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Cranberry Bliss Bars

Christmastime is probably my favorite time of year. Everything from the bright and festive decorations to spending time with good friends and family bring a sense of home and happiness during the season. But I would be remiss if I didn't also acknowledge the myriad of holiday treats that are oh-so-delicious. The Haasienda kitchen is… Continue reading Cranberry Bliss Bars

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Tea Time Treats: Victoria Sandwich

With apologies to Mary Berry. The pandemic has brought much binging of The Great British Baking Show (as well as many other shows) and a slightly slower pace of life. With that, we have been spending more time in the kitchen, and have practiced a bit more creativity when planning meals and baking treats. The… Continue reading Tea Time Treats: Victoria Sandwich

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Desert Vibes: Indio and Palm Springs

Enjoying the warm desert evening at Wyndham Indio Two weekends ago, Sami and I took a mini break to get away from the stress of virtual learning and life in Los Angeles County. I love Indio as it is an easy two hour getaway from where we are down Interstate 10, and the World Mark… Continue reading Desert Vibes: Indio and Palm Springs

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Beyond Breakfast: Fun with Cereal

Growing up, I loved Grape Nuts. I know it's weird, but Grape Nuts cereal reminds me of cold winter days in Indiana. I'd be eating my bowl of Grape Nuts with orange juice from concentrate while wishing I could play in the snow. As I got older, my palette expanded to include classics such as… Continue reading Beyond Breakfast: Fun with Cereal

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Berry Muffins with Almond Flour

It's finally cool enough here in Southern California to enjoy some time in the kitchen baking up fresh treats. The past couple days there has been the strong smell of ash from the fires that burned this past summer, so it's been good to keep indoors. With that, I decided to experiment with a recipe… Continue reading Berry Muffins with Almond Flour