Cookies and Therapy

I don’t remember how it started exactly. One year I was baking Christmas cookies, and I believe our friend was in the neighborhood. He stopped over and the ex gave him some cookies hot out of the oven. Before I knew it, it was a full-blown party every year. We called it Cookie day, and I literally baked cookies all day in our tiny South Street apartment. I learned something about cookies. They will draw a crowd like nothing else. Even if you don’t eat them, they are a reminder of comfort, family, and love. The smell, the warmth, the […]

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Portland

Mount Hood - Portland

PORTLAND I LOVE YOU. Dave and I met when we were 14 years old. We completely disagree about what he was wearing the first time we spoke in 10th grade. I swear it was blue pants and a Hawaiian shirt. It was 1991’ish so it would make sense based on fashion trends of that time, but he claims he didn’t own blue pants. I’ve let it go though – kinda. These days we disagree about other memories. For example, the time he almost killed us driving to Ocean City, Maryland because his sandal got caught on the brake pedal. (That happened and there were witnesses […]

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The Culinary Challange …

Baking is therapy. This has been a stressful couple of weeks. Trying to balance the businesses, life, and myself is somewhat challenging at times. As always when there are highs … and the lows come to match them. I kinda keep to myself lately … I think it may be a “nesting” thing. I’m in love with my life right now and being home and enjoying quality time with my kitchen has become one of my favorite things to do. Here is a little back story … Growing up my dad had a restaurant. So food was a big part […]

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Adult Fun with Jell-O Shots

I came across this article today and thought I would share it with all of you cause its cool … Found on DivineCaroline.com I’ve been making Jell-O shots for years. They are easy to make, deliver the right buzz, and don’t give you that bloated feeling. So after years of dixie cups and seeing all the new innovative “delivery systems”—heck one is even called suck and blow—I thought I’d look for a more adult solution and integrate them back into my party life. Granted this means I’m now old enough to entertain versus bang a few back and run for […]

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Vodka … Are You There? It’s Me Jodie …

Clearly the post title is taken from Chelsey Handler’s book “Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea” … it just makes me laugh. But down to serious business. Vodka! This is no joking matter. Vodka is beautiful, wonderful thing … a gift if you will. Over the recent years due to brilliant marketing by Diddy, Ciroc has taken center stage in the Vodka market. There is nothing wrong with that but I feel like people are being slightly deceived and I am here to clear it up! According to Wikipedia: The name “vodka” is a diminutive form of the Slavic […]

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Sunday Dinner Vol 1

We were having a few people over tonight for Dinner. I was running short on time because of an event at the store. So I put together one of my favorite meals in under an hour. Roasted Chicken Red Smashed Potatoes Roasted Broccoli Cheddar Biscuits Cinnamon Donut Muffins for dessert Truly this meal is soooo easy! and incredibly tasty. It serves 4-5 people comfortably. Instead of going into all the boring details about each dish. I thought I would just tell you about one of the fastest and most economical things you can do to impress you guests beyond belief […]

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