MildlyManicMom

Home, Sweet Home

by MildlyManicMom on December 30, 2012

“The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson I live in a pretty traditional brick ranch house with a finished full basement.  It is an older house with drafty windows and pipes that have been known to leak.  The furnace and quite possibly the curtains in the living […]

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 Now that Thanksgiving is over and the big holiday season is coming, it is time for some easy comfort food.  Over the years, I have found that if the recipe starts with the disclaimer of “peasant food”, it is something I am sure to enjoy.  This recipe comes from a set in the September Cooking […]

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I do love all things pumpkin!  This year – for the first time – I cooked my own pie pumpkin to use in bread and my favorite pumpkin waffles and pumpkin biscuits.  The pumpkin was sold by weight and was a little pricey by my opinion.  The whole process was easy to do; cut it […]

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  We celebrated my husband’s birthday this weekend with a special treat – homemade mango ice cream and black bottom cupcakes.  This was certainly not diet food though I tried to lighten up the cupcakes a little. The ice cream idea stemmed from a gift of HUGE mangoes from a wonderful friend.  She gave me […]

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How exciting to be creating a post once again for one of my favorite sites ever – VolunteerSpot.com !  Our latest use of VolunteerSpot at my school is to help volunteer tutors sign up for after school tutoring slots.  I am working with a young lady that is developing a tutoring program at our high […]

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Fire up the grill because this one is a keeper!  My love affair with the chicken breast continues with this fabulous barbeque recipe from Ellie Krieger’s book The Food You Crave.  The barbeque sauce is ramped up with jalapenos and allspice then sweetened with molasses and mangoes.  The list of ingredients was a little overwhelming […]

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This weekend my parents came to Asheville for the Biltmore Village Art and Craft Fair.  What beautiful and creative artists!  I really enjoyed spending the day with my mom and my tween.  After a day of shopping and bonding, we needed an easy side dish to go with the pork loin my dad had stayed […]

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Fresh Tomato Pasta

by MildlyManicMom on August 2, 2012

              I’m having a hard time getting dinner even started this summer before 6:00.  The day seems to move along and all of the sudden – though I have had so much time – dinner is upon us. A quick, light recipe is exactly what I need! This is […]

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  Summertime and peaches.  These two things are inexorably intertwined in my mind.  The smell of fresh peaches takes me to the  front porch of my grandparents house in the small town of  Ward, South Carolina.  Next to Ward is Johnston – the self proclaimed Peach Capital of the World.  Georgia may claim to be […]

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My tween daughter and I am in Hilton Head, South Carolina this week with family friends.  The weather has been amazing and the company so fun.  My friend invited me and then asked if I would be interested in cooking.  The deal:  I would cook and she would buy the food.  This sounded like an […]

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