Since moving to Europe this summer, we spend almost all of our free time traveling. We spent a few weeks in Italy over the summer and fell in love with the people and culture. One thing in particular, is Italian breakfast. It is a simple affair – meats and cheeses, fresh fruit, yogurts, breads and simple pastries. Most of it is store-bought and from a local bakery. One thing that is always on the table and is always homemade is a yogurt cake.
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Christmas cards are one of my favorite things each year. We are a military family, and it is nice to see our friends and family that we have said goodbye to in our mailboxes each holiday season. I love taking our Christmas pictures each year and I love getting loads of mail that isn’t bills each December. It has always been one of my favorite holiday traditions. I look forward to it all year long.
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Corn Muffins with Lemon Honey Butter By Bree Hester of BakedBree.com
Thanksgiving is all about the sides, right? I could skip the turkey all together, but I would never dream of not having the smell of a roasting turkey wafting throughout my house on Thanksgiving Day. It is a smell that connects me to my mom, my grandmother, and my great-grandmother. For generations, we have served the same exact meal from different cities, states, and countries.
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You could say that we are pros at moving. My husband is in the military and moving is just a way of life for us. We have three children– 13, 11 and 9. We have lived in 6 different states and 2 different countries. We are excellent unpackers. This summer we moved from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to Stuttgart, Germany. Without question, the furthest move we’ve ever made. In some ways, it was the easiest of all the moves. There is very little choice about a lot of things, and that makes it very easy to just sit back and enjoy the ride. In other ways, it has been the most challenging. Read More “Moving… For the 8th Time”
With the holidays quickly approaching, you can be sure of one thing – there will be plenty of cookies to eat!
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Halloween signals the beginning of baking season at our house. It seems like we need to bring a snack just about everywhere we go. School, football, you name it we like to bring sweet treats with us.
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Taking beautiful photos of food is more challenging than one might imagine. After years of being a portrait photographer, I did not think that it would be difficult to take pictures of food. I decided to start a food blog and figured that taking drool-worthy pictures would be a piece of cake. (No pun intended.) Turns out I had a lot to learn.
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My family’s recipes are just as valuable to me as family photos. They are rich in tradition and history and I treasure them more than anything. The problem is that a lot of the recipes that my mom, grandmother, and sister use are not written down. Or they have steps or ingredients missing. Not always helpful. And the end result? Well, not always how I remember them.
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Every once in awhile this mom needs a night off.
As much as I love to cook, getting dinner on the table each night takes nothing short of a miracle. We have busy lives, and I spend a lot of time shuffling kids around from after school activity to activity. And that is not taking into account work events, PTO meetings, and other things that I have going on.
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I love a personalized Valentine. So many things come home from the school Valentine’s Day party, but the personal ones really stand out. How could you not want to be his Valentine with his adorable little face on a bag full of homemade cookies?
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