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Trip Diary: New Orleans, Part 1

Handsome and I recently took a vacation to New Orleans, and had a great time. The weather was beautiful (high 70s or low 80s, sunny and very comfortable), things weren’t to crowded, and places had already started to decorate for Halloween, which was fun to see. In this post I’ll talk a little bit about … Continue reading


Pineapple Halloween Costume

Last night, Handsome and I attended a Day of the Dead themed wedding reception here in Baltimore – naturally, costumes were encouraged. At some point early in the month, I had come across this pineapple costume and bookmarked it as a possibility for this or one of the Halloween parties coming up. Handsome immediately latched … Continue reading


October Hatchery Box

The October box has arrived! Whether or not I have room in the drawer for this stuff is something we won’t talk about for now. Apparently there are now 22 of these little bottles, jars, envelopes and baggies awaiting my attention. Greenpoint Trading Co. Roasted Garlic Pepper – The suggested recipe – roasted chicken with … Continue reading

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Recent Recipes

Roasted Chicken Thighs with Green Tomatoes – Very tasty and super easy! I changed the flavor profile a bit, using white wine vinegar in place of sherry, and using extra garlic in place of the ginger. I served it over some freekeh, but I think brown or wild rice would work well, too. I’ll certainly … Continue reading

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Summer Canning Update: Part 2

I’m writing this in the fall, but since almost everything I’m about to list involves peaches, we’re going to call this a second summer canning update. (Here’s the first.) Most of these are from recipes I’ve found online.   Fresh Peach Chutney – This makes more than the 2.5 cups the recipe claims, which I … Continue reading

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Fall Recipe Favorites

A few favorites to inspire you as the fall veggies take over. Miso Sweet Potato and Broccoli Bowl – So good, and so easy! (Especially if you skip the sesame seeds.) I toss in a can of drained & rinsed chickpeas. This is an awesome lunch. Thai-Spiced Pumpkin Soup Recipe – There are a lot … Continue reading