Things that are awesome: zero/low point veggie snacks

Part of Weight Watcher’s new ploy to get fatties such as myself eating fruits and vegetables is that they’ve made them all zero points. When you’ve had a “bad” day, or you come home and you’re starving and don’t want to pig out on chips while you cook dinner, fast and easy zero point veggie … Continue reading

Adventures in Amish Friendship Bread

Two weeks ago, I was given a great responsibility: an Amish Friendship Bread starter. It is the baking cousin to the chain letter, passed from friend to friend under the onus of the Amish and friendly obligation. One is given a “starter” bag of sourdough yeast, plus a set of instructions that cover a ten … Continue reading

Things that are awesome: Vanilla Heart Cookies

Another trick in my mother’s arsenal of gift-giving strategies is the Christmas cookie/baked good as the ultimate affordable gift and party favor. This year, she is concocting a collection of mouth watering jellies (including an apple rosemary, yum), peppermint milk & white chocolate bark, biscotti and several cookies, which she will package into gift baskets … Continue reading

Things that are awesome: Glühwein (mulled wine)

Christmas is a magical time, and each year my thoughts inevitably harken back to my days in Germany, specifically the Christmas market in Erfurt. Set in the main town square before Erfurt’s historic Cathedral, the Christmas market is the biggest in the state of Thuringia, where I lived. Lit from above with fairy lights and … Continue reading

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