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RED PEPPER HARISSA DIP

A simple and healthy dip that comes together in minutes, and is perfect for a snack or party.

Red Pepper Harissa Dip, a simple and healthy dip ready in 5 minutes!

Hi, my name is Denise, and I am a hummus addict.

But you already know that, don’t you?  I am the person who brought you the Smoky Sweet Potato Hummus, and then Roasted Garlic and White Bean Hummus.  And this week-end, I just couldn’t help myself.  My hummus cravings kicked in…again…and I made this dip.

This was going to be hummus, but I think at this point, it is just dip {no chickpeas and no tahini = not hummus in my book}.  Because what happens when you send a man to the grocery store to pick up some chickpeas?  You get cannellini beans.

Ben makes me laugh.  He confused chickpeas and white beans this time and a few weeks ago he admitted that he didn’t know the difference between rosemary and thyme.  But I am definitely a verrrry lucky lady to have myself a guy who is willing to go to the grocery store for me.

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SPICED PEAR AND CRANBERRY COFFEE CAKE

This wintery coffee cake is spiced with ground ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, packed with fresh pear and cranberries, and topped with a delicious brown sugar crumb topping.
Spiced Pear and Cranberry Coffee Cake with a Brown Sugar Crumb Topping

Sometimes our advanced technology is great.  Sometimes it is not as great.

For instance: do have someone in your life who is terrible by e-mail?  That person who frantically writes up an e-mail and hits send without reading it over?  That person who comes across as extremely rude, blunt, and bossy?  Maybe they are a little crazy with the exclamation points and CAPS!!!

If we were living in the early 90’s, maybe you’d have to communicate by phone, where they could explain themselves a little more gently.  Or even better, in a letter, where their words would be carefully chosen and proof-read.

Let’s just say that I am afraid to check my e-mail these days, and that I need to grow thicker skin.  I’ll be alright though, because I have a huge chunk of this coffee cake to ease my pain!

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JALAPENO & SMOKED GOUDA PUFF PASTRY PINWHEELS

 These jalapeno and smoked gouda pinwheels couldn’t be simpler to prepare. Perfect as an appetizer, or party snack!

Jalapeno and Smoked Gouda Puff Pastry Pinwheels

I feel like I am perpetually behind.  The last post was supposed to go up on Monday, and this post was supposed to be up on Wednesday.  Between work, dinner, and a picky eater of a one-year old, I am pretty busy.  And by the time Kai is in bed and the dishes are done, all that I have the energy for these days is the couch and Netflix.

Why aren’t there 30 hours in a day?  That would be awesome.

So.  This recipe is perfect for people like me…people who are short on time, people who mistakenly think they are superman/woman and try to do far too many things, people who need something easy for a holiday party.  Even if you don’t check any of the above boxes, if you like puff pastry wrapped around smoked gouda, cream cheese and jalapenos {and who on Earth wouldn’t?!}, this is your recipe.

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 Chocolate espresso french toast is stuffed with creamy mascarpone cheese in this decadent and deceptively easy breakfast!  Serve with fresh raspberries and toasted hazelnuts.
Mascarpone-Stuffed Chocolate Espresso French Toast

It’s mid-November.  MID-NOVEMBER, people!  How did that happen?!

It feels like I start every blog post this way.  But seriously…time is flying!  My baby is a toddler.  Toddling around.  Falling lots.  Getting into everything.  EVERYTHING!!!  My tupperware drawer will never be the same.  He’s also reorganized a drawer full of food props…mostly napkins and paper straws.  Last week he pulled over a floor lamp, pulled a place mat with my drink on it off of the table, pulled over our humidifier {spilling water everywhere}.  He got into some toilet paper rolls while Ben was ‘watching’ him in the basement.

So, I guess I’ve really been on my toes lately, if it’s quiet for more than a minute at our house, you better start looking for Hurricane Kai, and his path of destruction.

Life is busy, but life is fun…so much fun!  And this week, I made a fun breakfast :)

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