Spicy Orange-Soy Sauce with Tofu & Udon

Vegetarian Spicy Orange Soy Sauce with Tofu & Udon via applestoziti.com

I’m not what you would call a ‘Tofu’ kind of gal. It’s the last thing I would pull off the shelf at the supermarket if I needed to come up with dinner ‘on the fly’.

I mean seriously… like the last thing.

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Blush Bubbly

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I completely made up the name Blush Bubbly. The drink is bubbly and it is sort of a blush color. That was really my whole process. There was no brainstorming session. No trial and error. I just wrote it down and that was its name.

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Strawberry-Spinach Salad

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Strawberry Spinach Salad. With Goat Cheese. And Toasted Almonds. This salad is essential to my well being. At the end of a long day, this salad can make everything right. Without this salad, my life would not be the same. It makes me happy.

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Ready or Not… RICOTTA!

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Happiness.

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Favorite Recipes for Fall

My Favorite Recipes for Fall… 

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Italian Quinoa

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I have to admit that sometimes I’m a bit jealous of other languages. They just sound more refined than the English language.

Or maybe more romantic.

Or both.

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Greek Quinoa

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When I first considered what food to choose for “Q”, the only thing that came to mind at first was “Quail”…. hmm….

Never in my life have I woken up and thought, “Hm, I think I’ll make quail for dinner today.”

Think about your last trip to the supermarket. Did you see quail in the butcher case? Did you even think to look? I didn’t.

That is why, Q is NOT for Quail.

Q is for QUINOA!!!

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Vanilla Ice Cream with Nectarine-Blackberry “Topping”

It’s hot. The ice cubes have stopped working. I decided to try ice cream instead. I’m liking the results.

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I couldn’t just eat plain ice cream. I had to indulge my imagination a bit more than that.

I went a little overboard…. I came up with TWO Nectarine desserts to go with my ice cream! Both ideas struck at once and I couldn’t leave on of them behind. Thus, you will be getting TWO dessert recipes to end the Nectarine saga.

Hahaha. DOUBLE the desserts. DOUBLE the fun. No mint included… though, that might be tasty??

THE FIRST DESSERT… Vanilla Ice Cream with Nectarine-Blackberry Topping

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Sweet Words are like Honey

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This is my final honey recipe and it’s DESSERT!

Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. ~Proverbs 16:24

I hope you will make this SWEET dessert and serve it up with some SWEET words for your loved ones! Too often we use our words to tear each other down instead of building each other up. We focus on that which is lacking in one another instead of praising each other for our strengths.

We all know how much words can affect us… at least they affect me… they can make or break my day (or my week) and can inspire or discourage alike. So, whether you write a note or bring a verbal word of encouragement along with this crumble, speak gracious words that will be sweet to the souls of those who receive them… sweet like “honeycomb” as Proverbs says. 🙂

This recipe is especially close to my heart…

I grew up visiting the small town of Hendricks in farm-country Minnesota. One of my fondest memories was having my Grandma Caroline’s homemade rhubarb jam and pie… made with rhubarb straight from her garden no less!

While I didn’t harvest my rhubarb from my backyard garden (I’m expecting my green thumb to arrive any day now…), I did pick up some from the grocery store along with some strawberries for this DELICIOUS dessert!

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Honey-Almond-Date Biscotti

It’s time for a snack!

One of my favorites is Biscotti with a cup of coffee or espresso… I could snack on this ANY time of day…

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You can make it more of a dessert by giving it a dip or drizzle of white chocolate. These make a GREAT gift for biscotti-lovers in your life… my extras went to my mama… which reminds me, we are due for a coffee/biscotti date mom! 🙂

The actual baking made for a good “date” with my girls… although they like to help with the measuring/ mixing process, their favorite part is…

LICKING THE BEATERS!!!……   Big surprise, huh?

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Sigh… as delicious as coffee and biscotti are… there’s nothing I like more than the smiles of these two little girls! 🙂

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Honey Vanilla Pound Cake

How good does Honey Vanilla Pound Cake sound?

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When I saw this honey recipe from Ina Garten I just couldn’t pass it up…

You can slice it and serve it with fresh berries and vanilla ice cream for dessert, toasted with a little butter and drizzle of honey,  or just warm it up for a quick mid-day (or midnight) snack! It would be beautiful to serve at a tea party, too 🙂

AND… you could wrap it up and it would also make a terrific gift…. Hmmm, so many possibilities!

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