Almond Triangle Recipe

This Almond Triangle recipe is the Holiday Cookie Contest winner from the 2009 Taste Section of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  The contest winner, Charlotte Midthun, first found the recipe from a 15 year old First for Women magazine.  December's not so far away and these cookies are the best!  They are not so sweet that you feel guilty...I think the nuts add a little protein right?  They are the perfect treat for a mid-blogging snack. You do have to have a 10X15 inch rimmed cookie sheet or jelly roll pan.   Also, make in … [Read more...]

LoveFeast Chocolate Espresso Cookies

Something came over me the other day.  I was in "project mode"...whirling around the house cleaning, cooking dinner (chicken roaster in the oven), spinning through laundry AND baking.  Yes, all that and more including laying out what I needed to pack for Blissdom.  Oh yeah, and I had ground an abundance of espresso that morning, which made me think about making something with espresso in it.  They are crumbly in texture because of the espresso but not too dry.  They sort of remind me a little of  biscotti taste and texture.  The … [Read more...]

70’s Inspired Food

My grandmother, Betty, was always the foodie of our family!  She was a professional waitress for more years than I've been alive!  We'd drive to Jersey and visit her every Christmas.  She's greet us and quickly make us feel at home, being the experienced hostess that she was!  I vividly remember a very seventies house decked out with shag carpet and wood paneling.  I don't remember the presents.  I do remember the retro spread of food she laid out every year!  There were perfectly sectioned hors d' ouerves plates, with mini … [Read more...]

Fancy Friday Snow

Snow, snow, snow.  And, now you see just why I had to go on my little "research trip".  What destination is on your mind?  Love snow? Or, gotta' go!!  What's your Fancy? … [Read more...]

Photography Tips From My Friend, Brian

You know you're getting old when you can't recall how you met a friend.  Yikes!  I'm not really sure how I met Brian or his band, Peyote but, somehow, about 17 years ago, I started hanging out with this talented group of guys!  I loved their music and their sound so much I began to act as "manager" (not really sure what that means!)  But, basically I began to make calls to local venues and get them booked.  I also began to compile a list of followers and notify them of upcoming shows.  I even got to hang with them in studio and … [Read more...]

Banana Cake Recipe

Banana Cake  (adapted from the Chic Simple Cooking) This cookbook is an oldie of mine.  I got it at a flea market in Maryland with Kristin and our families, when our kids were really little.  I always remember it as a  hot day, towing little ones, and Em got stung twice near her eye by a bee.  We had picnic and I think our boys got Star Wars coloring books. Serves 16 2 Cups Sugar 1 Cup Canola or Vegetable Oil 3 Large Eggs 1 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract 4 Overripe bananas, mashed with a fork 3 Cups unbleached … [Read more...]

LoveFeast Table’s Random Sevens …

1.  This is my favorite picture this month because I got a new camera lens, and it makes even my dirty dishes beautiful. 2.  I love mornings in Minnesota when they are frosty, pink, and serene.  This is an untouched photo.  The little strings of red our my neighbors bird feeders. 3.  This is our silver chalkboard frame.  Kristin brought it over to me as our moving truck was loading up for our move to Minnesota.  You can read the back-story on all that here.  The chalk board use to be in their coffee shop.  It holds … [Read more...]

Our Happy List

What's a Happy List?  A list of things that are putting a smile on our faces right now!  It can be anything that just makes us...happy! Kristin's List: one:  Pink's Funhouse CD, given to me by my killer daughter! two:  My new red power bag (from Chris Ann).  Tag on this gift read "For the chic board member-business woman-entrepreneur-non-profit head-artist-blog-writer & mom on the go!" three:  Smith's Rosebud Salve...the fragrance and color make my day! four:  This little coin purse my mom … [Read more...]

Kristin and Julia…(not quite the same ring)

I finally broke down and rented the movie Julie and Julia.  Why did I wait so long?  I think I have a bit of non-conformist in me.  When the movie first came out, as a blogger, I was "supposed" to see it!  Everyone was!  It was being twittered and facebooked!  It was content for many food bloggers!  I have to admit, I've visited the Julie vs. Julia project, never to really be sucked in.  I think it's a lack of eye candy, of which I'm a huge fan of! But, I can appreciate her respect of Julia Child. Years ago, my grandmother … [Read more...]

Godiva Dark Hot Chocolate GiftAway Winner!

Um...ya'.....we're still in blog land.  We've taken a little hiatus (to lounge) (I wish) to tear down the tree and wrap up the ribbons and bows (and eat all the leftover cookies).......and then that led to other things (like sofa plopping) (only from sheer exhaustion) a mean streak of spring cleaning in this frigid winter!!  Even Kristin and I hadn't chirped a snip to each other (really) until today via text. (Slightly modified...unlike MckMama who is all about honesty in 2010...I edited for a slightly … [Read more...]