Raspberry Dream Muffins}Muffin Monday

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It’s back! Thanks to several Facebook requests Muffin Monday is back.  It got lost in all the holiday happenings, baking and cooking but it’s back and it’s back with a good one! These muffins were so yummy I made them twice last week. These muffins were so yummy I spent over $4.00 on a pint of fresh raspberries!  They are so worth it. Maybe you remember that amazing Eggnog Cranberry White Chocolate Muffin recipe? (Next time you can get your hands on some egg not, you really must make them) [Continue Reading...]

Crafty Ladies

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We had so much fun! Thanks to everyone who came and got crafty with me yesterday. A special thanks to this amazingly creative women – Jori! Can I just tell you – this women oozes with creativity and fun!  I mean, look at the darling  skirt she showed up in.  How cute is that – an old square dancing slip.  I loved it. She brought lots and lots of amazing felted fabrics for us to choose from and they were all stored in vintage suitcases. And at each place was [Continue Reading...]

The Power of Words

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This next week I am teaching a class for the women’s group (Relief Society)  at a ward (congregation) here in Portland.  I am talking about words and the power of words in our life. As a result, I’ve been thinking a lot about words lately and how they impact us.  Do you have a word, a quote, a scripture, a song (any combination of words) that has impacted  your life?  Really made a difference? I’d love for you to share by leaving a comment. Here’s some words I found recently [Continue Reading...]

Chicken Parmesan Soup

Chicken Parmesan Soup

Today’s recipe for Chicken Parmesan Soup is a yummy dinner suggestion.  Try this…. when it does this…. Yes, Portland had a snowstorm this week (a snowstorm being defined as one inch of snow on the ground)  It canceled school for the day although by noon the snow was pretty much gone so Tessa and I had some fun at Target (3 pairs of jeans for a total of $20.00!!!) But back to the soup. This  recipe is one I first made several years ago from a Rachel Ray recipe. I [Continue Reading...]

S’more Cookies

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I was having a bit of a chocolate craving on Sunday. Although I like chocolate I usually will choose another flavor over chocolate but on Sunday the only flavor that would satisfy was chocolate. One of my favorite things to add to chocolate is marshmallows.  I love a bowl of chocolate ice cream with a handful of mini marshmallows all mixed up together.  I’ve eaten it that way since I was a kid. Well what is one of the first things that comes to mind when you think of chocolate [Continue Reading...]

Meander Art Giveaway

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Today’s giveaway is a little different than anything we have done in the past. I was contacted by Gina of Meander Art, the creator of interactive storybooks for IPad and IPhone. Her first book is entitled Far to the North, the story where Polar Bears learn to swim and play in the magical North! In collaboration with PicPocket Books Gina has created a children’s book that is an interactive app for your IPhone or IPad. PicPocketBooks offer a unique and new experience combining the beauty of quality picture books with [Continue Reading...]

Hamburger Soup

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I’ve been a soup kind of girl since the beginning. When I was two years old there were only two foods that I would eat.  Raw, cold  hot dogs (I am little embarassed to admit this) and Campbells vegetable soup.  The only thing was I liked the soup straight out of the can – unconstituted. Now you may wonder what would possess a mother to give her child a raw hot dog and soup straight out of the can?  I’m not sure and my mother doesn’t remember either  but I [Continue Reading...]

Guacamole

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I have become a recent guacamole convert. You have probably already guessed but it is definitely a texture issue for me. With all my fajita experimenting lately I have tried out a few guacamole recipes too and have discovered that fresh guacamole is quite nice.  It is also easy to make.  The hardest part seems to be finding the avocados that are just right – not too hard and hot too soft. Guacamole doesn’t have too many ingredients but fresh ingredients are important – avocado, tomato, lime  juice etc. The [Continue Reading...]

Chicken and Dumplings

CHicken and Dumplings

It snowed here in Portland yesterday morning, only for an hour but it was snow. Snow always puts me in the mood for some good old comfort food. Today I am sharing one of my favorite comfort foods. Some days just require comfort food. I had one of those days this week. But everything just seemed better after a bowl of Chicken and Dumplings. I never had had Chicken & Dumplings until about 6 years ago when we were visiting a friend in California and she made a great big [Continue Reading...]