Shortbread Cookies

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Today I will be doing ALL of my holiday shopping, so I’ll have to keep it short and sweet much like these cookies. I will be sitting in the comfort of my own home office, sipping a gingerbread latte and eating these chocolate ganache topped shortbread cookies.  I love the internet; have I mentioned that?  I […]

Sweet Potato Wonton Soup

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  I was happily planning for the holidays, and was even ahead of schedule, which is quite the accomplishment for me, personally.   I had all of my projects planned for the next two months, I had the house unpacked and put away, the decorations were on their way up and lists were made for both Santa and groceries among […]

Butterscotch Topped Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust


  The aroma of cedar and pine fill the air as I open the formerly stored boxes of family Christmas decorations, today.  I unearth wrappings filled with ornaments, stockings, garland and lights inciting holiday excitement as each item flows out of the boxes and onto the shelves.  Soon, every corner, mantle and windowsill will be filled […]

Spiced Pumpkin Seed Brittle

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  The second hand ticked, the whistling heater steamed, and I sat, waiting in the overly warm classroom.  I looked around at the other students; some apathetic and others relentlessly chatty for so early in the morning.   My unnecessary 4-inch heeled boots clicked on the classroom floor and I doodled in my notebook around my careful notes with […]

Cranberry Walnut Bread and Cranberry Pomegranate Citrus Glaze


It was late in the evening, dusk fell to night and Halloween was only two days away. The surrounding woods were hastily becoming more dark and snowy by the minute.   Mike said to me, “I’m going to drive down and look for power”.  I nodded.  As he rushed off into the blizzard, the lights […]