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Author: Christen

What to get your food-loving mama for Mother’s Day

So your mom loves to cook/bake/eat, but you don’t know what to get her for Mother’s Day? Here are some personal tips from me to you: These stoneware¬†Anthropologie farmers market baskets¬†are super cute. I know because I bought myself one for Christmas last year (in that reddish color). They are perfect for summer berry picking and a cute little thing to use to keep fruit on the counter.     Is it somehow weird that I want this Juicing Towel from Crate and Barrel for Mother’s Day? No. I inherited a sincere love of nice kitchen towels from my own mother, and its a steal at $3.97. I’m easy to please (sometimes).         How cute is this owl canister (please don’t ever stop making me say cute). One part creepy to two parts kitschy, the A Real Hoot Canister from Anthropologie is an interesting gift, and most likely your mom doesn’t own it already (a huge plus when it comes to gift-giving).     Everyone’s got nice baking pans, right? But this is a purple Rachael Ray lasagna pan (it comes in orange too)! I absolutely need this. Specifically for reason of making sufficiently deep lasagna. A regular 9-by-13 pan is kind of shallow, so you get like 3 layers max of noodles, sauce and cheese. You can make some seriously thick lasagna (possibly a record...

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

I recently said “good-bye” to 15 pounds of myself. One day, I just decided it was time to let it go. Through some spinning and healthy eating, it hasn’t been that bad. The biggest trick? Finding food that’s healthy, but I also like to eat (see the maple syrup vinaigrette and green juice). One of my biggest pitfalls for healthy eating was leaving the house in the mornings with an empty stomach. That routinely meant I’d swing through a drive-thru and pick up a doughnut (my complete and utter weakness). This peanut butter and jelly smoothie (adapted from a recipe...

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Maple Syrup Vinaigrette

For those of you who know Trevor, he is maple syrup crazy. And not just like puts-it-on-everything crazy, but actually taps our maple trees and cooks sap crazy. There have been plenty of heated discussions in the Gowan household about making maple syrup, and the intensely time-consuming hobby that it is for about a month each year. Just like other crops, you are completely dependent on the weather (cold at night, warm during the day), and continuously emptying buckets and cooking down your reserve. It takes 40 gallons of sap just to make one gallon of maple syrup. But after all of...

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Pomegranate Margaritas

Today was one of those days. Both kids have ear infections, making them incredibly crabby. The weather didn’t quite cooperate for any sort of outdoor play. So cooped up on a Saturday and not feeling so hot. Bedtime was just a hair early tonight, and we whipped up these margaritas. Life’s not perfect, but that’s where yummy food and delicious drinks come in. Note: You can rim the glass with some salt by dipping it in lime juice first then the salt. I’m not a salt girl when it comes to margaritas. Also, in the photo above, it doesn’t look...

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Peanut Butter and Coconut Balls

Coconut is one of those love-it or hate-it kind of foods. Me? Love it. Can’t get enough of it. Trevor? Not so much. But sometimes you just have to make something for yourself. I whipped up this quick recipe I found via Twitter last night in no time. And when I say no time, I mean it. From craving to completion, it was 16 minutes flat, and 15 of those are spent chilling the mixture. Even though Trevor had to pass, they got two thumbs up from my 3 year-old Hadley. And anyone who has a 3 year-old knows: they’re...

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