Pumpkin Patch Spice Bread, and Adding a Touch of Sweetness to a Day

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I very much adore the unexpected sweetness that a simple day can hold within it. Many mornings, it can be a challenge just to wipe the bleariness out of the eyes, to get the spirit uplifted, and to get that little inner motor roaring and ready to function at full capacity, never mind with gusto, style and a little flare. But it sure can make a difference in our day when we mercifully experience those little hints of sweetness, those palette pleasing flavors that are like ... {more please!}

Cheesy Breakfast Bake, All The Best Things In One Dish

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For a while there, it almost felt like this day would never come. I can't believe that I'm sitting here writing at my desk, dressed in my sweats and my hoody, with a cup of hot herbal tea, looking out of my window into the grey, dankness that is an overcast and chilly fall morning in Los Angeles. Finally, I feel like I can breathe. Could it be that fall has actually arrived for us? Is it here to stay? I've been waiting for so long ... {more please!}

Fall Harvest Pumpkin & Beef Stew, a Bread Bowl’s Best Friend

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There are many things in life that make the best of friends. Certain things partner up in such a way making them better together than they ever could've been apart: a cool evening and a blanket; a good movie and some fresh, hot popcorn; a golden-pink hued sunset and a contemplative walk; a heart filled with love and a warm embrace or a kiss. The things that go together give a little extra definition to life, and create warmth and preciousness; they offer color and a ... {more please!}

Apple & Brown Sugar Snickerdoodle Cake, and Knowing When Something Is Perfect Just As It Is

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I'm pretty sure that each and every one of us have our own ideas about how something should be. We imagine in our mind's eye the qualities that should make up a thing, and we decide whether or not those qualities are present based on some (often hidden) standards that we have. Or sometimes, we have actual knowledge of how something should be based upon real experience and previous observation, and surely that counts for something. It seems like it's often a balancing act trying to ... {more please!}

Pumpkin Cream Sauce Fettuccine, & Keeping Things Together When They Want To Come Apart

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Ah, the best laid plans... My heart desired nothing more this morning than simplicity: to sit down at my computer, quiet my mind for a moment, and then connect with the writer side of myself and put to paper (or to screen, in this case) my thoughts in order to see what essence or mischievous imp wanted to be unleashed. But alas, things wouldn't go quite as planned, as our water heater decided to fritz out this morning just a little bit, in turn placing my ... {more please!}

Hearty Italian Chicken and Autumn Veggie Soup, and Gratitude for the Simple Pleasures

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It gives me a lot of joy and contentment to find pleasure in something simple. Just before sitting down to write, I decided to spend a few moments sitting in a chair in the back yard in utter silence just listening to the world around me, soaking up the milder rays of the warming sun (and some much needed vitamin D). And just from those few, precious moments that I gave myself for refreshment, my spirit feels calmed and quieted; it feels lifted up. I feel ... {more please!}

Oktoberfest Potato Skins, and Finding Good Reasons to Celebrate a Little

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As we get into late September and then into October—into the autumn—I feel myself come alive a little more. I feel my colors become a bit more vibrant in the autumn, and my enthusiasm for simple festivities increase. Perhaps it's the promise of cooler weather, and of the holiday season just around the corner; of a fresh, crisp breeze that, in the evenings, brings a slight chill, and that gets my excitement going. Or perhaps it's the simple fact that the sun sets earlier, and earlier ... {more please!}

Caramel Apple Sticky Rolls, and Saying Goodbye to a Season that’s Passed

Caramel Apple Sticky Rolls, and Saying Goodbye to a Season that’s Passed post image

Having to say goodbye has never been easy for me. I recently had to say goodbye to my parents who had come to visit with us for a while this summer, after not having seen them for about two years; they left to go back to their home (these days) in Slovakia. It's tough not knowing when we'll all see each other again; perhaps another two years from now? The pace at which time and life goes by, it'll most likely be at least a little ... {more please!}

Crunchy-Baked Garlic “Popcorn” Chicken, a Different Type of Popcorn to Pop

Crunchy-Baked Garlic “Popcorn” Chicken, a Different Type of Popcorn to Pop post image

I don't know about you all, but we're still making our way through some hot weather here in Southern California—whew-wee! Can we please be done with this? Where's the cool fall? Where are the temperatures that beckon for me to wrap myself in a comfy-cozy blanky, or throw on a jacket or sweater when I go out in the evening? They seem to be hiding at the present moment, that's for sure. So it makes it just a wee-bit less appealing to turn on an oven ... {more please!}

Hard Cider-Battered Fish n’ “Oven” Chips, Pub Style; a Fall-Inspired Version of a Crispy Classic

Hard Cider-Battered Fish n’ “Oven” Chips, Pub Style; a Fall-Inspired Version of a Crispy Classic post image

Our teenage son has always been a huge fan of crispy fish n' chips. Ever since he was just a wee little thing, if this classic comfort food was on a menu, he'd almost always ask to order it since it wasn't an entree that we would typically make at home—frankly, it seemed a bit laborious. And because of his adoration of this tasty-yet-unpretentious meal, my husband and I have found our own love for it, making it a family “thing” by stopping by our favorite ... {more please!}