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Creating Your Own Compound Butters

Creating Your Own Compound Butters I love shopping at Whole Foods for their great, organic meats and veggies. I’ve been known to peruse the cheeses while there, as well. The last time I went I bought a couple of different compound butters purely out of convenience. I’m all about making things easy on myself while entertaining if I can. Plus, it was an impulse buy. I’m sure we’ve all been there, done that! I purchased a bleu cheese butter and a roasted garlic butter. Well, as I’m sure has happened to everyone else they sat in my fridge until they...

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A Basic Wine and Food Pairing Experience

Wine. Why is it so tantalizing, yet so intimidating at the same time? There is so much to know about wine. And there is even more to know about wine and food pairing. But, you don’t have to know it all to enjoy good wine and good food. Luckily for all of us, that’s the easy part. When evaluating a wine, we commonly call upon a few different sensory systems: sight, smell, feel and taste. An educated wine and food pairing will play upon these sensory reactions to create intensely pleasing experiences. The following basic wine and food pairing experiment...

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies I’m all about getting my savory along with my sweet. One of my new obsessions is anything “salted caramel”. I’ve always loved caramel. As a kid there was nothing I loved more for a sweet treat. Soft and chewy and dare I say better than chocolate. Until very recently I had never had a salted caramel. During the holidays, our neighbor dropped off a box of different goodies she made for us. Inside were the most delicious salted caramels I’d ever eaten. So, I got to thinking about different sweets that I could make keeping...

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Cooper and Schkitty: How a skeptic became a kid-friendly cat

Before there was Cooper, there was Mr. Kitty. My precious cat. My “baby.” I adopted Mr. Kitty long before I was ready to have kids, and didn’t give much thought about whether Mr. Kitty was a kid-friendly cat. Until my friends started having kids. It quickly became apparent that Mr. Kitty was very much skeptical of children. The seed of worry was planted that when my own kids started coming, my cat may have to go. When I say skeptical, I mean the “hiss and smack” flavor of skeptical. An unsuspecting child could simply look at Mr. Kitty and get...

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Easing your daylight savings time adjustment

For those of us lucky enough, the springtime switch to daylight savings time is looming around the corner. On March 9, 2014 at 2am, the clocks spring forward an hour. That happens to be Rob’s birthday this year. So, happy birthday hubs, you’re losing an hour of sleep. And sorry, 9am church service, we might be a bit groggy. If you are as excited as we are about the whole deal, then you’re probably looking for a few ways to ease your daylight savings time adjustment. Getting up in the morning is enough of a struggle, so essentially losing an...

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5 Kitchen Tools I CAN Do Without

5 Kitchen Tools I CAN Do Without If you’re anything like me you can get easily overwhelmed in the kitchen accessories section of any store. Once I’m overwhelmed I don’t make good decisions. I will buy anything on a whim to get out of there and to stop the sensory overload. I went through a dirty martini phase for a while a few years back. What is a dirty martini without bleu cheese stuffed olives, right? It always seemed like a such a waste of time and a pain to pull the pimento without ruining the olive. So, I got...

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Help! My toddler drinks too much milk

A baby starts out life drinking milk, day in and day out. Baby loves it, which nature had in the design for a reason. A mother’s milk contains all of the valuable nutrition that baby needs for his growing body. Baby is glad about this, because it’s just yummy! At some point after baby reaches a year old, many of us transition baby to milk in a sippy cup or some other container not attached to our bodies. In fact, many of us transition baby to milk that comes from another source completely. Like, a source that says, “moo.” If...

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Michelle’s Monthly Favorite Recipes for February 2014

Need some new recipe ideas? I’ve always got my eye out for the next big thing. I also use the MealBoard app for efficient meal planning, and I surf many of the sites that connect and import directly through the MealBoard app. These are some of my recent favorite recipes, and I’m giving a review about what I like, what I didn’t like, and how I adjusted. Give them a whirl – you might be surprised!   Asian pork meatballs FoodNetwork.com I am a working mom with a full-time job. Now I love to cook, but I also prefer weeknight...

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Caramelized Banana and Caramel Bread

You may be thinking ‘Caramelized Banana and Caramel Bread’?? Or maybe you thought it was a misprint or something of an oxymoron. No, no. I assure you it is not a typo or an oxymoron. Maybe it’s a little crazy but hey, life is crazy sometimes. I found this recipe on Pinterest during one of my pinning binges. Don’t you just love Pinterest? It really aids in my OCD tendencies. I always have leftover brown bananas thanks to my husband so I make a lot of banana bread and was getting bored with it. I wanted to find a way...

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Toddler freezer food we regularly keep on hand

What we have learned about raising a toddler is that tiny minds can change at a very rapid rate. Designing a perfect weekly meal plan for our toddler is nearly impossible, because we never know what he is going to want. So we keep a lot of toddler freezer food options on hand that can be heated and served on demand. I usually give Cooper an opportunity to tell me what he wants to eat. If he gets to choose his dinner, he tends to be better about eating it. And I like to see his sweet smile when he...