Archive | April, 2009

Birthday Cakes Part Two

I realized that I might have you all hanging with the outcome of my last two cakes! As I mentioned earlier, my big boy has turned eight and we all celebrated by eating his favorite dinner, steak. We grilled a beautiful beef tenderloin and served it with corn on the cob, roasted asparagus and green […]

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More Healthy Cinco De Mayo Eats

Continuing with our healthy Cinco De May Eats is Carnitas! I love my slow cooker. I’m always looking for a good slow cooker recipe and here is one for you! The pork shoulder is a great cut of meat for the slow cooker, whether you are making pulled pork sandwiches (recipe coming soon!) or Mexican Carnitas! […]

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Outrageous Coffee Brownies

So, it was one of those afternoons that I was cooking dinner with the Food Channel buzzing in the background. I was looking for inspiration between the hollering and fighting between the kidlets. Somewhere while chopping onions, I heard Ina Garten mention brownies? Did someone say BROWNIES? I quickly dropped my knife and plopped in front […]

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Healthy Cinco De Mayo Eats

Living in Southern California we obviously have a large Mexican influence with the foods we eat. And having lived in Arizona and Texas, as well, you can say that I’ve been eating Mexican food most of my life. So why wait for Cinco De Mayo to indulge? Many times I’ve heard how Mexican food is […]

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Birthday Cakes

Birthday season is upon us: parties, invitations, goody bags – Oh my! My eldest, the professor, is turning eight this Saturday. We are skipping the big party with friends and family this year and trading it in for the Disneyland weekend. But, with the small family dinner planned for his big day, I know my boy is […]

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Strawberry & Peach Sangria

Now that the weather is warming up, it is time to sit back, light up the bbq, invite friends over and make a pitcher of something yummy to drink. And with fruits becoming more readily available, why not enjoy a sangria! Not a fan of red wine? Go lighter with white wine. I first tried […]

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Decadent Lemon Bars

My aunt grew up on a farm in the mid-west with her 10-or-so siblings. When I attended the University of Arizona, I was lucky to live close to my aunt and uncle. I loved it when she would bake and introduce me to the simple and incredibly delicious home-cooking she grew up with. She and […]

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The Versatility of Roasted Vegetables

I love to roast! It’s great for meats, it’s great for poultry and it’s great for vegetables!!! My first attempt was to make a Roasted Vegetable Salad, for my in-laws one night. This was a BIG hit. I served it as an appetizer with olives and artichoke hearts and crusty Italian bread. YUMMY! My next vegetable roast […]

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Easter Eggs Go Green

With all this talk about “Going Green” and keeping things “Organic” I decided to do something different with the kiddos this year for Easter. Why buy these outrageous dyes and why not try making our own dyes using natural items that we have in our pantry and in our refrigerator? All three kids were excited […]

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