Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust

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Sometimes when you have a lot of choices it can make it harder to actually make a decision.  We’re not talking major life events here – just little things like what to serve our guests during the holidays.  There are a lot of options out there especially when it comes to the Thanksgiving table.  Of course I'll serve all the family favorites and NEVER even consider changing up the . . . Continue Reading

Beet, Avocado and Pea Salad

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I received my new cookbook written by Yotam Ottolenghi titled Plenty More, Vibrant Vegetable Cooking From London's Ottolenghi.  As with his previous cookbooks once you start reading it's hard to put it down.  The recipes are inspired, the photography is amazing and the food is breathtaking.  Over the past week I've read myself to sleep each night trying to decide which recipe to make . . . Continue Reading

Dulce de Leche Sandwich Cookies with Cinnamon and Cardamom

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Every year I seem to run out of time during the holidays and don't get the chance to try new cookie recipes.  I've already had a few inquiries about my regular homemade gifts like the Peanut Butter Fudge, Chocolate Fudge and English Toffee.  So yes - dear friends, I will begin making these treats in early December!  And ... this year I may add these cookies to the rotation.  To say they . . . Continue Reading

Butternut Squash and Red Lentil Soup (Shorabit Jarjir)

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 This is an amazing soup.  Other than a little olive oil, the soup is made primarily with fresh vegetables and plenty of spice.  I was surprised that a soup this creamy was made without any milk, cream or butter.  The vegetables and red lentils are cooked until soft then pureed to create a lovely, thick, hearty and filling simple main course. Lentils are another one of those super foods . . . Continue Reading

Mini Applesauce Spice Cakes with Browned Butter Cinnamon Buttercream

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 When I was a young woman just starting out on my own, I'd often make Applesauce Spice Cake as my easy go-to dessert.  I baked it in a 13x9 inch pan and added a dollop of Cool Whip on top.  It was so soft and light and tasted of cinnamon and allspice.  Duncan Hines really does have a good cake mix!  But times have changed and now homemade is preferred over boxed or store bought.  Dessert . . . Continue Reading

Homemade Peanut Larabars

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I carry my lunch to work everyday.  We don't have many restaurants in the neighborhood because my office is out in the country.  Other than the Courthouse, Sheriff's office and County office buildings, there's not much else in the area.  We are surrounded by Civil War Battlefields and 2 lane roads.  It is simply rural America. That makes my drive to work - better than most.  Since we . . . Continue Reading

Pumpkin Doughnuts with Caramel Icing & Toasted Pecans

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Are you all pumpkin'd out yet?  I hope not because I'm just getting started!  I was playing with a 2 ingredient pumpkin ice cream - but it's hard as a rock.  Unfortunately it needs more fat and sugar - I guess I'll keep trying.  But the day is not a total loss because these pumpkin doughnuts are completely fantastic!  The base ingredients are adapted from a King Arthur Flour recipe. I . . . Continue Reading

Butternut Squash Risotto with Sugared Walnuts & a Giveaway! (WINNERS ANNOUNCED)

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Celebrating a blog-iversary may seem silly to some.  But after 4 years of raising this baby, I can tell you I'm all about being silly!  Blogs are a commitment that require an investment of time, resources, creativity and dedication.  Blogging can overpower all your free time if you let it but it can also be one of the most rewarding adventures you undertake.  You may learn a lot about . . . Continue Reading

Southern Shores, NC – The Outer Banks

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We spent a glorious week on the Outer Banks with family we don't see very often.  The time we had visiting, playing games, kayaking, laying by the pool and walking on the beach was precious.  We laughed and enjoyed catching up.  One of the great things about vacationing after the busy season is the deserted beaches and manageable traffic.  Once the little ones get older, school will come . . . Continue Reading

Kitty Hawk Maritime Woods Reserve

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For the last month or so we've been completely off our normal routine.  We went camping in the Shenandoah Mountains, spent weeks working on the blog while we transitioned to WordPress, and then went out of town for a week to the Outer Banks in North Carolina.  I'm really looking forward to settling in for the next six weeks trying some new recipes and blogging on my regular schedule. . . . Continue Reading