Christmas Baking: Turtles

Several years ago, a co-worker told me the story of her infamous turtles. She found the recipe in a Company's Coming cookbook when she was young and foolish, and gave it a try. She hasn't gone a Christmas since without making them, and now makes several batches to give away to family, friends, co-wo... [More]

Christmas baking

Every year I get together with my dad and sister to do a day of marathon baking. As both my sister and I have kids under 1 (plus my sister's older two), we decided to split the baking up over two days - it was still a marathon! Day 1 My sister had a birthday party to take her kids to in the mornin... [More]

Freezer Food Exchange: Chow Mein and Lumpia (spring rolls)

This post is part of my Freezer Food Exchange diary. Similar to a Christmas cookie exchange, a group of people all bring a set amount of food for each participant (a dozen cookies, two frozen 3-4 serving dinners, etc). In this case, everyone made two dinners worth of two dishes for each participant.... [More]

Freezer Food Exchange: Mexican Haystacks

This post is part of my Freezer Food Exchange diary. Similar to a Christmas cookie exchange, a group of people all bring a set amount of food for each participant (a dozen cookies, two frozen 3-4 serving dinners, etc). In this case, everyone made two dinners worth of two dishes for each participant.... [More]

Cooking Challenge: (skill) One Pot Wonder

I participate in a bi-weekly cooking challenge on a forum I'm a member of. Every two weeks a participant nominates a recipe or blog for everyone else to cook from. This week's challenge was issued by me! Make a One Pot Wonder. Throw everything into the pot at once, and come back to it cooked. May... [More]

Cooking Challenge: (Blog) Sally's Baking Addiction

I participate in a bi-weekly cooking challenge on a forum I'm a member of. Every two weeks a participant nominates a recipe or blog for everyone else to cook from. The challenge for October 25-November 7 was Sally's Baking Addiction. This one was a challenge for me, because I'm also preparing foo... [More]

Freezer Food Exchange: Thai Chicken Curry

This post is part of my Freezer Food Exchange diary. Similar to a Christmas cookie exchange, a group of people all bring a set amount of food for each participant (a dozen cookies, two frozen 3-4 serving dinners, etc). In this case, everyone made two dinners worth of two dishes for each participant.... [More]

Halloween 2013

I was feeling pretty uninspired when it came to decorating for Halloween this year. Kat isn't old enough to remember, her naps are still pretty sucky, and when she is awake, she's pretty demanding of my time. Ryan and I were planning to go to the pumpkin patch with her on the 27th, but then it snowe... [More]

Freezer Food Exchange: Chili and Cornbread

This post is part of my Freezer Food Exchange diary. Similar to a Christmas cookie exchange, a group of people all bring a set amount of food for each participant (a dozen cookies, two frozen 3-4 serving dinners, etc). In this case, everyone made two dinners worth of two dishes for each participant.... [More]

Thanksgiving 2013

We hosted the family Thanksgiving dinner this year with my mom, Ryan's parents, my sister and her family. There were seven adults, two kids under 5, and two non-eating babies under six months. Like most of our big dinners, Ryan was the primary cook, but I played a surprisingly big role considering w... [More]