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Posts from the “Food” Category

Feed the Tree

Posted on March 9, 2015

Occasionally, I’ll stumble (hint: it’s almost always from my sister, Erika) across something that I think I’m going to love, and I do, but it takes me ages and ages and ages to figure out that I love it. Twitter was like that. “I don’t get why people tweet . . . it is just plain stupid,” I lamented one afternoon, only to be brought low when I wanted to enter a contest for a new camera bag. Of course I would start tweeting if I got a few more entries. There have been a few books along the way, purchased and then forgotten about until months later, including Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook. Yet another idea I can thank my sister for. When I…

4/30 – The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

Posted on November 4, 2012

Come September, two things are sure to occur every Sunday in our house: NFL football and chili. They kinda go hand in hand for us. And like most everybody I’ve ever met, I think my chili is the best for more than a few reasons. First, I use ground beef. Using chunks of steak means I’m making a stew, and while my chili is thick, it is far, far from a stew. Second, I use two kinds of beans (kidney and black) and no other vegetables. Diced peppers, stewed tomatoes, chunked onions – not going to cut it. Again, that is a stew you’re creating and not chili. The final ingredient that makes it mine: two sticks of cinnamon. I probably had you right…

2/30 – Some Like It Hot

Posted on November 2, 2012

Power came back on here about 3:30 yesterday afternoon. Considering where I live, right smack dab in the middle of our town, we’ve been very fortunate in the past when a “weather event” has occurred, and our power outages have lasted a few hours at the most. Then it was enough for Dave and me to get a little stir crazy and laugh about the situation. But this time? It took a much longer time to get power back because this was a storm that wasn’t like any that we’d ever seen before. And so we did what many people had to this time around: relied on the kindness of others. This morning, when I woke to power and heat and comfort, I’m extremely…


Posted on August 2, 2012

Sometimes it pays, like really, really pays, to read recipes before you just got down the ingredients. Because if I had done that, I wouldn’t have purchased the huge container of Greek yogurt for my refrigerator oatmeal when I only needed 1/4 cup each time I felt like making it. So what’s a girl to do with all that leftover Greek yogurt? Why consult the Internet for some amazing ideas! Turns out . . . I couldn’t find any that I really liked. I did, however, find one from FAGE for something called Angelic Cheesecake, and I figured, “OK . . . I’ll make that for our anniversary on Friday because a) it’s our anniversary; b) Dave likes cheesecake, and c) he really likes…


Posted on July 23, 2012

I’ve tried planing gardens in the past. Lord knows I’ve tried . . . I really have. I tended to some cute, little cherry tomato plants and a few containers of herbs only to let them go to seed in the final few days of summer. Perhaps I’ve even gone so far as to book mark some raised bed gardens on the Internet or listened to a good friend talk about her “lasagna” garden, but that’s about it. I’ve read and listened. Personally, I know my limitations, and they are not quite ready for the full garden experience. I’ll leave the gardening to my family members. Dave’s parents have planted a garden for as long as I can remember. Ever since the girls were…