living a well tended life... at any age


waffled hash browns

Ready for the best lunch of your life? All you need is a potato. And an egg. Oh – and your waffle iron…… Ever a fan of the multi-tasker in my wardrobe, I feel just the same when it comes to kitchen tools and equipment. I avoid, at all costs, “one-note” gadgets (okay, except for…

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favor-“ette”: monkey bread

Oops. I did say in this post that I was going to share the monkey bread with you all, didn’t I? Sorry. So here it is – Monkey Bread! This is one of those recipes that is so insanely easy – and delicious – that you’ll wonder why you don’t make it more often. But…

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“mini cooks” do breakfast – egg in a basket!

Hi all! It’s Chapter Two of “Mini Cooks”! It’s Joy’s turn today and she’s taking on breakfast – specifically, egg in a basket: all images courtesy of Joy This is a favorite around here, and Joy has nailed it as far as choosing a delicious dish that even the tiniest hands can help with. From…

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favor-“ette”: scones, revisited (and news!)

I’ve been thinking about scones lately. How much I love them. And about how long it’s been since I posted about them – like, so long ago that my pictures looked like these (and thanks, as always, for sticking with me anyway…). So I thought it was time for another post. Except this time I…

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favor-“ette”: new year’s morning. done.

As you can probably guess by now, I’m a fan of breakfast-y type foods. Scones, coffee cakes, and of course doughnuts. Last year I posted this do-ahead baked french toast, which I served up on New Year’s Day. Yum. THIS year I’m whipping up these: I know, right? As big a sweet tooth as I…

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favor-“ette”: bread and butter

banana bread and strawberry butter

Sometimes an old standby needs an upgrade. Banana bread is a staple in most bakers’ repertoires. Even “non-bakers” typically feel comfortable whipping up a batch. And what better way to use up the inevitable overripe bananas? But I think we can all agree that – on its own – banana bread is a bit….meh. It…

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sugar free: maple granola with dried cherries

Ugh. NOT liking this sugar-free thing. At. All. It’s not that I’m “craving” sugar so much – it’s just that I’m realizing  how automatically I reach for a little something sweet after every meal. And now it’s not there. And there definitely feels like something’s….missing. And please, please don’t tell me to just grab a piece…

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dairy free: carrot bread

Way back when, I found myself with some very pretty carrots from the farmer’s market that I was not planning on using anytime soon.  So in my ongoing campaign to get Noah to eat I decided to look for a carrot bread recipe. This was not so easy – carrot cake, no problem. But I…

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