Chocolate Chip Crumble Cake

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colazione compresa/complimentary breakfast What I am about to say is going to sound weird to many of you; I know. Ready for it? A cool aspect of my new job is that it allows for opportunity to eat lunch, uninterrupted..  Ha! I know it sounds odd.  However, when I worked in a school building, I […]

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Super Chocolatey Brownie Cookies

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cioccolata/chocolate There is a table in our department at work that stands between the copier and printers. This table not only serves as an area for collating, organizing, etc, but it is also the place where celebrations occur. The assistants are so sweet to organize treats and accolades for special occasions, like birthdays, promotions, and […]

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Zucchini and Tomato Pizza

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pizza alla zucchina/zucchini pizza Secret Recipe Club, how you’ve been missed! After a much deserved break, Group C is back for Reveal Day.  For this big day, I was super excited to take a trip to Calera de Tango, Santiago, Chile to visit Gloria and her delicious creations. While culling through the myriad of choices, […]

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Chopped Vegetable and Chickpea Salad

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verdure tritate/chopped vegetables January arrived with shear and utter confidence, and each day has been full speed ahead the moment the calendar turned the page.  It was really important to me that both the new year and my relocation to California were met with a rejuvenation of positive routines.  Depending on whose work you read […]

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Sautéed Zucchini & Peppers in Tomato Sauce

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ortaggi/vegetables Recently, my mother visited my sister, and me in California.  With the exception of one, forced and uncomfortable November about 7 years ago, mom’s visit and the times we shared marked the first holiday I formally celebrated the holidays in over a decade. Long time readers of the blog know I have been estranged […]

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Quinoa Black Bean Salad

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me stesso/myself Phew! Where did 2013 disappear to?  I can’t believe another year has come to a close.  Even so, I was ready for 2013 to head on out so that its predecessor can shine. The big, the small, the loud, the quiet, the planned, or the unexpected, so much has happened over the last […]

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Pumpkin Hash Brown Casserole

December 26, 2013

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carton Smart for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Living on the west coast has been quite the adventure.  Residing in Northern California is bringing a whole new set of excursions and experiences I am thrilled to encounter. With all the newness, I am […]

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Pretzel Sliders

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simple/semplice Every once in a while, one of my shared treats has a lasting impression and keeps coming up in conversation. It is always flattering when that happens, especially when I share the admiration. An example?  The Pumpkin Spice Latte Pretzels. Friends enjoyed the soft, sugary rolls, like me, as I have a affinity for […]

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S’more Truffles for Grown Ups

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tartufo/ truffle Confession time. I was the one in the family who tore the perforation on each of the Swiss Miss Marshmallow Lovers packets, left the cocoa for whoever was in the mood for a hot cup of goodness, and convinced myself, as I greedily consumed the lil’ marshmallow bits with reckless abandon, that no […]

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Orange & Rosemary Shortbread

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 scambio/exchange Holiday preparations are in full swing.  Celebrations, sales, and songs have been greeting us at every corner for several weeks now. Although I haven’t formally celebrated holidays for more than a decade, I do enjoy seeing traditional decorations, hearing classic songs while out and about, sipping on mulled ciders, and cooking memory-filled dishes during […]

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