DIY Cozy Cottage Herb Pots

I made a pact with myself recently:  I can only buy new flowers and plants if I care for them like children.  I have a tendency to lose interest in plants if they aren’t hardy and can’t handle a little negligence during the summer heat.  How awful, I know.  I’m growing up though.  I’m going to give it my best […]

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May Clutter-Busting Challenge: Day 1

Happy May!  I have a feeling May is going to be a good month.  Power of positive thinking, right? To get me going on the right track, I’m joining Crystal of Money Saving Mom in her May challenge: Clutter-Busting Challenge: Get Rid of Seven Things Every Single Day in May!  *Note: I am a big fan of Crystal, […]

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Cooking with Gooseberry Patch: Buttery Apple Pound Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

“My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M’s and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.” ~Dave Barry As well you should, Dave.  As well you should. 🙂 Good cake almost always makes me feel better.  […]

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Tomato Feta Orzo Salad

I ate about 2 cups of this with my dinner the other night.  That’s a lot.  Especially since the 2 cups was consumed with 2 BBQ drumsticks, corn on the cob, potato salad, and asparagus.  And French bread.  With butter.  I never said I was a light eater. However, this is a light side dish (or light lunch) that […]

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Orange Bundt Cake with Zesty Orange Glaze

My goodness.  I took quite the blogging hiatus due to my camera being broken, a trip, and life being that word I loathe (starts with a “b” and ends with a “y”). I’m back and I’ve got cake!  This orange Bundt is a refreshing treat for tea time or an afternoon snack.  I’d serve it for […]

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Blackberry Jam Potter Squares

Books play a big role in my little girl’s days.  Cooking together is also a large part of our Mommy & Munchie days.  So we often try to create or recreate meals or dishes that we read about in books.  Since there aren’t always many food/recipe details we just use our imagination. All the talk […]

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Twice-Baked Mashy Mashed Potatoes

My husband could eat twice baked potatoes every night if I made them that often.   He loves the cheesiness and the slightly chewy potato skin–we eat our twice baked potato skins around here.  🙂 When I have a lot of leftover mashed potatoes or when I don’t want to mess with actually twice baking potatoes, I […]

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Country Meyer Lemon Pie

I’m still swimming in Meyer lemons over here and while that’s in NO way a complaint, I need to use some of these winners up before they go bad. I use them daily in my water and some teas, but mostly in my hot water with a teaspoon or two of honey.  My girlie loves to snack […]

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Blueberry Burst Crumb Cake

I told myself I was going to spend the next few weeks sharing only the healthier meals we eat around here. Fail. I promise to get to that…eventually. But first, I had to make this blueberry deliciousness.  I make a blueberry coffee cake that is a favorite among my family and close friends (totally patting […]

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Pink on White Heart Pancakes

I love finding ways to infuse a little heart fun into the days preceding Valentine’s Day.  Therefore, the sweet heart is a leading character in our home and often takes the form of food like these heart pancakes.  Although I have a heart pancake mold, my little girl likes these “pink on white” pancake hearts. These are a cinch to […]

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Munchie’s Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins

We make these muffins when I need to use up buttermilk.  I feel like I’m always saying that, but it’s true.  I almost always have buttermilk in the fridge and then I’m scrambling to use up the last cup or so.  I might be slightly obsessed with it.  I believe I’ve stated before that buttermilk […]

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Meyer Lemon Cake with Lemon Buttermilk Glaze

A friend was kindly teasing me recently because she thought I don’t use cake mixes.  Oh no, no, no.  I always have a few boxes of Duncan Hines on hand for cake popping and easy cakes.  Though I generally prefer from-scratch cakes, I certainly don’t turn my nose up at box mixes and have a few […]

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Goal Break Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

It’s February. Just in case you didn’t know.  A few days ago I woke feeling like I’d fallen behind on 2013.  As if I sleepwalked through January and now I better kick it in high gear and get moving.  Surely the rest of the world population has accomplished a bit in the last month. I tore open my […]

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Dark Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookie Cake a la Mode

Alright.  I craved this today.  It’s kind of like a low-budget Pizookie…well, it actually IS a lower budget Pizookie.  So…you could make your favorite cookie recipe in a cast iron pan and enjoy that deliciousness with ice cream.  I highly recommend it. But then there are days when you lack the time or motivation and, instead, […]

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Cooking with Gooseberry Patch: Dilly Casserole Bread

I woke feeling a little off today.  Kind of an earache, kind of a throat scratch, kind of icky.  To ward off the cold that was lurking, planning to attack if I plopped on the couch, I drank lots of hot water with honey and lemon, and kept busy.  I still feel icky, but not […]

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Our Menu (Week of January 13, 2013)

My mom’s simple tofu…one of my favorite dishes. I’m working on some projects this week so I’m keeping it very simple in the kitchen.  Since it’s unusually cold for us these past several days, I added a soup to the menu, but might add a stew or another soup if the cold sticks around.  I’m not complaining–I love me some […]

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Buttermilk Cinnamon Pecan Rolls

The batch I made yesterday…without glaze Most people are sharing their healthiest recipes in the new year.  I am not. Healthier foods to come.  Maybe. My excuse is that I made these to add to my list of “dad” recipes.  Dishes I think my easygoing dad will like when he visits.  Every few months my parents […]

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Cooking with Gooseberry Patch: Chocolate Concoction

It rained all day.  A bit of rain.  A bit of hail.  A crazy bird banging against a bathroom window. That bird.  I thought it was a sign at one point.  I was waiting for all birds in a 3-mile radius to fly into the house repeatedly and then I was taking my child, dog, essentials, and BOOKING […]

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Madeline’s Paris Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

Today we spent the day at home waiting for a furniture delivery.  I really wanted to clean, but decided to put all my energy into my little girl instead.  These days will be gone before I know it, right?  The vacuüm and scrub brushes will be waiting for me tomorrow. So we played board games including […]

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Our Menu (Week of January 6, 2013)

“The days are short, the weather’s cold, by tavern fires tales are told.” ~ New England Almanac, Dec. 1704 I found this quote while sifting through Susan Branch’s Christmas book.  The book itself is a bit of the familiar for me, warms me…come winter, familiar, warming meals are what I desire for myself, my family.  […]

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