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Carry on…

Just a quick shout-out to This Farming Mom for giving me this awesome Tupperware cake holder/carrier. She’s had it for a number of years (note the 70’s yellow), but she happily passed it along to me when I asked for it. I’ll try to use it often!



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This year for Christmas, my parents gave me an immersion blender. I specifically asked for it; while I’m grateful to get any present from my parents, I’ve learned over the years that I need to be directive with them, or else I’ll end up with who knows what. (One year, they gave me a completely random home health guide, and the very next year? They gave me the exact same random home health guide…)

I finally used the blender for the first time this past weekend to make sweet potato and pea soup from a recipe I got from the Whole Foods app. It was incredibly easy and incredibly healthy — just vegetables, water and spices. After cooking the vegetables for an hour, I whipped out the blender and pureed everything until it was smooth.

I’ve been eating it all week with a toasted pumpkin seed garnish…

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Today I returned to the office after a two-week vacation over the holidays. This is what was waiting for me.

When I was growing up, my dad used to always tell me that there are only three ways to make money in this world — you can earn it, steal it or win the lottery. (He didn’t like it when I told him you could also inherit it.) I definitely believe in earning it, but I still play the lottery every now and then.

This month will be my ten-year anniversary at this job. Maybe it’s time to make a change…

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Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy 2012…


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This is a picture of the apple-pecan cake I made for Christmas breakfast. It’s a little difficult to see, but the indentation in the lower-right section of the cake is from my mom’s elbow. This year, I drove my parents down to my brother’s house for the holiday, and my mom had the cake on the seat beside her and, well… she said it was very comfortable. Luckily, it tasted good too…

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When I was little, my mom found a recipe for Christmas cookies in the newspaper, and she’s made them almost every year since. They’re just basic sugar cookies with a simple powdered sugar icing, but they are delicious. Whenever I visit my parents during the holidays, I rush to the kitchen to see if my mom has baked them yet.

This year, I decided to make them myself. Thankfully, I had a new marble rolling pin (an early Christmas present from Brian), and I had just bought some Silpat baking mats, which made the process a whole lot easier.

But it still took me all afternoon, and by the end of the day when I was finally icing the last cookie, I was thinking about my upcoming visit to my parents’ house. As Megan says, there are some things in life you just let your mom do for you no matter how old you are…

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When my brother and I were kids, we used to love it when our parents went out and left us with a babysitter. On those nights, before heading out with my dad, my mom would make us TV dinners.

“Eating rich,” my brother and I used to call it. With their special packaging and foil containers, they seemed so much “fancier” than the homemade meals my mom usually prepared. She still laughs about it more than thirty years later.

My tastes have changed since then. The older I’ve become, the more I’ve grown to love good food. And as I’ve been on this journey to get back to basics and find some rural roots despite my city life, my appreciation for it has only gotten greater. Keep reading…

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