Happy New Year!

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What – almost three weeks late? No matter, it’s still a new year! I am happy to say that I am officially kidney stone free. It only took 6 months to get there, 2 attempted surgeries, 2 successful surgeries, and a whole lotta medicines. SO now I am on a (semi) health kick. Don’t worry,… 

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Ninja winner and endless sniffles

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Sorry for the delay in posting – the flu/plague/ok, maybe just a bad cold – has invaded our house. The little guys stayed home yesterday while I tried all I could to NOT get sick (so far so good – keep your fingers crossed! Now…what was I here for??? Oh right! The giveaway! The winner… 

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More Thanksgiving prep

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Today I made the stuffing, potatoes, sweet potatoes and green bean casserole…the recipes I use can be found in my Springpad Thanksgiving notebook – it’s been a fabulous resource for me to organize this year. I have my menu, decoration ideas, recipes and more. I’m looking forward to using it for Christmas too! This is… 

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Chris Mann Album Release – Roads

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Remember this guy? (image courtesy – ME!) Always one of the best parts of Blissdom…we always knew he’d go far, but it took The Voice, and Christina Aguilera to show the rest of the world the FABULOUS that is Chris Mann. Funny, charming and the voice of a fairly handsome angel, he has grown before… 

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My Favorite Rice Recipe

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I am a HUGE fan of Alton Brown – I give him total credit for learning how to cook. I watched the shows and read the books…I think it was because he added the SCIENCE into the explanation of cooking. When you have an understanding of the basics, it’s easy to adapt them into more… 

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You know you have boys when…

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  You’ve become so good at hiding things that you can never remember where you’ve put them. Until you don’t need them, then you can’t remember why you needed it (or maybe that just comes with age!).

Easiest Yummiest Potatoes Ever!

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Are you noticing a theme here? It seems I have a thing for EASY recipes. I don’t deny that at all – but when a recipe is THIS good? Simple is better. I learned this from a friend, and it’s been one of my husband’s favorites. It’s NOT the healthiest dish, but you can make… 

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Nail Polish Junkie

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It’s true – I’ve become an addict… I blame Birchbox mostly – those yummy little boxes of treats meant just for a beauty junkie like me (have I mentioned the $1000 stash of hair products I had when I stopped doing hair?). The first one I got had a pretty pale blue Zoya polish in it. Then… 

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Rocky Horror

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So….kidney stones. (see, I made a funny in the title!) School ended for us on June 6th, and I proceeded to get sick the following week – like, I was hospitalized for 5 days sick. AND….lucky me, it’s still not over yet. I was hospitalized with an obstructed kidney. I had a stone that wasn’t quite… 

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Food foto friday – and Pinterest!

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Welcome back to Food Foto Friday! (ack – I need to change that button!) It’s been an interesting week – I got shingles of all things…who gets that??? I did get one thing done that I wanted to – I made a Food Photography board on pinterest to provide inspiration, ideas and even a recipe… 

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Mexican Chicken Casserole

This is a re-post of a recipe I created a few years ago – its gotten a lot more mileage since then thenks to pinterest, and the awesome picture my friend Ali took when she tried it…enjoy! This is one of my family’s favorite dishes~and my most asked-for recipe… Photo, courtesy the lovely Ali (now… 

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