Middle Eastern Rice & Lentils (My 100th post!)

I can't believe how time flies! It really seems like just yesterday that I started this blog. At the 100th post mark I feel like I am somewhere between newbie and like I've been doing this forever. It's been an exciting, positive and satisfying element in my life, creating this blog. I am looking forward to post 200, 300 and beyond. ☺


Caramel Pecan Shortbread Squares

I can't believe it, it's been almost a week since my last post... I feel so guilty, it was just one of those weeks, not necessarily bad, just a full one. One where I just had trouble keeping the machinery that is my life well calibrated. There was one recipe fail and one recipe that didn't happen because of missing ingredients. Also, my Mom's birthday was this week, and the wonky factor of my husband having his "weekend" fall in the beginning of the week - that never seems to cease in throwing me off my game. Sometimes I just don't know how all you amazing bloggers are so awesomely consistent, if you have any secrets to your success - do tell! In my dream world I would post 3 times a week consistently, and do a better job of staying on top of emails and networking and all that jazz... I think I feel a New Year's Resolution coming on...


Roasted Butternut Squash Harvest Salad with Apples & Hazelnuts

I've got a pattern going with my last few posts - pumpkin, butternut squash, pumpkin, and now butternut squash again. Tis the season!!! I think I'll be breaking it up after this one though, just to keep things fresh. So we don't get bored.


Chocolate Marble Pumpkin Bread

Gah!! The week is halfway over already and I should have made this post a couple of days ago. I made this pumpkin bread over the weekend and took it over to my Mom's house on Saturday. Which now it's long gone. Looking at these photos now is making me long for another slice of this moist, chocolaty and delicately spiced pumpkin bread. Well, note to self: in the future, blog  the tasty sweets while you still have some left to keep you from feeling sad when you are writing all about it and there's none left to enjoy!


Thai Butternut Squash & Pork Red Curry

I love Thai food so much. My husband and frequent this little place called Teriyaki Thai we like to go to have lunch together at while our boys are at school. It isn't fancy but the prices are great and there has not been one bad dish we've tried there that wasn't good - and we have tried almost all the dishes there over the past few years.


Cinnamon-Filled Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars with Spiced Cream Cheese Marshmallow Fluff Frosting

Last week when I posted a recipe for pumpkin oatmeal, it was with the intent to try and have my pumpkin in a healthier way. And while it was good, there are just too many delicious pumpkin offerings out there right now to resist. Temptation won out, and I had to make something a little more decadent. And the resulting treat were these pumpkin cookie bars. 


Linguine & Blushing Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

Wellllll, since my last post, where I was going on about how I was longing for fall weather to arrive, I got what I wished for. Boy did I ever get what I wished for. It basically rained nonstop for the past 2 days. It was so bad last night, my husband, who is a truck driver for Kroger was on his way into work and there was so much standing water on the freeway that his car almost died from so much water splashing upwards into his engine area. And it's crazy, how in the course of a couple of days, the days feel so much shorter because the overcast makes the days dimmer = no more 6:30 pm food photo shoots for awhile. I do love sitting by my open windows in the evening and feeling that crisp fall air, and the distinct pleasure of a warm beverage in my hand as I do!