December 2011

Orzo-Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash

December 22, 2011

Dumpling squash.  Of the sweet variety.  How much cuter could a name get?! I have a confession:  I’m really scared to try new winter squash.  I love acorn, butternut, spaghetti and kabocha, but past that things get a little scary.   Why?   No reason.  I suppose that deep down I really don’t love change […]

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New York Strip Steak with Goat Cheese Walnut Butter

December 21, 2011

Talk about a mouthful.  Of YUM that is. Now believe me, I can NOT wait for Christmas.  The extra days off, the time with family, the food, and the activities (whatever they might be) are going to be AH-mazing.  I can’t wait.   BUT I have to tell you about this steak.  Because the New […]

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Simple Arugula Pesto

December 20, 2011

I’m feeling festive. What with all the sweet stuff in my life and my recent gestational diabetes diagnosis (thank you all for the incredible comments you left by the way…you have lifted me up and blessed me more than you know!) it’s about time to get back on track with some green love.  This pesto […]

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Just When You Think You’re in the Clear…

December 19, 2011

Well guys, I went back and forth on whether or not to write about this.  Remember a few days ago when I went in for my 1-hour glucose screening? Yeah.  I failed.  Big, fat F. There’s something about that word, ‘failure’, that can completely ruin the rest of the day.  After chatting with the nurse […]

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Cinnamon Apple Pear Sauce

December 19, 2011

Once upon a time I made applesauce like my mom’s.  And it was good…so very, very good. And then the next year rolled around and I decided, “HEY!  I have pears that are ready to use…I’m going to make pear sauce!”   Only that didn’t happen.  Mainly because I had apples that needing using too […]

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Apple Apple Donuts

December 16, 2011

Nate and I, for the past 5 years, have dubbed Friday “Donut Friday.”  I’m sad to say that we haven’t always followed through on eating a donut on Friday (hey, a girl’s gotta sleep in sometimes before getting ready for work), but thankfully there’s a new addition in our house that makes it possible.   […]

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The Conquering of the Baby Registry

December 15, 2011

I wish I could claim to be the conquering hero in our baby registry.  But sadly, I can’t even say that I’m the conquering hero in our wedding registry from almost 5 years ago.  See, the problem comes from very little planning, very little question asking, and very little research. Thank goodness for Emma, her […]

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Angelic Sugar Cookies

December 15, 2011

Is it just me or is it harder than heck to find a good sugar cookie recipe? See, due to my extreme cookie laziness I just can’t handle the recipes that are ALL made to be rolled out and cut out with cookie cutters.  Yeah, that’s not happening.   You want me to do all […]

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Two-Tone Cherry Pistachio Fudge

December 14, 2011

Get ready to have your fudge world rocked. You guys already know that I used to “help” my mom put together plates with cookies and goodies for our friends, teachers, neighbors and acquaintances.  What I didn’t tell you was that my favorite part of the whole day of cooking was making the fudge.   OH […]

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Coconut Gingerbread Loaf Cake

December 13, 2011

I know it sounds weird, but go with me on this.  You’ll be glad you did! I don’t know about you, but I love toasted coconut.  When I worked at a gourmet shaved ice place in my hometown (and yes, I’m serious…it was delicious!) my favorite flavor was toasted coconut.  And when I learned how […]

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