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On Chicken Stock and Becoming My Mother

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“3 – 2 – 1…”

I’m told that I have become my mother.

I’m not exactly sure when it happened, but I think it might be true.

I blame the kids.

When in doubt, always blame the kids.

Really, I’ve had no choice. After all, someone needs to warn the kids that the fun and games will end promptly when an eye is lost… Or that the car will be pulled over without hesitation. And, let’s not forget the drama that is counting backwards from three. Continue Reading

Cinnamon Rolls for a Crowd

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This didn’t start with me.

I can still smell the warmth of the kitchen on a brisk December afternoon. We would arrive, bundled in our coats, stomping snow from our boots.  The layers of hats, gloves, and scarves would peel off as we climbed the stairs to say hello.

Though she was busy at work, bustling in front of the stove, scurrying to put dinner on the table, she always had time to greet the family, especially her grandchildren. After all, we were the ones she was baking for. Continue Reading

Nuts and Seeds Granola with Flax and Hemp Hearts

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The waiting game…

Today is my due date.

It’s the date that we’ve had in the back of our minds for 9 months… The date the baby is supposed to be here. And, here we are. Waiting.

Babies are unpredictable creatures… I know that. But, I’m a planner. Those two things tend to be at odds. So, I’ve spent the past week keeping myself busy. I’ve cleaned and organized the freezer (including a detailed inventory and list of all the available freezer meals), cleaned out the pantry, baked, cooked, cleaned, and even decorated cookies (doesn’t everyone consider decorated cookies an essential for their hospital bag?).

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Cocoa Sourdough Bagels

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Red Star Yeast.  As always, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Ahhh, chocolate.

I used to be one of those people who couldn’t understand people who don’t like chocolate. I say “used to be” because, in the last three months, I have become one of those people.

That’s right. I currently do not like chocolate. I can tolerate dark chocolate here and there, but I especially hate milk chocolate and all other forms of sweet chocolate.

I guess this is one of the many things I can “blame” on pregnancy and hormones. I’m hoping it’s a temporary thing, but for now, I’m one of those “chocolate haters.”

So, by now, you’re wondering why I’m writing about hating chocolate while sharing a new chocolate recipe. You see, that’s the funny thing. Even though I can’t stand to eat chocolate, I’ve been thinking about a chocolate sourdough bread for a while. Strange, right? Continue Reading

Peanut Butter Granola

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My husband and I agree on a lot of things. Cereal is not one of them.

More specifically, we disagree on the amount of milk that should be added to a bowl of cereal.

My husband likes a little cereal with his milk. If the cereal is drowning and soggy, he’s a happy camper.

On the other hand, I like as little milk with my cereal as possible. In fact, I’m perfectly fine to snack on cereal with no milk at all. I prefer it. But, if I do have a bowl of cereal with milk in it, you can be sure I’ll add as little as possible. I will also eat it as quickly as possible in order to reduce the likelihood of the cereal getting soggy. I don’t do soggy. Continue Reading