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Triple Ginger & Coconut Scones [Gluten-Free]: International Scone Week 2013

What do you do when it’s early August and the forecast is 20 degrees cooler than yesterday? You bake. Or make chili. Or you bake and make chili. Lucky for me, this 65° overcast day landed right in the middle of International Scone Week, so it was literally no sweat to mix up a batch […]

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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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Entertaining & Hospitality ~ Performing vs. Serving: A Hospitality Series

This series on hospitality will offer practical advice for being ready when the doorbell rings, recipes to fit any occasion, and creative ideas like the Pinterest boards shared below. Before we get too far down the road of practicality though, let’s first talk about what motivates us to open our doors, get the house mother-in-law […]

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Valentine’s Day Dessert Ideas

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’ve kinda been in a dessert mood, which happens to be at just the right time with Valentine’s Day upon us. However, I haven’t been able to decide which one to do for Valentine’s Day, which we are celebrating with dinner on Saturday. So I thought I’d share this fine list of […]

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Black Bean Confetti Salsa and Memorial Day Menu Ideas

  We have done more than our share of feasting on board the Celebration Express lately, so this Memorial Day we will be laying low. Thankfully, there are Sprouted Wheat Buns in the freezer for BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches and all the ingredients I need for Celery, Apple, and Fennel Slaw tucked away in the […]

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Tears of Gratefulness and Grief Roll Off the Same Cheek

We have had tons to celebrate over the past few months … four weddings, three showers, four birthdays, three graduations, one engagement, and two birth announcements makes for an abundant season. Most of these events centered on friendships forged during our years of homeschooling, through the community of families attending enrichment classes. We raised our […]

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Chocolate Cake [Gluten-Free] and the Celebration Express

It is worse than “the holidays”, I tell ya. From mid April through the first of June, it is six straight weeks of parties, cakes, and special dinners, lined-up one behind the other around here. Only this year, it started in March and will turn out something like this—bridal shower, bridal shower, wedding, wedding, bridal […]

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Limoncello Tiramisu, Lemon Pudding Cakes, Lemon-Lovers Ice Cream, Candied Lemon Peels, a Birthday and Forgiveness

That title is a mouthful and that’s a lot of lemon, but it was a big week. We all want life to be wonderful, birthdays to be special, and dessert to be the exclamation point on top of it all. At least, that’s what I want. Nevertheless, sometimes the timing is off. Way off. Things […]

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Butterscotch Walnut Scones [GF]: No Gluten, No Problem

This weekend I am co-hosting a bridal shower and the goal is to create a completely gluten-free menu. You see, my friend was diagnosed with celiac disease a few years ago and routinely has to either bring her own food or eat beforehand when attending gatherings. It really bums her out. There is something special […]

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A Bridal Shower Menu Collection and the Privilege of Friendship

When close friend’s kids are old enough to get married, it feels a lot like when your own kid’s birthday candles exceed two hands and then both hands and feet, you wonder where the years went. It is the milestones of life—showers, weddings, births, graduations, birthdays, anniversaries, and many others, which remind us of the […]

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