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I’ve moved!

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Hello Friends and Neighbors!  Can you hear me?  Is anyone still out there? 

I know.  I know.  I’ve been AWOL for some time now.  I really don’t have a good excuse.  Just, you know, got busy with work, went to Disney, the holidays, went to Disney again, work, went to Boston, planted my garden and a ton of pots and plants, and just plain ran out of time. 

BUT I have to confess that I have been cheating on you a little bit.  However, I still feel the need to chronicle my culinary adventures. . . SO I started an instagram account.  You can find me by searching for my user:  allaboutmycharmedlife  If I was fancy I would post the link for you 🙂  I also post under #eatwell and #savor 



Hope to see you soon 🙂


Macerated Fresh Peaches

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Over Homemade Muesli.


I’m sorry to interrupt your regularly scheduled programming with a special announcement:  This blog is going on a diet.

I really hate to use the word diet, because it implies deprivation and boring meals.  Au contraire.  I never go hungry.  In fact, I usually eat more on a diet.  Hello, snacking on fruit three times a day.    However, this means that unless the cookbook has calorie counts, it ain’t happening.  Depressing, I know.  That means good-bye Giada, Brian Boitano, and Joy the Baker, et al.  Never fear, these strict guidelines will only be adhered to until my vacation in November.

At the moment, though, I need constant vigilance.   Fortunately, I am already a fan of Candice Kumai.  This recipe is from her new book, Cook Yourself Sexy.   I couldn’t resist the menus and the fact that CK steers clear of processed ingredients and focuses on food with benefits.

Two things CK recommends we will not be doing:  giving up coffee and switching to almond milk.   I think the first needs no explanation.  As for the almond milk, I’ve got nothing against it.  I actually used to use soy milk on my cereal for years because it was only one WW point instead of two.  I just don’t feel the need.

Before you get started you should know that’ I’ve lost four pounds in four days.

On with the show.


You’ve gotta love a recipe that you can make in a Ziploc bag.    And you’re welcome.  I took a picture of every layer of this mix and decided not to post them.   So you’ll allow me one more of the mix.  Thanks.


The peaches are macerated in elderflower liqueur.  No complaints here.  But it did make me wonder if I could eat them at work and then drive home.


Even though I am a fan of the fact that variety is the spice of life, for the next two months it’s going to be all CK all the time.  At least that’s the plan.

Full disclosure:  I bought a book called Cheese Obsession yesterday.   Yes, it’s filled with cheese recipes.   Stay tuned.

Eat Well and Savor.

Banana Doughnuts

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With Banana Frosting.  And they’re gluten-free.  Well, at least the flour was gluten-free.  I’m no expert in the field, though.


This recipe is actually baked.   I need to use these pans more often.


The instructions say to fill them three-quarters full.  Of course I disobeyed.   Why does the recipe make so much if you don’t need it?


Don’t panic.


I’m sure you can find someone to eat the holes.


One other thing:  I suspect that the fact that these aren’t fried might be negated by the fact that there’s shortening in the frosting.

Eat Well and Savor.

Apricot Oatmeal Breakfast Scones

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I made these twelve days ago and then ate them for seven days straight.


They were fabulous with my morning latte.  But at the moment my memory is taxed and I really don’t know what to say about them.  Isn’t aging great?


I am also currently very distracted by an old episode of Gossip Girl.

Cleary one is topped with an apricot glaze and the other with turbinado sugar.    I use the term glaze loosely.  I think you’ll get the same effect with a little bit of jam.


There’s a lot going on inside too:  cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger.


I almost forgot to mention the golden raisins and the oatmeal.   Another recipe well done by Lisa Yockelson and Baking by Flavor.

Eat Well and Savor.



Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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Otherwise known as Waikiki Meatballs, at least in my book.


This is one of the Top 20 recipes that my mom used to make.  I made this version in the slow cooker from the Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly cookbook.  This recipe is very similar.  My mom used to make hers in the electric skillet.  Now that’s a blast from the past.  Do they even make electric skillets anymore?


It’s pretty basic stuff.  I actually used a 20-ounce can of pineapples.  I just can’t get enough.


In my opinion, rice is mandatory.  Without the rice it comes in at 380 calories.

Eat Well and Savor.




Sunday Summary

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Monday:  Well, you know I love to start the week with a day off.  Unfortunately this one included a trip to the canine dermatologist.  Phoebe has battled itchies and bumpies for years.  Now we are trying some preventative techniques and she’s on more medications than I am.

I made some Peach Melba Compote from Sherri Brooks Vinton’s Put Em Up! Fruit.


So good on ice cream!

Tuesday:  I spent seven hours in Macon and three hours in the car.  That really doesn’t leave much time for anything else.  Except drinking.

Wednesday:  I obviously went from ice cream mode to canning mode.  I made Tomato-Ginger Refrigerator Lemon Verbena Jam from Southern Living’s Little Jars, Big Flavors.


I promptly put it on a grilled cheese and bacon sandwich!

Thursday:  I had a crappy little job this morning.  Then I got to meet Marnie for coffee!

I also made Hungry Girl’s Banana Split Cheesecake.


Friday:  Another crappy job.  Are we noticing a trend here?

I made Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce from Better Homes and Gardens.


I am no where near a canning expert.  But if I have any advice to give you, it’s that you should never start a canning project at 6:00 p.m.  Especially when you have to roast six heads of garlic and four peppers.  And you know what follows?  Squishing all that garlic out and peeling the peppers.  Speaking of, why don’t I roast garlic more often?  There should be roasted garlic scented candles.

Saturday:   Well, first of all, I slept until 10:30 by mistake.  I hate when that happens.  Other than that, very exciting stuff going on here, you know, like work and laundry.

I also made Honey-Sweetened Peach Chutney from Food in Jars.  I’ve been following this blog for about a year or so now and this is the first recipe I’ve made.  I don’t know what took me so long!


Excellent with some goat cheese.  I also feel the need to stir it into some rice.

Sunday:  More exciting stuff here, you know, like work and paying bills.  That’s okay.  I’m sure I will have a day off this week where I can go out and about.

Introducing Cherry Mostarda from Put ‘Em Up! Fruit.


There’s a lot more where this little jar came from.  There’s red wine in there and I just want to drink it with a straw.

I suspect that next week there will be very little cooking going on because I have a fridge full of little jars that didn’t seal.  Apparently I’m not very adept at wiping the rims.

Eat Well and Savor.

Apricot Tart

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Just kidding.  It’s actually peaches.  Mireille Guiliano says you can do It with plums and cherries.  Please remind me next year to try the cherry version.


I guess this is why French Women Don’t Get Fat:  one crust for a tart as opposed to two for a pie and only 1/4 cup plus two teaspoons of sugar.   There’s also a little almond meal and honey.  Let the fruit speak for itself.  So easy; so good.


This is an easy one; so I’ll tell you what to do.

Place pie crust in a 9-inch tart pan and poke holes in the bottom.  Bake at 400 for 10 minutes.  Mix 1/2 cup of almond meal and 1/4 cup of sugar and spread evenly over the crust.  Place your fruit of choice on top, drizzle with two teaspoons of honey, and bake for 40 minutes at 375.  Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons of almonds and 2 teaspoons of sugar.


MG recommends that you top it with a dollop of crème fraiche.  I would usually concur, but I had good old Cool Whip in the fridge.

Eat Well and Savor.