16 March, 2018

Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut Or… Fruit & Nut Bites

Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut Or… Fruit & Nut Bites
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I must be some kind of nut (if you know me, you know that I am). I keep making different types of granola bars. I do love them and know my homemade bars are made with real food – not ingredients/chemicals I can’t pronounce that are added to store brand bars to help keep them
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27 February, 2018

O’Peanut Butter, Where For Art Thou? Covered In Chocolate?

O’Peanut Butter, Where For Art Thou? Covered In Chocolate?
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Pinterest, the lifeblood, and death of me sometimes. I’m constantly saving recipes, crafts, gardening ideas, etc. to this “notebook in the sky.” It’s a little out of my comfort zone to use Pinterest, yet I love seeing what’s posted and “out there” to learn about.  I saw this recipe a few weeks ago and thought
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26 January, 2018

Apple Pancake Puff – Version Two

Apple Pancake Puff – Version Two
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Making a puffed apple pancake is one of my favorite breakfasts to make for special occasions. I can get carried away though. One time when I had girlfriends over for a visit, I took the peelings from the apples and made bows and roses out of them to decorate the plate.  About a year ago
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22 December, 2017

Flashback Friday – Happy Holidays!

Flashback Friday – Happy Holidays!

  The holidays are here, and being celebrated in households across the country and throughout the world. So instead of posting a recipe that no one has time to try a few days before Christmas, here are a few links to prior posts with recipes that are useful this time of year. Appetizers and Small
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15 December, 2017

I’ll Double It! Chocolate Popcorn Treats

I’ll Double It! Chocolate Popcorn Treats
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The title of this post reminds me of a famous line from an old movie “Paint Your Wagon.”  One of the main characters (Lee Marvin) was bidding on a wife (a man with two wives came into this mining camp and was selling one of them – this would make big headlines in today’s media
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21 November, 2017

Apple Of My Eye – Apple Pie Coffee Cake

Apple Of My Eye – Apple Pie Coffee Cake
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Picture this, a woman dressed up in a 50’s style shirtwaist dress, crisply ironed apron tied neatly around her waist, nylons, and heels complete the outfit, maybe pearls around her neck. The aroma of cinnamon and apple pie drifting through the kitchen while an electric coffee pot pumps out a dark brown liquid in the background. The
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20 November, 2017

Cookies And Pops – With Pumpkin – Oh My!

Cookies And Pops – With Pumpkin – Oh My!
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Thanksgiving week in the US brings up diverse emotions. There are those who are panicked because there are expectations around this holiday with food, family, and friends. There are those who are salivating not especially because of the food served on Thanksgiving, but because the holiday shopping sales start the day after. Whatever emotions are
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7 November, 2017

Close Encounters Of The Stuffed Figs

Close Encounters Of The Stuffed Figs
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Figs may not be a favorite fruit for most people, but to an Italian whose family generated from Southern Italy, it’s like “Fruit of the Gods” for me. Stuffed figs are a popular Pugliese treat. Traditionally, Italians will dry the figs in the sun at the end of summer or early Fall, stuff them, cook
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23 October, 2017

Snack To The Future – Apricot Ricotta Appetizers

Snack To The Future – Apricot Ricotta Appetizers
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A neighbor called this morning and needed an appetizer for an event she was attending tonight. She explained it was a spur of the moment thing and would I have time to whip something up for her? Well, on my calendar today I had a booty barre class at the gym, groceries to pick up,
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14 September, 2017

2017 – Verona Day 2 – The Streets Are Paved in Marble

2017 – Verona Day 2 – The Streets Are Paved in Marble
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The feature picture of today’s post is of a building with original frescos that date back to the 1500’s. I can’t imagine not painting the outside of your house for hundreds of years. With the Portland weather we’ve repainted our house twice in 11 years! Ricardo thought it was great that the apartment owner had
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30 August, 2017

I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch Of Honey Spiced Almonds

I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch Of Honey Spiced Almonds
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These almonds won’t disappoint with a kick of spicy and sweet. As Summer fades (take the heat with you please!) and Fall approaches (it will get here, right?), I think of roasting nuts. (Hubby’s comments have been intentionally censored.) Nuts are such a great source of protein and a healthy snack. The challenge is to
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28 August, 2017

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream
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The Portland area is in the midst of another heat wave with temps over 90 degrees. Best way to cool off? In my opinion, ice cream! Well, yeah there is air conditioning and hanging out in a pool of water, but of course, everything equates to food with me, so ice cream was the first
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