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Onion Tart

January 1, 2014

I found this recipe in the Food & Wine Magazine awhile ago. I made it for the first time last Fall. Jeff loves this stuff ~ I think almost better than chocolate cheesecake. Ingredients Dough 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and chilled 5 tablespoons ice […]

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Facebook YAY or NAY?

December 27, 2013

Although my personal Facebook post stated on December 21st, that I was staying off social media through the Holidays, I realize now that yes I am addicted. I’ve decided now that five plus days was enough, and this morning I found myself checking Facebook on my iPhone underneath my covers at 4:30am. Within minutes, I […]

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Mourning Cloak

December 10, 2013

A Mourning Cloak has visited our yard twice since my dad died on June 27, 2013 The first time we saw it was the day after he died. Most recently and the second time we saw it was the day after Thanksgiving. FACTS: My dad was a butterfly collector as a child and also collected […]

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Mushroom + Onion + Zucchini Wrap

March 15, 2012

Lucky or unlucky for me, I stopped following most recipes several years ago (the one exception to the rule is when I bake, I follow the recipes exactly.) What has been inspiration for me lately is whatever I have in my refrigerator/freezer. Last night it was a combination of mushrooms, onions and squash. This is […]

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Arugula and Green Apple Salad

March 12, 2012

:)Spring is a great time to take advantage of the fresh & local greens. This is a quick, easy and good salad. If you haven’t tried arugula, it’s a nice change with a wonderful peppery flavor. 1 bunch fresh arugula, washed and dried 2 Granny Smith apples, pealed and sliced thin (julienne) 1/2 – 3/4 […]

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Alton Brown’s Guacamole

March 12, 2012

I’ve tried all kinds of guacamole recipes. This is easy and quick, and very very good. Definitely my favorite. Ingredients 3 Haas avocados, halved, seeded and peeled 1 lime, juiced 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon cayenne 1/2 medium onion, diced 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro […]

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Short note about My Dad

March 7, 2012

This morning was the first day this year that I’ve been out in our yard for any length of time. As I was raking up the winter mess, my thoughts immediately turned to my dad and I shed a few tears. I am sure my love and appreciation of all things outside are because of […]

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Homemade Kahlua

February 28, 2012

About the only way I drink coffee is with alcohol, which means two things.  #1 I don’t drink coffee everyday and #2 I’m going to figure out how to make Kahlua. On Googling “how to make Kahlua,”  there are many many many  different recipes.  After sifting through the plethora of recipes, comments and reviews I […]

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Peanut Butter ~ Homemade and pure peanuts!

February 27, 2012

Interesting my husband mentioned to me the other day he had eaten store-bought peanut butter and got indigestion.  I’ve been making my peanut butter for the last (at least) eight years.  Jeff tested the store-bought peanut butter again (he loves peanut butter and this was a jar in the kitchen at his office) and once […]

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Signs of Spring

February 15, 2012

Helleborus ‘Pink Parachutes’ is one of my favorite perennials.  Helleborus blooms in late winter or early Spring and usually when there is snow on the ground.   If you let a  Helleborus plant go to seed, it will usually create a little colony of plants within a few years. It’s  disappointing for me to think that […]

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