Hazelnut Bar Cookies – Istanbul and Beyond

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Holiday baking season is upon us, my friends!  I love this time of year, and savor the moments I spend in the kitchen making the treats that fill our cookie and candy tins and plates.  I eagerly look forward to finding fun new recipes to share in the special magazines that come out, and I also keep my eyes peeled as I read cookbooks through the year. Today I’m sharing Hazelnut Cookie Bars from journalist Robyn Eckhardt’s new book, Istanbul & Beyond  ~ they are guaranteed to add global flair and flavor to your holiday dessert buffet!


Holiday Ho Ho Cocoa Mix

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Homemade food gifts are fun to make and share, especially during the holidays. There is something so special about giving a gift that you’ve put your hands and heart into.  Holiday Ho Ho Cocoa Mix is a warm, sweet way to say “Happy Holidays!” ~ that’s why it’s the star of The Recipe Box in December’s issue of Direct Magazine.


Fantastic Finds for Your Favorite Foodies

Wow, Thanksgiving weekend has flown by and now it’s Cyber Monday, y’all! Time to get everyone’s wish lists organized and plan your shopping strategy.  Of course, we all have dear ones that may not have given us any hints about what they’d like, and that can leave us in a quandary as we search for that “just right” present.  If you’re shopping for foodies who haven’t given you a clue, not to worry – the experts at Melissa’s Produce have got your back!


Say Cheese!

Many thanks to the California Farm Water Coalition for sponsoring this tour!

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I can’t believe Thanksgiving is in just two days ~ how does the time go by so fast?!? In a way, I celebrate Thanksgiving every day by being grateful for so many blessings: family, friends, health, our country, the men and women in the armed forces who keep us safe here and abroad, my community, my cat, my chickens, and so much more.  I am thankful for the opportunities I have with my blog to make new friends and learn so much from them – like the phenomenal farming families I’ve met on farm tours with the California Farm Water Coalition. On this summer’s tour in Modesto and Turlock,we were able to do something we hadn’t been able to before: visit cows, up close and personal!  Touring not one but two dairy farms was a new adventure for all of us, one that I am grateful to have experienced, and wouldn’t hesitate to repeat.