I feel the need to explain myself.

Today’s post is Part II of the ‘Saving Money in the Kitchen’ series which started yesterday. When I sat down to write about saving money in the kitchen I expected to knock out a quick post with a few hints.  As I carried on I realized quickly that I had too much material to cram…

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Better Than Yesterday Pizza

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I want to give you all a gift.  It’s that time of year, after all.  Taste, beauty, aroma, thrift; this gift has it all.  As a big thank you to keeping me company on the big old internet for this past year I want to give you all the gift of… Leftover pizza. It’s more…

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Yuletide Spiced Brandy Liqueur

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It’s time to get cozy. ~~  ~~ The air has progressed past crisp to chilly and will soon be downright cold. The leaves have finally given up their tenuous grasp on the trees and -with one final gust of nearly winter wind- fallen to insulate the grass and ground against the coming snow. ~~  ~~…

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Roasted Crispy Cheese Potatoes

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  Just look at the potatoes in that picture.  Those spuds are the embodiment of everything a potato should be; mahogany and crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, blanketed with nutty brown butter and crusted with toasted cheese.  Those potatoes are good enough that they would’ve made Dr. Atkins repent of his low-carb…

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Pumpkin Pots de Crème

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I’m exceptionally fond of combining my obsessions. Sometimes it’s not so great.  Take Homer Simpson’s fabled “Nuts and Gum”,  par example… Sometimes, however, it works great. When you put together dark chocolate ganache and pie crust you get Dark Chocolate Truffle Tarts.  A happy accident if ever there was one… I might’ve mentioned that I’m…

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Homemade V-7 (not 8) Garden Vegetable Juice Blend

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A few weeks ago, my mom made the trek out to Michigan to visit her sisters (my aunties) and my Grandma. One night while Mom and my baby sister were out there, the Shaffer girls (because that’s what they become when they’re all together again) and Grandma gathered around the kitchen table to talk food…

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Blueberry Butter Tarts with Mascarpone Ice Cream

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We have a winner!  And I have my power back!  Yes.  I was without power for nearly two days.  With two stinky dogs, sixteen stinky chicks, five stinky chickens, five stinky kids and two marginally less stinky adults, our power came back none too soon.  No power translated to no pump for the well, no…

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Campfire Home Fries

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I come from a camping obsessed family.  My Dad is, by trade, a camp manager.  My Mom likes to take her blanket outside and sleep under the stars (she also wants an outdoor bath tub, but I digress.)  My sister, Jess, and her family are certifiable trail and tent nuts.  My brother, Luke, digs the…

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Watermelon Mojito Slushies: Think Pink!

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Yesterday, I mentioned that we’d been experiencing some of life’s less pleasant moments.  One of those less pleasant moments was a biggie, folks.  As in a life changing biggie… *Fair warning:  I am about to use the following words; breast, cancer, breasts, self-exam and self-check.  If any of those words bother you, tune out until…

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