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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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This recipe came about after managing to score a package of spinach lasagna noodles at the grocery store.  Some days you just get lucky in Quito!   I didn't want to "waste" them on regular lasagna that is heavy and can't be saved into seeming healthy simply by using green noodles.  So it was time to put to use a recipe that I'd been avoiding for some time.  It was a delicious recipe but one that seemed finicky and like lots of work.  Maybe because last time I made indivi...

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During the week I try to make good food choices.  Mostly.  Of course I still always eat dessert.   But on the weekends I let myself live a little more, especially Sunday night.  Sunday night for me is never about a meat and potatoes meal.  It's about a splurge!  A yummy appetizer, a big dessert, a fruity drink.  Maybe all three!  That paired with a few episodes of our current favorite tv show is how I like to spend my last night before the work week starts...

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I couldn't be more proud of Em.  This woman cannot stand to work in the kitchen.  She'll happily clean it before she pulls out a whisk to use.  I've known boxed brownies to stress her out and most often she'll wait for Eric to come home to even make those.   But about a month ago she shocked me by making cupcakes from scratch.  And she hasn't stopped.  I know she's tried at least four varieties since.  Amazing.  Amazing how much we can still change and gro...

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Most days I don't like bananas.  At all.  Most days I'd gladly trade a piece of banana bread for well, anything really.  But then every once in awhile, for about a two week period, banana desserts will just sound delicious.  And so I make one.  And I eat it.  And then the urge goes away and I go back to my chocolate, peanut butter, and berries.           This was a delicious splurge into banana territory that retaind my customary loves of ch...

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Who doesn't like having a plate of jewel-colored food set in front of you?     At about 1pm there is nothing I like better than a plate of vibrant greens contrasted with bright pops of color.  Just like this berry vinaigrette gives you.  It's food for your eyes and good for your body.         It's lightly sweet.  But with a nice cut of acid through it from the balsamic.  Use it on apples, pears, berries, grapes, corn or avocado.  The possibi...

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