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Holiday cocktail

I don’t like to discriminate when it comes to holiday beverages.  Wine, beer, vodka.  I’m not gonna lie, I kind of love them all.  You see, I’m sort of a “the more the merrier” kind of girl.  So I like to keep them all in a healthy rotation and not play favorites.  But if I had to pick, I’d say the one that’s really pulling at my heartstrings this holiday season is the Moscow Mule.  The copper mug, the ginger beer, the crisp lime….need I say more?

But with the holidays quickly approaching, I wanted to play around with something a little more festive than the traditional mule.

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Ribollita

These colder and darker days are hitting me hard.  I don’t know about you, but I feel like I am in full hibernation mode waiting for this winter to hit.  The moment I walk in the door I slide back into my slippers, and find myself counting down the minutes until I can get cozy

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Homemade chicken stock

Making quick, healthy and delicious meals is not as much about cooking ability as it is about being prepared. In the culinary world you are taught that your mise en place is gold.  Being prepared with quality ingredients is the first part about creating delicious meals. As a busy mom of four that means having

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Pumpkin Granola

The mornings are a zoo at or house.  A complete mess.  I swear I run (and I mean I literally run) up and down our stairs more times than I can count, collecting lost homework, socks, and tiny dinosaur collections for show-and-tell all before 7am (I still don’t understand why no one can seem to

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Cacio e peppe

JonPaul and I went to Italy in September to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary.  10 years.  I know, right?  Kind of crazy.  I have no idea how in the world we have four kids and have been married for 10 years, but yet here we are.  I feel like most days we have no

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Easy as pie applesauce

We took the kids apple-picking the other weekend for the very first time and they loved it.  It was the perfect fall day.  I never knew a single tree could produce so many apples, or that the rows of trees would go on for days.  Apples were everywhere.  We couldn’t grab them fast enough.  The

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Watermelon Granita

My little lady, Lillian, is a fruitarian.  She lives on fruit (and pretty much anything else sweet or sugary…maybe that’s why she’s so sweet ;).  Fruit is her drug of choice.   A pint of blueberries will be devoured in one sitting and an entire bowl of tangerines will vanish in a day if I

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Dark chocolate avocado mouse

There are a lot of things I think I do really well.  I can organize the heck out of a closet, make insanely good popcorn, and I can make a bed as if was my calling in life (let’s just say I really appreciate crisp sheets and a perfectly fluffed pillow).  But then there are

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