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Most favor bags that we get from childrens' birthday parties seem like such a waste of money.  They are filled with cheap toys that break in three days and candy that isn't good and I'm not about to let my kids eat a pound of anyway.         For my own kids' birthdays I try to get a bit more creative and find a balance between giving the public what they want and not compromising what I think is a dumb tradition.     This year for Eden's birthday I decided to g...

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You can still do these bars in February, right?  I mean, I think cranberries are a totally viable choice until all of the snow is melted.       These are a replica of the classic Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar.    Only.    I've never had the Starbucks version.  I only go in Starbucks twice a year (gasp!) when I'm actually living in the US.    So whether they are exact or not, I can vouch for that.  But people that they were goooood. ...

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These were SO, SO good.  Served on my favorite naan recipe we couldn't have been more satisfied with dinner.  Earthy and spicy and then fresh cucumbers.  I highly, highly recommend you make some kind of flatbread or buy some pita and whip these up tonight!   At our house, two toddlers and two adults scarfed them down with little more said than, "Yummy" from the kids and "These are so good" from the adults.         Spiced Chicken Shawarma Wraps Taken from R...

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Round two in seasonal fare that is being introduced past its time.     If you're hungry.  If you're kids are hungry or even remotely possible hungry in the next hour.  I DON'T recommend pulling out this recipe and giving it a whirl.  It takes time.  Time I really didn't have on the morning I decided to make this.  When breakfast became second breakfast, otherwise known as lunch at 11:30am.   But it was yummy and seasonal.  And it wasn't your basic pum...

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I am SO behind.  I am studying for a big examination in early February and I've spent the past few months using my spare time just for that: studying.  No food blogging, no extra tv or crafting.     But of course I haven't stopped cooking and baking, at least as much as I can manage in these months.  And so I've got pumpkin coffee cake, peppermint ice cream, cranberry bliss bars and other such seasonal goodies and oh wait, it's' January.   Last night I made stuffing...

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I'm still trying to expand my cupcake arsenal without expanding my own self.  It's like a mini challenge to finally bake all those cupcake recipes I've pinned now that my friend Em is baking cupcakes.  But first I have to find relevant reasons to bake cupcakes, where I can try one and feel good about the fact that I didn't try twelve.         These cupcakes were exciting because I have some very fond memories of a peanut butter cupcake topped with nutella buttercrea...

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My friend Jessica had a birthday before Thanksgiving.  I gave her some cake options and her response was, "I like them all."  Which means that I got to pick which one I liked best.  I decided to take the advantage to go seasonal since I'm not about to make a frosted layer cake "just because" it's Fall.  We'd never eat it all!  But I also decided to steer away from pumpkin, knowing I'd probably be going pumpkin crazy in just a few short weeks.         ...

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BEFORE you go do something crazy like pack away all of your pumpkin because you are all set for Thanksgiving with two perfect pumpkin pies hanging out on your counter, take a look at these pancakes.  And leave that pumpkin out! While I like a good pumpkin pancake any day, I've definitely never had one that sparked my interest as much as these.  The pancakes have great texture and that streusel is OUT of this world.  I adore it.  How come no one ever put streusel on pancakes b...

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Chocolatey and rich.  Speckled with graham.   Hollowed out little pillows where mallows once nestled and now ooze.     And zucchini.  So that when you open the fridge and realize you are out of ... everything, you can pull two of these out of the freezer, keep your fingers crossed and hope there's enough vegi in them to keep yourself on the "good mother" list when you serve them as breakfast to your toddlers.  Certainly your toddlers will have no recognition of the ...

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Most days any salad I eat is dressed with balsamic.  It's everybody's favorite.  My ranch eating days were over when I turned 20.  I'm just not into that gloppy, heavy feel on a salad.   But every once in awhile I just love a good caesar salad.  Dressed with homemade caesar dressing that is anything but gloppy and dull.  It's think and bright and tangy.  This dressing is all those things and it's delicious.  And adding corn to a classic caesar transforms i...

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