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Secrets to Perfect Cookies: My 10 Favorite Tips For Better Cookies Today


I’m spilling the secrets on all of my favorite perfect cookie tips so you can bake better cookies starting today! When writing The Cookie Book I had an entire section dedicated to helping you bake perfect cookies every time. Unfortunately, that section was cut by my editor (as often happens in publishing: it was either that or cut some recipes…

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Slices of delicious cake

Top Ten Recipes 2019


Here are the Top Ten Recipes for 2019 and I’m here for each and every one of them!! It’s been a decade…full of so many ups and downs, if I’m being perfectly honest. I’m looking forward to 2020, a whole new decade to futz and infuse with sweetness. I’m considering adding in some savory recipes (mostly because I want to…

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Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cups | Recipe via DisplacedHousewife Rebecca Firth

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cups


Up next for 12 Days of Treats are these Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cups! Yep, just like a peanut butter cup but filled with the most dreamy peppermint cream. Think like an Oreo or, even better, like Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s. I have eaten more Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s than I’ll ever admit. Ever. Believe it or not, you can have…

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Travel | Argentina


This is part of a two-part post on my trip to Argentina with Lucini Italia to meet the growers (and learn more about) their Everyday Extra Virgin Olive OIl. Part One has the recipe for Dark Chocolate Alfajores With Olive Oil Dulce De Leche that was inspired by the trip. Part Two (here) is all about where we went and stayed…

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Calistoga


Little fairies sprinkled gold dust over my life in early December and suddenly I was in Calistoga, California rubbing shoulders with some of my favorite bloggers. Consider this your weekend guide if you’d like to eat your way through Calistoga … it’s a magical land. Calistoga, California Travel Guide We stayed at the Calistoga Guest Ranch and this was the…

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Meal Planning | week two


For those of you joining us, this is our second week of meal planning (read the first one here). The goal of these posts is to make your mid-week planning, cooking + eating easier. Maybe a little bit healthier? It will contain a collection of my recipes + links off to others. My back went out this week (miserable) so this week’s…

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Meal Planning | week one


This is totally new for me so I’m not quite sure how I want to structure these Meal Planning posts…but I want to keep things loose and fun. To get kicked off, I’m going to share some of the stuff (read: Word docs) that I’m using to organize meals (they’re a work in progress). Feel free to download and make them…

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Chia Cherry Muffins


| chia cherry muffins | Could the name for these be any less sexy? Chia Cherry Muffins. Snore. But, there are actually a lot of really exciting things happening in here. Most importantly, it’s a healthy muffin masquerading as a delicious one. Let’s face a cold hard fact…in reality, most muffins are just cupcakes without the frosting. I mean, really, who…

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Honey Sriracha Shrimp Detox Salad


honey sriracha shrimp detox salad { post vacation stress disorder } Post Vacation Stress Disorder. It’s a real thing. Whether you had a staycation or went somewhere exotic, it’s So. Hard. To get back to reality. Our holiday break was filled with some mini-trips (my kids mostly, with their dad) and lots of family time. Cousins, aunts and uncles came from Southern and Northern…

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{ top ten reader recipes of 2015 }


top ten reader recipes of 2015 News flash: we have a sweet tooth. This is my first full year of doing DisplacedHousewife and it was super fun (and kind of exciting) to dig into my website’s analytic’s and see what you’re all lusting after. And, it would appear from the top ten recipes of 2015, that we all like chocolate…

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{ tangy + crunchy pickled red onions }


tangy + crunchy pickled red onions { a little pick-me-up condiment } Without haste make these. They take about three seconds to throw together and you can shove them on everything. I made them for the slow cooker citrus tacos the other night and I’m in heaven. Put ‘em on a sandwich? Hell yeah. I’ve had them on salmon…just delightful. Ummm…

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{ pucker up }


{ lemon-ginger pavlova with fresh strawberry sauce } Lemons are just a beautiful thing. When I was pregnant I couldn’t get enough of fresh-squeezed lemonade. Heaven. Even better was fresh-squeezed and muddled strawberry lemonade. Oh joy. I would search far and wide–which usually meant I sought out the closest Bristol Farms–for a tall frosty glass. We used to live in the…

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{ bakery farm stand }


{ aint it grand } I love that I live down the street from this. Today was one of those days that had zero plans and zero structure. I woke up, meandered out to the garden; watered and weeded and picked. Felt like I was livin’ off the land. Good feeling. Dropped off some of my garden goodies with family…

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{ summer days }


{ chilled curried carrot soup with herb yogurt sauce } I love something that looks difficult but is actually pretty easy. I find that soup can be one of those things. Specifically, soup made from any type of squash, potato or, say, carrots. And, I’m obsessed with curry right now. Maybe I miss living in Asia or maybe it’s the…

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