I am going to Seattle! #IFBC

I know I don’t do any travel posts on my blog, I would if I actually traveled a lot more ( Still hoping for that all expense paid month long trip to Bora Bora) but this is primarily a food blog and I am travelling for a food conference in Seattle in a few days, the International Food Blog Conference or IFBC. I am really looking forward to a couple days in slightly cooler weather. It is still in the high 90′s here in Vegas!!

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The first time I ever went to Seattle was for a good friend’s wedding at her parents house on Vashon Island. I didn’t know it at the the time but my then boyfriend, now husband, was planning on proposing to me that weekend. It was all planned out and he even had our friend the bride toss me the bouquet as a hint. Yeah I still didn’t catch on. We actually were staying in Gig Harbor – cutest little town ever by the way – and he proposed there after the wedding. We spent the next couple days playing tourist around Seattle before driving back to Portland, Oregon where we lived at the time. As you can see here we did the obligatory tourist stop at the Space Needle. It was COLD and rainy, but we didn’t care. And it was this week 8 years ago that he proposed. Time flies


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Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

I know. Its a fall recipe and I am standing firm with it still being summer but you will love this slow cooker chicken tortilla soup. I promise.

Its September and school has already been in session for over a week now so I can post a soup recipe without going too much against my self-imposed rule of no fall recipes until its technically fall. Plus the slow cooker does wonders when it comes to saving time and still making healthy family recipes during the school week. I made one of my faves, but a slightly different variation than normal with a few time saving ingredients. This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market for which I am a brand ambassador for. You know they are my favorite store.

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I am one of those people that can eat soup year round so I don’t really consider this a seasonal recipe per-se, but soups tend to be more popular in the fall and especially winter. It doesn’t really feel like fall here in Vegas until late November, it’s hard to think about jeans and sweaters and such when it was 103 deg F today!!  HOT.

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Aunt Lilly’s Peach Floats – a perfect late summer dessert

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They say when you age, your memory is one of the first things to go. I don’t know if that is necessarily true, as my great Aunt Lilly at age 95 has a memory better than anyone I know. She says her memory is going, I beg to differ.

When I was chatting with her a [...]


Vanilla Bean Swiss Meringue Buttercream and an 8 Billion Sprinkle Covered Cake

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This is a first for me. An actual dslr photo of one of my kid’s birthday cakes. Normally its a few iphone snaps and a share on instagram. The only cakes I have ever blogged for my kids were their 1st birthday cakes years ago on my old blog. I realized I needed to share [...]


Coconut Ice Cream with Pineapple Curd Swirl

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Summer is not over yet. Not in the least in my book and yet, so many friends are saying “hurry up fall”. No!! I also refuse to look at Pinterest right now. There are TONS of pumpkin recipes being pinned already and Christmas stuff!  Stop it, people, just stop. Let me have the rest of [...]


Hundred Foot Journey Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes with Cost Plus World Market

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Being a “foodie” I love movies about food, like the Disney/Dream Works movie based on the best selling novel, now in theaters since August 8th, “The Hundred-Foot Journey“. Cost Plus World Market’s latest Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes is inspired by this movie with a trip to Paris, cooking classes and more!! This post is sponsored by Cost [...]


Mango Coconut Popsicles and our Summer Bucket List


“Mommy…can we have popsicles? Can we please?” is the song I hear daily out of my kids. And why not? Its summer, its HOT out and popsicles are awesome. Except I am all out of popsicles on this particular day that they asked. That was yesterday. Wellllll I did have some, but I hadn’t photographed [...]


Halibut with Pineapple Soy Ginger Sauce

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I am very excited to bring you another new super easy to make and healthy recipe on the blog today with my Halibut with Soy Ginger Pineapple Sauce. This post is sponsored by Le Creuset .  ( Giveaway is now over)

I have never been the typical “chick” when it comes to gifts. I am not into [...]


Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Walnuts and Blueberries


Since there are probably about a gazillion different versions of this zucchini ribbon salad online, I am not going to talk about it today. I am going to talk about my great Aunt Lilly instead. I made this salad for her when she was here visiting a month ago. She loved it.

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Boozy Cherry Clafoutis for Bastille Day

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Cherry Clafoutis. Say that three times fast

OOOOHHH La la!! Holiday Food Party time and we are going French and celebrating Bastille Day!! When the group was chatting about what holiday to make recipes for next after we posted for Mother’s Day, we thought it was a long time between that and Halloween so we wanted [...]


5qt Artisan KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway

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Normally I have a recipe to go with a giveaway post, but time has slipped away from me this month ( How is it almost July already??) and so I will make this post short and sweet and to the point. A fabulous group of bloggers and myself are giving away a KitchenAid Mixer!!

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Orange Sesame Grilled Salmon #ManMadeFood

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They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so to be a good girlfriend , wife or significant other you should cook him good meals.  I don’t know who came up with that phrase or where it came from, but  I find it rather silly since it was my husband’s cooking [...]