Simple Snack: Kale Chips

Simple Snack: Kale Chips

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Kale chips. Did you know just how easy they can be? I have always used the oven to bake them and the results were consistent and always delicious. Recently, I was crunching on some kale chips that my mother-in-law made. We were talking about how easy they were. I asked if she baked them in the oven? No, she said. What was her secret? I had to find out!

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Here & There: Lessons Learned

Here & There: Lessons Learned

The stirring of the monitor caught my attention as I glanced at the clock. NQGBebe was up from his nap…after only 30 minutes. I paused for a moment – I did not understand this sudden move in the game of babyhood.  Instead, I shifted. A change in lesson plan. I stopped what I was doing (working on this post for the thousandth time?!), pushed aside my list of things to do and bounded upstairs to greet a smiling NQGBebe.

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Dinner in a Flash!

Dinner in a Flash!

I was flipping through a recent issue of “Bon Appetit” and stumbled upon an article using pantry ingredients. With a quick check of my cupboards, and one shallot later, I was on my way to creating a fast dinner! 

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Vegan Cinnamon Date Rolls

Vegan Cinnamon Date Rolls

It has been a challenge to find moments during the full days to share words, pictures and food with you! I am working on finding a better system to do this! I am feeling less foggy, more alive, and there is a pep in my step. It is a wonderful feeling which, frankly, just kicked in this past week and I sure hope it sticks around! Let me share with you some cinnamon rolls. There is no added sugar in the filling for these gems! What? I know, NQGBebe was a bit skeptical, too! Let’s go!
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Time Out: Winter Fruit Salad

Time Out: Winter Fruit Salad

I have put myself in a quick timeout (NQGBebe is napping!)  to let you in on how to make a delicious winter fruit salad! I have never really been fond of fruit salad. Browned bananas, canned peaches and fruit cocktail come to mind. That was before this recipe came across my radar screen. Bosc pears, tart apple, figs, apricots, raspberries marry up and settle in a warmly, spiced syrup made with a vanilla bean, star anise pods, lemon peel…oh, please! All the delicious flavors in one giant bowl. Join me as I walk you through the easy steps!
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Simple Things: Spice Cake with Raspberry Cream

photo 1Simple things…simple gifts. Life needs a good dose of simple now and again. This is why I found myself in the kitchen making a spice cake. I have made a gingerbread before…I love the combination of warm spices in winter. It was a simple affair of common ingredients and a few utensils and bowls. I did not plan on documenting this simple process. I was confident at the start of my gingerbread making journey…and then things took a turn. 

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