Streusel Pumpkin Bread: Conquered

side by side

I have a confession. I am a coffee lover. Maybe it's the fact that coffee shops are EVERYwhere. There are the plain white cups with the brown sleeves at the local shop two blocks away. When I take my kids to the library, the Brothers stare me down. Still, it could be that I shop at Target, and the topless mermaid calls my name as I walk … more

Roasted Five Pepper Salsa Done My Way

tomatoes

So, I may be a little picky when it comes to salsa. I had one I liked, a "must be refrigerated at all times," store bought variety. They changed the recipe. Repeat after me: Do not fix what is not broken. I want it to be fresh. I want it to have an afterburn but not enough to make me skimp when loading up the chip. The obvious answer is to … more

The Monday Menu: November 16, 2009

kiwi

Goodness it's been a busy week. First and foremost, I have some exciting news. A few weeks ago, Tanna from Complete Organizing Solutions asked me to be a regular contributor to her blog. Tanna is a professional organizer in the Nashville area, and her blog is dedicated to helping you become organized and clutter-free. I'm thrilled to be part of … more

How to Roast a Turkey in 5 Easy Steps

lemon butter

Remember the scene in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation where the turkey comes to the table, browned and glorious, and then as Clark goes to carve it the whole thing deflates? Here, let me refresh your memory. This doesn't have to be you. Roasting a turkey can be easy, and it doesn't take as long as you think. This is a no-fuss, surefire … more

Cardamom Gingered Apple Crisp

apples

There's no doubt about it. Fall is here. The wind has a certain crispness that was missing not too long ago. Leaves have changed, fallen and been raked into piles. My vegetable garden is cut down to the dirt. Still, the farmer's markets are bustling with squash, apples, root vegetables and more and Thanksgiving is now right around the corner. … more

The Monday Menu: November 9, 2009

kolanut

I'm done commenting on the craziness of working from home and trying to make time for life. Done. Someone commented on it today, and I realize that I may have been whining. It is possible. And while not without reason, I hate whining. Ask my kids how empathetic I am in response to a whine. It's not pretty. Besides, having free time is … more

Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese and Orecchiette, Oh My!

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I have been craving pasta lately. While doing one of our menus I suddenly realized I'd added three pasta dishes to a five-day span. Carb overload. I adjusted the menu to just one pasta meal, albeit begrudgingly, and left this gem on the menu, and I was not disappointed. It may have had something to do with the giant tub of blue cheese I had … more