2013

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risotto with chicken and mushrooms

risotto with chicken and mushrooms

There is nothing groundbreaking about what I’m sharing with you today.  Risotto with chicken and mushrooms stirred in, but like chicken poppyseed casserole and sauteed zucchini, it is somewhat of a personal victory for me in that I think I have finally discovered the way that I can make (almost) one pot meals and still … more

apricot mustard baked chicken

apricot mustard baked chicken

Back in November and especially December I was really glad that our lives were a little busy with holiday parties and dinners with our families because I really did not feel like cooking dinner.  I could not figure out what my problem was, but I felt uninspired every time I sat down to write a … more

arizona/nevada trip

On the day after Christmas, at 6:00 in the morning, we got on a plane and headed towards Arizona with Gerrit’s family.  It was their Christmas present to the family: to take everyone on a trip together.  We had plans to see the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam, but I think in a way … more

peppermint hot chocolate cake

peppermint hot chocolate cake

I will apologize in advance for the amount of times you might hear me say this between now and February 1, but: I hate January.  It is generally gloomy and dark and such a letdown after the holiday season.  Our Christmas tree was just put up this weekend, but last week I felt like it … more

chocolate orange muffins

chocolate orange muffins

I was going to write a post for you about Christmas and relate these muffins to how one always gets oranges in their stockings on Christmas morning.  It’s such a quaint tradition, straight out of the prairie days that my mother and I love.  But it’s after Christmas now and I missed that opportunity, so … more