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Futters Butters!

I’m experimenting once more with a variety of nut butters. Having much more success this go-around than I did back when my older son was a baby and I was being “safe” by abstaining from peanut products while nursing him; I must have gotten a brand that didn’t suit me or something, because it left a bad taste in my mouth (figuratively, literally, etc.) and I never went back.

This time around, though, I am loving my almond butter. Maranatha brand, for the win!

I do wish, though, that I had a greater variety of butters available to me locally. I don’t often order foods online without being completely convinced, without any doubt, that I’m going to love what I get, and since I had that bad experience, I’m a bit wary; I’d much rather get a small jar to sample, then move on to larger amounts, but that’s not as cost-effective when it comes to mail order. Enthusiastic endorsements from other folks – real people, not paid ads – go a long way toward making me feel more confident.

“Free” also works wonders. 😉

Clare, then, is speaking my language! Maybe she’s speaking yours, too? She’s hosting a giveaway for a nut butter company that’s…well, hey! Looks like I could actually get their products in person without driving too far! Maybe if I win, and the sample hooks me, I’ll be making a few extra car trips a month…

Anyway, go comment, but if you click through to there from here and you win, I want to hear your opinion, too!


Tiramisu Pancakes

Katie gets either the credit or the blame. 🙂

I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me that pancakes can be like oatmeal. I know quite well how to top a bowl of oats and create a huge variety of concoctions, from pumpkin pie to peanut butter and jelly. But pancakes (ooh, and probably waffles, too!) can be just as versatile, in much the same way! The only crucial key is making sure you keep the right balance between wet and dry ingredients, and the sky’s the limit!

So I took out our trusty copy of The Joy of Cooking and found the base pancake recipe…
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Bulgur and Veggies with ABU

My parents are visiting starting tomorrow, and in anticipation of their visit, I may have gone a bit overboard in grocery shopping. My fridge’s produce bins were full to the point of overflowing. I needed to do something fast! Bulgur and veggies
Yep, that’ll do the trick.
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Help: ID these sweets!

Over the past year, whenever we’ve had to go to the music store that rented us our son’s violin, I’ve always gazed longingly at Bombay Sweets next door. I love Indian food, and I’ve never had much opportunity to explore the dessert side of the cuisine, but despite the proximity of the restaurant and store to the music store, there simply was never a good time for me to dash in and experiment.

Well, the violin went back to the store today (long story there), and I knew that I might not have another chance soon, so I crossed my fingers, took both my kids’ hands firmly in mine, and crossed the street to check it out.

We wound up with this assortment:
Indian sweets

I’m really happy with our little initial collection, from the few tastes I’ve had, but…well, what with Sam’s excited jumping and discussion of the sweets, and Gabe’s refusal to stand still, and my subsequent inability to take in the heavy accent of the woman behind the counter, I’m at a loss to know exactly what we got. I know the orange things on the right are either Jalebi or Jaangiri, but I don’t know that there’s a way to differentiate between the two visually (they’re variations of each other with subtly different ingredients). As for the others, I have no real idea, despite my Googling.

Anybody want to help me out?


Iron Cupcake!

Oh, now this is just cool. Cupcake baking contests? In my neck of the woods?! Sign me up!

Well, eventually. 😉 Sadly, the next competition (Challenge: Booze!) falls on the first night of Sam’s Bible school. Oh, well; July will come. I don’t know how innovative a baker I can be, compared to some of these guys, though; seriously, I am now dying to try the Jalapeno Popper cupcakes!


A giveaway!

Not from me, though. 😉 Mara, of What’s for Dinner?, is giving away food blogger charms!


Go here to enter! They look absolutely adorable.


Well, hello there!

Chopsticks So, I’m food-obsessed.

For those who are new, I’m Carrie, and I write over at Earthmovers and Sandcastles. In the past couple of years, I’ve gone from being a morbidly obese sedentary woman to a marathoner with a strong focus on nutrition and physical fitness – and on finding ways, naturally, to use the former to fuel the latter. I’ve begun paying a lot of attention to what’s going into my mouth and into my system. My goal is to eat healthfully, and since this is my life and not “a diet,” I want to find lots of ways to make this something that not only can I sustain, but that I want to sustain!

Eric, my husband, is a natural cook; I am not. He’s comfortable improvising in the kitchen; my “projects” are often on the crude side of things (“Why can’t I sub this pepper for that one? They’re both green!”)…but I’m learning, and I’m having fun, and I’ve even made a few things that I’m eager to share and show off. Here’s my little “Brag Book,” then!

(I also often post pictures of the culinary creations Eric develops, and I usually get swamped with demands for “recipe, please!” I hope he’ll come along with me here to Happy Little Stove and share the finer points.)

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