Holidays Archive

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Pumpkin Pie Parfaits: Indulgent, Healthy & Super Fast!

I know it is late for sharing a brand new Thanksgiving dessert idea but I wanted to share this now, on the off chance that you are still finalizing your menu. Even if you have everything organized this Pumpkin Pie Parfait is so luscious and so simple you may want to make

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The Soldier Who Knocked – My Veterans Day Remembrance

            Sometimes I sit down to write and before I know what has happened, a completely unexpected story bursts out. Today was one of those days, and this is one of those stories. I hope you’ll forgive the interruption to my usual subject matter. In August of 2000 I

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Happy New Year!

Let’s dedicate 2014 to kindness. Be kind to yourself and others. Little acts can inspire great change but it has to start somewhere. Be well. Be kind. Be the change.

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As Good As a Feast

I have watched Disney’s Mary Poppins numerous times. As a child I stomped around the living room demanding ‘votes for women,’  imagined chortling myself up to a tea party on the ceiling, hopped in and out of chalk drawings, and swelled with the final notes of Let’s go Fly a Kite. It is

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Crisp & Chewy Almond Snowballs

Our social calendar is wall to wall Christmas parties this month. Each invitation came with a request to bring a dish. To keep myself from getting bored I have volunteered to bring something different to all of them. In retrospect I probably should have tried to make the same thing across the

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Baking with Johnny Iuzinni

Last Saturday our family bundled up to spend the morning soaking up Christmas cheer in Downtown Seattle. There are many things to see and do Downtown this time of year but we went specifically to attend a cookie baking demonstration at Macy’s by celebrity pastry chef, and member of Macy’s Culinary Council,

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies – Revisited

Revamping the blog presented quite the opportunity to skip down memory lane.  I found the earliest posts particularly rough – I had a lot to learn about writing recipes and taking pictures. During Our Lady of Second Helpings’s first November I was so excited to share my own version of Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies.

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Thanksgiving Announcement

It’s here! Another Thanksgiving Day has arrived. Sure we should be giving thanks daily for our lives blessings but today, in particular, I hope you find a moment to quietly reflect on all there is to be thankful for. Some years it is easy to see the abundance while others find us

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Festive Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Some very brave friends of ours started our Thanksgiving meals early this year when they invited all of their friends with kids to a pre-holiday feast. Over a dozen kids under the age of five generated a cacophony that made “11” sound like the mewing of a newborn kitten. Amidst the blur

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The Thanksgiving Recipe Collection

I’m calling it early this year. I have a baby who pretty much wants to be held and snuggled all the time. I am happy to oblige but I’m also pooped! I’ve got ideas for all new and exciting light takes on Thanksgiving foods bouncing all around in my head unfortunately, chances

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Sharing Holiday Tips on Set at New Day NW

It feels as though the last seven days have passed in as much time as it takes to complete a sneeze! Monday morning I accepted an invitation to appear on Seattle’s New Day NW morning talk show – on Wednesday. Two days to prepare for a live cooking segment is not much

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Summer Berry Pavlova

“Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert named after the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova. It is a meringue dessert with a crisp crust and soft, light inside… The dessert is believed to have been created in honor of the dancer either during or after one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s… The dessert is a popular dish and an important part
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