easy homemade hummus and other trends

I’m in a season of clean eating… I say season, because there are still  going to be seasons of feasting, and enjoying the occasional indulgence of a big slice of homemade cake with caramel buttercream. Isn’t it funny how the term “clean” eating has replaced healthy eating? I wonder if it subconsciously helps people eat better? Clean always sounds nice. A clean house, a clean car, a clean shirt, clean sheets. No wonder a “clean diet” has gotten so popular. We associate dirty with bad, so I wonder why we don’t call an unhealthy diet a “dirty diet”? Just wondering…

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baked mini tacos

These little guys are the perfect portion controlled nibble for your next fiesta, or Superbowl party… or Taco Tuesday. If you follow my other blog, you’ll know that I am off white flour/sugar/processed foods  for a bit, (maybe longer than a bit) How long is a bit, anyway? In my book, a “bit” is anywhere from 3 minutes to three weeks. But, what is “my book”? Haaaaaahaaaaa, one day I will write a book, call it “My Book” and explain what I intend to say when I speak/write. I’m sure it will go something like this: Chapter One: Recipe explanation: […]

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January Days

 NOTE:  Although this primarily is a food blog, on occasion I share my daily thoughts. This is a daily thought post. Most daily thought posts are found here: The Domestic Mama, however, with this post in particular I felt led to publish it here.  There will be food tomorrow. 🙂 It’s halfway through January, and  we are  in our second week of  our homeschooling schedule. There is something about order and routine that brings security, comfort and contentment. After a winter break that consisted of random trips to the hospital to visit my dad, trips to his apartment to feed […]

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Spanish spiced roasted turkey

Note: This is a sponsored post, however the opinions expressed are my own. A while back, I had the opportunity to feature Rioja wine in a festive appetizer, I created a festive little Caprese bite that is the perfect accompaniment to a holiday meal. Caprese bites with a rioja wine reduction glaze This season, I’m happy to share with you a new twist on the traditional brined and roasted turkey… Nowadays, everyone seems to brine their turkey- which is awesome because the world needs less dried turkeys, and brining is the secret to a moist, flavorful bird. But, why stop […]

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pre holiday planner

It’s that time of year. You know what I’m talking about: We coast along, munch on our kids’ Halloween candy and then, bam! Christmas is knocking on your door before you’ve even taken your jack o lantern down.  I know, hearing songs about angels and Jesus in the stores while the shelves are adorned with witches and ghouls seems somewhat “off”, but it does remind us that there is goodness to come.  Sparkling lights, white angels and Jesus are on the way. In the midst of the dark skulls and goblins marking the shelves of our stores… and, our world. […]

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You can’t buy Christmas

Life lately has been full of promise. Promises once  forgotten, and promises fulfilled . Hope for the future and excitement glittering in the background, despite a darkening world. And, as dark as this world can be, it’s necessary to look for the bright spots that are still there, flickering quietly. Christmas is different this year. My gift list has gotten smaller, and the moments are getting bigger. Because this year is not about stuff, it’s not about fighting for a good deal, it’s not about getting the perfect gift to somehow attempt to win over those distant relatives  that really […]

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Thanksgiving wrap up!

I have to admit something: I’m a terrible food blogger. While  other food bloggers are prepping for Thanksgiving posts in the summer, I’m in full summer mode and simply cannot bring myself to make and photograph a Thanksgiving meal in 96F heat. And, every Thanksgiving, I intend to get great food shots and use them to post *on time* next year. However, every year I get caught in the actual  holiday.. cooking, the parade, spending time with friends and family, sipping wine,  and honestly: I don’t want to spend an hour getting the perfect shot and eat cold food. (sipping […]

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Swiss, caramelized onion, ham and leek quiche

I’m continuing the French theme this week with this rich, creamy and savory quiche. It’s funny how many people I know that claim they don’t like quiche…. then they love it. For example: Me (to my 8 year old): “Let’s make a quiche to go along with our French studies” My 8 year old: “I don’t like what ever you said” Me: “What? Quiche? When have you had quiche?” Her: “Never. It just sounds gross” Me: “It’s like scrambled eggs, ham and onions  in a buttery crust” Her: “Oooo. That’s sounds good, let’s make that.” Maybe it’s just the word […]

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spiced apple tart

My daughter and I made this during our study of France, while working on  our Five In A Row unit of Madeline. We also made a Swiss, ham and leek quiche, French Onion soup, and crouque mosuiers, which I will share with you soon. But, today I’m sharing this with you. Most of you may not be familiar with Five In A Row, so I will quickly summarize that ; basically it’s a curriculum based off of children’s books.  You read the book for five days in a row, and on each day you study different components related to the […]

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week one- planning and time management

We officially started our home school experience last  two weeks ago, and, as I promised I will be doing weekly(ish) roundups of what we did, (and didn’t do) Of course, this post was originally intended for LAST Friday… but as Fridays happen so does life. And, this was our life: I have to admit a few things right off the bat: I am a planner. I am a slight control freak. Those, my friend are two things that may work against you in homeschooling.  Because there are going to be times where things don’t get done. There are going to be […]

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school buns or school bread

  To kick off our official first day of “school”, (yes, I waited until after Labor day) I made something special. School Buns. (Or School Bread) According to Wikipedia: Skolebolle (English: School Bun) is the Norwegian name for a type of sweet roll that consists of regular dough of yeast, custard and icing with grated coconut. It was usually put in school lunches as a dessert or sold at bake sales, hence the name. In the western parts of Norway where the Norwegian baking traditions stems from it is called “Skolebolle” (School Bun), in the eastern and northern parts of […]

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stepping out, stepping in

I’ve been gone for a while, I’ve been in a season of decision making, prayer and probably too much thinking. Situations happened that catapulted me out of my norm, and shifted me back to a hope that had dissipated years ago. That hope, soon became a reality and stepping into the reality of a hope can be scary and intimidating, no matter how you perceive it. Stepping out of the norm of routine, familiarity and ease, and into something different requires much more than walking away, signing a paper and ordering some books.  It’s times like these, when I make […]

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buffalo macaroni and cheese

Sometimes mellow, mild  and creamy macaroni and cheese is just what you need for ultimate comfort food. Other times, you need a little kick, but not just a few splashes… you need a kick that’s part of the dish, where it’s fiery flavor mingles with the creamy cheese and chewy pasta. That’s where this comes in. Taking a good thing and making it even better. It’s recipe refinishing. Speaking of refinishing… I must share my latest project: I found the bench months ago in a curbside trash pile (yes, months ago and I finally got around to do something with […]

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mango salsa and summer stories

This is summer in a bowl. Sweet, salty, tangy and fresh, with a slight crisp from jicima, it’s a tropical vacation for your tongue. I live in an old neighborhood. And, with old neighborhoods, come established trees. An established home with a yard that feeds you is a perk and a blessing. A friend once commented to me, “Mangoes are such generous trees.” And, she is right. This time of year,( this summer in particular), locals have more than they can handle. It’s the zucchini of the south.

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Little Havana Culinary Tour

Throughout the world, there are several areas where culture and history make such a footprint, they become interwoven with the fabric of the society, an ethnic enclave that pieces together the people and roots of our country. I was born and raised in South Florida. I’m a third generation native Floridian,  This is my home, humidity and all.In addition,  my home is where the produce  stands sell cups of fresh fruit with chile and lime, where  a hot loaf of Cuban bread is at every market, and where you never have to search far for a good cup of cafe […]

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