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Creamy Penne with Spinach and Peas

For the New Year I wanted to go back to cooking simple and easy dishes that take little time to cook so here’s one. This creamy penne with spinach and peas is so simple but really delicious. It’s also perfect for those meatless days. For this pasta recipe I use penne, but you can use any kind of pasta you…

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Growing Edibles in a DIY Raised Planter Box

Although my garden is not so active now compared to the summer months, I tried growing edibles in a raised planter box. I designed and built this planter box from free repurposed wood that we already have. Because of pest problems my vegetable patch in the back of the garden was not productive. Rodents devoured apples, peaches, blackberries, guava, and…

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Giant Chocolate Pecan Cookies for When You Crave One

This giant chocolate pecan cookies are one of my favorites. I like them still warm from the oven. It’s perfect when baked crispy on the edges and still a little soft on the center. If you’re looking for a cookie that will satisfy your craving, this is it. The cookie dough is so buttery that it spreads well while baking….

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Herb Roasted Turkey with Gravy for the Holidays

Celebrate the holidays with this easy herb roasted turkey. I love roasting a turkey with this method because it comes out juicy and flavorful. Nothing really says happy holidays than a nice golden brown roasted turkey served in a beautiful platter. The best tip I could give to avoid spending time cooking all day is to chop and prepare all…

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Sautéed Brussel Sprouts with Crispy Bacon

Brussel sprouts are in season now! And it’s time to make this delicious sautéed brussel sprouts with crispy bacon. It is one of my favorite side dishes for the holidays or everyday meals. I make it often especially when it’s in season because it’s ready in a few minutes. When picking fresh brussel sprouts, go for the smaller size for…

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Merry Cranberry Orange Cocktail

When it comes to festive holiday drinks, this easy cranberry orange cocktail is surely a favorite in our home. Cranberries and oranges that are in season now have sweet-tart flavor, especially when they’re fresh. For this simple but festive cocktail I use freshly squeezed orange juice and bottled cranberry juice. A really good vodka such as Kettle One and triple…

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Honey Pecans for the Holidays

Autumn is the season for nuts and here is an easy and quick honey pecans recipe that is so versatile. You can serve it as a snack, appetizer or topping for salads, ice cream, cakes and sweet potato casserole. You can even make it for holiday gifts. And let me tell you, once you make it, you won’t stop eating…

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Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce and Pecans

Here is an easy baked brie recipe to serve as appetizer during the upcoming holiday season. You only need three ingredients and it bakes in 10 minutes. I love to use my homemade cranberry sauce as topping because I already make it for Thanksgiving anyway. A round brie cheese is easily available in many markets. I prefer to buy the…

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Plant Cordyline Electric Pink for a Pop of Color

As an avid gardener I enjoy discovering new plants like this Electric Pink Cordyline. In the world of gardening people can relate to the times when you feel the urge to make a garden corner more beautiful. On my trip to a nursery last week, it instantly caught my eye as soon as I spotted it. Features Cordyline Electric Pink…

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Autumn Apple Arugula Salad with Honey Pecans

This Apple Arugula Salad with Honey Pecans is a great way to take advantage of the season’s harvest. It is loaded with signature superfoods of fall like apples, pomegranate and pecans, tomatoes, and arugula. No problem in feeding a crowd, you can double the recipe easily. There are so many apple varieties in season now. I chose Fuji apple in…

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