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Blueberry Almond Cake

The fresh blueberries I see at the market makes me swoon and bake this blueberry almond cake. I always wanted to bake using an easy recipe and fresh ingredients. This is one of them. For a while I have baked different versions of cake based on this simple method. And always, it comes out moist, delicious and light. This is…

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Healthy Homemade Granola

These healthy homemade granola contains no added sugar and is full of nutrients. It is so easy to make ahead and store in tightly sealed containers. Then it’s ready when you crave snack or breakfast without cooking. All the ingredients in this granola are packed with protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber and healthy fats. Raw cashews and pecans give you that…

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Stir Fried Vegetables with Toasted Cashews

Here is another easy recipe that is healthy – stir fried vegetables with toasted cashews. It’s really simple and quick to make yet packed with nutrients. For those hectic weeknights this is a perfect dish to serve over steamed rice. If you buy stir fry mixed vegetables at the market, they come in different varieties. There’s broccoli, sliced carrots, snow…

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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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