels like she hasn’t eaten in days.

Her favorite, though, happens to be those squeeze packets of flavored applesauce. It started as baby food.  We didn’t do a lot of pureed baby food, but there was a time when she wasn’t such a voracious eater. Squeeze packets of baby food (i.e. flavored applesauce) got us through. The thing is, she never dropped the habit.Continue Reading

Photo Friday: Big Harvest Potluck

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Last weekend, I attended a family reunion… I wasn’t related to a single person there. (Or a married person… I crack myself up!)

Nope, I didn’t crash someone else’s reunion.

Rather, I spent the weekend at the Big Harvest Potluck with a group of friends who have become like family to me. After five years of potlucking, we have a lot more to talk about than our food blogs. Sure, we share a love of food, but it’s much more than that.

We spent the weekend catching up, laughing, nibbling, sipping, chatting, and learning. Together.Continue Reading