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New Year New Logo

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I’ve been so excited for this day to come.  Definitely meant to post this a little earlier today, but my family came in for a weekend visit so I was hustling to get ready for their arrival.  Now that they’re here, I told them I have to take a few minutes to write my post…because […]

A Toast to 2008

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As I read other food blogs’ year in review posts, I kept telling myself to stop and start mine or I’ll run out of time!  Of course, I do have almost 9 more hours until the clock turns and 2009 is here. Last year I gave you a list of my favorite recipes from the […]

Chicken Scaloppine with Saffron Cream Sauce

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This is another recipe I made from the book my sister bought me for Christmas, Giada’s Kitchen.  Ben and I both loved the flavor of the saffron and creamy sauce.  It was a light meal for us, which is always nice so that we didn’t (as we have grown to say) feel like ‘death’ afterwards.  […]

Organica Deluxe Cookies

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Now that Christmas is over, I feel like I can back up and post a few things where I fell behind.  So, the next couple of posts will be to catch up.  Forgive me for the lack of posts this last week, as I spent Christmas on an island in the Chesapeake Bay (my in-laws’ […]

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas!  I hope you all are able to spend the day with loved ones while eating splendid treats!  Here’s one treat I gave my mother-in-law for Christmas.  She shares my love of dark chocolate, and right now this TCHO chocolate is my favorite.  It is the Mini Gift Collection from TCHO with their brand […]

Chocolate Biscotti

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I brought these treats to Emily’s Holiday Open House Sunday night.  They were delicious!  Joelen, from Joelen’s Culinary Adventures, was also at the party and said they tasted like a rich brownie…except crunchy!  It was also a great opportunity for me to use my Roasted Cacao Nibs that TCHO sent to me for a tasting. […]

VanVoorhis Holiday Open House

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Our friends who live in California (Aaron and Emily) were in town visiting family for the holidays.  Each year they host a Holiday Open House, and this is our chance to see them!  This year, I was excited to meet a mutual friend of ours (and fellow Nestie), Joelen, who is a part of a […]

Garlic and Sun-dried Tomato Corn Muffins

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My sister gave me my Christmas presents over Thanksgiving, since I won’t actually see her during Christmas.  :(  She was pretty sneaky in buying my gift while we were out shopping together on Black Friday.  We were in Williams-Sonoma and I was drooling over the cookbooks and cookbook stand…little did I know she was soaking […]

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party & Vote for Your Favorite Candy House

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We started co-leading a small group this year for church.  Wednesday was our Christmas party and the group decided to do an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.  Everyone brought an appetizer and I served this cake for dessert.  (Got the idea from this site.) Our activity for the party was to do a guys vs girls […]

Jeweled White Chocolate Lollies

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This year’s Christmas basket included lollypops, which is a first for me!  I found these in the December/January 2009 issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray.  They added a little healthier flavor with the nuts and raisins.  I’ll be honest, I didn’t even get to eat one as every single lolly needed to be used for […]