Almond Brownie Martini

Almond Brownie Martini

This week’s happy hour post is all about how to have dessert in a glass with this almond brownie martini. I had multiple days of travel this week, not to mention a project or two that made me feel like I was living the movie Groundhog Day.  So oh, yeah, the velvety chocolate bliss of Godiva Chocolate Liqueur was definitely in order.  And drinking dessert before dinner – that was in order, too. My almond brownie martini takes a few…

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Santa Fe Chocolate Chip Cookie Baked Oatmeal

Santa Fe Chocolate Chip Cookie Baked Oatmeal

Disclosure: This post contains sponsored content brought to you by Flavahan’s.  I received free products to use in this promotion, but all opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.  I’m partnering with Flahavan’s for this Santa Fe chocolate chip cookie baked oatmeal recipe.  Flahavan’s is an Irish company that’s been milling oats for over 200 years.  I always think it is kind of wonderful when a company has been around since the late 1700s and has been family…

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White Bean Avocado Wrap

White Bean Avocado Wrap

Sometimes it’s good to have a quick lunch recipe on hand, like this white bean avocado wrap.  Looking at my calendar, I already know it’s going to be a very busy week, with just two days when I’ll have time for lunch at my desk.  As I was thinking about food prep this week, I also thought it might be a good time to do a little cupboard clean out.  We have plenty of rice, several cans of Great Northern…

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Grapefruit Rosé Kiss

Grapefruit Rosé Kiss

A Grapefruit Rosé Kiss is a great cocktail for National Drink Wine Day, which just happens to fall on February 18th this year.  The point of National Drink Wine Day is to spread the love and health benefits of drinking wine (at least, this is what the official website says).  I don’t really need an official day to drink wine, but I will take this opportunity to share one of my favorite wine based cocktails with you. A grapefruit rosé…

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Macadamia Coconut Chocolate Mini Muffins

Macadamia Coconut Chocolate Mini Muffins

Macadamia Coconut Chocolate Mini Muffins are my anecdote to winter weather, which I’ve had enough of to last me several years.  I know I’m not the only one feeling this way – it’s been a brutal winter across the US.  We do have tulips and daffodils poking their heads out of the ground finally.   I had a moment this morning where there was that elusive hint of spring in the air.  Still, I think real spring is about a…

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Macadamia Lemon Shrimp Salad

Macadamia Lemon Shrimp Salad

Macadamia Lemon Shrimp Salad is a #FoodBloggerLove recipe.  What is #FoodBloggerLove?  Each year, The Pintertest Kitchen hosts #FoodBloggerLove, a great chance for foodies and bloggers to share the love around Valentine’s Day with another blogger.  This is my first year participating, and it’s been so much fun!  I was paired with Meadoe from Meadoe Out on a Limb.  Meadoe is a food and lifestyle blogger, so there are lots of great recipes for healthy food, as well as great fitness…

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Mandarin Mojitos

Mandarin Mojitos

Mandarin mojitos are my anecdote for the gloomy, depressing weather that we’ve had all season long here in my neck of the PNW woods.  I understand that Portland has the distinction of being the most winter fatigued city in the US this year.  I know that I’m certainly fatigued by the constant threat of ice and snow.  It’s been so bad in the Columbia Gorge region that Hood River County’s Sheriff made veiled threats against Punxsutawney Phil’s life if he…

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Food Blogger’s Valentine’s Day Gift List

Food Blogger’s Valentine’s Day Gift List

Valentine’s Day is just a little less than a week away, so my Food Blogger’s Valentine’s Day Gift List is just in time.  Clay and I don’t treat this holiday with much seriousness, really.  We’ve been together for eleven years and though for the first few years I wanted a fancy card (which he obliged), in more recent years, we’ve come to the conclusion that every day in a good marriage is Valentine’s Day.  I know – totally sappy.  That…

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Star Anise Panna Cotta

Star Anise Panna Cotta

Star Anise Panna Cotta is a great recipe for an indulgent breakfast treat or late day snack.  It’s also my entry for February’s Food ‘n Flix for the movie Pan’s Labyrinth.  (Food ‘n Flix is hosted this month by Katharina at Pretty Cake Machine).  Pan’s Labyrinth is a dark fairy tale directed by Guillermo del Toro.  The story takes place in post-civil war Spain in 1944.  There’s an undercurrent of political unrest and distress, and the film itself is a dark telling…

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Triple Mushroom and Truffle Risotto

Triple Mushroom and Truffle Risotto

Triple mushroom and truffle risotto is my contribution to Final FantaFeast February, being hosted by Pixelated Provisions.  This month’s Fandom Foodies theme is all about the Final Fantasy video game.  So full disclosure here – I haven’t actually played Final Fantasy.  However, my husband is hooked on Final Fantasy XV, which is the most recent of the Final Fantasy series.  I watch sometimes as he plays, peeking over my I-Pad as I watch the latest episode of Top Chef, and…

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