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What Matters Most Now
A girl in love with the seasons who wants to cram as much as she can into the 365 days of the year to live a life of bliss.
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I'm not sure what it is about this recipe but my family always think this is a "fancy" restaurant-inspired recipe. Let's keep it our little secret that it is a fast weeknight recipe that can get thrown together with minimal ingredients or efforts with results that rival an Italian restaurant... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at What Matters Most Now
If you happen to be in San Francisco and seek a tantalizing dining experience, go explore San Francisco's Kokkari Estiatorio. Celebrated as "Food for the gods", this romantic restaurant showcases sought-after Mediterranean and Aegean dishes with "innovative adaptations of cultures and techniques". Go Explore San Francisco! Photo credit: Todd Engstrom... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at What Matters Most Now
Do you want to know my secret for making the best and quickest caramel popcorn ever? You use marshmallows! Years ago I received a cookbook that highlighted how to use the kitchen appliances of the moment - Lora Brody's Plugged In: The Definitive Guide to the 20 Best Kitchen Appliances... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
French Bread Rolls otherwise known as Homemade Hamburger Rolls Once you make your own hamburger buns, there is no going back to the grocery store version. I try to double or triple batch these so I can always have these at the ready for Grilled Chicken Sandwiches, Turkey Burgers, Hamburgers,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
Keep dating your love! This post is in honor of the "love month" of February. “A relationship is an act of creativity. You either recreate your relationship each and every day, or you’re stuck with something old, inadequate, boring and ultimately, unsatisfying.” -Gregory J.P. Godek Bear with me for a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
I know that Valentine's Day has come and gone but I read about this study recently and had to share. A research project conducted by Arthur Aron from the University of California, Santa Cruz, who researched love for over twenty years, believes that the overwhelming predictor of whether or not... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
Happy New Year! This is yet another one of my "Keeping It Real" posts when I share my trials and tribulations as I navigate my way through life with transparency for my readers. This time I have a question for you! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So, with the new year and all the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
As a new mama learning how to juggle a baby with dinner preparation, let alone, entertaining guests, my dear friend Rhonda had our family over for dinner and prepared this scrumptious one-dish meal. When she told me how easy it was to prepare, I couldn't wait to try it out.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at What Matters Most Now
Lakeport, California Always be on the lookout for wonder. Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at What Matters Most Now
Thank you for sharing your shared feelings and fear Nancy. May we all continue to live life to the fullest. Blessings to you and your family as well.
Christmas To Do List The Real Christmas To Do List Be present. Wrap someone in a hug. Send peace. Donate food. Make love. Be the light! Author: Unknown Related articles Truly the Best Buttermilk Pancakes Ever! Turkey Cranberry Pockets - Great For Thanksgiving Leftovers 5 Thanksgiving Favorites: 2014 Edition Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at What Matters Most Now
Need an idea for a Christmas Appetizer that is sure to please? Here are my top 10 Best Christmas Appetizers perfect for the holiday season. 1. Blue Cheese and Hazelnut Bruschetta Blue Cheese and Hazelnut Bruschetta and Granny's Cocktail Sausages 2. Roasted Beets with Rosemary Gorgonzola Spread Roasted Beets and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at What Matters Most Now
Thanks for sharing this Anastasia! This is so interesting to read about traditions in other countries, such as yours. The food looks delicious in your photos! So curious what the vertical dish is that looks to have olives and cherry tomatoes with toothpicks in it? Is it a type of dip or spread? Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you!
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Need a holiday gift idea for a family with teens? Here are some tried and true favorite family games that the teens in our family (and their friends) always seem to love to join in and play. Top 10 Favorite Family Games Appealing to Teens 1. Scattergories (ages 13 and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at What Matters Most Now
This is my most requested recipe for family and friends and I owe it all to a favorite scrapbook artist/blogger whose recipe I stumbled upon years ago...the famous Becky Higgins. This is one of the most requested recipes ever. Every time I make this, someone asks for the recipe. We... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at What Matters Most Now
Hands-down the best buttermilk pancakes ever! I am not exagerating by any means. These are hands-down the very best buttermilk pancakes ever. Yes, I'll admit that the recipe did originate with Miss Martha Stewart herself and my dearest friend Chelsea introduced these bad boys to me over breakfast years ago.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at What Matters Most Now
When I was in college there was this cookie store in downtown Eugene, Oregon that made these amazing perfectly soft chocolate cookies topped with marshmallow and then a swirl of chocolate mocha frosting. They also sold cookie dough cones which were sugar ice cream cones filled with scoops of cookie... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at What Matters Most Now
The McKenzie River, Eugene, Oregon Stay Connected - Grab your love, hold hands and go on a fall picnic amongst the leaves, near a babbling brook, in crisp weather perfect for snuggling under a cozy quilt and nestling amongst the magnificent inspiration of fall foliage. Toss three pebbles into a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at What Matters Most Now
Thanks John! Go Ducks! Here's to a BCS Championship in 2015! Happy Thanksgiving my friend!
I love random acts of kindness and goodwill towards others. This was a little bouquet we put together for one of Bella's teachers. Related articles Amish Friendship Bread - the gift that keeps giving... Thanksgiving Recipes and Resources I Love Get the chopsticks ready for this Hibachi Steak or Chicken... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at What Matters Most Now
Although Saturday is definitely my favorite day of the week, Sunday runs a close second because of the slower paced day with anticipation of a Sunday Supper with family. This recipe for Brown Sugar and Spice Crusted Pork Tenderloin smoked on the Traeger grill and served with this Pear Lime... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at What Matters Most Now
I adore homemade cranberry sauce and could not imagine my Thanksgiving meal without it! I understand how it gets a bad rap from the jellied canned version. It takes such a few minutes to make a delicious version from fresh cranberries! This is a favorite of mine Happy Holidays!
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Five Thanksgiving Favorites Something Old and Something New... There is something about Thanksgiving that speaks of the blending of old traditions and recipes with new ones. My Grandma Nadean played "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on the piano at my wedding and it is one of my most precious memories of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at What Matters Most Now
We first met at a UO Duck football game, so we get to return to the place where we first fell for each other whenever we cheer on our team! I love sharing our passion for the Ducks and my alma mater with our kids! It's a well known fact... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at What Matters Most Now
There is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shore line, no matter how many times it is sent away. There is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shore line, no matter how many times it is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at What Matters Most Now