Tomato and Cucumber Ricotta Toast

Did you see the solar eclipse last week? My husband and I traveled to Nebraska with my father-in-law and his wife to be right near the centerline of the path of the eclipse’s totality (the part where the sun appears to be completely covered by the moon).  We picked a spot near some corn fields (check it out in satellite view mode to see how much corn we were in the middle of), set up our camera and telescope, and busted out our fancy cardboard solar glasses. As the eclipse started there weren’t really a lot of obvious differences in, well, …

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Bars

There are labels for food and labels for people that eat certain foods.  I’m not sure I like labels much. I have been fascinated with vegan food lately, but as I’ve told you before I don’t have any intention of becoming a vegan.  Even not being a vegan, I found that I actually felt a little guilty the other day when I had a cheese and egg sandwich.  That’s sort of weird.  I felt like I was cheating by eating non-vegan food.  That got me thinking about all of the various food labels and got me wondering how I would label …

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites

I get choked up when NYC counts down the last 10 seconds of the year before the ball drops.  Does anyone else get emotional when that happens?  (Assuming you also watch it or something similar.)  Maybe you can’t go by me because I cry at the same sad scene in a movie even if I’ve seen it a bazillion times. My new year’s resolution is to lose a few pounds, again.  I seem to have that resolution about 10 or 30 times during the entire year so I’m not sure if that’s truly a resolution except that it happens to …

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Indian Spiced Potato Chips With Garlic Yogurt Dip

Football season means it’s time to eat lots of unhealthy foods, right?  Sometimes. I’m totally into the whole football scene.  I enjoy watching the games and I’m not just there for the food.  (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)  Give me a pizza and a beer during the game and I’m a happy girl.  It’s so cliché but it’s true. Snacks are a must for game time, too.  All the usual suspects, like nachos, fatty dips and chips, and greasy appetizers are of course awesome but I could take or leave them depending on my mood.  My husband feels the …

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Spicy Baked Asparagus Fries

After a day like Saturday, my husband and I deserved a trip to IHOP. Okay, I may be being a bit dramatic.  The story goes that my car is 10 years old and I thought I’d make sure that I have the title handy just in case I decide to buy a new car at a moment’s notice.  Guess who couldn’t find the title?  In true Tina style, I freaked out.  Thankfully my husband is a calm cookie and kept me from losing my mind.  Also, fortunately you can get a copy of your car title from the DMV.  However, there’s only one …

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