gingered sesame-coconut udon

Gingered Sesame-Coconut Udon with Roasted Broccoli

 

This time of year is always bittersweet for me – I am clinging to the last shreds of summertime and sunshine, while also craving comfort food, cool crisp days, boots and scarves and sweaters and boots.

Oh. Yeah, I like boots.

Even though I am no longer a student, I still feel that ‘back to school’ excitement. Okay, That might involve wandering down every back to school supply aisle, buying new pens and notebooks. I have a thing.

But it also involves change! In changing my morning drive to avoid school zones the form of new recipes! Warming, comforting, cool weather recipes. Like these pastas. Many are very quick, super easy, with flavors friendly for a crowd.

 

Roasted Butternut Lasagna with Crispy Sage and Cashew Bechamel

 

I have collected a baker’s dozen of my favorites for you. Enjoy the slideshow or click here to view the entire collection!

 

Check out Back To School Comfort Food – A Pasta Recipe Collection

by Kristina at Foodie.com

 

SLIDESHOW SPONSORED BY FOODIE VIA GLAM MEDIA. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED HEREIN ARE THOSE OF SPABETTIE.

 

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Kale Salad with Warm Bacon Fig Dressing

We are officially in the high-speed wedding countdown. Nineteen days to go.

Thankfully, I am super calm and have been this whole time. I am detailed, but not stressing the details. It’s all happening as it should and honestly, I am just nervous-cited about the whole thing. I am grateful to be calm.

I am grateful for our very dear friends. Over the weekend we had a party in our honor, a sort of engagement – shower celebration for both Jason and I, and all of our friends and family. My friend (and maid-man of honor) Johnny completely outdid himself, hosting a fun day with so much amazing food. I will have to share those photos in a separate post – everything was so very good.

So many friends and family were there to celebrate with us, which is just my favorite thing. I brought my karaoke machine, which is always a great time.

We are blessed with many good friends, and we cannot wait to celebrate with more in a few weeks. My heart is happy.

Hearty Mushroom Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

This salad.

I was never really a bacon fan, but one thing I used to love was a crisp cool salad with that warm smoky dressing. The one that uses bacon.

This is my version of that salad, using [click to continue…]

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Passionfruit Cheesecake with Shortbread Pretzel Crust

I woke up this morning and made a cheesecake. Then I had a piece for breakfast.

I haven’t made a cheesecake in a while. This one is a birthday cake.

Happy Birthday, Dad.

Since Dad grew up in Hawaii and loved all things tropical, I made this for him. Today I will [click to continue…]

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Sweet Basil Dachshund

Last week we said goodbye to Basil.

Basil Pup

When we found out Basil was sick, I knew then I did not want him to suffer at all.

I wanted him to be happy and comfortable for the rest of his days. We also knew that our time with Basil could be short.

It was. Way too short.

Basil and a Squeaky

Our wonderful vet gave us a referral for a wonderful doctor who makes house calls. We set an appointment, and we celebrated Basil. He had a grilled burger for breakfast, we set out pillows and blankets, and we sat outside in the fresh morning sunshine. Basil played with a squeaky – a stuffed garlic.

Basil with his Squeaky Garlic

Basil loved the burger. He chewed and squeaked that garlic, and he wagged. He was happy, just being with us. I was happy he was able to be comfortable and calm at home, rather than anxious in a clinical setting. I was so happy to be able to provide that for him.

Today would be Basil’s birthday. This has been a very sad and quiet week for all of us, and today we celebrate him once again.

paws

We love you, Sweet Basil Bud.

 

 

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Sweet Recipes of Summer

by Kristina Sloggett

in recipes, summertime

We are smack dab in the middle of summertime parties, barbecues, get togethers of all kinds.

Dessert is always included.

Summertime desserts to me are cool, like ice cream or cheesecake. They include fresh seasonal fruit, like a cherry galette or spiked popsicles.

Or a continual favorite on the blog – Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake Cookies:

raspberry cheesecake cookies

This month’s slideshow is all about sweets of summer. Enjoy the slideshow below:

 

Check out Sweets of Summer

by Kristina at Foodie.com

 

or click here to see the whole collection at once!

SLIDESHOW SPONSORED BY FOODIE VIA GLAM MEDIA. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED HEREIN ARE THOSE OF SPABETTIE.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sparkling Watermelon Ginger Punch

I made cocktails again.

Jason and I both have been taking turns playing bartender lately. His are tequila based, with all kinds of citrus flavors. Mine? Savor all the fresh fruity flavors of [click to continue…]

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Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

 

Today I am kicking off the cookbook tour of one of my favorite bloggers, Cara Reed of Fork and Beans! I was so very honored to review her new book, Decadent Gluten Free Vegan Baking – I have been giddy excited for her as she worked on it.

I am also giving away a copy to one lucky reader – read on for details.

Cara and I have been friends for a while – I am drawn to her incredibly creative interpretations of [click to continue…]

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Basil and His Cactus

So.

We found out recently that Basil has cancer.

I know. I cannot even talk about it.

Last week, I told Jason that when the time comes, I do not want Sweet Basil to leave us in the environment of a cold sterile vet office. I do not want Basil’s final moments to be filled with the anxious fear he has every time we go to the vet.

I said I would [click to continue…]

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