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Leftovers: March 2014 Edition

Can you believe it's been a whole month since the last leftovers post? Where the heck did March go? Not that I'm particularly sad. After all, each day is getting us a little closer to summer...and cookouts...and outdoor concerts...and bonfires...and strawberry picking...and...did I mention I'm excited about summer? Still there was plenty to love in [...]

Leftovers: February 2014 edition

I know this may be hard to believe, but I actually do have a life outside of making food and talking about my issues with laundry. I read stuff. I stalk food blogs. I spend way too much time perusing the humor section of Pinterest. Sometimes these things are interesting. Sometimes they're maybe only interesting [...]

Shop with a Purpose: Neighborfood’s 2013 Gift Guide

Shop with a purpose this holiday season! Whether you're shopping for your kids, your dad, your husband, or your sister, I've got a collection of fantastic fair trade products that not only make great gifts, but also support low income farmers and artisans around the world.  With the holiday season fast approaching (read: coming at [...]

Mom’s Custard Pie #SundaySupper

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For today's #SundaySupper, my friends and I are celebrating Thanksgiving just like you do--by gathering around the table, giving thanks, and sharing great food. I'll admit, this season hasn't been the easiest for the Rowlands. We've dealt with sicknesses and broken ankles and busy schedules and hefty medical bills arriving just in time for the [...]

Apple Nut Pancakes with Cider Syrup and Bacon

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Fluffy cinnamon spiced apple pancakes stacked high with pecans, bacon, and sweet cider syrup. I know things have been a little quiet around here this week. I didn't really plan on disappearing from the interwebs for five days, but sometimes life happens. Or, more accurately, sometimes life slaps you in the face, sets your butt [...]

On Cooking and Courage

Today I'm super excited to be guest posting over at Everyday Liturgy, a blog which seeks to incorporate faith and spirituality into the nitty gritty of our everyday lives. Here's the beginning of my post: I have never considered myself a cook. I came to the kitchen through cookies and pies, measuring cups and pastry [...]

ONE: The Great Fair Trade Chocolate Chip Experiment

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You may recall The Great Chocolate Chip Cookie Experiment of 2011. With the help of the Mr, I conducted a serious side by side comparison study of two of my favorite chocolate chip cookie dough recipes. We were thorough in our approach. Each cookie had to be baked on the same pan, in the same [...]

On Staying, for better or worse

Image courtesy of Mihai Tamasila If anything characterized the first 6 years of my adult life it was change. Movement was a rhythm of sorts, as sure as the changing seasons. Each fall and summer of my college days, I would pack my little Honda Accord so full of stuff I couldn’t see out the [...]

The Top 12 of 2012

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It feels like it was just a few months ago when I finally quit writing 2011 by accident. Now, here we are, with another impending date change upon us. It feels so terribly old to say this, but time really does fly. I remember people telling me that when I was younger. I would laugh [...]

Grace on a Plate…Pumpkin 7 Layer Bars

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I'm going to be honest. It's been a rough week around these parts. The Mr.'s been working crazy long hours at a stressful job. The living room has been "in process" for over a month, which basically just means the furniture is stacked in the middle of the room, the floor is covered in tape [...]

Strawberry Shortcake (Cottage Pudding)

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Today is my birthday, and this.... ...is my birthday cake. It doesn't have sprinkles. Or frosting. Or a scripted "Happy Birthday" swirled across the top. It doesn't even have chocolate. And you know what? I wouldn't ask for anything else on my birthday. This, my friends, is my all time favorite (FAV-O-RITE) cake. I know [...]

Cooking: the joy of passing it on

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Last month I had the pleasure of teaching a cooking and baking class for a group of young people involved with the Transit Arts program at my work. (If you've never heard of Transit Arts, check them out! They are a fabulous organization that provides a range of artistic opportunities for youth.) Over the course [...]

Graduation Pops

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People used to tell me time goes by faster as you get older. I never thought about it much, but the older I get the more I'm beginning to understand what they meant. This weekend my niece graduates from high school, and suddenly I find myself wondering, "where in the heck did the time go?" [...]

Merry, Merry Christmas!

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours! I pray on this day you will be immersed in the story of a baby boy, born in the humblest of places into a poor family...a baby who was both flesh and blood and the very Son of God. May you be awed. stunned. amazed. by this [...]

Day 1: Food to live by

This morning I woke up too early. And it was all Oscar's fault.I know, I know, he's a cutie. But I don't really see cute at 6:30 in the morning. I see a bleary figure with dog breath. But it just so happens, having an extra hour in the morning isn't all bad. Instead of [...]

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