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Jan. 16, 2010 7:18 pm 
Updated: Jan. 18, 2010 2:10 pm
  My husband and I have slowly been getting more and more into fitness and health over the past year. While we were exercising fairly regularly, we still weren't eating very healthy. We did eat healthier than a lot of people, but we still were not being nearly as healthy as we should… MORE
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Dec. 25, 2009 4:30 am 
Updated: Dec. 27, 2009 12:25 pm
  The day before Christmas Eve had fast approached. I was not prepared, and the Holiday Season had been an emotional one for me so far, since it was the first away from my family. While I was at work, I realized I did not have a plan for my Christmas dessert. I was racking my… MORE
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Nov. 30, 2009 4:11 am 
Updated: Dec. 1, 2009 7:24 pm
 One of my favorite things about the Holiday Season is that moment when I approach the dairy aisle at the grocery store and see cartons of that creamy, flavorful eggnog! I love eggnog so much! Maybe a little too much...  You see, drinking eggnog is a very spiritual experience for… MORE
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Nov. 28, 2009 8:40 pm 
Updated: Nov. 29, 2009 5:26 pm
 Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone, and this year I hosted the epic meal at my house. I was very pleased with my menu and how all the food turned out. Our meal consisted of mashed potatoes, roasted root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, sweet potato, yukon potato, and garlic cloves),… MORE
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Nov. 8, 2009 4:12 am 
Updated: Nov. 12, 2009 9:35 am
 Hubby and I had a lazy day today. He played video games while I surfed the internet, looking for new recipes and organizing my recipe box. I was looking for a pumpkin recipe to try so I could use up some of my pumpkin that's taking up all the space in my fridge and freezer. However,… MORE
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Nov. 7, 2009 8:36 pm 
Updated: Nov. 11, 2009 4:57 pm
 The holiday season is my absolute favorite time of the year. This year will be our first holiday season away from home so, needless to say, it's going to be hard. I'm used to having a small, comfortable Thanksgiving with my immediate family, then a bigger Christmas with my… MORE
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Nov. 1, 2009 12:09 am 
Updated: Nov. 1, 2009 2:11 pm
 I love getting to that point in a relationship where you've passed the "honeymoon" period. You've reached a deeper level of understanding with that person where you still love each other just as much as you ever did, you just don't need to be attached at the hip and snogging every… MORE
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Oct. 31, 2009 6:16 pm 
Updated: Nov. 2, 2009 1:23 pm
 Hello Dear Allrecipe Users!  What a wonderful time to start a blog, right at the beginning of the holiday season! Boy, oh boy! It is such a wonderful time to think about cooking and baking. Time to whip up those old favorites or try something new! I can't wait to write about my… MORE
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About Me
I'm Amanda. I live in Okinawa, Japan on the Air Force base. My husband and I are here for a three year tour. I love to cook and bake (obviously), and I am *so* thankful that my kitchen has a TON of counter space. I'm a beginner with cooking, still getting the hang of things, but I love experimenting. I prefer cooking with fresh, local, preferably organic foods if I can get my hands on some, but if not I'll still cook and bake and cook and bake anyway!
My favorite things to cook
Lately I've been fixing up a lot of Asain dishes and trying out new dessert recipes. My interests change a lot though, so in a week I may be trying home baked bread recipes. Who knows? Haha! (Actually, home baked bread does sound good :D)
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family will make the best breakfast casseroles and stratas for Christmas brunch.
My cooking triumphs
Once, I made a batch of muffins that I felt disappointed with. I felt the recipe was too bland and wasn't sweet enough. The next day, a couple of friends stopped by and tried the muffins. One of my friends immediately exclaimed that the muffins were "amazing" while the other friend told me that I had a "gift" with baking. After that the muffins didn't taste so bad to me either :)
My cooking tragedies
There were many, many times when I was younger that I would forget to put the sugar in cakes and other desserts. Oops! :) After a few nightmares, I've gotten good at remembering. Haha!
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