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7 Layer Bars- Americanized

7 Layer Bars- Americanized

This is a quick post today, as everyone in my family is sick with a cold 🙁 I made these 7 Layer Bars in red, white and blue. Go here for the recipe. They were delicious, festive and fun! Try them out this 4th!!! Happy Sunday y’all!

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Chipotle Chicken Tostadas

Chipotle Chicken Tostadas

Yesterday was a long day. By the end of the day, I had a deep craving for a luscious mango margarita. My only problem when I have these kind of cravings is that I HAVE to eat Mexican food with them, regardless of what has been cooking in the crock pot all day. Margaritas and […]

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Fifty Shades of Neglect and Oreo Rice Krispie Treats

Fifty Shades of Neglect and Oreo Rice Krispie Treats

I admit it, I have fallen into the craze of the book series Fifty Shades of Grey. I wasn’t sure I would like it, but once I moved past the all of the sex, it is quite an intriguing story of love. A word of caution though, do not start this book in public. I […]

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Rhubarb Galore

Rhubarb Galore

As I said in my previous post, I recently picked about 20 pounds of rhubarb from our garden, and there is still about 20 pounds left. Every year around this time we make about 6 batches of strawberry rhubarb jam. This year, even after the 6 batches, I still had about 10 pounds of picked […]

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Peach French Macaron Perfection With The Eat Smart Scale

Peach French Macaron Perfection With The Eat Smart Scale

I have mentioned this before, but I will mention it again, when making French Macarons, it is imperative to measure your ingredients. This digital kitchen scale by Eat Smart does an AWESOME job. It weighs up to 11 pounds so I can easily place a bowl on top, tare it, and than measure my ingredients […]

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Friday Pizza Night

Friday Pizza Night

My children have deemed Fridays “Friday Family Movie Night”. We rent a movie, make pizza, and eat popcorn and dessert. They have come to love this tradition and look forward to it weekly. I love it too because pizza is extremely easy to make. I usually just pick up two dough balls from my local […]

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dark chocolate cookies with rich coffee ice cream sandwiches

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie and Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches

Today has been one of those days that you just can’t wait to get over with. I pulled a very late nighter last night studying for my International Security and Conflict Resolution in the Nuclear Age class . I was abruptly awakened by my obnoxious alarm this morning at 5 am, so that I could […]

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Italian Comfort Food

Italian Comfort Food

This weekend we had a whirlwind of weather. We had thunderstorms and what felt like hurricane worthy wind on Friday, rain and freezing cold temperatures (57 degrees, yes, this is cold for us San Diegans) on Saturday, and a beach worthy Sunday. As much as I love rainy days in November and December, I am […]

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Psychedelic 7 Layer Italian Cookies

Psychedelic 7 Layer Italian Cookies

Traditionally, these cookies are the colors of the Italian flag: red, white and green, and coated on top and bottom with luscious chocolate ganache. Well, I am a mother of 3 and rarely get a night out, therefore I live vicariously through my food. While making these, I had the music blaring, and a nice […]

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The Marriage Renewing Sandwich

The Marriage Renewing Sandwich

  I think my husband fell in love with me all over again over dinner tonight. I didn’t think it would be possible to woo him with food, but apparently I was wrong. After one bite of this sandwich he looked at me and after ten years said, “you’re a keeper”…well finally! This sandwich is […]

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A Day To Remember

A Day To Remember

Let me give you a bit of background history about my husband. He cannot sit still for longer than three minutes and 27 seconds. Our weekends are anything but restful, because he is constantly go go go. After the birth of our last child (4 months ago) my husband decided he would take time off […]

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Cookie Inspiration

Cookie Inspiration

I have been on a total cheesecake kick lately probably due to the chirping birds and flower buds screaming spring. Ever Easter my grandmother makes two of the most amazing cheesecakes ever! Roaming through the 99cent Only Store this week I came across a nifty bag of Nutter Butter pieces and my brain went crazy […]

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Shroom Burger

Shroom Burger

Yesterday I picked up these gorgeous oyster mushrooms at the farmer’s market from Socal Shrooms. I didn’t really know what to do with them because they were so beautiful. I didn’t want their flavor to be masked by a risotto, drowned out by a sauce, or hidden in a vegetable medley. I decided to fry […]

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Chai Snickerdoodles and Cinnamon Ice Cream

Chai Snickerdoodles and Cinnamon Ice Cream

Growing up, every afternoon at 4pm you would hear the tune. Everyone would grab their stash of coins and make a be-line to the sidewalk. It was no other than the famous “Papa Joe”, the local ice cream man, making his rounds. I will always remember what he looks like…a tall, skinny older man who […]

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When Life Gives You Lemons- You Make Lemon Curd!

When Life Gives You Lemons- You Make Lemon Curd!

I love to shop. When I go out-of-town, I always go to the grocery store and find new ingredients to come home with, especially when we are abroad. At home, a trip to Whole Foods is like a trip to an amusement park, and my bill usually adds up to about the same that it […]

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The Luck of the Irish

The Luck of the Irish

St. Patty’s Day is fast approaching, and while I do enjoy a green beer every year, this year I wanted something else green. Let’s face it, a green macaron is so much more luxurious! With the amount of food coloring needed to obtain a good strong color, I can guarantee you that you will be […]

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Marinated Flank Steak

Marinated Flank Steak

It is quite difficult at dinner time to come up with new and delicious meals in my home. On one side you have my aspiring body builder husband who tries to consume at least 4000 (no that is not a typo) calories a day, and on the other side is me, who just mentions the […]

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The Foodgasm

The Foodgasm

Yesterday was a bittersweet day for me. After multiple failed attempts, I finally achieved the perfect French Macaron. It was crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside…absolutely majestic! Then the reality set in: no matter how orgasmic this cookie tastes, the way it looks on my hips doesn’t have the same effect. Solution…bake […]

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