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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Here & There: Feed Me!

Here & There: Feed Me!

Oh, how my dish drying rack has changed….wine glasses have been replaced by bibs and bottle things. I used to happily spend long minutes thinking on a new recipe. I used to wonder what next recipe to challenge myself would be. The tides have shifted.

photo 4Now, I find myself clinging to the minutes as they pass by as this little boy continues to grow and grow. 

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Cranberry Almond Ginger Muffins

Cranberry Almond Ginger Muffins

Cranberry Almond Ginger Muffins
This muffin started in another form – a coffee cake bread to be exact. We would make this bread every year at the holidays to gift away or enjoy it ourselves. Years later, I still find myself longing for this tender bread studded with cranberries and topped with an almond glaze. 

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Here & There: Backwards

Here & There: Backwards

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It has finally happened. I feel a little disoriented. It is almost as if a snow globe were shaken and things are disoriented and blurry before it all settles down again. You know this story…the story of the baby who does not sleep like he used to? And the part of the story where the baby gets mad at the whole wide world and is telling everyone all about it in a super loud and frustrated little voice. In new parent class they did not mention this thing. There was no warning at all, we simply landed here one day. There is very little Mom or Dad can do but to hold him super close and love him to pieces.

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