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What I’m Listening to: Exercise Your Brain!

Ever since having babies, I have this “thing” that makes it really hard for me to read large blocks of text. I’ve never had it diagnosed nor have I even mentioned it to a professional. It’s either a mental condition or I’m just too lazy to get past 3 paragraphs. Either way, It’s not slowed me down one bit, I’ve just stuck to …

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Time to make some changes

Last night, I had a dream that I suffered from a concussion and couldn’t remember the past 24 hours. It was such a strange feeling, dreaming of “I wonder if this is real or if this is a dream” but then concluding that it was NOT a dream. Immediate dream-panic. At the moment of peak panic, I startled myself awake. Naturally, the first …

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Trying my best to explain why I had fish sperm in the refrigerator

So I posted on Facebook: Andrew is my 10 year old son. I wasn’t going to elaborate further on FB, nor did I even intended to bring this up on my  blog (it would seem to be somewhat inappropriate for a food blog) but I feel like I must TRY to explain, since I’ve had 5 friends decline invitations to …

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Hatching Baby Ducks!

Almost exactly a month ago, we ordered 20 fertile duck eggs online and 2 incubators – one for each of the boys’ classrooms. For 27 days, the kids took daily measurements of the eggs (weighing each egg over time), monitored growth through a candler, made sure the eggs were rotated and kept the temperature and humidity in check. Each egg was …

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Cancer sucks.

  Sometimes, it takes a massive emotional jolt to really start taking care of yourself.  For my assistant, Cheri, it took a sudden, heart-wrenching stage 4 cancer diagnosis for her Dad. He wasn’t feeling well, went to the doctor….and then walked out of the door, shocked with a “death sentence” in hand. This was 5 months ago. For me, a good …

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Cheating Little Duck!

Each morning, after breakfast and before school, the kids go out and do their morning chores, which includes feeding the chickens, gathering eggs, watering the garden and feeding the ducks. We started out with 2 ridiculously handsome Pekin ducklings and 1 Khaki Campbell duckling but lost one of the Pekin to either an eagle or hawk. We can now tell that Nibbles …

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Buster Blue: May 27, 2012 – August 26, 2013

Our sweet Buster Blue passed away yesterday. May doggie heaven be full of big bones to chew…. ….big fish to catch… …fluffy down pillows to sleep on… …baby ducks to sniff… …no baths…. …and new best friends… *** Pythiosis: Swamp Cancer Buster’s death was sudden. We didn’t even have a chance to say our goodbyes. For the past few days, …

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Steamy Kitchen Triple Whammy

In any normal situation, I wouldn’t take a photo of myself right after an hour’s worth of tennis playing in 95F Florida heat, where the air is so muggy, thick and humid you practically chew every breath. I think one of my eyelids melted off. (Don’t ask my why I live in South Florida until January, when I’m in my …

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Spiralizer Comparison

My new obsession: vegetable spiralizers! My friend Cheri from The Watering Mouth introduced me to this amazing recipe for Zucchini Pasta with Creamy Avocado Sauce and ever since we’ve been pulling out all my different spiralizers that I’ve collected and we’ve finally done a really thorough comparison. You can get a great idea of what they all do and which …

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How we edit food photos

Hello my friends! This year, I’ve had so many food bloggers ask me how we process and organize all of the tens of thousands of photos and videos on Steamy Kitchen. I thought I’d create a little video on our workflow with my friend and Steamy Kitchen assistant, Cheri Alberts of The Watering Mouth. I’m lucky to have someone so …

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Food Blog Forum Orlando

Every year, we keep out-doing ourselves when creating Food Blog Forum events. It’s a great thing (I’m not complaining), but one of these days, there will be no way to “wow” food bloggers unless we host the event on a cruise ship to the Caribbean. Hmmm…..maybe…one day. What Todd, Diane, Scott and I love most about FBF is that the …

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Our Family Motto: Magical Moments

I want to share something with you, a video that gives you a little glimpse into our everyday lives. The video is a present from our “family” – Todd and Diane of White on Rice Couple. Scott and I had a chance to see them for a few minutes right before our talk at the International Assocation of Culinary Professionals …