Apple Raspberry Crisp

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A new advent tradition

It’s December 2nd, and it’s starting to feel like Christmas around here.  In the past I have purchased the chocolate filled calendars for the advent countdown for our girls, but this year, thanks to Pinterest I have a new advent for them. Each little gift bag is numbered for the day of the month.  Instead of candy there are activities and things to do together as a family.  Some include treats, it’s the holidays after all!...more

Say No To New Year's Resolution and Say Yes to Manifesting Your Vision

Did you know that we have 29 days left in 2014? I keep asking myself day in and day out where have the time gone? Each year, we are bombarded by the disillusion of people setting “New Year’s Resolutions”! New Year’s Resolutions drive me up the wall because statistically speaking 20% of resolutions are broken within the first week of January! Yes, 20%! So, what happens to the faithful 80% you might ask?...more

Sweater Weather

Alas, the Christmas season is upon us. I was inspired by the Coloring for Grown-Ups Holiday Fun Book and decided to design a few of my own holiday sweaters. Here are the descriptions (clockwise) the “display the tree” sweater....more

Thai Style Fried and Grilled Chicken: Thai roadside specialties.

ไก่ย่าง and ไก่ทอด...more

Very Special Shopping List

Today is the biggest shopping day in America, and as far as I’m concerned, the dawn of the apocalypse. Black Friday scares me first and foremost because of, oh I don’t know, the threat of physical violence. But I also hate the whole frantic consumerist nature of it, in spite of the fact that I do enjoy saving a few bucks. Anyhow, I’ve decided to be topical and give you a shopping list of all things very special. But you can stay home and buy these things online. Or don’t buy them at all. I’m trying to make all of my gifts this year....more

Soft Gingersnap Cookies

 This isn’t the recipe I was planning on sharing with y’all this week, but as my life goes here lately, I can’t plan on what I’ve planned on doing. These cookies were made from more of a need than a want, but after munching on a few, I realized I needed to share ‘em with y’all.I wanted to make something, ok everything, pumpkin this weekend. But I had a sour tummy all weekend and didn’t have much of an appetite for anything. I couldn’t drink water without my tummy hurting and even chicken broth and crackers upset me. I was not a happy camper, especially since I had a few days off from work {princess pouty face}....more

Uppity green bean casserole

Last year's casserole, bottom left.Sauteed thinly sliced mushrooms bathed in a creamy, garlicky bechamel. Fresh crunchy green beans, blanched. Crispy sliced onions....more