Homemade Pumpkin Pasta with Pecan Sage Finishing Oil

For me, there is nothing quite like the taste of handmade pasta!  I know its with a blog name like Almost Properly, its not shocking that I prefer a less than perfect looking hand vs. machine cut pasta.  We’ll call it rustic style. Pasta rustico. 😉 For me the pasta making process is magical, nostalgic, and darn-near therapeutic.  I love the rolling, slicing, and arranging.  I love the boiling, saucing, and plating.  And of course, eating is the very best part.  Loving the hearty rustic nature of this pasta in all its simple sauced wonder. Since its fall, I made handmade pasta with pumpkin!  In this recipe, pureed pumpkin replaces the eggs in…

Grown-up Twix Bars

If there was one halloween candy that I could remake into something just a bit more elevated it would be a Twix bar.  Don’t get me wrong, the original version had my whole Halloween candy loving heart as a kid… but now, something about it falls a bit flat.  Probably the waxy, too-sweet chocolate. Or the not-as-good-as-I-remember it cookie.  Or maybe its the caramel – a little pinch of sea-salt would go a long way! The result is by far one of my favorite things I have made in a long time.  Possibly my favorite recipe of the YEAR so far!  Which is saying something because there are a number…
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The 7 Year Cake…Classic Yellow Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

7 years ago, I went out to lunch with a cute army captain.  I was a college student crushing hard on a tall, blue-eyed boy, but, with a 10 year age difference, I figured the lunch was more a friendly meal than a date.   He was funny, clever, and kind.  Something about him told me he was different than anyone I had ever met.  I remember hoping it was more than a friendly lunch.  Turns out, it was.  One year from that day, we were engaged, and we married a short 4 months after that. We first met a few months before this lunch when he was freshly home from…
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