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Fun, Fast, and Festive

Let's create a fun, fast, and festive appetizer can be served for a Christmas brunch, an afternoon luncheon, or an evening party.  
Let's build an edible Christmas Tree:
Ingredients: 1 pint of strawberries
12 oz. vanilla-flavored candy coating
1 (8oz.)pag. dried apricots
11 to 12 inch styrofoam cone 
Fresh mint leaves

Wash strawberries.  Do not remove the stems.  Gently pat dry.  Line cooking sheets with waxed paper.  Melt candy coating in medium saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.  Dip each strawberry and apricot in the candy coating until 1/2 of fruit piece is coated  Allow excess to drip off.  Place on waxed paper-lined cookie sheets.  Refrigerate until set.
Wrap styrofoam cone in foil to cover.  Insert toothpicks in cone about 3/4 apart in row near bottom of cone, leaving 1/2 inch of each toothpick exposed.  Arrange fruit on toothpicks.  Repeat with additional toothpicks and remaining fruit, adding 1 row at a time until cone is covered.  Tuck mint leaves…

Do Over, Please!

I missed it!  I missed Thanksgiving and my Mother's birthday.  How can that be you ask?Well, it started on November 16th with pain in my neck, my back, shoulder, down my arm, and numbness in my left hand.  After 3 days of pain that escalated to unbearable my dear husband took me to the doctor.  The doctor immediately put me in the hospital via ambulance ride.  After x-ray's , CT scans, and an MRI the diagnosis was a herniated disc in my neck that is rubbing against my spinal chord and an enlarged left kidney. I was released from the hospital on Thanksgiving evening with a bag full of medications and instructions to do follow-up appointments. 

So, there you have it I missed it all.  I did get to my parents the next day for a visit and to deliver my Mother's gift.  But, I had promised her marble squares for her birthday and was unable to deliver that request - which I will fulfill at a later date.

Even though I could not make them for my Mom I can share the recipe here and now…

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

I know Halloween is over but I wanted to share my favorite recipe of 'Roasted Pumpkin Seeds'.  This was a 'Martha Stewart Recipe' from October, 2002.  It is sweet and spicy at the same time and it's very hard to stop eating them once you start.

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds makes 1 cup
1 cup pumpkin seeds from 1 medium pumpkin (about 5 to 7 pounds)
5 tablespoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut oil 
1. Heat oven to 250 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a sil pad.  Cut pumpkin open , removing the seeds.  Separate the flesh from the seeds and discard.  Spread

A Book Review and Recipe (Sort Of)

It is hard to believe that we are into November with Thanksgiving and Christmas just a hop, skip, and a jump away.  I have had so many wonderful things happen in the past 4 weeks I don't know where to begin.  But, for this post I am going to be short and sweet.  It is a book review and a recipe (well, sort of).

I have just finished reading this wonder full book about a freelance food writer and blogger.  Her qualifications are many and she is a wonderful writer.  (Oh, and she is also a new Mom.)  This wonderful person is 'Molly Wizenberg'.  Her book is "A Homemade Life".  If is a culmination of stories and recipes from her life.  

Because I want you to go out and get this book and I don't want to spoil any of the reading I am not going to write any excerpts.  But, I will tell you that her love life before she was married was extremely comical.  There are two chapters that really stand-out for me - one was called 'The Hardball Stage'.  At the end of the …
Happy Halloween!

It was a great Halloween! I had 111 Trick-or-Treaters
While I was handing out candy I made sweet and spicy pumpkin seeds (Martha Stewart recipe):

Ingredients: 1 cup pumpkin seeds from 1 medium pumpkin 5 Tablespoons of sugar 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger Pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste 1 1/2 Tablespoons peanut oil
1. Heat oven to 250 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Cut pumpkin open and remove seeds.  Separate flesh from seeds and discard flesh.  Spread seeds on parchment in an even layer.  Bake until dry, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour.  Let cool.

Perfect Timing, Fall, & Snack Time

When I sat down to contemplate what to write about (especially since it has been quite sometime since the last post), the most obvious came to mind - food & photography (revelation, right!).  Since this is what my blog is about in the first place.  But, hold on to your hat, I have several other things on my heart and mind.
The first thing on my mind were the words 'perfect timing'. I will attempt to explain what I am talking about.  When I graduated from college, which will be a year as of December 14th, 2012, I was ready to make my way in the world (as people often say).  My thoughts were - if I can purchase the perfect lighting, the perfect camera, the perfect accessories - back drops, props - (well, you get the idea).  My work would be perfect and I would have a great business.  I also felt the same way about other things in my life.  
I soon found out you can have the best equipment in the world but it doesn't make you a better photographer, a better cook, and so on,…

Healthy Living

Most people these days are trying to live healthy: exercise, eating right, etc.  Well, I am no different.  I have definitely jumped on the bandwagon.  Truthfully, I really started taking this 'healthy thing' more seriously when I was told by my Orthopedic that I needed a knee replacement - a result from running and playing tennis.  Before he does the surgery I was given instructions to get healthy (translation - loose some weight) so that the surgery and recovery would be quicker and easier.  

So here I am with a trainer 3 days a week and walking three miles on the off days (also, a couple of days of yoga thrown in the mix).  My biggest challenge is sleep - everything you read says to get anywhere from 6 to 8 hours of sleep (this apparently aids in weight-loss).  My normal amount of sleep is 4 or 5 hours.  Oh well, something to work towards.

My eating habits were the easiest to change and the most fun.  I love trying new recipes and gadgets.  I am buying less and less processed …