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Apple Of My Eye

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Have I ever told you how much my kids love applesauce? Or how much I use to make them applesauce? It use to be an annual thing I would do every fall, but for some reason the last 3 years, I haven't been making it.  This year I decided to bring it back, and I'm bringing it back for good. The kids love it and I would rather the kids have homemade than store-bought, that way I know what is going into the applesauce that they are eating and I know that it's not filled with any extra un-needed sugar. I keep my applesauce super simple and depending on how much they eat, which, if I let them, they can polish it off pretty quickly because I mean let's face it, who doesn't like homemade applesauce. Homemade Applesauce with Love, now that's an even different story. My applesauce is not your regular applesauce either. I add a few extra spices in mine as well that kind of kick it up a notch and give it an extra little flavor which my kids love.  This years applesauce recipe

Our Sourdough Adventure Part 2... The Bread Saga

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  As our sourdough starter finished ripening, or should I say coming alive, I was ready and waiting to bake and cook away with that starter and try new things. I still have a Sourdough Starter and bread bucket list that consists of challah, English muffins, crumpets, croissants, etc, but for now, I tried two different things and I finally got it right.  I tried two different recipes, One Artisan recipe and one regular sourdough recipe. Our family liked the regular sourdough recipe better. I may need to give the Artisan recipe another shot, but for now we're going to stick to this sourdough recipe that was a pretty basic recipe. It was easy to follow and I made some few minor tweaks which I'm still working a few more tweaks out to make everything perfect.  If you couldn't already tell, I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my cooking and using sourdough was no different. I wanted everything to be perfect. I wanted the bread to be like that Sourdough Bread you get

Our Sourdough Adventure - The Skinny on a Starter.

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 To say I love bread would be an understatement. This year we decided on more than one occasion to take up the joy of undertaking the art of sourdough. Earlier in the year, my little starter went rancid because I forgot to feed my baby, but this time around, I am committed and I plan on keeping my starter for years.  This time around with my, or should I say our Sourdough Starter, because I wanted to teach my kids some life skills and what better way to teach them these amazing life skills, then with the art of making this amazing sourdough starter. It's fun too!!!! Nicholas was totally into it! He wanted to be the "SOURDOUGH MASTER" as he called it.  So, I let him join me in the kitchen for this fun little adventure. And it's been quite the adventure of feeding our little Sourdough Baby/babies... I'll get into the babies later... Just don't do what I did and go overboard. I had I think about 6 starters at once going. I didn't think it through. LOL I have

Chipotle Cod Burrito Bowls with Coconut Cilantro Lime Rice and SpicyStrawberry Salsa

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First for foremost, I wanted to apologize to all my viewers to not providing you with a new recipe in a while.... Lets just say, Life happened... times got super busy... Our third child was born in August... A beautiful baby boy. Now at 9 months old, I have made a commitment to myself to start blogging more often. I need to for me, I mean, why should I not blog.... I am doing what I love.... I love to cook, I want to share with all of you my passion for cooking, my newest recipes, the recipes of others that I have tried. I'm excited to move forward with my blog and with all of you... we're in this together. Here is one of my newest recipes I have tried. I found this recipe on Pinterest. Originally, the recipe called for Mangos, however the mangos were no good at the stores when I was shopping... I'm a little OCD when it comes to my produce. I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as we all did. Chipotle Cod Burrito Bowls with Coconut Cilantro Lime Rice and Spicy Straw

Spicy Shrimp with Cauliflower Mash and Garlic Kale

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Cauliflower is one of those forgotten vegetables.... its so versatile... I eventually want to cook my way through cauliflower and eat cauliflower for 30 days.... I'm looking forward to when I get the opportunity to start that challenge. The kale in this recipe was amazing... I'm always trying to push kale on my hubby because it has so many great health benefits, but again, this recipe was no different... kale was a no-go for him... Can't blame a girl for trying, right? I hope you all enjoy this one. It was easy to cook and the entire family loved this recipe... Even my 9 month old devoured the food!!! Ingredients For the Cauliflower Mash 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets (about 6 cups) 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup milk 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth 1 14-ounce can white beans, rinsed and drained ½ cup cornmeal ½ cup shredded cheese, like sharp cheddar or havarti 1 teaspoon salt For the Kale 1 tablespoon bacon fat

Shrimp and Avocado Salad

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Over the past week has definitely been a busy one. My grandma underwent knee replacement surgery, so the kids and I have been staying with her and helping her recover. She's doing freaking amazing though. I'm so thrilled with how fast she's healing. I keep joking that she's going to be running a marathon in a week because of how fast she's been moving around the house. My girlfriend Sarah posted a similar recipe for this dish online that showed a video, but of course, I just winged it and made my own, not looking at the recipe and this came out AMAZING!!!!! I of course made enough for a small army, but hey, would you expect anything less coming from me when I cook? Those of you who have eaten at my house know that when I cook it's GO BIG or GO HOME! I love love love entertaining and giving people the gift of good food to nourish their bodies..... this was definitely a good nourishing meal. I probably could've eaten 2 bowls and if you want to be bad, but c

Steak Oscar for Two

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This dish right here is truly one of my specialties. I love making this dish. If it’s for Jacks Birthday, Valentine’s Day, or just because we want something fancy. Usually I just do the Filet with shrimp or lobster and topped with holandaise and asparagus, but this Valentine’s Day I decided to elevate my recipe a little more and try something new and this is what I came up with. I hope you all enjoy and if you have someone special, try it!  Steak Oscar for Two Ingredients: For the Steak: 2 Filet Mignon Steaks 1 tbs .   Himalayan  Salt 3 tbs .  fresh cracked black pepper 2 tbs .  avocado oil For the Hollandaise: 2 egg yolks 1 stick butter Juice of 1 lemon Salt and pepper to taste Dash of fresh tarragon minced For the Crab Cakes: 1 Dungeness crab   shelled,  and cartilage removed 1 tbs .  fresh lemon juice 1 egg 1 tsp.  himilayan  salt 1 ½ tsp .  cracked black pepper 1 tbs. fresh parsley, finely minced ½ cup fresh grated parmesa