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Author: Christen

Talking about Juices on My Daily Bubble

I’m a contributor to My Daily Bubble, a blog run by the awesome label makers, Name Bubbles. My most recent post is sharing more juice recipes (including my Get-You-Going Green Juice). See more recipes (including this beet juice in the picture)...

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Walnut Brownie Cookies

I love taking off a random vacation day in the middle of the week. It breaks up the week and let’s me check off things on my to-do list, like cleaning out the flower beds and taking yet another trip to Target. Today wasn’t all business though. I took time out to bake these treats (found in this month’s Martha Stewart Living), which are not quite cookies and not quite brownies. The best part is that they’re really an easy cookie to make. I didn’t even bust out the stand mixer for this one; just used a good ol’ bowl and...

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Sunday Night Beef Stew

The weather has been a little all over the place here in upstate New York. First its rainy, then sunny, then back to rainy. So this beef stew (originally made here by The Pioneer Woman) was perfect for Sunday night’s dinner. It was one of those last weekends you can cook comfort foods like this without sweating to death in our kitchen. From here on out, its mostly lighter, grilled meals throughout the summer. I’ve tried a bunch of different stew recipes but this one is a home run for my family. Why? Because the potatoes are separate. I’m...

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The Best Rolls You Will Ever Eat

Prepare yourselves: these are the best rolls you will ever eat. They’re soft, buttery and very rich. I have tried a million bread recipes, and nothing comes close when it comes to taste and actual ease of baking. Yes, they’re even relatively easy to make. You just need time. There’s two full 1 1/2 hour rises so you can’t remember at 3 p.m. that you wanted rolls with dinner (which is what I did yesterday). I rushed the first rise, and they were still delicious, but to get the full effect, start them in the early afternoon. So here’s...

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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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