December 2011

How to make holiday simmering spices

December 11, 2011
tree lights

Christmas brings with it some wonderful smells.  The aromas of cookies baking, gingerbread cooling, hot cider simmering.  They bring with them a warm and cozy feeling that you just can’t get any other time of year. One simple way to fill your house with the scent of the holidays is to make a pot of […]

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Easy Meal Idea: Veggie Frittata

December 8, 2011

Weeknights are busy.  Having a few quick recipes to turn to is essential to keep from eating out.  A simple frittata takes only ten minutes to cook, and is versatile enough to use whatever ingredients you have on hand.  Of course you could also serve this for breakfast, lunch or even take it to a […]

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Isn’t that Pinteresting?

December 7, 2011
vintage ornament display

Have you checked out Pinterest yet? If not, let me know and I will send you an invite. It’s my new favorite spot to find inspiration for crafting, recipes, style, home decor and more! I wanted to share a few Pinterest-inspired successes from the past week. I have a set of vintage ornaments that I […]

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Butternut Chili and a Healthy Soup Roundup

December 4, 2011
vegetarian chili

Oh the weather outside is frightful, and a bowl of soup is so delightful… Is that how the song goes? It’s finally feeling like winter here in Phoenix, with nighttime temperatures dipping below freezing.  This time of the year, I always realize I don’t have any real winter clothes in my closet.  A few light […]

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Soup is coming soon, but first…

December 4, 2011

I keep talking about the soup roundup post that I’m working on, and a yummy chili recipe too…but first I have to take this little man to see The Nutracker. Soup is coming soon…

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This Week’s Bounty and Decorating the Christmas Tree

December 3, 2011
bountiful basket

This morning, while the house was still asleep, a couple of Christmas elves snuck our Bountiful Basket into the kitchen (thanks Mom and Dad!).  The bounty was overflowing, but for some reason it was missing the gingerbread kit that we had ordered.  We also missed out on the persimmons that most locations seemed to get. […]

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5 reasons to cook with dried beans

December 2, 2011
Dry Beans

Beans are a nutritious and very versatile food, high in fiber, protein and B vitamins, and low in fat and calories.  For a long time now, I have wanted to dive into cooking with dried beans.  I’m not sure what held me back except that I wondered about the planning of it all, and it […]

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