After the Rain

Mini Succulent Garden

Meyer Lemon

cecile brunner rose

Lilac

Lilac

Tangerines

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Goodbye, November

Today is the last day of National Blog Posting Month and the NaBloPoMo challenge of blogging every single day this month has finally come to an end.  Since today also happens to be my birthday, I decided to give myself a break and not worry about uploading photos, sharing recipes, or even talking much about food.  I spent a relaxing day with my fiancé, opened some fun presents this evening, and had a nice home-cooked dinner with family.  It really was a perfect end to a busy, stressful month and rather than feeling burned out, I’m charged up and ready for December.  I have new recipe ideas to test and share, sourdough starter to play with, a stack of new cookbooks to try out and review, and some great products to give away.  See you in December!

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Memories of Leftovers

Thanksgiving 2013

We had a really nice Thanksgiving celebration yesterday at my cousin’s house.  There was lots of family, lots of laughing, and lots of delicious food.  All the leftovers we made off with went to work with Phil this morning so there’s no cold pumpkin pie for breakfast and no turkey sandwiches for me today, something that’s a little unusual.  But I had my fill of turkey and all the trimmings yesterday and I’m feeling okay about bucking tradition and just eating a light lunch today.  I am, however, sitting here enjoying some memories of what Thanksgiving was like when I was younger and rather than feeling melancholy about loved ones lost, I’m feeling pretty lucky to have so many wonderful holiday celebrations to look back on. Continue reading →

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Thanksgiving Apple Pie

Lattice-Top Apple Pie

I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with family, friends, and lots of pie.

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Wordless Wednesday: Comfort
Smack by the Fire

Photo by @phillip_x on Instagram

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This Week’s CSA Box

CSA Box November 26

I just picked up our T&D Willey Farms CSA box and thought I’d let you peek inside again.  It’s a good one!  We have carrots, celery, yellow onions, russet potatoes, garnet sweet potatoes, winter squash, winter savoy spinach, satsuma mandarins, cranberries, red bell pepper, rosemary, and Italian parsley.  I think my favorite thing about this week’s box is the complete lack of lettuce.  We haven’t been eating many lettuce salads lately so I still have an entire head of lettuce from last week. Continue reading →

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Non-Pie Thanksgiving Desserts

Pumpkin Praline Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

While it’s honestly a little hard for me to imagine, I know there are some of you out there who don’t really care for pie.  I may not agree with that sentiment, but I can accept it.  And I can agree that there should always be room for delicious, seasonal, non-pie desserts on the Thanksgiving table.  As long as there is also pie.  Here are some ideas: Continue reading →

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Silent Sunday: Baking a Fuyu Persimmon Bundt Cake

Baking a Fuyu Persimmon Bundt Cake

I’ll be adding a thick cream cheese glaze to this and delivering it to a friend as a belated birthday gift later today.   I started with a recipe I found through The Food Librarian but made some changes to the ingredients and process.  Assuming this cake tastes as delicious as I think it will, I’ll share my version of the recipe later in the week.  Meanwhile, if you have access to Fuyu persimmons and have never used them in a cake, check out the original recipe and give it a try.  Happy baking!

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