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Holiday entertaining can be incredibly stressful. Thankfully, I came from a small family with very few cousins and extended relatives. It makes things easier when you only have six people to feed instead of ten or twenty. We usually keep the food low key and stick to the classics – a roast of some kind, […]

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I’ve been a huge fan of chocolate since I was a child. When I was three years old, my mom found me in the kitchen crying because I couldn’t reach the chocolate chips. She rectified things by pulling out the ingredients to make hot chocolate. My cries were immediately hushed. Can you blame me? She […]

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The other week on the blog I discussed my own journey with people pleasing and how it altered the course of my life, but ultimately figured out how to auto-correct before it was too late. It can be hard to recognize our weaknesses when our knee-jerk reaction is to put blinders on. Pulling back the […]

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I’m not quite sure what people are talking about when they say soup weather. I personally enjoy a bowl of soup when its sunny and eighty and when it’s rainy and fifty. To me, there is no difference. Maybe because I’m in love with how easy it is to throw ingredients into a pot, cover […]

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Autumn is upon us. Here in Portland, the colors are just starting to turn a yellowish red, painting the streets in multi-colored foliage. Yet, the weather is taking its sweet time catching up to the appropriate season. We had a string of eighty degrees days last week but thanks to the air conditioning at work, […]

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From an early age, I learned the power of staying quiet and not rocking the boat. I HATED when people showed an ounce of anger or disappointment toward me because I always felt like it was personal. As if I actively did something wrong to garner such a response. This, in turn, made my words […]

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The first time I discovered the magic of cashews was when I made my own nut milk. Also, real quick – who else cringes when they hear the term nut milk? It sounds like such a lude word. Not something you would want to drink. Anyways, cashews are an incredible dairy-free substitute. One soaked overnight, […]

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The colorful rainbow of greens, yellow’s, red and orange tomatoes call my name whenever I pass them by at the farmers market. I can’t help but by a container or three or five. This has led to an overabundance of summer on my counter. Although, I’m not complaining. They are as sweet as candy, which […]

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Summer is passing by at warp speed. It’s almost the middle of August and I haven’t done half the activities I have wanted to do yet like go swimming, pick blueberries and or enjoy a glass of wine in the French countryside. What I have done is spend time with friends and family, worked hard […]

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If I could live off one quick bread for the rest of my life it would be banana bread. My mom used to whip up batch after batch during the winter months, filling the house with the comforting scent of cinnamon and butter. She didn’t stick to one recipe but instead tried several in a […]

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