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My Menu Planning Process

One thing I have had more than one friend ask me is how I meal plan.  My process has evolved over time and through changing needs and dynamics, so I can only answer how I do it right now.  That also happens to be how I have done it for the last 5 years or…

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Hittin’ the Road….er…Plane

I’ve been busy getting ready for a short trip with my husband.  We’re going to East Tennessee for a few days to investigate the possibility of moving there.  As a result, there has been no gourmet fare around here.  Not even close.  In fact, we’ve had frozen orange chicken and hot dogs this week.  Last…

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Creamy Carrot Thyme Soup

  I don’t even know where to start with this soup.  Seriously.  It’s creamy sweetness in a healthy warm package.  It’s winter well-being and luxury rolled into one pleasant bowl.  It’s a balance between natural sweetness from carrots and almost caramelized onions, and savory with herbs and garlic.  It’s topped off with a velvety ranch…

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Toasted Corn and Avocado Soup

Day 4 of 30 Days of Soups, Stews, and Chilis is here! I went with something totally out of my realm of normalcy with this one.  I love avocado and I love this soup!    In the summer you can use fresh corn, but I used frozen this time around.  It’s creamy and flavorful.  It’s…

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Sarah’s Beef Stew

My mother in law, Sarah, makes the best beef stew.  The first time I had it, I was dating my husband and took my parents to his mom’s house for Christmas.  We’re talking travel, stay over night in their house a few days, real Christmas.  Looking back, that was rather brave of us.  We weren’t…

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Sarah's Beef Stew

My mother in law, Sarah, makes the best beef stew.  The first time I had it, I was dating my husband and took my parents to his mom’s house for Christmas.  We’re talking travel, stay over night in their house a few days, real Christmas.  Looking back, that was rather brave of us.  We weren’t…

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Coming Soon – 30 Days of Soups, Stews, and Chilis!

I love soup.  And stew. And chili.  Every fall I wait for the temperature to drop enough to justify making it, and every year, near the middle of January, I start to get tired of my favorites.  I have 2 months of soup weather still ahead, but I want something new.  That’s why this year…

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Cinnamon Peach Superfood Smoothie

I was so excited over the Labor Day weekend to have the temperatures around here down into the high 80’s!  I drank hot tea and made chili and went for walks in the crisp morning air, desperately trying to hang onto any sign of fall.  But of course we’re back into the 90’s this week. …

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Herb Marinated Tomatoes on Parmesan Crusted Crostini

The sweet 100 tomatoes and yummy yellow pear tomatoes are exploding in my garden.  I also have a ton of fresh herbs and a need to use them up.  Fresh summer produce is in full swing!  It’s a great problem to have.  This recipe uses up some of that delectable healthy produce from my garden,…

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