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Happy New Year and a Marbled Bundt Cake with Chocolate Glaze

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2012.

What a year it has been.

A year of new friends, careers began, hope and a renewed thankfulness for health, family and love.
I’ve never been the New Year resolution type. I’m in more of a constant state of self-improvement. You know, a work in progress. Though, of late, I have found it incredibly satisfying to focus less on myself, and more on improving the lives of those around me. My family, community, and friends.

If I have a goal for 2013, it’s to continue this journey of living as much for others as I do myself.

The more people I meet and the longer I’m here on this earth, I see the evidence of each person, individually, having their own unique gift to give to the world. Sure, it can be a trite saying, but it does seem to ring true. The choice, however, is whether or not to tap into these special things about us. Passions and skills should be nurtured, protected and expressed.

After all, it can be quite fun to see someone blossom into their own. Seeing a friend find her passion, and putting her all into it. Watching my love accomplish his dream and become a positive figure in a sea of negative influences. A family member standing up for what’s right and fighting for what he believes in.

These are the joys all around me. Read More »

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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It’s Friday night. What’s a young, 20-something newlywed couple to do?

Stay at home, open a bottle of wine and watch Duck Dynasty?

Why yes, that’s what we do.

What’s Duck Dynasty, you ask? Oh, it’s fine television programming. Google it. You won’t be disappointed.

Maybe it’s the wine talking…

Either way, it seemed like a great idea to sit down and figure out a recipe using a neglected can of pumpkin that’s been sitting in the cabinet for a while. That’s what you do this time of year, right? Recipes featuring pumpkin seem to be everywhere you look. I have nothing against pumpkin, but if I see one more recipe for standard pumpkin pie, I might just scream. Or open another bottle of wine and watch more Duck Dynasty. Read More »

Apple Cranberry Muffins

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When life gives you 30 pounds of apples, you…

…think of all the apple dishes you can and get to baking, cooking and eating.

My friend Dr. Rob was in town this weekend, and he picked gobs of apples off of his parents’ apple trees. That’s how I came into the apple treasure trove of the century.

I now have big plans for these little beauties. In fact, I feel like since I’ve inherited them, my whole life has revolved around them. See, you can’t just have 30 pounds of apples sitting on your counter and ignore them. No, I will not waste, thee, apples. Read More »

Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Growing up, my mom almost always put oats in the chocolate chip cookies she made.

I mean, I don’t discriminate.  I love all chocolate chip cookies.  But the nostalgia of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies gets me every time.

Not only do I love them because that’s the way my momma made them, but because the oats create a new texture from the traditional ho-hum plain chocolate chip cookies.  With the oats, the edges get a toasty crunch, and the middle remains chewy, dotted with crunches of cooled chocolate chips. Read More »

Will Bake For Food 2011

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What fun!  I’m going to be participating in Will Bake for Food, a food blogger bake sale to help fight hunger in our community!  The event is November 12, 2011 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until we run out of goodies) at the University Heights Center in Seattle.

The blogger-run bake sale will be benefiting the Emergency Feeding Program, which provides food to families in the Seattle and King County area, with almost half of their meals going to children.

Last year was a great success, and here are the stats:

  • 1631 items sold by 54 bakers, including 108 cupcakes, 82 whoopie pies, 473 cookies, and 150 vanilla beans
  • 2 drink dudes who pulled 138 cups (55 coffee, 83 cider) in 90 minutes
  • 300 people through the door in under 2 hours
  • about 20 volunteers who made the event sing
  • 1903lbs of food and $946
So fabulous!  I’m looking forward to being part of such an awesome event.  I have some tasty recipes in mind that I will share in another post!