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17 April, 2013

Rehab Wednesdays

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No, I’m not giving up my wine.  I’m just starting a new weekly feature on J’ai La Vie that exemplifies some crafty home projects as completed by me and my sister, Kiley (who up until now, is a behind-the-scenes contributor to J’ai La Vie). So a little about us and our projects…. Our first love
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9 April, 2013

Ina Garten’s Mac and Cheese with Gruyere

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As I mentioned, I made my favorite meal for Sunday dinner. Unlike my traditional mac and cheese recipe, Ina Garten (AKA Food Network’s Barefoot Contessa) makes hers with Gruyere cheese, making it more gourmet and delicious. Gruyere is a hard yellow cheese and very expensive, so I don’t make this version often. But when I
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8 April, 2013

The City that Never Sleeps, Always Eats, and Makes Tipsy Art

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Ok, maybe the last part is a stretch.  But that kind of sums of my weekend. On Saturday, I had a triple date with my two best friends to celebrate Danielle’s promotion, Nicole’s wedding plans, et cetera.  I claimed the “et cetera” and said that’s what we could celebrate for me … not sure what
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5 April, 2013

Peanut Butter Cookie Balls

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Sweets in the form of “balls” or “pops” or anything bite-size are popular for good reason.  It’s easy to love desserts that make you feel a little less guilty because of the size….even if you end up eating twelve of them to compensate.  This is always my problem with cupcakes from Baked by Melissa in
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3 April, 2013

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

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Our new favorite appetizer for holidays is stuffed mushrooms, using Ina Garten’s recipe.  We made them for Christmas and again this Easter – both times everyone commented how great they were.  Ina’s not-so-secret ingredient is mascarpone cheese, which makes them a little creamier and really separates them from your classic stuffed mushrooms.  Even Grandma – whose
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28 March, 2013

Dressed Up Filet

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As a 24-year-old on a budget, Filet Mignon is hard to come by.  Luckily, Mom and Dad were generous with cleaning out the freezer so Tom and I enjoyed a great steak dinner last night. I like to spruce up my steak (because throwing it on the grill is just too easy).  I added a
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25 March, 2013

Peanut Butter Oat Bars

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Real quick, just have to share my weekend recap: We finally went skiing/boarding!  The lift ticket on my jacket told me I hadn’t been on the slopes since 2007 – even longer for Tom – but after the first nerve-racking run, we both remembered how to do it and now I’m craving more.  Ski trip
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21 March, 2013

Things I <3 This Week

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I’ve been behind.  I’m catching up on my eating, among other things, and now I have a cold. 🙁 So right now, I just want to share some things that are making me happy this week. Grandma’s cooking. Sunday dinner was just what I needed to reverse, um, recover from enjoy after my diet. Grandma didn’t disappoint and
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16 March, 2013

The Cabbage Soup Diet: Day Seven

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Yes, Day Seven!! I can have veggies, brown rice, and unsweetened fruit juice today. Breakfast: cranberry juice, espresso Lunch: cabbage soup, cranberry juice Dinner: salad with brown rice (that’s the plan) It’s Saturday, and normally I would eat at one of my favorite restaurants today.  I think my plan is to have a big salad
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