Kissably Cute Hot Cocoa

I’m feeling the pressure for Valentine’s Day.  Like elementary school gotta-have-the-coolest-Valentines kind of pressure.

I wish we still had construction paper “mail boxes” for people to drop off their cute Valentines.  Except, this year, instead of cartoon Valentines, I’d step up my game, and my cuteness and make these little lovelies.

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Refreshing and Hydrating Strawberry Watermelon and Cucumber Smoothie

For my dad’s birthday today we went sailing and on the ride back to the house, I was craving Dr. Pepper like it was the answer to my prayers.  Instead of heading for a drive-thru to get a small soda pop, I went home and created a thirst quenching, hydrating and healthy smoothie.  I used what I happened to have in my fridge: frozen strawberries, watermelon and cucumber.


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My Double Date with Oatmeal Cookies

I’ve been craving oatmeal cookies for over two weeks.  Daydreaming about their homey oatmeal sweetness hugging bits of dark chocolate and dried cherries and shredded coconut, and comforting chewy bites of oatmeal cookies with pistachios and cranberries…

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My night with Spaetzle and Goulash… Oh and did I mention the delightful Tiramisu?

This last Saturday, I had the best cooking lesson from my German next door neighbor.  She taught me how to make Goulash and Spaetzle, and how to make her amazing Tiramisu.  I’ve been looking forward to this day for years!  Since the first time I tried her Spaetzle and Goulash I’ve been dying to learn how to do it.  Luckily I had her to teach me and to translate the recipes!  And despite all of my neighbors’ help, I still cannot pronounce Spaetzle properly.  I gotta keep working on it.

Spaetzle_RecipeThis meal is labor intensive, lots of love is needed to make this meal happen.  You can totally taste all that love too.  It must be what makes this dish so yummy.  It looks, and smells like the most comforting meal you could dream of.  Rich with flavor, and the best kind of hearty.

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