Last-Minute Gift for Bakers… Plus, A Cookie Decorating Party!

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Christmas is approaching fast. Really fast.

That may not be news to any of you, but the fact that Christmas is only about a week away is hitting me pretty hard at the moment. Let’s just say that I have a friend (just a friend, definitely not me) who has barely started getting ready for Christmas yet. This crazy lady hasn’t finished buying gifts, hasn’t wrapped a thing, and hasn’t even thought about baking yet. Yup, what is she thinking?

Anyway, enough about my friend.

Today, I wanted to share a fun idea for any bakers on your list. It’s perfect if you are still looking for something at the last minute like me… Errr…. Like my friend! It will all arrive from Amazon.com via Prime shipping. Is free 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime not the best thing ever? That friend I was telling you about? Sometimes she orders shampoo from Amazon so she doesn’t have to run to the store. True story.

(Legal stuff… No, they aren’t paying me to say that… I pay for my own Prime membership. But, my links are Amazon affiliate links.)

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Maddie’s Dog Biscuits with Peanut Butter and Pumpkin

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A few weeks ago, we had a birthday in the family… A doggy birthday! My furry nephew (an adorable chocolate lab named Chester) turned one year old.

Of course, Maddie and I had to whip up something for the birthday boy. She is becoming a great helper in the kitchen, so I put her to work. She helped to mix up the dough, rolled out treats, and helped to cut out bone shapes with the cookie cutter.Continue Reading

How I Cook: Croissant, Egg, and Cheese Casserole with Kale

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Time changes a lot of things… Including tastes.

I remember a dish that my mom used to make when I was a kid… She called it “Oven Cheese Fondue.” I remember her being excited when she made it, but I wasn’t a fan. That’s putting it mildly.

I have no idea where the recipe came from (and I haven’t consulted my mother prior to writing this), but, if my memory serves me well, it was a casserole of eggs, milk, cheese, and bread. I’m sure there were other seasonings and flavors in there, but I wasn’t paying much attention to that at the time. I was more concerned with eating a casserole that contained soggy bread (which, in my mother’s defense, was probably not soggy… I was particularly picky about textures as a kid). And, the parts that weren’t soggy? Well, they were too crunchy. Obviously.Continue Reading

Photo Friday: Autumn Afternoons

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When a beautiful autumn afternoon comes along, sometimes you just have to drop the chores and head outside.

We’ve had quite a few lovely afternoons in the last few weeks, and I couldn’t resist the urge to pick up my camera and head outside with the troops (the kiddo and the dog). Most of the leaves have since fallen, and now that we have turned back the clocks, these photos are all I have left of the lovely afternoon light.Continue Reading

Curried Pumpkin Apple Soup

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This isn’t a dish I would have made a few years ago.

That’s one of the things I love about cooking. There’s always something new to taste and try.

I sometimes joke about how particular ingredients are “trendy” in the food world. Garlic scapes were all the rage a few years ago. This past spring, I heard more about pea shoots than I have in my entire life. And, then there’s the hype over the cupcake, wait, no the doughnut… Have you tried making macarons?

The thing is, all joking aside, I love food trends. I love to try new things and expand my culinary horizons. I may not like everything, but I will try anything at least once.Continue Reading