vanilla chia pudding

Who remembers ChiaPets? Terra cotta animals that you soak, spread chia seeds on, and they “sprout hair”making a small green topiary for you to enjoy on your windowsill. Who knew they were good for you? Well, they are. And, this creamy breakfast “pudding” is just the treat you need for Monday. Mondays are made for treats. It’s important to give  yourself something special to wake up to, and, when you do-  it may be a little bit easier to get out of bed. Somedays, I find it very easy to get up early. Especially if almost  everyone is still asleep… […]

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The element of time…and a giveaway!

The element of time….  I’m approaching another birthday, which, for me always makes me re-evaluate where I am, what I’m doing and where I’m going… and where I’ve been.   I can mentally time travel my entire life in simple a few minutes of thought.  And, it bewilders me that all of these hours and moments days and weeks simply melt into one big memory.   When I was in college, I did a persuasive speech on this topic. Why can’t we remember time that recently passed, (like what you had for dinner last Thursday)  yet we can remember a moment when […]

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Mahon Cheese and starfruit with lemon pepper oil

Happy New Year! Well. almost.. we are currently in “the old year” now. So: Happy old year?  Either way, I hope this year begins with joy and is filled with goodness for everyone out there. I love New Years: Every year, I give my home a fresh start; I put a crisp white tablecloth on our dining table, put out a vase of white flowers, wash the sheets and give the whole house a good decluttering clean. That was yesterday. Today; I got ready to bring in the New Year. Not that I will be awake past nine or anything…. […]

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last minute ideas!

Note: This is a sponsored post, I was given compensation and giveaway merchandise ; however the opinions and ideas expressed are my own.  Here we are, on  Christmas eve, I hope that you are settled in with a cup of hot cocoa and a completed “to do” list, but  there is a possibility that’s not the case. There may be that moment that strikes in the middle of the night, where you completely forgot that your uncle Charlie is bringing his new girlfriend to dinner, and you want her to feel part of the family. Or, maybe it’s that awkward gift […]

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this joyful season …or not

Before I begin, I’m aware that this season is not joyful for everyone. For some, this season ignites pain and stress, resurfaces old memories and bitterness, sadness or despair. For me, I have my winter wounds as well, for it was on December 15 that my daughter and I found my father, which led to many months of hospital visits, nursing homes and,  finally hospice. For me, December 15 opened the doorway to a dark season of my life. But: that door has closed. And, I don’t let the memories of darkness steal away the light of the season. Because […]

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breakfast dumplings with maple soy dipping sauce #twindragon #chefyaki

 I love taking savory spins on breakfast… and dumplings. This time, I  have created a savory breakfast dumpling, filled with fluffy scrambled eggs and sausage, with a sweet and salty maple dipping sauce that says good morning  to your tastebuds…. This recipe was created for the Twin Dragon recipe challenge. I was supplied a collection of wraps, and this was my favorite creation thus far. Of course, my expertise in dumpling wrapping is still in progression, the end result was delicious. Filling, yet not so much as you want to crawl back in bed. And, sustaining, so you’re not going […]

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a humble request…

This is not one of my usual posts. But, wait -don’t leave. I’ve had this little blog for 9 years now. I’ve shared my recipes, joys and sorrows. Y’all were here as I learned to use a real camera, and when I made my fist wedding cake. You may have come here for the spinach burgers, and stayed for the cookie dough truffles. You were also here  here for the sorrows: when my stepdaughter left,  when my father died, and when I was in a sad dark place in life. Recently, you have been here to share the excitement of […]

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The boulder I live under

You know the expression: “You must live under a rock!” Well, my friends… I’m pretty sure I live under a boulder. And, it’s gotten even larger having two toddlers and a baby.My boulder is filled with homeschooling, diapers, bottles, toddlers, chicken nuggets and laundry. Seriously: If it’s not on Peppa Pig, I probably will not have a clue about it. For instance, the lab technician at my pediatricians office had this conversation with me: “Oh! Her nickname is Kiki? Do you sing that song to her?” Me: “Ummm, there’s a song?” On another occasion a few years ago, a friend […]

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enlarging our tent, part 3 another adoption!

Do y’all remember when we first decided to become foster parents? Do ya’ll  remember our waiting on our first placement? And this happened? Now…. Last November we said yes once more to another NICU baby; this time : a preemie, and circumstances at birth required her to be resuscitated.. to put it bluntly, she had a rough start. She came to us, smaller than a football, thin, and with a transparent hue to her skin that exposed every vein as if she were marbleized. She didn’t know how to latch onto a bottle, and feeding times  were a hot mess […]

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coconut thai & shrimp street snacks

 Remember, my last post? It had been a while…. so I started with breakfast. Now: it’s lunch. Or snack time. Adults don’t nearly have enough nap times and snack times. Snacks and naps do beautiful things to grumpy people. This is another recipe that I utilized BLENDABELLA with; a spicy, tangy exotic hand pie made with shrimp, a dash of curry and coconut thai BLENDABELLA. It’s the perfect grab and go snack (or lunch if you have two!) Speaking of lunchtime and snack time… when I was a kid, I remember drinking some sort of “orange drink” and having little […]

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rustic Italian breakfast tart

I’m baaaaa-ck! I seemed to have taken a bit of  of a hiatus around here lately, but- I’m baaaaa-ck, and with some delicious new recipes and stories to share. Let’s start with breakfast. This Rustic Italian Breakfast Tart, for instance. So; I’m not sure if it’s just me, but it seems like the words rustic,  farmhouse,  and gather are everywhere in home decor … the latest trends are aged wood, hammered metal and cozy accent quilts. Of course, in that cozy rustic farmhouse: you’ll need food to go along with the decor. A sack of greasy fries are not going […]

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brownie batter dip & back to (home)school

It’s back to school season, which; for me is like a second “New Years”.  For a ton of reasons, I just love school supplies. The smell of new crayons and fresh pencils… they just give off that”fresh start” feeling.  It  also reminds me  that cooler weather is just around the corner, along with pumpkin spice everything. However: it’s not quite back to school for us yet. Public school has begun in my county, which means it’s “peak” summer for me and my little ones, with all the parks and museums empty. But: I know a lot of y’all are back […]

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A Good Cuban… sandwich, that is

I love a good Cuban… warm and toasty, buttery and savory. Living in sunny soflo, (south Florida) there is a vast array of Cuban restaurants and bakeries. Back in my college days, my morning routine consisted of  the 24 hour Cuban restaurant walk up window for some Cuban toast, (flaky crusty bread spread with butter and pressed on a flat iron )  and a double shot of  Cuban coffee; a strong espresso brew sweetened to perfection.  It was the breakfast of champions for any south Floridian. Nowadays, hitting up my favorite walk up window is close to impossible, lugging a […]

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coconut sweet bread with lime glaze #summerdessertweek

“This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.”     I love coconut. If you don’t- you can omit it from this recipe, and you have a basic sweet breakfast bread. Coconut is one of those things I hated as a kid, but once I turned 14, I developed a crush on it that never went away. Sometimes that happens with food, it’s a lot like relationships…. things you love as a kid, somehow don’t do it for you as an adult. Or, […]

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