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english baked beans & toast

Another busy day in the kitchen and I’m just plain tired. I’ve been snapping photos all day and now I’m looking forward to just hanging out with our company tomorrow, sipping wine, hanging out by the campfire and relaxing. Jeff is outside grilling steaks. I made mashed potatoes & gravy and coleslaw to go with…

polish cinnamon babka

Okay, when you hear the word “babka,” what immediately pops into your head? Uh huh. The Seinfeld episode with the babka. For me it’s the same with marble rye and Twix candy bars. And most kinds of soup too, for that matter.  Who can eat a bowl of crab bisque or mulligatawny without thinking about…

neiman marcus chocolate chip cookies

Have you heard the urban legend about the Neiman Marcus Cookie recipe? It’s funny. It’s actually the reason I decided to try these cookies. Turns out, they’re exquisite. preheat oven to 300 degrees F. yield: 2 dozen 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 1  tightly packed cup light brown sugar 3 Tablespoons sugar 1 large egg…

applewood smoked jack daniels barbecue beef

Busy, busy days in the kitchen. We’ve been cooking, grilling and taking photos. I meant to post this yesterday, but somehow the day got away from me. This is a very unique, delicious barbequed beef recipe that my hubby Jeff invented. I’ve never heard of  bbq sauce being prepared this way before, but it’s completely…

barbecue balsamic grilled pork chops

We are soooo enjoying summer. I am in love with the herb garden and heirloom tomatoes we’ve planted this year. We’ve been grilling pretty much non-stop… We’re heading out to Dressen’s this weekend . It’s such a fun little bike ride out there on the Pioneer trail. A great place to enjoy a burger and…

scenes from my weekend

Hello friends. I took most of the weekend off from being online and on facebook. I didn’t really feel very good all weekend and am just starting to feel like myself again this evening. Today I pretty much vegged out on the couch with the kitties, watched back to back rerun episodes of Big Bang…

scenes from st. pat’s 2013

It’s been a weekend of movie watching, lounging around the house in our pajamas,  book reading, bread baking, going out to breakfast at our favorite cafe, dreaming about the house remodel and our garden plans, creating on canvases, taking photos, Shamrock Shake eating, shoe painting (Gracie’s “Galaxy Shoes pictured above…she made them following THIS Youtube…

tortellini toss

Here’s a delicious, easy comfort food dish that is fancy enough for company, makes a great side dish, and is totally craveable. I love to pick up the ready-made tortellini in the refrigerated section of our grocery store. It only takes minutes to prepare and it’s a great “canvas” for anything you might want to…

raise your voice

There has been a lot of talk and some debate as to whether or not bloggers should be blogging today. Some have chosen to observe a day of silence in honor of the school shooting in Connecticut. I respect their decision to do so, but I really don’t see what good being quiet will do…