A New Addition to the Family

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Yep, I am going to completely blame this un-intentional hiatus on the fact that in the past few months we’ve not only fostered and re-habilitated a tortie from the streets of Baltimore but adopted another cat of our own.

After losing Leopold, we were paired with a skittish declawed tortiseshell named Cindy Lou Who. We taught her to trust humans again and she regained her confidence; in return she helped our hearts heal and filled some of the emptiness losing Leo left. After 3 months we met with a family that was interested in adopting her and the next day she went to her forever home. On the day we transferred CiCi (as we affectionately called her) to her new family, we picked up Rémy (formerly Patrick) from the cat shelter. In truth, we had been courting him and visited him several times in the weeks leading up to his formal adoption.

As you can see, Rémy loves being the center of attention, which can make being on the computer difficult at times (he’s still learning what “Work from Home” means). As he continues to settle in and gets into his routines, I’ll return back to mine ^_^

Earl Grey Madelines

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For this month's Secret Recipe Club I spent a long time perusing Susan's Australia-based blog, My Whole Food Family, bookmarking recipes such as Cappuccino Brownie Bites,  Palmiers, Pear Tea Cake,  Christmas Cake, and Caramel Cheesecake. I had my

Romesco Sauce

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Back in August of last year our cat Leopold had a scary incident where he couldn't walk. After a visit with the neurologist and a MRI we decided that he was having a feline vestibular episode. While we were monitoring him for the week while he was

Remembering Leopold

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Leopold passed away this morning. He chose us at a local pet shelter and we fell in love immediately. Over my birthday dinner we decided we would adopt him permanently. He was our first pet and he was in our lives a little over 5 years. Through

Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

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Anything involving a candy thermometer is intimidating. I dipped my toe into the pool of candy-making with toffee, which I've now made several times. This holiday season wasn't looking promising -- I had planned on trying my hand at marshmallows for

Maple-vinegar Marinated Frenched Venison Racks

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Venison is one of those common, yet rare meats to find. Deer are plentiful throughout the northeastern woodlands and has been an important food since pre-colonial times. But somewhere during the history of America, it became a less common meat and

Salted Caramel Blondies

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I've been on a chocolate and caramel kick recently so I jumped at the opportunity to make Emily's, of Life on Food, Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars for this month's Secret Recipe Club reveal. I had a huge block of chocolate and an extra jar

Chocolate Caramel Chip Cookies

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Back in April last year, I checked a big item off my to-do list and finally made my own caramels. I took these caramels one step further and chopped them into chip-sized pieces and added them to a new chocolate chip cookie recipe. I am always a

Two-Pea Chicken Salad #MadeWithChobani

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It's no secret that I am a fan of greek yogurt. I like the slight tang that it offers and the thicker consistency. Even my cat, Leopold enjoys it! When I received a lovely package from Chobani as part of their #MadeWithChobani campaign, we were so