Personal Grilled Taco Pizzas

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Today’s story has to be told, to get to tomorrows. After bragging about how much I love my job last week, I feel it is only fare to try to explain to you what being a part of the Captain Blue Hen family can be like. Some of you may be too young to remember a show called Cheers, so go wikipedia it. For the rest of you, you get exactly what I am saying. When you walk into our store, it is an extension of your living room. That level of comfort and friendship. We are the place everyone […]

Simple Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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It probably goes to show just how disabled I am when it comes to make-up by how long it is taking me to post reviews of one sample box. Seriously, I started this in December and there are only like 10 mascara’s in the box… If I ever get to the last one, it will probably be dried up, sad, and neglected. Make Up Forver Smokey Lash: the bushy applicator that reminds me of a small caterpillar applies volume, length and great curl. All upsides to me with my little knowledge of competing products (after all that’s why I’m risking […]

Oatmeal-Honey Waffles

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Sometimes dawn seems overwhelmingly bright even though it creeps up on us slowly. The chirp of birds warns us its coming, as as traffic picks up and the light shines in, I can recall my mother coming in and throwing back the curtains while saying, “Birds are singing, sun’s shining! You’re burning daylight!” It was her wake up call every morning and I can’t even begin to explain how much it pissed me off. Whether by design or programming, I am not a social person in the morning. I wake up and want a solid hour to myself before I have to have any […]

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

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It was the first few weeks of spring, and who am I kidding, pretty much any moment there after, that I found it really hard to muster up the patience to sit through a school day. The first half of the year isn’t so bad. You just would wake up and go. But once the world comes out of hibernation, I believe more than one imaginary tummy ache or sniffle kept me home from school. Anything really to just get away from the cold drab cinder block building faded from years of use and monotonous babble from the teachers counting down […]

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Muffins

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It’s crazy to believe today is just the first day of spring. I guess Spring just wasn’t messing around this year, shoving old Jack Frost out of the way and showed us what it’s all about! There are people outside (I hope that doesn’t fade), we have already been hitting the mountain bike trails (wow, do I have a way to go), and I have this insane urge to grill everything. The cats and dog seem really pleased about our early spring as the wild life in the yard has them stalking from window to window making those amusing clicking sounds that […]

Fajita Stew

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Did any of you tune in for the new show on Discovery channel, Doomsday Preppers about the people who live their lives prepping for world destruction and the business that capitalizes on their fears by selling them ‘bunkers’? Cuz I did. Wow. Our world is pretty screwed up at the moment, there is a lot going on all over the place. There are countless things to be afraid of, and that’s what this show is about. Not one type of fear, but all – from war to electromagnetic pulses from the sun that will send all of our satellites pluming into our atmosphere. I’m […]

Blueberry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake

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I need your help. This time next week I will be prepped and ready for surgery. I’m having all four of my wisdom teeth extracted and not looking forward to recovery. I’m hearing polar oposits as far as recovery goes. It’s either a breeze or miserable. Panic…. Have you had your teeth pulled? Only give me the good stories Rig these answers, guys! I need support! Tell me how it was a breeze and how quickly you recovered and that you popped back to your job the next day. Right? Right…. Oh! And most importantly, what recipes would you recommend […]

Italian Wedding Soup

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This post is probably bordering on TMI, but since I lack filters, I just suggest the men look below to the tasty tid bits. Am I the only woman on the planet with an irrational fear of pregnancy? I treat it like catching the plague, every time a friend announces shes pregnant I buy a stash of sticks and pee on them like crazy hoping that it wasn’t somehow contagious, locking myself in a convent and rocking back and forth for a few hours. All of that is after I congratulate the new soon to be mother. I’m not heartless after all. This […]

Irish Cream Chocolate Pots De Crème

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We really have to eat more salads Why does every hairdresser tell you something different? It really kind of ticks me off. I get a different story about whats good or bad for my head from everyone of them. Don’t they know I am convinced I am going to fry my hair off one of these days and have to rock a shaved head? Hellooo. I could totally not rock ‘shaved head’ by the way. The never ending cycle of motivational pins next to cupcakes loaded with frosting and dripping with glaze cracks me up. You are not getting skinny […]

Skillet Beef Stroganoff

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  Change is in the air. Spring is right around the corner and with the forecast showing my days in the 60s – in February – Mother Nature and I may be in serious need of a heart to heart. I am all about warm weather. I love gardening, mountain biking, and a great breeze through the house. But this season she has taken things too far. I bough those clunky boots everyone wears. Not Uggs, but cheap look alikes. I swore I never would, but damnit they are comfy as sin and you know what? I have had less than 5 occasions […]

Short Ribs and Red Wine Sauce

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 We have had a rash of abnormally warm weather this winter which is making things hard between my slow cooker and me. I would normally love this time of year, all of the slow cooker recipes, hearty and thick meals. Gotta put on my winter weight and all, right? But unseasonably warm days have me walking around with no need for those heavy winter coats craving the smoke and fire of the grill. I want burgers, steak, corn on the cob and other summer time foods. It takes recipes like this one, this low and slow short rib sauce to […]

Sticky Toffee Pudding

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There’s something you don’t realize until you are well into your adult years – you look around and see that the friends you know all have children, are moving far away or just evolving in a direction that is not as connected to you any more. Sure you can catch up from time to time, hang out on occasion and meet up for meals, but its not like when you were younger where you played with the same group of friends every day. It’s also harder to meet people, between work and life where do you meet new friends if […]

Skillet Brownies

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If you were to have the impression that I cook a lot, you would be right. And through all most of my experiments, recipes, failures, and success, Handsome sits and eats without saying a word. I ask if it was good, and he  may nod, or say yes, but there is rarely any excitement in his voice. After a while, you just come to terms with it. He wouldn’t care if I fed him macaroni and cheese for weeks on end, he would nod and say it was good (which may be something I considered for a while just to see […]

Lasagna Soup

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This is one of those recipes I have been debating on whether or not I post for some time. I saw variations of lasagna soup on many sites and the idea most definitely caught my attention. Making lasagna for two is rough. There is only so many days of lasagna for lunch and dinner that we can handle, and a large pan of lasagna is about three days more than we need. But soup. We can down some soup in this house. Could a quick soup really be as good as a serving of your grandmomas’s home made labor of […]

Game Day Recipes + Beer Bread and Soup

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Are you ready for some football? Which team are you cheering on – or are you just tuning in for the commercials? Either way, enjoy some food and friends! If you are still looking for some inspiration or last minute menus check out this round up of finger licking game day food:            Chive and Cheese Beer Bread From BHG Special Interest: Tailgating Ingredients: 3 cups AP flour 2 tbs sugar 1 tbs baking powder 2 tbs fresh chives, chopped 1 teas salt 3/4 teas baking soda 1/2 cup shredded chaddar cheese 1/2 cup shredded Monteray Jack cheese […]

Tequila Chicken Sandwiches

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Tequila chicken sandwich. What about a name like that doesn’t make you want to shove a small child out of the way for a serving? Besides, it has tequila in it, a kid should clearly not be in that line. Gotta look out for the little guys, right? And if we are talking football food, which we have been, all week long (really, there’s a theme going and everything), this is got it going on. Sweet and spicy peppers peppers, onions, quick pulled rotisserie chicken, melted gooey cheese, and liquor all on a soft bun. Grab a napkin, wrap it […]

Super Bowl Food: Pizza Nachos

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Next weekend is the Super Bowl, where even people like myself who know little about sports, and less about football, gather around the television and are suddenly avid fans. Every year I pick a team, usually based on colors, ‘outfits’, hairstyles (I like the dudes with big bushy long hair that poofs out of the helmet), or something else as equally meaningless, and I root for them, until I get distracted and forget football is even on. Usually socializing or jamming more food in my pie hole, because the other great part to the Super Bowl, besides the commercials, is […]

Chicken, Brie, & Bacon Turnovers

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It isn’t great to admit this for business, but today was just what I needed. A slow day at the shop, but back to the routine and swing of things. Hopefully the normalcy will get me motivated for some tasty posting too! Now if only I could catch up on a little blog loving, things would feel like normal. I had on the Food Network in the background at the shop today because I’m a masochist (really it’s because I can just drown it out), and over heard Rachael Ray talking about how important dinner was to her. How she […]

Kitchen Sink Cookies

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I wish I had some divine words of epiphany for you today. I don’t. I’m still recovering from my weekend, haven’t sat down for more than five minutes, am writing this far later than I would like to admit and have a mountain of laundry to move before I can begin to find my pj’s or pillow. Handsome and I over booked ourselves all weekend long and even into tonight, had company over, without realized that he starts school again tomorrow. So much for cuddle time. But hey, cookies!     I know its bad to not bring your A game to […]

Mexican Shredded Pork {Pork Tinga}

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I thought January was supposed to be a slow month. I even petitioned to have Christmas moved back a month just to give us some time to build up and enjoy it a bit more. But, so far, this January hasn’t given me a moments pause. Between the after holiday clean up (tell that to the scattering of Christmas ornaments still peeking out here and there), one of my design clients opening his doors on a new location, work, and oh yeah, my sister’s wedding, I am wondering when I can take a day off. Seems like a silly thing to waste […]

Glazed Cranberry, Lemon & Crystallized Ginger Loaf

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My sister’s big day is almost here. My nails are all pretty, the dresses are hanging, and the rehearsal dinner awaits us tonight. I wish I had some words of wisdom to offer up as her maid of honor. But, I’m the baby sister, this is my first time being a maid of honor annnd simply, I’m not married. But the things I would like to say are Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s not worth it and it’s crazy to go to bed angry at one another over something that doesn’t matter. “You’re right” isn’t one sided. Sometimes you […]

Lemon and Parsley Baked Fish

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Every now and then Handsome and I get dressed up and go out for a few drinks and nice meal. I’m sure we’re not the only people who like a little time away from reality to just pretend that we can be on a date and not worry about the stress of life. We don’t go out to places that cost hundreds of dollars, that would just be crazy, but we do go to a few restaurants that my father would have made me dress well for as a little girl. Sad thing is, people don’t ‘dress’ anymore. I look […]

English Muffins & Urban Decay Mascara Review

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Remember this post? The post where I proclaim I spent gobs of hard earned cash on make-up. I don’t blame you if you don’t. It’s been a month and post tend to go stale quick, especially during the holidays. But in that post, I promised I was going to review some make-up on here and since then, I forgot to review anything. If I keep up this pace, we will be through the Sephora sample box in a year or so. I have been using the products though, jotting down notes and trying to figure out which ones I like, […]

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Soup

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It’s a sad day for me. My favorite pair of shoes has once again bitten the dust, and even though I see reincarnation every week (can’t keep a superhero down), I have been told that this time it’s the end of the line. These boots have far succeeded expectations, discovered lost and abandoned on a Target clearance rack, they were a size to big and with a price to low to pass up. For 6 bucks I scooped up the most comfortable pair of boots I have ever owned. The soles have fallen off three or four times, being glued back with everything from […]

Slow Cooker Super Easy Big-Batch Chili

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I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some snow. It was an unseasonably warm December in my neck of the woods, which may be why I never got in my normal holiday mood (how do you people in the south get into the holiday spirit???), but now it’s just starting to dip its toes into the cold stuff. If only we could add a little snow, I’d be satisfied. I know it goes against the whole ‘I love my job’ bit, but I could even use a few cozy snow days to decompress. Since the glee of tunneling […]

Honey Oat Bread and Finding My Mojo in 2012

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Since I had yesterday to be all publicly pouty and I’m not one to stay down in the dumps very long lets kick today off with some awesomeness. First, that bread recipe below, that’s pretty freakin awesome. Second, the New Years resolution post. I am not one for New Years resolutions personally, but I like to take it as a chapter break for the blog to figure out what I can improve on and how I can make Pass the Sushi even more action packed and fun filled for my readers. Continue to grow the recipe collection: I think its about time that […]

Top 11 Recipes of 2011: Readers Favorites

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Another year is coming to an end and my second ‘real’ year of blogging. Things are chugging a long at a pace that sometimes leaves me a little over whelmed and wanting my pillow, yet for the most part, that I am happy with. Regardless of my jest in last years round-up about living the life of the Pioneer Woman, no amount of plaid in my wardrobe is going to disillusion me. I have no aspirations of being a full-time food blogger. This is my hobby. It’s my fun and my outlet. I have made great friends, and hope to continue to […]