Hold on to wedding presents

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On the anniversary of our seven months of marriage, which was yesterday, I looked at my husband and said, “We have to talk.”

No one was in trouble. Whew! I bet I had you worried.

The reason we needed to chat was because my kitchen storage space, which seemed unending when we moved here a year ago, is dwindling. There are a few items stored away under our kitchen island that I noticed had not been used in a long time. A couple of things are actually still in their packaging – never opened. OK,, actually, it’s only one thing and it’s the potato ricer my mom got me for Christmas last year (Sorry! I can’t help my husband actually prefers boxed mashed potatoes!). Continue reading

Coconut curry cashews

cashews1 I think it’s officially loose sweater season. I have been eating SO MUCH the past few weeks that I’m actually considering going to the gym. I haven’t been in a very long time and I can’t say I miss it. Yes, I am the same woman who ran her first 5K this spring and touted that an active life wasn’t all that bad! Can I take it back now? Boo exercise! Continue reading

Pumpkin butterscotch cupcakes

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Do we have to stop eating pumpkin goodies when Thanksgiving is over? Because if all your recipes are going to move on to peppermint and chocolate, you might want to sneak this one in before the season of spice is over.

I first made these delicious little treats as blondies but decided they were a bit sticky, a little hard to handle and I really just wanted an easier way to eat as a many as possible. Thus: the cupcake. Continue reading

Why I love Pop and Cook frozen herbs

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I recently discovered a super cool little product in the freezer section of the grocery store called Pop and Cook. I’ve actually only been able to find these at Wal-Mart, so that’s where I suggest you start looking for these precious little time savers.

These frozen little cubes – equivalent to one teaspoon of the herb, or one clove of garlic – can easily be popped into a soup, sauteed in a pan or even thawed in the microwave and added to a marinade without ever getting your knife out. Continue reading