Archive | 2013
Lemon Cake with Basil and Pomegranate

Holiday Gift Idea and a Lemon Cake with Basil and Pomegranate

When it comes to gift-giving, I tend to be a procrastinator. I know some people have all of their holiday gift shopping done way before November rolls in. I am definitely NOT one of those people. When my kids were little and they didn’t pay too close attention to the latest and greatest toys out […]

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Chocolate Egg Nog - tastes like Bailey's Irish Cream! from FamilySpice.com

Bottoms Up with Chocolate Egg Nog

How did it become December already?! By the time my head stops spinning and I put out my Christmas decorations, I know it will already be 2014! My husband is asking when we should go get our tree and I am asking for a few more weeks, that I know does not exist. So am […]

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Win an iPad Mini, 2 eCookbooks & a KIND snack bar cube at FamilySpice.com - Dec 1 thru Dec 16, 2013

Happy Holidays: Win an iPad Mini and More!

December is here and what a year 2013 has been. I have been blessed with so many wonderful people in my life and I am so very thankful for their love and support. From farm tours to ebooks and now seeing my olive oil book become published, I am forever grateful for you, my readers […]

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Roast Turkey Breast with Black Garlic Butter from FamilySpice.com

Thanksgiving for Two? Roast Turkey Breast with Black Garlic Butter

I have always been part of a mass crowd during Thanksgiving. I am lucky to have a big, loving family always around me. But I do remember my single days, when I lived in Miami and a couple Thanksgivings came up where I wasn’t with my family. Then you get the invitations from friends who […]

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Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Quesadillas

I can not wait for Thanksgiving and the amazing turkey dinner. It really is one of my favorite meals and favorite flavor combinations of all time. My enthusiasm got the best of me, so last week I made my family an early turkey spread. I think I was the only one completely savoring all of […]

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Pomegranate with Golpar

There are some things in Farsi that easy to translate into English. Then you find these Persian proverbs and sayings and they completely lose their meaning in English. Then there are  the Persian words that have absolutely no English equivalent. But, I suppose most languages have this problem with English. For example, “pomegranate” in Farsi […]

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Purple Sweet Potato Pudding by FamilySpice.com

Thanksgiving Dessert: Purple Sweet Potato Pudding

Did the title get your attention? Did it make you want to read this post or did you think there was a typo?!! I always like to mix things up and throw in something wild out there for my friends and family to try. My daughter was watching me make this pudding and commented, “Mommy, […]

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Purple Sweet Potato Soup by FamilySpice.com

Thanksgiving Soup: Purple Sweet Potato Soup

I like colors. Although my favorite colored clothing is my super soft Heather Grey tshirt, I like to be surrounded with happy colors. Before my daughter was born, the house was filled with my boys’ reds, blues and greens. From their clothing to their toys, we had red, blue, green cars, trains and action figures. […]

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Save Sophia: Become a Bone Marrow Donor

There are times in our lives that we are forced to stop from your busy day-to-day lives and reflect about what is really important in life. Sometimes, it is as basic and essential as life itself. It is not so shocking to hear that an elderly relative is sick, but when a baby has a […]

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Easy Thanksgiving Meals: Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad

Easy Thanksgiving Meals: Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad

One of my favorite meals of all time is the classic American Thanksgiving menu. Every year I look forward to it. I think I’m more excited about the leftovers, as I get to savor the meal days later. The flavor combinations, the colors and just having everyone together (if only for one meal) makes this […]

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