Creamy Winter Risotto, and The Cozy Apron Celebrates Turning Three

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Why does it seem like once we hit adulthood, time just flies on by? Days turn into weeks, weeks turn into months, and months turn into years so quickly. I almost cannot believe that I'm sitting here, writing a post for our blog's third birthday. And what an active toddler it has become! The Cozy Apron has been an absolute joy for my husband and I to work on together for these past three years, now going into our fourth. Our hope is that we've been ... {more please!}

Crispy Smashed Parmesan Potatoes, and When a Little Pressure is the Very Thing That’s Needed

Crispy Smashed Parmesan Potatoes, and When a Little Pressure is the Very Thing That’s Needed post image

I won't speak for you, but I certainly prefer comfort, peace, and sunny skies to discomfort, difficulty, and foggy-grey days. If everyday life was left up to me, I'd love nothing more than to luxuriate in simplicity, ease, things always working perfectly when needed and never breaking down, complete harmony in all relationships, and an abundance of money coupled with a scarcity of problems. I have yet to meet anyone that would much prefer to find themselves in the midst of challenge, shortage, illness, or general ... {more please!}

Shepherd’s Pies, and Being Gently Shepherded on this Path Of Life

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Do you ever get the feeling like you're being guided? I don't ever recall a time in my life when I didn't feel the presence of a power higher than myself, one that I call God, or my Creator, but I do remember periods in my life when I didn't necessarily pay much attention to the spiritual side of things, or have a conscious desire to have a relationship with the One who made me. Frankly, I didn't even know what that meant, or what that ... {more please!}

Italian Meatball Minestrone Soup, and an Opportunity to Experience True Joy in Servitude

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My husband and I rang in the New Year with a real “Pop!” and “Snap!”, though not in the celebratory way that you might expect. The Sunday before New Year's Eve, my husband decided that it would be as good a time as ever to try to fix the slow drip we had in our bathroom sink, and so we both threw ourselves into the job, he as “plumber” and me as “assistant”. The job itself was a struggle, and before we began, I had my ... {more please!}

Creamy Chicken Noodle Casserole, Just a Tiny Little Tweak from Being “Soup”

Creamy Chicken Noodle Casserole, Just a Tiny Little Tweak from Being “Soup” post image

The New Year seems to be a time when so very many folks want to make some big changes and completely make-over their lives. Sounds like a tall order! Resolutions go with January the way that milk goes with cookies, and we become inundated with commercials featuring weight loss products or services, as well as workout equipment and other devices or plans for various types of self-improvement that are meant to make someone into a “new version” of themselves. And then by late February? The chirp ... {more please!}

Tomato-n-Grilled Cheese Soup, When Two Good Things Unite To Become One Even Better Thing

Tomato-n-Grilled Cheese Soup, When Two Good Things Unite To Become One Even Better Thing post image

Something very special, very magical, happens when two really good things come together and are combined: they make a new, even better thing. Whenever my husband and I take a few moments to reflect on our blog (and what better time than the New Year!), we can't help but make note of the simple fact that without one of the two of us, there just truly wouldn't be “The Cozy Apron”. And there's an amazingly beautiful and humbling gravity to that realization. You see, without those ... {more please!}

Crispy Garlic Chicken & Spinach Egg Rolls, Rolled Together To Make For Something Extra Special

Crispy Garlic Chicken & Spinach Egg Rolls, Rolled Together To Make For Something Extra Special post image

There's nothing quite like Christmas time to place some merriment and child-like joy into our hearts and to bring us together like the beautiful human-kind family that we are. Our hearts become softened, our souls become brighter and more aware, and we look for ways to bring some cheer, love and wonder to each other in order to remind ourselves that we're all wonderfully connected, and that each flavor and color that we individually bring makes for the most divinely delicious bite there is. In a ... {more please!}

Christmas Eve Sipping Chocolate, and Luxuriating in the Light of Anticipation

Christmas Eve Sipping Chocolate, and Luxuriating in the Light of Anticipation post image

There's a reverent hush that seems to fall over Christmas Eve the way a soft blanket gently drapes across a body in need of soothing comfort and warmth. As the twilight of this special evening comes upon us, it creates a space for the glimmering, shimmering lights to sparkle and reveal themselves, and makes way for the twinkling stars in the cold, clear sky to blink and wink at us as if to express their own joy at this precious and wonder-filled time of year. In ... {more please!}

Winter Snow Flurry Cake, and Not Allowing the Season’s Dreams to Melt Away

Winter Snow Flurry Cake, and Not Allowing the Season’s Dreams to Melt Away post image

The winter season holds a particularly soft spot in my heart. When I was a little girl growing up in Michigan, where the winters are bitterly icy-cold and heavy with powdery white snow, and made shimmery with clear, glass-hard icicles that hang off of rooftops and tree branches, my favorite thing to do was to go outside, open up my little mouth, and stick out my tongue to taste the soft snow flurries and allow them to dissolve on my tongue. Though they had no real ... {more please!}

Crispy Caprese Meatballs Stuffed With Mozzarella, A Colorful Little Taste of the Holidays

Crispy Caprese Meatballs Stuffed With Mozzarella, A Colorful Little Taste of the Holidays post image

What would you say that the holidays taste like to you? Are they sweet and cool, with a minty flair? Are they spicy-sweet, or rich and creamy? Are they savory and herby, with a little hint of salty? The holidays, for me, are exquisitely all of the above. And the potential for magic during the holidays most certainly becomes apparent in all of the wonderfully different foods we love to partake in, each containing their own delicious pizzaz. The holidays wouldn't be the same without all ... {more please!}