Monthly Archives: November 2013

Cinnamon Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, are ya’ll ready?! One of my family’s traditions is a walk after dinner and dessert followed by a tea pot of hot chocolate served with Bailey’s Irish Cream. It warms the body after a cold walk. Keep in mind some years Thanksgiving is in the 70s here in South Carolina, but we walk at night so we still need to warm up because it is in the 50s or 60s by then!

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Happy 5th Birthday Ewan

Yesterday our middle son Ewan turned five. Time sure does fly! He was born on a Saturday, game day for Ohio State vs Michigan. The doctor scrambled to get a team together since Saturday c-sections are not normal….we got bumped from a Friday and I told him I really couldn’t wait any longer. Turns out Ewan was our “lightweight”, weighing under 10 pounds!

So anyway, life has been crazy this week. I have been busy with school activities and cooking and baking up a storm. Somehow none of it is making the blog. There just hasn’t been time to photograph anything. Despite all this madness we managed to party it up for Ewan’s birthday. We started the day with chocolate chip pancakes.

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Roasted Root Vegetabels

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Autumn is in full swing and that means plenty of fresh root vegetables. Nothing like some hot roasted root vegetables to warm the soul. We have had some cool days here and I certainly enjoy warm dishes those days, especially an easy one I can make while helping Jack with homework.

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Apple Almond Tart

AppleAlmondTart6Many, many years ago I took a two day cooking class at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina with my mom. It was absolutely fantastic. We made many delicious dishes and it was great to learn some techniques from their chefs. They have wonderful restaurants and a bakery to die for. When they later put out a cookbook I purchased it immediately.
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Chocolate Cinnamon Peanut Butter and Apples

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You just can’t go wrong with apples and peanut butter. It is a snack staple in our house. My boys like to just chow down on an apple, but of course sliced with peanut butter is extra special. If the boys had free access to apples we would probably go through at least ten pounds a week! I can’t fill the fruit bowl anymore because they eat them so quickly, I even find apple cores up in their bathroom trash can or better yet under their beds!

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Baked Beans and Apples

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Another apple recipe! We are still working on our large supply of apples and loving every bite of them. This recipe came from a friend when my first two boys were about one and two years old. They were big bean lovers. We started giving them beans shortly after they started solids. They are a great source of fiber, protein, easy to prepare and economical.

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