Slow Cooker Thai Coconut Chicken and Rice Soup

Slow Cooker Thai Coconut Chicken and Rice Soup is a warming, fragrant soup that draws inspiration from traditional Thai curries & Tom Kha Gai. Recipe from @kikiverde

I didn’t try Thai food until well into adulthood but it quickly became one of my favorite cuisines after tasting it for the first time. Unfortunately, my food allergies and sensitivities preclude me from enjoying anything prepared at a Thai restaurant anymore so I’ve tried to incorporate Thai-inspired recipes into my repertoire so that we can still enjoy the intense, comforting flavors that Thai cuisine offers. Slow cooker Thai coconut chicken …

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Sunday Smorgasbord 10/19/14


Good morning! What are you up to this weekend? After nearly a week of clouds and rain we were so excited for a sunny day yesterday. We ended up spending a little bit of time at the Dinosaur Park here in Laurel. Yes, you read that right! Dinosaurs in Maryland! The site dates back to the mid-1800s when strange bones were discovered by miners working for iron. They were later …

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Happy Harvest Shrinky Dink Magnets Tutorial

Make Shrinky Dink Magnets in fun autumn characters! Tutorial and Printable Template from @Kikiverde

A few years ago my friends and I threw together an autumn crafting party where we made a bunch of different fall-themed projects like cinnamon-stick candles, rag wreaths, and jewelry charms made from shrink plastic– or as you might remember from childhood, those beloved Shrinky Dinks! After the party, I put Shrinky Dink plastic on my shopping list for the next time I hit the craft store. I bought a …

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Sunday Smorgasbord 10/12/14


Good Morning! I’m off to a late start today. We have been on a four-day weekend thanks to a day off on Friday and Columbus Day tomorrow. I’d like to say that we’ve done really interesting stuff so far, but this is what we’ve actually done: dealt with a sick dog, (on his fourth birthday, no less!) grocery shopping, redeemed/spent my Staples rewards, visited motherships for supplies: Michael’s, Jo-Ann’s, and …

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Thai Pork Burgers


If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this burger show up in your feed last week. In the interest of full disclosure (and giving props where due!) hubby actually made these burgers for us, hence the lack of photos. But don’t let that dissuade you from making them. They’re packed full of flavor and a welcome deviation from your typical burger! The other day I was browsing …

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Sunday Morning Smorgasbord 10/5


It is nearly freezing this morning; Just 39 degrees when I took the dog out a little bit ago. These types of chilly mornings are when I love to turn on our little electric fireplace from Plow & Hearth. (We have this one and love it!) We don’t have a real fireplace so this really adds a nice coziness to the room and takes the chill off when the temperature …

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Harvest Spice Snack Mix


“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!” ― Humbert Wolfe Happy October, everyone! This is probably one of my favorite months out of the entire year. I am looking forward to the trees painted vivid hues by the most celebrated artist, our very own Mother Nature. Add that to days filled with pumpkin-picking, hay-riding, apple-dunking, …

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Harvest Pumpkin Soup


One of my favorite parts of autumn is the abundance of harvest festivals throughout the season. I absolutely love climbing up into a hay-filled wagon and riding over to the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin. And you’ve got to visit the farm store for apples and fresh cider, decorative gourds, seasonal candles and locally-produced preserved delights like jam and chutney. This soup grew out of my love …

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Sunday Smorgasbord 9/28


I cannot believe that autumn has arrived. I have spent entirely too much time inside, looking at telly and iPad screens while getting over this nasty cold. (Which finally seems to be on its way out, thank the Lord!) Because we haven’t been doing much cooking, I am super stoked to be well enough to actually make some of these recipes I’ve seen lately on telly shows (I think I’ve …

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