Watch Your Eye! I Might Pop A Button!

Over the past 2-3 months my pants have slowly grown tighter. I step on the scale and I see my numbers go up. I am helpless when it comes to the holidays. It's the food. My god the delicious, wonderful, butter filled, sugar coated, fat saturated, food. I love it all. From the turkey on Thanksgiving to the shrimp on New Years Eve I am someone who always partakes in ALL of the holiday feasts. It's not only the food that gets me, it's also the drinks. I enjoy the dark stouts, egg nogs, and wonderful wines with little regard to the sea of calories packed in every glass. ...more

From Dr. Pat: Making Christmas Anew

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Beautiful Christmas Food Photo Greetings from Food Bloggers Around the World!

One of the things I love most about food blogs is the amazing food photos. I know from personal experience that photographing food is a challenge, and I admire bloggers who can turn out beautiful photos no matter what they're cooking. Of course when Christmas comes, these talented photographers have beautiful Christmas food photos on their blogs to wish readers a Merry Christmas. ...more

Oh, thanks so much for this list. These are lovely! Shooting food is one of the hardest ...more

Christmas downunder: prawns with chilli, lime and coriander

Here's a simple 4 ingredient recipe for a summertime christmas lunch. Check out the photos here.   Pan fry 1 kg of prawns, with shells on.Add salt and pepper to taste.Remove from pan. In a mixing bowl, add the following:the juice of 1 limea handful of chopped coriander2-3 chillies chopped Toss and serve with wedges of lime.Merry Christmas!! ...more

Happy Chanukah!

I am in dire need of holiday cheer. Peanut, H and I are still sick. I had no voice for most of the day. So my parents came over for a quiet but lovely dinner and to help out with Peanut. Well, things did not go as planned. They came and we were having a great time all the way up until it was time to light the candles. That is, of course, when the fire alarm went off. Now, I live in a condo/townhouse, so if the alarm goes off in the condo building (which was the case), the alarm goes off in the townhouses as ...more

Making Maple Marshmallows - and WHY?

We're having blizzards in Seattle, which is ridiculous, since everyone knows it RAINS here, it doesn't SNOW!  So, like the entire rest of the city, I went to Safeway yesterday and got everything we could possible need for a blizzard.  Including stuff to make hot chocolate. I was feeling very big in my britches, until my daughter pointed out that I got no marshmallows.  ...more

Maybe these were a bad idea. They are so good that they have upped my hot cocoa (with maple ...more

Walnut-orange cake

Delicious!  Commentary included within this recipe for walnut-orange cake at:  http://www.therextras.com/therextras/holiday-recipe-2008.html Enjoy! ...more

Christmas Brunch: Herbed Waffles with Smoked Salmon

We'll be serving Christmas brunch this year. I want to serve something special, but not have to work that hard. By the time we make Christmas Eve dinner and survive the holiday events leading up to Christmas, well, let's keep it simple. This dish is similar to one I had at a favorite breakfast place with the best ever scones. The place closed, but not because of the food quality. I miss the scones terribly and decided to make my own version of the smoked salmon recipe. Smoked Salmon on Herb Waffle with Creme Fraiche ...more

Fat Pants

Until I hit my 30s, I was officially “skinny”. I was called “Skinny Little Bitch” on more than just a few occasions from some of my larger acquaintances, a weird way of complimenting me I suppose. Assuming that this style of compliment is acceptable, I shouted “You big fat whore!” to a woman in a parking lot who almost ran over my son one day. Strangely, she did not find this flattering and took another lap around the parking lot in order to flip me the finger, which I graciously replied in kind. That’s when I noticed this nice daddy right next to me. ...more

Party Like It’s 1929

In the spirit of the times rather than the season, why not throw a Recession Rager? ...more