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Happy Holidays and Resolutions from The O6: Goodbye, 2009!

Considering New Year's Eve is tomorrow, I thought I'd get on sharing our card before the holidays are behind us. Maybe I was aiming for Valentine's Day? I joked about it on Twitter today in an attempt to conceal my shame. In an attempt to rectify the end-of-the-year disorganization that seems to be controlling me the last two weeks, HERE is … more

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The Monday Menu: December 27, 2009

First, because I was naughty and didn't say it the day of, Merry Christmas! I hope yours was as joyous and fun-filled as ours. We spent several hours driving through blizzard-like conditions and made it to all of our Christmas programs, functions and events. Now we're all tucked back into our little house trying to dig our way out of the … more

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Steak au Poivre – The Showstopper

Steak au Poivre is one of those gorgeous meals that fills the house, is showy to make in front of guests and makes you want to curl into the couch after dinner, completely content and satisfied. Tenderloin filets are pan fried and then added to a rich, creamy pepper sauce. Sometimes you need a showstopper.  Maybe you are trying to impress a … more

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The Monday Menu: December 21, 2009

San Francisco with John Bolten (pictured above with Ole) is behind me, and Operation Christmas Cookie 2009 is underway. Right. Now. My sister is stuck here until it commences...on the 23rd. All right, so I'll let her go home soon. Accomplished: 6 batches of dough, rolled into balls and in the fridge; pecan teacakes; more gingered orange … more

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Gingered Orange Shortbread and Challenge Dairy

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

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The Monday Menu: December 14, 2009

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

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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