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Jul. 13, 2010 5:07 am 
Updated: Jul. 22, 2010 5:54 am
Doesn't that sound marvelous? it just rolls off the tongue... vanilla zucchini. Mmm! These were really good, and I would definitely make them again, but I actually spit them out first time I tasted them! You know how sometimes things just have to sit to allow the flavors to mellow and ming MORE
vanilla zucchini muffins
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Jul. 7, 2010 9:01 am 
Updated: Jul. 8, 2010 5:44 am
Hey remember that cherry tree I mentioned in a previous post? Well, I told you I went picking and gathered 4.5 pounds of loveliness. :) I turned all of those into cherry pie filling and am so excited about the prospect of using them this fall and winter! It tastes delicious and it was a big MORE
homemade cherry pie filling
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Jun. 28, 2010 4:06 pm 
Updated: Jul. 7, 2010 8:52 am
I just had to share this recipe with you guys! I made this a couple of weeks ago and everyone that has tried it has LOVED it. You could make it with whatever pie filling flavor you like, I used blackberries. However, I am canning some fresh sour cherries tomorrow that I picked from the ne MORE
blackberry pie squares
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Jun. 27, 2010 8:14 am 
Updated: Jun. 27, 2010 5:32 pm
The 4th of July weekend is almost upon us! I'm trying to plan my menu for the 4th. We'll be at our camper that weekend, but luckily we have a refrigerator etc, so it's almost like cooking at home.. almost! I'll probably make several things ahead, like these to die for blackberry pie MORE
raspberry lemonade
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Jun. 21, 2010 5:54 am 
Updated: Jun. 22, 2010 5:32 pm
If you consumed them daily, Starbucks could be a very expensive habit to have. Last summer, I concocted my own mocha frappucino and my daughter makes them for herself and her friends all the time now.  Now that the weather has warmed up again, we've started making these yummy homemade f MORE
homemade mocha frappucinos
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Jun. 16, 2010 12:30 pm 
Updated: Jun. 19, 2010 3:09 pm
I have a neighbor that lives about 4 houses down. He has a sour cherry tree in his front yard. I was walking my dog one day last summer when I saw him working in his yard. I asked him if that was a cherry tree. Of course, I knew it was, but figured that would be a good way to strike up a… MORE
sour cherry almond cake
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sour cherry tree
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Jun. 10, 2010 5:00 am 
Updated: Jun. 18, 2010 10:25 am
I adore Mexican food. The flavors, the aroma, everything about it is wonderful. When eating out at a Mexican restaurant, they would bring out this appetizer cup of noodle soup that was so simple, yet incredibly tasty.  I later found out it was called Sopa de Fideos. Fideos are a… MORE
sopa de fideos
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Jun. 8, 2010 5:57 pm 
Updated: Jun. 9, 2010 6:10 am
I was a latchkey kid. My parents were divorced. We ate a lot of convenience food because Mom had to work 2 jobs to pay the bills. She wasn't home when we got home from school, she was at job # 1, a switchboard operator for a hospital. She'd come home in the evening, we'd eat mac and cheese… MORE
best meatloaf ever
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Jun. 5, 2010 6:10 am 
Updated: Jun. 9, 2010 11:48 am
This is a quick bread, not a yeast bread, and it's filled with marvelous sunflower seeds. It uses whole wheat flour and wheat germ and is topped off with more sunflowers and kosher salt.  It's very good warm with some butter, but I thought it was best when allowed to cool completely.… MORE
sunflower whole wheat quick bread
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Jun. 2, 2010 7:20 pm 
Updated: Jun. 5, 2010 5:53 am
Do you make your own ice cream? I LOVE making ice cream, just wish I had a bigger freezer! When I made this white chocolate ice cream, I fell in love. I adore white chocolate, though chocolate purists will argue that it's not really chocolate. Technicality! Who cares, it tastes awesome :) MORE
white chocolate ice cream
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About Me
My favorite things to cook
I love baking, especially cookies and cakes. :) I love cooking too, but I like to experiment, which can occasionally mean take out! ;)
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up in the convenience food era. My parents were divorced and I was a latch key kid. There weren't a whole lot of home cooked meals in my childhood, but lots of packaged and frozen goods. I try to make dinner every night for my family, though sometimes it's take out due to sports activities, etc. I'm envious of those that have their grandmother's recipes, I don't have anything like that.
My cooking triumphs
i've created a few recipes of my own, one I even won a contest for :) I love experimenting and finding new ways to combine flavors. I feel triumphant every time I bring something to my neighbors, they always give me rave reviews!
My cooking tragedies
I try to prepare whatever I can early in the day, so that the hectic afternoon is less... well, hectic! I tend to be pretty frugal, so I'm always pantry diving. I also menu plan every week, it saves me from A) running to the store in the middle of the week and B) getting take out.
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