A long winter calls for Smoked Salmon Chowder

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  Let's face it, as much as we'd like it to take a bow and an exit, most of us are still in the midst of winter.   It seems this has been one of the longest, coldest and just plain miserable winters we've seen in a long time! I don't know about your house, but at ours, winter means comfort food (and some of our favorite soup recipes) … [Read more...]

Nutella Hand Pies for Valentine’s Day!

Nutella and Blackberry Valentine's Day Hand Pies

  Did you know there is a National Pie Day? Did you know it was TOMORROW! A WHOLE day to celebrate the goodness of PIE! What is it about pie that conjures up images of home and warmth and grandma’s kitchen table? … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Cranberry Cake

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Hello Picket Fence friends! This is Angelina from JoJo & Eloise! Well, 2013 quickly came and went, and now we are looking at the Brand New Year of 2014! I SERIOUSLY have no clue how this has happened. I still remember the EVE of the year 2000, like it was yesterday. Maybe it's age or maybe time is REALLY speeding up on us, I prefer the latter … [Read more...]

The Box

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Every year around this time of the year we would watch for it. We would hear a delivery truck coming down the street and race to the window, our little faces pressed against the glass hoping, willing it to stop at our house. And then would come the day that the truck did finally pull up to the curb in front of our house. We held our breath as … [Read more...]

Holiday Appetizer: Roasted Beet Salsa and Brie…and a giveaway!

Two Holiday Appetizers with Roasted Beets

There seems to be some foods that strike fear in the hearts of home cooks when it comes to preparation. BEETS They often seem to end up near the top of the list. Brussels sprouts may run a close second. I think it's because in days gone by, i.e. when our grandmothers and mothers made them, they boiled them within an inch of their lives … [Read more...]

Of Groaning Sideboards and Apple Pan Dowdy

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One November, when my husband and I were still fresh-faced newlyweds, we traveled from Oregon to Missouri to spend Thanksgiving with my sister and her family. At the time, they lived next door to her in-laws (Southern transplants!) and I was so excited to introduce them to my new husband.  My sister's mother-in-law, Arlene, is every bit the … [Read more...]

Seafood Chowder & Pumpkin Party Features!

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Seafood chowder and a pumpkin party? That's quite an interesting combination, right?! I'm so thrilled to be guest posting over on Tidy Mom today and sharing the recipe for this AMAZING Smoked Salmon Seafood Chowder. Did I mention it's AMAZING? Because it is. And if you try it you will realize just how right I am. And why that word needs to … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream…a summer treat for fall!

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We had gone to bed in summer and we awoke in autumn; for summer passes into autumn in some imaginable point of time, like the turning of a leaf. ~Henry David Thoreau Summer transitions into Fall.  We exchange Garden Trowels for Rakes.  Swimsuits for Sweaters. Popsicles for Pies. But there is one summer treat we don’t have to give up even … [Read more...]

Canned Apricots 3 Ways & Slow Cooker Giveaway!

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I am obsessed with Fall. It's my "most wonderful time of the year". I love the colors, the smell of leaves burning, my favorite mulled cider candle and frankly, I look better in Fall clothing. ;-) But (and I can't believe I'm going to utter these words), there are some things I don't like about this season. I feel like a Fall … [Read more...]

Blackberry Cobbler and a Secret Ingredient

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August in Oregon means one thing...blackberries! And in our family, blackberries are meant to be put in yogurt, cereal, pies, popped into your mouth as you're walking past the bowl and most of all, turned into blackberry cobbler. … [Read more...]