People are always asking us how we come up with recipes, and also what we cook when we don’t really have a plan, or we’re short on time.  We’ll be the first to admit that we’re not above drive-throughs, cold cereal, and frozen meals.  But sometimes you just want a good, hearty, home-cooked meal.  This…

Tortellini Spinach Bake in Creamy Lemon Sauce
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Every spring, I go on and on about strawberries. I think I get so excited because they’re so beautiful and cheap and, like the first really great watermelon in summer or the first sweet, crisp apple in the fall, or juicy orange in the winter, sweet, fat strawberries are one of the first signs of…

Chocolate-Drizzled Strawberries and Cream Pie
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When I got engaged one of the first things I did was pick out my china.  My Mom has a beautiful antique china cabinet displaying her heirloom dishes.  It was always SO special to get to eat on those plates with the fancy gold-rimmed goblets and the gorgeous silver, and all of the accompanying trinkets…

Easter Carrot Napkin Bundles
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When I became pregnant with my son, I had been more or less eating very healthy for three years. I had maybe one candy bar a year and that decision was always made with a great deal of consideration, weighing potential options, alternatives, and consequences (um, what happened?).  One night in the middle of my…

Peanut Butter Cup Caramel Shortbread Bars
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One of our most popular holiday posts is our tutorial on dying Easter eggs with pieces of silk. It’s a unique process that creates amazingly beautiful eggs and it’s always a shame when it’s time to toss them!  Many readers have asked if it was possible to use the same process on a blown-out egg…

How To: Make Blown Egg Ornaments
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So you may or may not have noticed that Sara does all the little crafty tutorials on our blog.  That is because I am not crafty.  When I was little, I took sewing classes and the teacher told me I was literally the first person she’d ever taught that “failed” the first day. Crafts are…

Tutorial: Quick and Easy Easter Wreath
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Last winter when Kate posted her darling Candy Penguin Cupcakes, my favorite part were the cute little beaks.  I started thinking about what other sorts of animals you could make with beaks like that (not that there’s tons of choices) and remembered doing these cute little chickies (auto spell-check really wants me to write “sickies”…

{Easy} Spring Chick Cupcakes
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A few months ago I was totally wasting time avoiding piles of laundry and dishes browsing Tastespotting for official food blog research purposes when my then 4 year old son walked into my office.  He took one look at the computer screen and exclaimed, “Mom!  Is that a dinosaur egg??!”  What he had spied was…

Dinosaur Eggs
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We have a lot of recipes on this site.  Some of them we know are obvious reader favorites, and others are sort of hidden gems.  This Asian lettuce wrap recipe I felt was one of those hidden ones, which is why I didn’t even notice when somehow it didn’t make it over to our new…

Asian Lettuce Wraps
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It’s April 1st!  How the heck is it already April?  Someone answer me that.  It can’t be April.  My life is so hectic that this month completely sneaked up on me.  I actually love April though.  I’m having a birthday this month (Woo hoo!  You’re probably all wondering what to send me.  Don’t worry, I’ll…

Chipotle Pork Taco on a plate with rice
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Every time I write a post including canned chipotle peppers I think we should really have a resource post for those who aren’t familiar with them or might even be afraid to try something new.  So here we go! What are they? Chipotles are small peppers (often jalapenos), usually 2-3 inches long that have been…

How To: Work with Canned Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
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Over the last three years since our little blog was born, there have been a lot of changes, but a few things have always stayed the same: an orange segment and the colors blue and green.  So I totally giggled when I uploaded these pictures to my computer and realized that I had made orange cookies with…

Orange-Kissed Cookies
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