Fried Rice with Ham and Egg

fried brown rice

Leftovers are a rarity in my house. With two teenage boys and a food enthusiastic husband, I’m no slouch either, we rarely have a covered plate of anything left in our refrigerator.

Easter ham is the exception to the rule. I don’t know why. If I had to guess, it’s probably because our bellies are well aware that there will be post dinner lemon meringue pie and at least one more raid of the Easter baskets.
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Applesauce Bundt Cake

applesauce bundt
I stood in the window sipping coffee, as I watched my son walk to the bus stop in the rain. Not pouring down rain, just sprinkles. I offered to drive him to school, but only if I did not have to change out of my pajamas. He refused.

I felt a little guilty but not enough to let it ruin my day. You see, I actually had a free day. All to myself. Which happens once in a never.
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Everyday Hot Cocoa

hot cocoaDear Hot Chocolate,

You were amazing during those cold snowy days. So hot and decadent. You steamed my eyeglasses in a fog of deliciousness. You wowed me with your mile high whipped cream and won me over with a drizzle of salted caramel sauce.

But it’s over…….It’s not you, it’s me.
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Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits ii

In a perfect world, every day would be Sunday.

There would be bottomless cups of strong brewed coffee and mellow conversation, but only after the first cup of coffee. It’s a perfect world, not insanity.

There would be no need for alarm clocks or alarm apps on our phones.

Our wardrobe choice would be pajamas or pajamas, and they would truly be one-size-fits-all, and made of the most comfortable yet stylish material.

And no one would look the least bit fat, no matter how much bacon we ate;
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Asian Turkey Noodle Soup with Bok Choy

asian turkey noodle

It is no coincidence that the first three letters in the word ‘diet’ are:

D – I – E

Because after a few days of restricted calories I feel like knocking at death’s door.

I’m done. You can suck it, fad diets. From this day forward, I will not be juicing my meals; I prefer to chew my food, not sip a smoothie that tastes like freshly mowed lawn;
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Wishing You Merriment and Joy

gingerbread

I made three dozen gingerbread cookies. It took me four hours plus another hour to clean up the flour that graced my kitchen like a new fallen snow. Thank goodness for white cabinets.

Before the royal icing could even dry, the cookies were history. Two teenagers. One husband. Less than ten minutes. Did they even taste them?!

Too bad. I was planning on leaving them for Santa in a last ditch effort to get us off the naughty list.

We are so screwed.

As 2015 comes to an end, I would like to say thank you for allowing me the pleasure of sharing my recipes and crazy little life with you. Peace and love, my friends. See you next year!
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Almond Brioche Toast/Bostock

almond brioche toast

Last Sunday I stood in front of an open refrigerator with a bowl of dry cereal wondering why the gallon of milk, just bought yesterday, was returned to the fridge……empty.

I’ve raised a bunch of heathens.

I dumped the cereal into a cup of yogurt and called it granola; no wonder I am uneasy about hosting a pre-holiday brunch this weekend. I have a game plan. I am making much of our brunch ahead of time and strategically hiding it in sealed containers mislabeled with tags like broccoli salad, kale surprise, and hummus wraps.
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