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Today in Texas, we’re  anxiously awaiting a “cold” front that should plummet us down to 80 degrees for our highs this week. I’m wearing jeans and a long sleeve shirt to celebrate the coming of fall. Football, leaf piles, pumpkin harvests, sock monkey slippers, and that undeniable tinge in the air makes me deliriously happy. Although, with the prospect of autumn weather bringing autumn produce, I fear it’s now time to say goodbye to summer here. This summer has been an amazing one full of incredible adventures and amazing opportunities. I’m certainly regretful that I didn’t spend much time here on ISMS. I

Overnight Chia Seed Pudding with Cherry Compote

Back-to-school craziness has died down here a bit – just a bit – and with work starting to become more manageable these days, I’m finally getting back here to the blog. In all my sock monkey wearing slipper glory and the pajamas I haven’t seemed to come out of at noon, I’m left in a quiet house wondering how in the heck did my child grow up so fast. One day I’m holding 1 pound of fierce awesomeness in my hands and the next she’s telling me she has a much older boyfriend (6 years old mind you and only two

Raspberry Witbier Cocktail

Raspberry Witbier Cocktail

4 | August 31, 2014

Summer is slowly coming to a close and although I will miss splashes in the water, wildflowers, and sweating indoors, I’m looking forward to cooler temps and enjoying my patio again! We’ve got about one more month of summer-like temps here in Texas before we can dabble in fall’s cool breezes. To celebrate the changing of seasons and kiss summer goodbye, we’ve created a refreshing cocktail to enjoy with our last month of grilling and summer brunches. Combining the flavor of summer raspberries and Witbier, one of my favorite ales to drink in the fall, this beer cocktail is beyond refreshing! Along

Cashew Coconut Blueberry Energy Bites

It’s been a madhouse around here. Between getting my daughter started with her first week of kindergarten and juggling the busy season of my recipe development business I honestly can’t tell you what my name is anymore or which shoe goes on what foot. I’m walking around like a zombie from the lack of sleep — so much so that my 5-year-old daughter lead me to the couch, gave me an ice pack, a magazine, and told me to relax. A martini would have been better but let’s not teach her how to do that until college. Now that’s bad.

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Yesterday, was a rough day. For some reason the holiday recipe development season was delayed a month and now I have clients stockpiled to the ceiling in a mad rush to get recipes and or photography before everything goes to press for Thanksgiving. I’m certainly not complaining. I’ve been very blessed to create a successful business on my own when my family needed it most. Now, it’s all about balancing a full-time career in hopes to pay the mortgage every month, a child entering kindergarten, and a husband who’s desperately trying to find his own path in the world and starting

Copper Rover Salmon - Cordova, Alaska #salmon #travel #copperriversalmon

I woke up with a brisk breeze in the air, the sound of water gently breaking, and the never setting sun peaking in my window. My eyes creaked open to stunning mountains and glass waters to realize I’d woken up in Alaska — a far cry from dry hot Texas. For over a year now, I’d dreamt of the moment I finally saw the waters where the Copper River Salmon, a salmon that has bewitched me lately, originate. What I thought was going to be a trip to see a fish turned into much more when I realized it’s not

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Affogato Amaretto

12 | July 31, 2014

In just a few short weeks, summer will come to a close. We’ll still have the scorching heat for a few more weeks but it will be time to kiss that curly blonde head goodbye in the morning as she heads off to her first days of kindergarten. Playful excitement during the days will soon be replaced by the sounds of my own footsteps mingling with the deep rumbling snores of Jack the labradork asleep on the couch. I’ll certainly miss the time we have together in the summers but thankful there’s more time to work during the day and possibly,

Chorizo Shrimp On Goat Cheese Polenta

With sleeping bags rolled and mosquito spray in hand, I’m packing up to go on our first camping trip. Well, it’s not exactly our first. About 6 years ago, my husband and I filled our packs and headed for the Ouachita Trail in Oklahoma. Our plan was to backpack the trail till Arkansas, about 50 miles. Backpacking was something we did quite often and this was supposed to be just another adventure. Unfortunately, a few things got in our way and we only made it half way. First it was a bear. Then it was another bear and yet another bear

Grown Up Meals For Kids

Grown Up Meals For Kids

12 | July 23, 2014

“Do you really feed your family the way you cook on your blog?” I hear that more often than you’d think. I get it, in a society wrapped up in pre-cooked meals and freezer to fryer foods it sometimes seems that you’re the odd one out when you choose to feed your family fresh from scratch meals. The answer is yes — everything I cook is consumed by every member of my family, including the 5-year-old and sometimes the sneaky dog. When my daughter was born prematurely with necrotizing enterocolitis (a serious intestinal disease common in preemies), we knew from the get

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Vanilla Peach Panna Cotta

9 | July 22, 2014

Peach season in Texas is an event I look forward to all year. I know other states claim the peach as their own, but I have to say Texas peaches are severely overlooked. Sweet syrup running down your chin on a hot summer’s day is what summer’s all about. Until recently, I had yet to get my hands on a peach in the kitchen because every pound I buy seems to vanish in an instant. Fresh and juicy is my favorite way to eat these fuzzy gems but once I’ve had my fill of to the kitchen I go. Cooking

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I’m currently over looking a gorgeous site. Pristine cool waters, lush green mountains, and all sorts of wildlife surrounds me. Alaska is an amazing and breathtaking land that whispers mystery and captures my heart. Although I’ll be sad to leave tomorrow, I can’t wait to get back home and share all of my experiences and the sites from Cordova with you. For now, it’s raining and I’m forced to take some time for myself… and whats the first thing I do? Write a recipe. I should be sleeping as I’m not getting near enough with all of the excitement around

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Seed Waffles

Do you have a weekend staple breakfast — that recipe that everyone requests on Saturday morning? In our house it’s waffles. The resident 5-year-old is a waffle fanatic. Who could blame her? Waffles are magical crispy pillowy bites of amazingness. If I didn’t make them myself, I’d swear only pink unicorns with rainbow laser beam eyes could make such greatness. Even when I was a kid I loved waffles. My parents didn’t cook often and we certainly didn’t have a waffle maker so every Saturday morning, I’d sneak over to my neighbor’s house in my pjs for the best Belgian waffles