After a Month Long Absence….


Family Life Pictures 2015-1-73 I’m back!

Wow. It’s been over a month since I last posted a recipe. I don’t think I’ve ever been away from blogging for more than a week since I first started. That certainly wasn’t the intention. In fact, before I had my c-section, I made sure to store up about a month and a half worth of blog posts in advance to post while I was recuperating…. 

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After a Month Long Absence….


I’m back! Wow. It’s been over a month since I last posted a recipe. I don’t think I’ve ever been away from blogging for more than a week since I first started. That certainly wasn’t the intention. In fact, before I had my c-section, I made sure to store up about a month and a… 

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Beef, Shiitake, and Green Bean Stir Fry


Sergi and I both really enjoy green beans and I serve them as a side dish almost every week. I decided to make them the star in a beef stir fry, which just happens to be my favorite protein to use. With just a few other simple ingredients, this dinner is just chock-full of flavor…. 

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Chicken, Mushroom and Buckwheat Casserole


As a girl with strong Slavic roots, I grew up eating buckwheat and I still love coming up with different recipes that will incorporate this nutty, flavorful and very nutritious grain. Even though my favorite way to enjoy buckwheat is as a kasha with mushrooms, I wanted to come up with a way to make… 

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Pasta with Artichokes, Fennel and Onions


Sometimes, I like challenging myself to play the “pantry game”. I like to spend at least one week per month, not buying anything new, but using up whatever I have. This can seem a little bit depressing, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s actually a lot of fun to see how creative and resourceful you… 

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Enjoying Our Time At Home


We’ve been home from the hospital for a week and a half and let me tell you, there’s no place like home. It’s wonderful to be in the midst of familiar surroundings and in my safe haven. I love to relax with my books, a cup of tea and in the presence of family. 

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Pan Fried Butterflied Trout


Sergi and I love seafood, as you are well aware of, if you’ve been hanging around this blog for a little bit. We never seem to get tired of the taste, and it also helps that it’s not complicated and quick to prepare. Pan frying it on both sides until it’ s golden brown and juicy… 

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Honey Lemon Glazed Chicken and Baked Barley


We are finally home! After a 10 day hospital stay, it is especially nice to be in our comfortable, cozy surroundings. This weekend, we basked in the joy of having our son home with us and have the hospital experience behind us. We feel so blessed and are incredibly happy. I shared some really cute… 

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Preparing For a Baby


I wrote this post on Sunday, February 22, the day before we had our baby. I meant to post it that day, but that didn’t work out, and now we ended up being in the hospital for ten days after the delivery. Yes, life is full of the unexpected. You can make plans and have… 

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