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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

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

Spiced Cranberry Apple Preserves

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When we moved into our house over eight years ago, my husband and I planted a small apple tree. We were new homeowners and knew very little about gardening. We did, however, love  the idea of having fresh apples in our back yard.  So, when we were at the local hardware store and spotted the cute little dwarf macintosh apple trees all lined up, we had to have one.

Fast forward to the present. Our tiny sapling of a tree is now a full fledged apple tree full of apples. (Granted, it is a dwarf apple tree, so it’s not huge.) They always say that the best time to plant a tree is 10 years ago, right? There may be some truth to that saying.

In years past, the apples were very small and rotted or fell to the ground before we ever had a chance to pick them. This year, though, the tree was full of apples. So, on a sunny Saturday morning a few weeks ago, we headed out to the back yard to pick some apples.

I was just hoping for a handful of apples to make a pie, or perhaps an apple crisp.  We got to picking and having a good time (the kiddo LOVES to pick apples), and pretty soon we had two giant baskets full of apples. I didn’t weigh them, but I think there were 30 pounds of apples.Continue Reading

Chocolate Cherry Granola

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Sometimes I find that the actual writing of a blog post is the hardest part. This week, that is certainly the case.

I made this granola earlier in the week… I even managed to find the time to take some photos (hooray for nap time!), and got them processed and ready to go.

Since then, however, I’ve barely had a moment to even think about writing a few sentences and sharing the recipe. I’ve got a little girl who doesn’t want to sleep and wants to be held all day (which, while sweet, isn’t very practical when I’m trying to get things done!). And, I’ve also got a few other projects going on this week. It’s all good stuff, but sometimes I find that sitting down to write falls through the cracks.Continue Reading