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As usual, the holidays and all their sublime, make-my-knees-melt, high-fat and high-calorie treats brought some unwanted visitors – extra pounds. I’m calling them visitors, though, because they will not become permanent residents. I will not allow it. They, as well as their relatives who have been visiting since October when I quit all nicotine sources (no cigs, no gum, no lozenges, no anything) and all the others that have been adding to my middle while I write, are being kicked out one by one. This writer’s bum has got to go. Unfortunately, writing doesn’t burn any calories. (Wow – could … Continue reading


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This will likely be my last blog post this year (unless something crazy-awesome happens to share with you guys). I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year! May you find lots of fabulous reads under your tree and may Santa bring you love and joy for your heart. I hope you get to spend time with your loved ones and friends, as I will be doing. A peek into my Christmas… When my kids were itty-bitty and thought ornaments were their play toys, I stopped using glass balls. Instead, my tree was decorated … Continue reading


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Christmas is the time for traditions and this includes traditions in the kitchen. Anyone who cooks (and even many who don’t) have at least one recipe they make every year that has been handed down the generations. Whether it’s for a pie, cookie, salad or entree, it’s a family favorite and it just doesn’t feel like Christmas without it. My family honors its Portuguese heritage with a soup recipe that I make every year around this time. Kale is one of the primary ingredients and it begins showing up in the stores around Thanksgiving. My version of the soup is … Continue reading


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I love to cook, but I’m not much of a baker. I make birthday cakes throughout the year, but that’s pretty much it. And those start with a box mix. BUT, Christmas time is a different story. It’s the one time of year I love to bake. Which is good, because I make so many scrumptious cookies and treats, we’d all be 20 pounds heavier if I did this more often. I have some old standbys that I make every year, many of which my late sister-in-law, who passed at the young age of 34, used to make for the … Continue reading


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Best wishes from the staff at Michael’s Genuine The Man and I celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary in October and although we haven’t done the big shindig we’d like to do (he still owes me a trip to Greece haha!), we did get to take a one-night trip to Miami. While there, we enjoyed dinner at Michael’s Genuine. If you’re a fan of Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate, you might have heard about Michael’s Genuine. On their sweet tooth episode, three – 3!!! – big-name chefs said the best dessert they ever ate was at Michael’s Genuine … Continue reading


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