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    My baby brother just turned a quarter century recently. Gee. Saying that out loud makes me feel old. My brother grew up watching the movie My Neighbour Totoro . It's pretty safe to say that he was obsessed with it, as only a small child can be. To this day, this fluffy, gentle, forest spirit...
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    This easy delicious cupcake frosting can be flavoured with a variety of things, from chocolate to zest to herbs. The possibilities and combinations are only limited by your imagination! There are many ways to adorn a cupcake, from ganache to whipped cream to glaze to sprinkles to nothing at all...
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    E has developed a definite sweet tooth as of late and this gluten-free soft chocolate chip cookie recipe is a great guilt-free way to satisfy that sweet tooth. I actually believe that I could get him to eat pretty much anything if I stuck a chocolate chip on it. But that would probably fall...
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    For my brother's birthday this year, I gifted him a birthday cake. I feel that, more and more, handmade gifts are more meaningful and heartfelt than anything that can be purchased. It's also a great idea for people giftees who don't need more "stuff." My brother requested something not too...
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    There is something that is unspeakably satisfying about making bread. The smell of the yeast, the push back from the dough beneath your hands as it develops, the way the motions force you to take the time... The give and take of the whole process. We had these for lunch today and Baby E enjoyed...
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    I just had an awesome visit with my friends Sarah, Rosa, and Felicia today. Needless to say, I left Baby E at home with daddy. That's the only way I get a chance to actually engage in any degree of conversation these days. Sarah was kind enough to host, so I offered to bring some goodies to...
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    I can't believe it's been four years! Four years since D and I have been married. It sounds long when I say it out loud, but it's just a blink of the eye really. It's amazing how much can happen in so short a time. A new home, a baby (and another on the way), masters degrees, vacations... And...
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    After far too long, we got together with friends Pat and Diane and their two kidlets for dinner at their place. It was probably the most relaxing social event that I've been to since... I can't even remember when! Big Brother Jake and Miss Stella were amazing with Baby E. I hardly had to lift a...
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    There's nothing I love more than strawberries, and while the local season is basically over, you can still get them organically at the produce store. My mom grabbed a couple cartons of said organic strawberries for me Baby E a few days ago. They were already quite ripe and there was no way we...
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    So, remember when I made ribs here and then the time before that here? Well, it looks like we've become a bit of a rib house in the last little while. I ran across this recipe for sticky Asian ribs in my newsfeed a while back from Apple of My Eye and I couldn't get them out of my head. They...
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    D had brought home a pack of side ribs (with breast bone in) from the store the other day. He loves ribs. He really does. So while E and D were napping (something which I probably also should have been doing) I got to work. If you've seen my previous post on my sticky and saucy Barbeque Ribs...
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    I think we've hit a heat wave over here on the west coast. Other places may look at our low 30 temperatures and think, "That's nothing!" Well, it sure doesn't feel like nothing to me! I'm the type of person who would rather be too cold than too hot. You can always put on another jacket to warm...
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    With the temperature outside climbing and the summer season officially here, it's hard for me to have much of an appetite for rich, heavy, (and hot) meals. Cue quinoa to the rescue! Quinoa is such a versatile grain seed. It can be eaten hot or cold, savoury or sweet, and as a side or a main...
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    So I guess the title for this post is somewhat misleading... This can't really be called a lasagna but, to economize on words in the title, that's what I went with. I do hope the purists out there won't be too scandalized, but you'll understand as you read on. Easter weekend was upon us and I...
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    I recently got a manual pasta machine. You may recall that I received an all-in-one machine from my Aunty Rose (which works great), but I wanted to also have the option of literally cranking out my own fresh pasta. The Gluten Free Girl has a fantastic recipe for fresh pasta that I had been...
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    Have you ever watched Mind of a Chef? It's an amazing show featuring really passionate chefs talking about the philosophy behind their cooking and the ways in which they approach food in general. The most recent episodes that I've seen featured Sean Brock of Husk Restaurant in Charleston. He's...
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    Every year, I like to make and gift something to some of my coworkers. A long time ago, I made lavender bath sachets and scented bath salts. I don't have as much time on my hands now (gee, I wonder why?) so in the last few years, I've made baked goodies to gift. I'm not sure if you know this...
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    Just a quick one tonight. We're heading to my SIL's house for a get together tomorrow and I made these up to take along. We signed up to bring guacamole, tapenade, and chips (which we'll still bring) but you know me, I gotta bring something sweet... You can tell it's been a long week by the...
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    You're probably thinking, "Whoa, what?! Raw kale??!! You must be kidding!" But trust me, you won't be sorry. I first had this kind of salad at Whole Foods (they're terrible, aren't they??) and I had to try my own take on it. Especially since it kind of cost an arm and a leg for a tiny container...
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    Short ribs are delicious. They take a bit more work than a steak, but there is so much flavour that it's totally worth it. If you don't know what short ribs are, you can take a look at this site for a quick and dirty explanation. short ribs do best when cooked low and slow and in some sort of...
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