A Week Without Sweets

Yum. It has been over a week since I’ve had dessert, and I’m itching for some. I’ve been doing a fast from sweets until Thanksgiving Day, but I definitely will enjoy a piece of pumpkin pie on the best day for pumpkin pies of the year. However, since last Sunday, Nov. 11, I have not indulged, even when my husband brought home Swiss Cake Rolls. When I walked in to see those Cake Rolls on the counter, I was instantly offended. How could he possibly bring home something sweet when he knows I’m fasting from them? Of course, I then realized it’s
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Let’s Be Honest – Thanksgiving

A Cozy Thanksgiving As the Thanksgiving week jolts into full swing, I’m constantly reminded of everything going on this week. There are the Black Friday sales and emails, food preparation for engorging ourselves on all our favorite comfort foods, family traveling, everyone congregating, memories of past Thanksgivings and the loss of gain or loved ones, Christmas music on the radio, and even the purchase and decoration of a Christmas tree. It’s overwhelming to all of our senses if we really stop and think about it. All of this stuff is definitely part of the season, but I’d hate for it
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Cheese

A Cheese Bouquet Dill Havarti is the reason I cannot go vegan. I love it on crackers, on melba toast, melted, rolled up in a wrap, on a sandwich, baked, fried…ok, not fried. But I seriously enjoy Dill Havarti and all cheese for that matter. I’m definitely a traditional “wine and cheese” girl, but it doesn’t stop there. No, I can plow through a block, or maybe half a block, of cheese with crackers for lunch. Just now, I am enjoying some leftover cheese with toast and crackers for lunch. I’m going to have to throw together a salad and
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Breakfast Phyllo Dough Experiment

Last week, I attended a women’s brunch and wasn’t really sure what to make. I looked in the freezer to see what we had to work with. I found, what I forgot we had, phyllo dough. Then I had to scour the internet for a good breakfast recipe using phyllo dough. This Flaky Egg Bake seemed to fit the bill. I had almost everything for the recipe except the peppers and, of course, the meat. The recipe suggests freezing it before, but I wasn’t really interested in doing that. However, know the prep time for the bake was more than I
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Weekend Wonders – Faith, West, and Anna

Oh the joy of true friends. This past weekend, Tyler and I traveled to Greenville, SC to visit the lovely Jones family and Miss Anna Gail Hastings. We also went for me to run this half-marathon, but that was a minor detail. Such a lovely, serious couple (Don’t you love their green walls?). Friday night’s feast before the run consisted of delicious foods Faith and I made while the boys played music and talked. Those guys. It had been over an hour of solid cooking when we finally sat down, but Tyler asked when we had possibly found time to
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The Power of the Pumpkin

Just a few pumpkins. (Image from http://www.aftonapple.com/pumpkins.htm) Is it just me, or is the pumpkin spice flavor taking over the world this fall? Everywhere I look, at every grocery store I shop, and every blog I read, pumpkin is taking over. I love pumpkin, so I’m obviously taking advantage of it’s presence.  But I also wonder if every company has seen what Starbucks has done with pumpkin and are now following down the same path. Or has it been like this every year, and I’m just now catching on? Seriously, I’ve found pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin pie Pop Tarts, pumpkin chocolate bark,
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PURE Taqueria

PURE menu on their stylish laminate tables If you ever happen to find yourself in downtown Matthews, NC, a beautiful little suburb of Charlotte, make sure to check out PURE Taqueria. I had been longing to go to downtown Matthews on a date since I made a stop at the Dilworth Coffee near the heart of downtown. So Tyler and I headed to Matthews a few Saturdays ago for lunch. Surprise upon surprises, PURE was offering brunch on Saturday afternoon, so I made sure to take advantage of it by ordering the Sopes de Desayuno – fried eggs on handmade
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Good for the Soul and Belly – White Bean Chili

It’s finally starting to feel like soup weather! Hooray. We celebrated soup weather this past week with a random rendition of white-bean chili. I doubled the recipe so Tyler and I had leftovers the next day for lunch, AND we had a whole extra container left for the freezer. On a tip from a friend, I’m doubling my recipes and freezing half for busy days later in the fall/winter. Great idea, Faith!  Tyler loved this soup. He ate two bowls, had a stomach ache later (from eating too much, not the soup), but still wanted more the next day for
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Breakfast of Champions

One of the new things in my life is a good breakfast. I’m not a breakfast eater. I’d rather just fast breakfast, have a cup of coffee, and eat an early lunch. However, when trying to run six miles in the morning before lunch, breakfast is essential and coffee is bad news. When my German friend was visiting, (see our fun times here) she introduced me to her typical breakfast. It’s a greek yogurt or plain yogurt base with lots of additions, including oats, nuts, and fruits. I was really excited to try something new, though the thought of adding
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New Beginnings

It’s almost officially Fall (Eeeee!!!) and while Spring is typically considered the season of new beginnings, I’d like to nominate Fall to replace Spring. The beginning of the school year just makes everything feel new. Last night I found myself making a new meal I found on Pinterest, Spinach-Artichoke Baked Pasta, to go over to our friends’ new home for the beginning of our new small group. It was pretty delicious and less than $10 to make. Spinach-Artichoke Baked Pasta I met some new people (no pic – I didn’t want to be the creepy girl taking pictures of the
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