Rustic Bean Soup with Pesto

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Did anyone else see that whirlwind of craziness that just passed through this weekend? I’m pretty sure I have a weeks worth of scrubbing to do before I can even think about bringing out the holiday boxes. Part of me really wishes I could skip the cleaning part and just throw glitter all over everything. To top it off, I decided that traveling to Mixed this next weekend would be just the pre-holiday why-am-I-not-planning-or-checking-lists-twice kind of stress inducer relief I needed. No really, I’m excited to go. The drive through Virginia alone will me me super happy. I hope you all had a much more […]

California Cioppino

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I am in need of some serious house cleaning. My house isn’t dirty or anything, there is just some clutter right now. Clutter apparently drives me coo coo for cocoa puffs. There are cooking magazines and notes on recipes in one corner of the living room, read and unread books in a pile near the bed, and a shameful pile of shoes that need to be put away until next summer in the near the closet. Halloween needs to come down and I need to prep the small assortment of Thanksgiving decorations I have before the barrage of Christmas decorations […]

Slow Cooker Beef and Noodle Soup with Artichoke Cheesy Bread

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As I type this the hype of Sandy has almost peeked in my area and people are tucking themselves in to their homes to see what this beast has in store for us. At this point I have been warned about high winds, possible snow, and severe power outages. I hope you are reading this in a warm cozy house with power and that Sandy has left you unharmed. Our strategy included digging out the Pop-Tarts from last years hurricane Irene and pulling the umbrella and chairs off of the porch. I probably should have stocked up on toilet paper and ice […]

Light and Healthy Homemade Spaghettios with Cheez-its

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It’s 7:53 PM as I prep this post for your hungry eyes but all I can think about is sleep. Even though we have a bad movie waiting to be watched via Netflix and I should be getting pumped for zombie gore – I want my pillow in the worst way. I rode 28 miles in 2 hours and 10 minutes today. So, I feel like I have an excuse for my insane fatigue. And then I hop over to this blog and feel like a total slacker. I’m ready for my pillow and all I did was ride today […]

Crab Bisque & a Muir Glen Giveaway

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Yankee Candle puts crack in their products. That is the only logical explanation. The thing is, I haven’t purchased a Yankee Candle in forever. I moved on and went with the less expensive and more convenient Bath and Body Works candles and home scent thingies. I had weened myself off of their big fancy candles. But the other day I got one of those buy one get one free coupons and the perceived value lured me back in. (Still, $30 a candle = crazy. Right?) Before I knew it I was walking around the house huffing ‘Autumn Leaves’, literally huffing, and back to my old ways […]

Creamy Pesto Chicken Soup with Spinach Gnocchi with Pesto Toasts

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Where do you find your inspiration? When you sit down to write, what are the things that keep it fresh for you and make it easy? Some days I sit at this tired and beaten computer of mine and stare wondering where the 99 ideas and paragraphs I wrote at 2am in a half conscious daze went. Oh, that’s right, they disappeared when I had to slay the evil dude from He-Man by coloring in the lines with only three colors in order to save the princess. Obviously, none of my posts come from my dreams. I tend to treat posts like […]

Chipotle Apple Turkey Chili with Honey Cornbread

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What could possibly take the place of this meat mavens love of all things flame kissed and charbroiled and boot my weekly grill recipe now that fall is officially here and baking season is upon us? (Man, I really hope that opening sentence got you as pumped as me). Well, think warm, comforting, and cozy. Think of thick blankets and bonfires. Think of the smell of roasted chicken, onions, potatoes and fresh bread filling the house. Yeah, it’s time for soups and stews in the PtS kitchen. For every week of fall I am going to feature a delicious and […]