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Gosh, it’s been a while. And, I’ve been terribly poor about posting. It’s truly been a wild, helluva past three years or so, and I’m just now starting to get my feet under me.

I started this blog at the behest of Brandy, who said she’d love to post with me. Well, I know better, but I know her heart is in the right places: where the food is, and as reigning grammar nazi.

Beyond that it was a year of job-hunt-blog-post, then a move to D.C., then a move within D.C., then a job back home and a few months with mom-and-grandkids, then the hubs and a new house. Six months into the new house and we’re almost done with the master bath, floors in the living-dining-hallwayroom to follow, and straight on ‘till morning.

And death. People have died.

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Chip mixup

This happened today.


It started last night.  I went to the store.  Seems legit,  huh?

There were yogurt and apples,  then stuff for pumpkin pie (except I forgot the pumpkin) and pecan pie,  also some rum.  And as I passed by the baking section I thought,  “Oh, cookies would be nice.”


Like THAT ever ends well.

The chips were two for five dollars.  So I bought four bags: white,  milk,  semi-sweet and dark.  Then I thought about the white and what might go with them,  and considered cranberries and walnuts.  This afternoon I included the dark chips.


I admit I was skeptical,  as I’m not a huge fan of white and dark chips … or cookies with fruit.  But one bite and I’m convinced.

Here we go!


Oven to 375

In a bowl mix and set aside:
2.5 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt

In a separate bowl cream:
2 stocks softened butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar

When light and mixed add:
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Gradually mix in the flour, then add 3/4 cup each white and dark chips, 1/2 c dried cranberries and 1 c walnuts.

Put on ungreased baking sheet by tablespoonfuls and bake for 10 minutes. Mine tend to have grooves where I’ve patted them down and shaped them nicely.

Don’t worry, I obsessively wash my hands.

Let cool on write rack.

Love them!

Gluten- free Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter rules. Well to be fair, nut butter rules. My fave is cashew butter – if you are a cashew fan, imagine it smooth and creamy, and spread out on a piece of toast .. on top of spread out butter on toast.

oh myyyyyyyyyy, that’s some good stuff.

So take that one step further and think about those lovely little cross-hatched nuggets of nutty-sugary goodness, warm from the oven and delicious.

Right?  See what I mean?  Can’t resist them!

I wanted.

So I made.

Well I tried, anyway, but didn’t have enough flour so – SHAZAM! – gluten-free!

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More bacon, please


Delushus. That is all.

We all know what tomorrow brings … barbecue,  block party, slightly-charred meats,  salad and gelatin molds.

Maybe not the last anymore,  thank you baby Jesus.

And fireworks. LOVE that.

So,  she told me, “in Mother Russia, you bring potato salad to block party.”

Well maybe it wasn’t in those words then, but thats what my ears tell me I heard.

And so, potato salad it is!

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Beef Stroganoff – my-style!

We may already have established that I like beef Stroganoff.  It’s actually the first recipe I’ve ever asked for from my mom  It’s good stuff!  Beefy goodness, creamy sauce, ricey-rice.


So it was after work, and I had beef defrosted, sour cream in the fridge I needed to use, and rice and onion … so I figured I’d go all out and feed the fam well. Continue reading

Kiwi Applesauce

My kids love applesauce.  I mean LUUUURRRRVVEEEE it.  mmmm mmmm yummy yummy.

They like it best slightly frozen, kind of like it’s an icee.  Delicious crispy crunchy yumminess.

I like saving fruit they don’t eat and fruit that is almost going bad and so on … again with the “let’s not waste” philosophy. So, when I went through a whole container of kiwis and couldn’t slice any for lunches because they were all getting mooshy, I froze them … and started collecting apples.

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