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Empanadas

30 Sep

Empanadas_HLooking for great foods to make and freeze for the lazy, cold months ahead? I have one word for you: EMPANADAS.

The first time I ever had empanadas was courtesy of my friend Juan’s mom, who was the master after living several years in Argentina. I still haven’t found any that can compare to hers, but these recipes (from my friend Teresa, who spent a few years teaching in South America) come close.

If you’ve never had empanadas, they’re stuffed pastry pockets of savory deliciousness, varying in “stuffings” from beef to chicken to potatoes to olives to veggies to beans and even fruit, with every combo in between. Continue reading

7 Seattle Secrets

22 Apr

Seattle From AboveHeaded to Seattle? Read this first.

Already live here? See if you know all seven of these Seattle secrets …

1. The Name

Legend holds that every time we use the word Seattle, we’re basically making death a living hell for its Native American namesake. According to folklore, the chief was uncomfortable when the settlers named their town after him, since his tribe believed the dead couldn’t rest in peace if their name was frequently spoken by the living.

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Dinner Party Ideas

28 Feb

FuMin Dinner Party

Dinner parties don’t have to be fancy pull-your-hair-out affairs. They can be a convenient way to fit in time with family and friends between work trips, holidays, and extracurricular chauffeuring.

The trick is to make them easy and fun.

Here are my favorite 5 dinner party ideas. I’d love to hear yours, too!

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Cookie Decorating

26 Jun

Somewhat by accident, I recently re-discovered the pleasures of cookie decorating.

Almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

I was going to visit my sister and her family and came up with the idea for a host gift. (Yes, I still do those. Here are some ideas.)

I thought this would be something my 7-year-old niece would enjoy, but I was surprised when even my husband and brother-in-law were right in the mix, hogging the colored icing.

The dads kicked the creativity up a notch. And the competition of said creativity.

Cookie decorating is cheap, fun, easy, and something everyone can enjoy together. Not much else meet all that criteria. (Sledding? Play dough? Squirt gun fights?) Plus, you’re left with yummy pieces of art when you’re done.

My niece makes a delicious SpongeBob.

Still not convinced? File these ideas away. You’ll thank me one day.

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