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Rosemary Gin and Tonic

I have to admit.. Post christmas, I need a few days to recover.  So much food and so many places and people to visit.  Tim and I usually hide out at home binge-watching a show or scoot out of town.  This year we did the latter. And, if we are being honest, a bit of the former as well. The past few days have been filled with sledding down mountain forest service roads with our dogs racing behind on foot, thermoses of hot cocoa, bad breakfast diner coffee and hash browns, annd snuggling under wool blankets with magazines, the Wall Street Journal and a few episodes of the new “Man…

10 Healthy Recipe Ideas for the New Year

I don’t do new years resolutions.  I prefer setting long term goals for the year.  On a snowy day of sledding and long beautiful drives in the snow, we discussed our goals for the year. I love how different my husband and I are.  It cracks me up sometimes.  Nothing highlights these differences more than our individual goals for the year, but I love how invested we both are in helping one another achieve them. If healthy eating is on your list of new year’s resolutions or even if you are just ready to lighten things up a bit post-holidays, these 10 dishes are perfect healthy, easy meals.  I wanted…
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Swedish Hazelnut Buns

I can hardly believe its Christmas Eve.  The days leading up to Christmas have flown by around here.  But starting today, the busyness comes to an end (well, except for making a pie or two).  Its time to hang out with family and relax. Maybe you have family in town and lots of holiday treats in the works… In my opinion, there is nothing like warm roll with a big ol’ cup of tea or coffee.  Pulling apart a warm bun, relaxing in your PJs, and laughing with loved ones, is about the best morning I can imagine.  How about these brioche dough buns with a hazelnut creme filling?  These buns…
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Ginger Molasses Caramels

Need a super last minute, festive gift idea that isn’t cookies?  Ginger molasses caramels.  Making caramels is such a fun, festive, holiday process.  Plus they present beautifully, taste AMAZING (seriously!!!) one batch makes a HUGE quantity, and are relatively easy to make. If you live in the greater Seattle area and have ever sampled Jon Boy’s Ginger molasses flavor at a farmer’s market, these are super similar!  Oh, but they won’t cost you $10 for a tiny box (Not that you aren’t worth it, Jon Boy!). Right now, its T minus two days until Christmas, so I won’t dilly-dally with some anecdote or attempt to convince you that these gingery, spicy,…

Saffron Chorizo Mussels

As much as Christmas is the holiday of slow, methodical meals and traditions, New Years is the opposite!  New Year’s food should be fast, festive, and fun!  After all, its an entire evening usually filled with appetizers and fizzy beverages.  Hmm… lets see, the usual food spread is some combination of bacon wrapped dates, stuffed mushroom caps, roasted goat cheese topped figs, bruschetta, a million varieties of cheese and charcuterie, various types of dip, stuffed olives, etc.  Am I right?  None of these items are bad things.  In fact, quite the opposite!  I could make a meal out of appetizers.  Sometimes, I do. But, sometimes I like to throw one…
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