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Ladybug Cupcakes

Ladybug Cupcakes

The snow is melting, the flowers are blooming, and the bees are buzzing! Spring is here! Let’s celebrate spring with these adorable Ladybug Cupcakes! I am a big kid when it comes to baking and I absolutely love baking and decorating with with M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies. In fact, I am on a quest to […]

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Warm Brussel Sprout Salad

Warm Brussel Sprout Salad

A couple of months ago I ate at The Slanted Door in San Francisco. We ordered a brussel sprout side dish that was so good that we all decided it had to be replicated. So when Melissa’s Produce approached us (SD Food Bloggers) with a sort of Chopped Challenge and brussel sprouts were included, I […]

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Vintage Cow Girl Party

Vintage Cow Girl Party

Last weekend we finally threw my daughter’s birthday party. It was only about a month late 😉 Thankfully, I have an insanely creative mother to whom I can simply tell the theme to and she goes wild. For the last year, we have been planning a rainbow/unicorn party. Then, as we were going through the […]

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Homemade Pistachio Pudding Parfaits

Homemade Pistachio Pudding Parfaits

Happy National Pistachio Day! Did you know that pistachio trees take 7-10 years to mature? California comprises 98.5% of the total with over 250,000 acres planted throughout 22 counties. Pistachios actually contribute 1.16 Billion dollars to our economy every year! My family has been making this pistachio dessert for as long as I can remember, with […]

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Ghirardelli Dipped Hearts

Ghirardelli Dipped Hearts

We are on a bit of a dipping role around here. It all started with my trip to San Francisco a few weeks ago. Seeing as how my little sister is going to SFU, we tend to visit San Fran quite often. One of my obligatory stops is the Ghirardelli Outlet in Oakland. You can […]

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Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Hearts

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Hearts

Boy has it been a whirlwind the last few weeks. It all started when after a weekend in San Francisco for the Winter Fancy Food Show, which by the way is my new favorite event! Then, as soon as I stepped off the plane, everyone got sick….just in time for mama to come home! Last […]

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Blood Orange and Pomegranate Pound Cake

Blood Orange and Pomegranate Pound Cake

So this whole gluten free thing has been going really well. I haven’t figured out if it is all in my head or is actually related to the new diet, but I have had so much more energy lately. Not only that, my daughter who is consistently complaining of a headache and stomach ache has not […]

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Giveaway Grand Finale

Giveaway Grand Finale

    Alright guys here is the grand finale giveaway! I know I promised 12, but the last 2 will have to wait for next month. I have too many other fun recipes to share! So here it is, my favorite kitchen appliance EVER. Before I upgraded to my larger mixer, I was using my […]

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Cranberry Mousse Cake and Giveaway #8!

Cranberry Mousse Cake and Giveaway #8!

Thank you all for your kind words regarding my break. We had a wonderful warm (85 degrees) Christmas in which we welcomed to new members to our family- Brownie the kitten and Frosty the snake. I hope you all had a great holiday too! I made this cake a while ago thinking it would be […]

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Bolthouse Farms Happy Hour

Bolthouse Farms Happy Hour

We live in an area where people move in and out quite often. After being here for seven years, we tend to not get very close to our neighbors because without a doubt their rent will be raised and they will move within two years. However, this new wave of renters seems to be more […]

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JELL-O JIGGLERS Brain!!

JELL-O JIGGLERS Brain!!

So last week my son forgot to clear the dishwasher. This, after many other forgetful incidents, was the last straw. There is only so much I can take. So I, like any other concerned/frustrated mother, decided to remove his brain because it must have been getting a little cloudy (as you can see in the […]

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Thai Style Soup

Thai Style Soup

I have found that the best soups are those that are thrown together with random things in my refrigerator. Soup is a great end of the week meal, as you likely have a bunch of extra vegetables and protein. My Zuppa di Orzo was another one of these throw everything in kind of soups that […]

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Dole Taste of Spain Party

Dole Taste of Spain Party

This past weekend we hosted a Taste of Spain party featuring Dole Salads. I had been wanting to have a Spanish themed for the last year, so I jumped to the occasion. I eagerly prepared a huge batch of this Strawberry Arugula Sangria and blasted the Flamenco. We served Tapas with marinated hatch chili and […]

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Ginger Carrot Muffins with Dulce de Leche

Ginger Carrot Muffins with Dulce de Leche

As you may know from my last post, I tend to over buy fresh veggies and herbs. I am constantly throwing out bunches of cilantro, killing every basil plant I get my hands on, and trying to use shriveled up ginger roots. Well no more I say! I have recently discovered Dorot’s frozen garlic and […]

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Electrolux: Perfect Temp

Electrolux: Perfect Temp

[electrolux] I love going to the farmer’s market. Fresh seasonal veggies and artisanal goodies just make my heart thump. I always try to bring just $20 cash in an effort to not over buy, yet somehow always find vendors who accept debit cards once my cash is gone. Well fast forward a week, and without […]

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Gluten Free Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

Gluten Free Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

I was strolling through Trader Joe’s the other day when I came across their Gluten Free Flour. I have previously bad experiences with some other brands being a bit too potato-y flavored so I was hesitant. But I bought it anyway. I was pleasantly surprised with the results. The cupcakes were extremely moist and there […]

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Lavender Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade

There is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than an ice-cold lemonade. Scented with lavender, this lemonade takes on a gourmet status. Tart from the fresh lemons, sweet from the sugar, combined with the floral aroma of the lavender, this is one drink you will not want to put down. Make it a […]

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Absolutely Avocados Giveaway!

Absolutely Avocados Giveaway!

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a luncheon celebrating Gaby Dalkin’s new cook book Absolutely Avocados, and as a parting gift she gave us the book and a bag of delicious California avocados. I love avocados and eat them all year long. I will gladly pick guacamole and chips over a dessert […]

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Blueberry Crumble Cookies

Blueberry Crumble Cookies

Guess what? It’s officially blueberry season! We have partnered with Whole Foods Market Del Mar for Blueberry Blast Off! Make sure you add Whole Foods Market to your list of errands today (Friday, May 31st) to take advantage of their awesome blueberry sale! These babies are on sale for $1.99. That is a phenomenal price […]

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Taylor Farms Salad Kits

Taylor Farms Salad Kits

I do my best to try to make everything homemade, but I have to admit, sometimes this sucks. Making three meals a day will not only exhaust you, but the sheer amount of dishes will ruin a new manicure!!! This is where Taylor Farms Salad Kits come into play. They are delicious, organic and nutritious. They […]

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