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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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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

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Welcome to Miami Heat

Miami is a hot spot, literally and figuratively. Being in a subtropical zone, the climate tends to be hot and humid, with afternoon thunderstorms. However, the crazy weather adds to the excitement of this vibrant city. According to the Census Bureau, Miami is the second largest city in Florida, following Jacksonville. It is also the… Continue reading Welcome to Miami Heat

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Sunshine State of Mind: The Florida Keys

So Florida: Moonrise off Key West at the Southernmost Point There are many songs about the Florida Keys, with perhaps The Beach Boys' "Kokomo" perhaps being the most well-known. I remember this song being played on a cassette tape while road tripping in the family car when I was a kid. The song describes an… Continue reading Sunshine State of Mind: The Florida Keys