A Walk on the Sunny Side

I must confess, it's been taking extra effort these days to look on the sunny side of things. With the cold and continued snowy weather being the main culprit that's been bringing down the mood around here, I woke up today and made a conscious decision to look on the brighter side of things and …

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Three for Thursday

I must confess that Easter is my favorite holiday, and one of the reasons is because it usually means warmer weather is on the way here in Western New York.  Yet, this is the scene outside my dining room window as I write... When will this cold snap end?  Where is the forsythia in bloom? …

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Is It a Recipe or a Story?

I must confess, there are certain dishes that always bring back pleasant memories from my childhood.  Being raised in a family with two distinct heritages, Polish and Italian, there were always interesting and tasty recipes at family gatherings (along with some truly weird foods, but that's a story for another day).  My hubby always compliments …

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The Friday Five

I must confess, it's been a week of celebrating for our family, and this is a much needed change of pace after all the germs and sickness of these long winter weeks.  We had a birthday or two, followed by Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day, and a new recipe to try. Birthday Banana Cream Cheesecake  …

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Cheers to Meatless Meals

I must confess, eating meals without meat used to make me feel as if something was missing on my plate, like I was being cheated somehow.  Growing up with my father as the main meal preparer, our plates ALWAYS had three things on them - a meat, a potato, and a vegetable.  Since embracing a …

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Five More For Friday

I must confess, it’s been incredibly challenging to look on the sunny side of things lately with myself and most of my family being sick for such a long time.  I’m hoping to see the light at the end of the tunnel soon by getting past the used tissues, cough drop wrappers, half drunk cups …

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Christmas Blessings

I must confess, I felt quite blessed this Christmas with the many gifts I received; not only the actual presents given to me, but the gifts of my family and the time we spent together for three days.  Yes, Christmas Day actually lasted for three days at my house!  My hubby and I hosted a …

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Sunny’s Small Plate Saturday

I must confess, I absolutely had a blast this past Saturday with a cozy gathering of friends for small plates and wine tasting. I must further confess that I may have had an ulterior motive in planning this night in order to get my friend KB over to the house to give me a lesson …

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Easy, Fun, and Yummy

I must confess, making chocolate covered pretzels  definitely puts me in the holiday spirit.  I always make them this time of year even though they could be made during any season.  They are easy to make, fun to give as treats, and taste so yummy.  Quite honestly, the hardest part of the whole process is …

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Cook Like a Rockstar!

I must confess, certain dishes bring to mind wonderful memories.  Doesn't that happen to you, too, especially when smelling the aroma of sauce cooking, cookies baking, or grilling in the 'hood (I'm always hoping that amazing smell is coming from my home).  Aren't you instantly transported back to a time or place when you smelled …

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Autumn’s Awesomeness

I must confess, I LOVE autumn.  There's something about the days getting cooler and the leaves changing colors that makes me so happy.  Could the reason also possibly be because I have a November birthday and that means it's just around the corner?  Maybe I just like hauling out all my fall decorations and doing …

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Food is My Love Language…

I must confess, I love food.  All of it.  Cooking it.  Serving it.  Eating it.  Eating it again the next day.  I think the only thing I don't like about food is gaining weight from it.  I often find myself looking for recipes like most people binge watch TV shows.  I'm usually on the hunt …

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