Chocolate-Drizzled Oatmeal Shortbread Cookies

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When I started this here website almost 4 years ago, my main motivation was to put my writing out into the universe and find out if there was anyone out there who enjoyed reading what I had to say. I chose food as a topic because I love the way food brings us all together. […]

A Late Winter’s Screensaver for You

Don’t ask what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.  -Howard Thurman A new screensaver/desktop photo for you, my friends. Thought it might lend a bit of calm and clarity to start the week. Use the […]

Wishing You Moments of Captured Time for the New Year

Since writing my last post, I’ve been pondering the evolution of holiday traditions. How they started. Why we continue some and not others. New traditions that spring up and are adopted…Shelf Elf…or not. I choose “not.” What occurred to me is that many of our traditions started out of scarcity. Feasts were thrown around holidays […]

Perhaps the Best Brownies I Have Ever Had

  I go through phases. For months, I will dutifully write-out my weekly meal plan, go to the grocery store once a week, and proceed to make dinner according to the schedule. I will have flipped through my favorite cookbooks, blogs, and magazines and found new, inspiring recipes to create for my family. I will […]

Double Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies – When the Dark Chocolate Bar Won’t Do

Double Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies

I wanted chocolate. You know what I mean. I NEEDED chocolate. The dark chocolate 74% cacao bar I keep in the cupboard for these occasions sounded about appealing as lima beans. No, I wanted chocolate, warm and melted, wrapped in some buttery, white flour concoction. I couldn’t even make this up if I tried but […]

A "Chocolate Times 100" Cake and a Little Celebration

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I found myself immediately transformed into a traffic cop as I held out both hands and practically threw myself into the “after-school pick-up” traffic to avoid having my 5-year-old hit by on-coming cars as he obliviously skipped across the street toward me. His eyes were shining. His “too-big” back-pack was jostling wildly up and down […]

Nutty Granola and Oatmeal Cookies: Similar Ingredients…Completely Different Results

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“Yeah, yeah…I know…I’ve heard this speech before,” my daughter said to me in a tone dripping with teenager attitude. Frustrated I fired back at her, “And that’s exactly the kind of attitude that won’t help out your cause.” She pursed her lips and rolled her eyes. I left the room and headed toward the stairs.Passing […]

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread to Acknowledge That Autumn has Truly Arrived

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“No. I don’t want you. Get back in your closet. I don’t care if you used to be my favorite. I’m not ready for you!!” I heard myself wailing those words last week, like a toddler having a tantrum. With a sigh, I said good-bye to the sun and braced myself for the 7 straight […]

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Dried Cherries (aka My Own "Bottle Cap")

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All right, so last Monday morning wasn’t exactly my proudest parenting moment. But you can’t really blame me. No. It’s not my fault how I was raised. You see, when I was young and my siblings and I would scrape a knee, cut a finger, crack our heads open or break an arm, my father […]

Une Petite Pomme: Spella Caffé

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(Before reading the following sentence, please cue up your best British accent.) I believe that I have stumbled upon, quite possibly, the finest latté I have ever had the privilege to drink. Now, all that being said, I do not consider myself a coffee connoisseur per se but I do drink coffee…often…and I know what […]

A Little Insurance Policy in the Form of Chocolate Chip Cookies

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For months now, at the request of family members, friends, strangers even, we have dutifully removed our shoes and assumed the “back-to-back” position, while these…people, bent their knees, leveled off their point-of-view and eyeballed our heads. And then, rising back up, these same people would sigh and declare, “Nope. Not yet.”And so it was, the […]

Banana Bread with Chocolate and Walnuts

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“Will you walk into my parlor?” said the Spider to the Fly, “’Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy.” The Spider and the Fly, by Tony DiTerlizzi and Mary Howitt I sit here at the dining room table my desk. I am wearing a down vest and flip-flops. My feet are cold. […]