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Brunch Muffins

A few weeks ago, I was asked to bring muffins to a baby shower brunch for my dear friend’s daughter. It is such an honor to be part of these special occasions with lifelong friends and helping to make it happen. When your friend’s kids are having kids, the joy extends beyond the excitement for the new parents to your friends—the […]

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Summer Gatherings and Skirt Steak Tacos

Glancing into the backyard all that remained from our barbecue was a full heart and a deck scattered with tables and chairs like a restaurant patio. Few leftovers marked the occasion of friends gathered around tables under a stormy sky. Yes, rain. Ugh. I’m not even sure how many times we hauled cushions back and forth. Finally, […]

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Guest Post by Barb at Just a Smidgen: Spicy Mexican Taco Bites

Our guest today is Barb, a.k.a. Smidge, at Just a Smidgen Barb writes an eloquent and elegant blog—I promise you, a single visit will bring beauty to your world. Decor, recipes, DIY projects, photography, and poetry are all woven with a common theme of intentionally celebrating everything beautiful in life. You will recognize her passion for […]

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Guest Post by MJ at MJ’s Kitchen: Beans, Bacon and Chipotle

Our guest today is MJ at MJ’s Kitchen MJ can make chiles 10 ways from Sunday, she has a real flair for Southwest cooking. Don’t think everything she makes is spicy, her thoughtfully crafted recipes emphasis the unique flavor and nuance of chiles, not just heat. While she enjoys a wide variety of local chiles […]

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Guest Post by Linda at Savoring Every Bite: Carrot Beet Cupcakes (Gluten Free)

Brief health update: Thank you all for your well wishes and prayers! Today I am two weeks post-surgery and recovering remarkably well. We had he best possible outcome, minimal disturbance to my pancreas removing the tumor, and my blood sugar is normal—yay!—God answered prayer at every step. There are several weeks of healing still ahead, but […]

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Pumpkin Spice Tea Cake with Maple Candied Walnuts [Gluten & Dairy-Free]

This Pumpkin Tea Cake was created out of the desire to love-on some friends who often bring their own food to gatherings due to allergies. It is always hard for me to see friends unable to join-in and enjoy what everyone else is having, missing out on the connection of sharing the same experience. At […]

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Mushroom & Blue Cheese Ragout

Mushroom & Blue Cheese Ragout is one of those recipes that makes anything you serve with it, better. You can already tell by the photos, it’s not the tomato or meat based ragu we all love on pasta. Although when you taste this you might be tempted to pour it over pasta, or sandwiches, or […]

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Date-Fudge Truffles with Sea Salt

Always on the lookout to make recipes healthier as well as great tasting, awhile back I was looking for healthy desserts. You know something I could feel good about eating, but would also make my eyes roll all the way back in my head with sheer delight. Yeah, that kind. It would have to involve […]

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Cream Cheese Fruit Tart with Almond Crust Recipe [GF]: A Series on Hospitality

Last week I hosted a brunch, invited a few friends to join me, and made this Cream Cheese Fruit Tart with Almond Crust for the occasion. I am better, life is better, when I’ve had time with good friends around my table—it is pure joy. It wasn’t always that way. At one point in my […]

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Super Bowl Party Food Roundup ~ 16 Recipe Ideas for the Big Game

It is Super Bowl week and whether you plan to watch the game or just tune in to enjoy the commercials, there is always plenty of food to keep things interesting. But, like a box of doughnuts in the break room at work, Super Bowl parties can be resolution killers—suddenly, the last three weeks at […]

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