Gingered Orange Shortbread and Challenge Dairy

wrapped in parchment

Finally, I share my shortbread for all the world to see. You can just add this to the list of things I have failed or fallen short at recently. It belongs right there next to purchasing pants that actually fit my growing 5-year-old and scrubbing my floor. You see, I made and photographed this shortbread late one night before I left for San … more

The Monday Menu: December 14, 2009

on its way down

I am here, or at least I was 3 hours ago, and my children? They're home in the frozen tundra with my sister trying to stay warm. While it may not be warm here, it is not 5 below. I will not complain, even when it rains every. single. day. Just because I'm here in California with Ole for work doesn't mean that menu planning for home didn't happen. … more

Peppermint Truffles from Ganache


So, you may have been wondering how much hot chocolate I was going to make with all that ganache the other day. Hot chocolate for everyone! Actually, not really. Hot chocolate for no one. Truffles for everyone...or at least for me. The bonus of making hot chocolate from ganache is that I successfully crossed off one of the items on my holiday … more

Peppermint Twist Hot Chocolate and Christmas Traditions

kiwi homework

I mentioned that the tree had made an appearance at our home not too long ago just the other day. Since the moment it walked in through the door and found a place to rest in the living room, Kola Nut has been asking every. five. minutes. to put the ornaments on. So, naturally, we made him wait until we were all there together. He got over the … more

The Monday Menu: December 7, 2009


We did it. The tree is up in the living room and the Kidney Bean is curious as ever. I wonder how many times he's going to ask, "Wh-is-it?" before he just gets used to its presence there. We haven't decorated yet, but I'm pretty excited to actually get lights and ornaments up on it. I'm not a trinket person, so really, this is it here. Ole … more

Cream of Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

wild rice

I woke up with a migraine yesterday. I have to say that after this odd three-week hiatus (unheard of if you're me), I particularly resented this one. It was just there. No usual phantom warning, flecks of light, odd pain elsewhere. There. Pounding at my eyelids and making it impossible for me to feel like dragging myself out of bed when my … more

One Deal, Five Meals: Let’s Talk Turkey

Maybe you've already purchased another turkey and stored it in your freezer. If not, I want to convince you to go out and buy one this week at a discounted price. Just because you had your fill on roast turkey and mashed potatoes doesn't mean you have to pass on that incredible deal at the local supermarket. This is the perfect time to stock … more