Eyeballing a Recipe + A Holiday Side Dish

Over the last few years, I’ve grown confident enough that I tend to use recipes more as guidelines than instruction sheets.  I use my eyeballs  and hands to measure more often than I use my measuring spoons and cups.  There are a few exceptions to this rule.  I still use measuring cups when I cook…

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Dragonriders of Pern: Finding the Magic (and a recipe!)

I recently rediscovered the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey.  This was a series of books that had captivated me as an adolescent.  The idea of being special enough to have a telepathic dragon friend spoke to my desire to find my place in school and friend groups. Upon picking the series back up…

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My broth, bubbling away. So colorful and pretty in the pot!

Trying My Hand at Chicken Broth

I’m trying to eat better.  I’ve had quite a few stomach issues following the hyperemesis.  Things ranging from psychological to physiological. So earlier this week, I decided, once and for all, to finally make a proper pot of chicken broth. My past attempts to make good broth have been… not so great.  In the past, I’ve…

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Apple Cider Winter Fondue

What is better than having fondue on a cold winter evening.  It’s sort thematic or something isn’t it?  Snow, skiing, the Alps, and so forth.  Yodeling. Okay, there are no Alps here in the Midwest, and I didn’t plan far enough ahead to rent a pair of cross country skis for neighborhood transportation during the…

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Packing My Lunch

I’ve been analyzing our family’s finances lately.  Gosh, doesn’t that sound fancy!  At any rate, I got curious about how our food budget plays out over the course of a month, and as it turns out, we spend way too much money eating out. Mostly, this is because my husband and I grew accustomed to eating…

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