Monthly Archives: January 2012

Bathroom art

Who is ready for spring as much as I am? The weather in the Midwest is killing me this winter, although it’s not because of the usual frigid temps. Instead it’s acting more like April than January, which makes me ache for longer days and a continued warming trend. Instead of playing outside yesterday (it […]

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Birthday dinner: Double-caramel turtle layer cake

Let’s talk about cake and New Year’s Resolutions. Usually if the two are connected it’s a resolution to avoid wonderfully sugary concoctions. Mine is the complete opposite. I’m challenging myself to make 12 layer cakes in 2012. Let’s talk about why. I don’t have a great reason. I made a personal challenge to myself in 2011 to read 1 […]

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Birthday dinner: White bean dip

I don’t think this white bean dip got as many over the top compliments at my party as the Olive Tapenade, but it won’t change my feelings about it. Its earthy, creaminess is a lovely contrast to the tapenade’s spice. A yin to its yang. Honestly, every time I make this dip I fall a little […]

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Birthday diner: Olive tapenade

If you’ve been here in the last month or so, you know I struggled with what to serve for the main course of my birthday dinner. The appetizers, however, were never a struggle. Hubster’s favorite olive tapenade and a white bean puree seemed like the perfect “Oh I just whipped this up and had it […]

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Birthday dinner: details and decor

My birthday party was a smashing success, if you ask me (which your presence here implies that you do.) It was great to celebrate with a few of our close friends and a boat load of fondue. While that was the best part of the whole event, I thought I’d share some of the details […]

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