Dunk tanks and Explosives

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This weekend I flew home to celebrate my nephew’s 8th birthday, complete with a mix of water sports, explosives and cotton candy. I know what you’re thinking. What else could a bunch of 8 year-old boys want, right? Right. I can take little to no credit for the party or the details because my sister handled […]

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Mango salsa for the win

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One of my favorite things about cooking is the way that a recipe can evoke emotions and memories from your life. Recipes can bring you back your childhood, where you had nothing else on your agenda but to spend Saturday mornings baking cookies with your mom in a 1970-style wallpapered kitchen. They can take you back to […]

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The art of unplugging

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So I’m back in the city after several days visiting friends and family at home. If you read my last post, and by read I mean just looked at pictures, you have a pretty good idea of how most of the weekend was spent, laughing with friends and family, celebrating and lots and lots of […]

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Happy Birthday Jake!

Today is my youngest nephew Jake’s fourth birthday. It’s hard to believe we’ve only had four years of this precocious kid, but the laughter and joy he brings to our family is immeasurable. It seems like just yesterday I was begging the concierge at the downtown Hilton Garden Inn to go wake up my dad […]

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A leprechaun was here

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Remember that time I tried to make an ombré layer cake for my mom’s birthday and messed up the simplest part of the process, resulting in a randomly striped cake? I do. By now I’ve heard the following reassurances: It still tastes great.  Hunny I think it’s perfect! This is the best cake I’ve ever […]

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These are not hangover recipes

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One of my girlfriends had a birthday party last night and I’m proud to say I stayed out, in a bar, well past 2 a.m. I know my after-hours-attending, late-night-eating 21 year-old self is laughing right now as she reads that statement but she’s just going to have to deal with the fact that we’re […]

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Oh look, more snowflakes

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Happy Monday y’all! I’m in my southern character today, accent and all, in an attempt to escape the cold spell we’re about to get hit with again. I don’t know about you but I’m over the snow. Fortunately, I’m at the tail-end of a rare four-day weekend, so I can’t let another mini polar vortex […]

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It’s the Christmas countdown

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I’m sorry. I can’t type the word countdown without hearing that song in my head. And no that’s not the original album cover. I jazzed it up a bit for the season. Speaking of seasons, did you know Christmas is just a short 10 (by the time you read this 9) days away? Are you […]

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Spooky Pumpkin Toffee Cookies

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Pumpkin season is in full swing folks. And while I’m not exactly down with the PSL craze, I do love to put pumpkin into just about everything else from October through oh let’s just say February. If I’m baking you something during this time frame, it’s likely to include pumpkin. Sorry I’m not sorry. I […]

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Winning in October

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Can we just start this post with a big old Hip Hip Hooray Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Hakuna matata for the Cardinals heading to the World Series? October is so much more fun when playoff baseball includes your favorite team. Even more so when they clinch with a 9-0 score. Whew! I’m especially excited because I completely forgot that back in February […]

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