Holiday: Valentine’s Day

rose water cupcakes

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I don’t make cupcakes very often because they’re so hard to resist. They’re definitely a treat I can’t have around the house all the time, but some occasions call for this adorable dessert. Rose water cupcakes are an elegant, more “adult” version of the children’s birthday party variety. I just had to make a batch…

fried babybel cheese

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These adorable little fried cheese rounds make the perfect appetizer for a romantic celebration. I did a test run prior to Valentine’s Day so I could share this very special recipe with you. I’ve come up with a few tricks to help insure that the cheese doesn’t turn to greasy goo in the bottom of…

soft sour cream sugar cookies

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As Valentine’s Day approaches I’m busy in the kitchen cooking and baking up some of our favorite treats so I can share the recipes with you. These soft, puffy, delicious sugar cookies are awesome for any holiday, but I especially like to make them for Valentine’s Day. They remind me of an heirloom recipe we…

scenes from the past couple weeks

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A Valentine’s Day celebration ~ a date day with the hubby: this movie and this favorite wine bar… later: pajamas, pink champagne, roses, chocolate, and the Breakfast Club on DVD while we munched our favorite pizza…This winter I’ve been reading an eclectic mix of books. I’m thoroughly enjoying a reread of the Little House Books,…

gracie’s ultimate fudge brownies

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Grace made some of the best brownies I’ve ever had. They’re perfectly fudgy without being too wet or gooey like other fudge brownies I’ve encountered. Enjoy with a tall glass of milk or a scoop of ice cream. Yummy! ~ preheat oven to 350 degrees F. ~ 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (Grace used “Enjoy…

love goddess strawberry spinach salad + chocolate vinaigrette

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Are you ready for another Valentine treat? This one is especially delicious as well as colorful and healthy. It’s makes a wonderful beginning to a candle lit dinner and sets the stage for romance. The vinaigrette is slightly spicy and surprisingly the perfect accompaniment to the other flavors and textures in this simple, elegant salad.…

clam brandade + parmesan & truffle

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Sometimes romance comes in the form of comfort food, wouldn’t you agree? Warm, cheesy, potatoey, comfort food with just a hint of seafood and black truffle oil essence. This gets really decadent when you enjoy it on a slice of freshly baked baguette. When accompanied by a glass of  good white wine (I adore Sauvignon…

{just like ritz carlton’s} maui macadamia nut waffles with coconut syrup

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Happy Valentine’s week, Lovelies! We’re kicking off our annual “Week of Valentine Treats” with one of our favorite romantic breakfasts. Jeff and I enjoyed waffles just like these while vising Maui, Hawaii. Every morning The Terrace Restaurant, at The Ritz Carlton Kapalua, served this amazing breakfast spread…. gorgeous, buttery caramel rolls, plump, fresh sausage, smoked…

baked chicken fajitas

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This was such a fun, delicious and easy meal to make for our Valentine celebration this year. We were all decked out in our comfiest jammies under quilts in the living room while watching movies on demand and munching baked fajitas! Thank you, Cozycakes Cottage, for the inspiration. These exceeded my expectations! I was a…

gracie’s easy three ingredient nutella milkshakes

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Here’s a new creation by my daughter Gracie. She’s a master at taking a few simple ingredients and making a yummy masterpiece. Some examples of her work would include: Grilled Cheese Roll-Ups with Marinara Dipping Sauce, Red Velvet Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches, Alphabet Veggie Soup, Fresh Fruit Dessert Pizza on a Homemade Butter Cookie Crust,…