Chance Encounters (and Baked Alaska)

I’ve mentioned this before, but I am a firm believer that every one you meet is placed in your life at that point for a very specific reason. We may never know what that reason is, but even those chance encounters… a small conversation with someone while waiting in line at the grocery store, a…

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Dark Photos Photoshop Tip (and Thai Shrimp Linguine)

I’m going to preface this post by saying that I am just about the last person in the world to be passing out Photoshop and food photography tips.  That may be the case, but I am going to do it anyway! My dear friend, Julie Lackey, who is an extremely talented portrait photographer, shared this…

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Falling in Love Over Football (and Grasshopper Cake)

I fell in love with my now husband at a football game. We had actually been friends for quite awhile and he kept asking me out but I kept saying no. I felt like he was just too serious and responsible for someone I wanted to date at that time. In fact, I recall on…

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Admiration and I’ll admit it… Jealousy! (Pasta Carbonara)

Do you ever run across a person, whether in real life or in the virtual world that you are so impressed with? You meet them and wonder… how the heck do they do it all and you walk away thinking “Wow – I wish I could be like them.” I’ll admit… some of you out…

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A Year for Simplicity (and Italian Sausage and Peppers)

Let’s get the big stuff out of the way here real quick. The winner of the wonderful gift basket of goodies from Pillsbury is…. Jenifer from the very funny blog, Nutcase101. Out of 79 comments, the Random Number Generator came up with comment number 18, which belonged to Jenifer. I hope you enjoy the basket,…

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The Joy of Bread (and Buttermilk Dinner Rolls)

Quick note… if you missed this post and are a parent, head over to it now for the chance to win the parenting book every parent in this age of “Extreme Parenting” needs to read. I think I was in about the 7th grade when my mom discovered the joy of making homemade bread. She…

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Fortunate Cookies

I made homemade fortune cookies today. I know…fortune cookies are probably not something that most people are spending time in their kitchen whipping up two days before Thanksgiving. I had a thought though… I wanted to somehow give all of our guests at Thanksgiving dinner an opportunity to be reminded of the blessings in their…

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A Fish Family

I do not remember ever having a meal at home that included seafood when I was growing up. My mom made a lot of delicious meals, but I never recall having shrimp, salmon, cod… any of that. My husband, growing up on a cattle farm, was the same way. Everything was meat and potatoes. He…

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From the Archives – Return of Alpha Mom vs Slacker Mom

OK all – I am taking the advice of some of you who gave me suggestions about my missing mojo. I have decided to revisit some of my favorite posts from the past that you may have missed. A new post will be up this weekend, but for now, I hope you enjoy the return…

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Parenting With a Heavy Heart

My heart is so heavy tonight and I just cannot seem to get past the emotions I am feeling. I tried to sleep but my tears won’t stop flowing and and the gut wrenching emotional pain is not letting up. My 6 year old is the kind of boy I want with all of my…

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