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Foods for the Soul
Pumpkin Brûlées

Nov 19, 2013
Pumpkin Brûlées

Smooth creamy pumpkin custard topped with crisp melted sugar. An easy yet impressive low-calorie dessert!     On the first day of my frappuccino phase last month, I walked to Starbucks in Safeway down the street from my house. As the…

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The Blue Muse
Humbugs and elves can coexist, I swear

Nov 17, 2013
Humbugs and elves can coexist, I swear

I keep "Sleigh Ride" on my ipod all year long. I relish the arrival of red cups at Starbucks. If it were up to me, our 9-foot perennially perfect faux pine would already be blinged out. I mail cards. I write about Christmas cookies, decor, gratitude, t...

Foods for the Soul
Gingerbread Cookie Dough Bites

Nov 17, 2013
Gingerbread Cookie Dough Bites

Soft spiced bite-sized balls of gingerbread cookie dough. Low in fat and calories so you can still indulge this holiday season without any guilt!     Gingerbread men run away from me as fast as their legs can carry them.…

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Undercover Caterer
Marion Cunningham’s Graham Cracker Crust

Nov 17, 2013

Everyone needs a good graham cracker pie crust in their repertoire and I think this is the best one.  It’s from the Fannie Farmer Book of Baking, written by Marion Cunningham.  I like that you can either bake this shell (best flavor) or just chill it before filling.  I also like that it is...

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Placer County Online
Using a Turkey Fryer? Stay Safe

Deep-fried turkey has quickly grown in popularity but safety experts are concerned that backyard chefs may be sacrificing fire safety for a better tasting meal.  If you absolutely must use a turkey fryer, please use the following tips: Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors a safe distance from buildings and any other flammable...

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Milestone: Hosting my first Thanksgiving

Nov 12, 2013
Milestone: Hosting my first Thanksgiving

That’s right, in a few weeks, I will be in charge of a holiday. My parents are flying in from California and Paul’s parents are coming down from North Dakota to celebrate with a big ol’ turkey. As Thanksgivings go, … Continue reading 

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Foods for the Soul
Butterscotch-Filled Pumpkin Cupcakes with Whipped Cream

Nov 11, 2013
Butterscotch-Filled Pumpkin Cupcakes with Whipped Cream

Moist, skinny pumpkin cupcakes filled with creamy butterscotch pudding and topped with whipped cream. The perfect healthy fall dessert!     I majored in Chemistry in college. With an emphasis in the Organic category directing me toward drug design and…

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Sac Foodies
Downtown Ice Rink Opens This Friday

Nov 7, 2013
Downtown Ice Rink Opens This Friday

This Friday marks the start of the 22nd year of one of Sacramento’s favorite holiday traditions: the opening of the downtown ice rink. To celebrate, the Downtown Sacramento Partnership is hosting a free community skate day on Friday at noon at the rink located at 701 K Street. Can’t make it until after work?...

Slide Show and Ice Cream
Half A$$ed Halloween

Half A$$ed Halloween

About a month ago, a waitress asked Camilla, after taking her lunch order, “What are you going to be for Halloween?” “A cat, same as last year. I already have a costume.” I love the way this girl thinks. I mean, Whew! No new sewing projects to add to my queue (I’m already sweating one...

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Bored this week? Play a Halloween game!

Oct 26, 2013
Bored this week? Play a Halloween game!

Starting last Friday, there’s a phenomenon that happens only around Halloween.  You might be walking down the street to get to your office or just meandering through the Target parking lot when you notice something odd about someone… They are … Continue reading 

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