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Cherry salsa.

I had this idea after eating Mexican food with my mom. No I didn’t. I’m lying. I mean I did, because they had a mango salsa and she loves the peach salsa I make her every year.  I was thinking of what other kinds of unique salsa I could make for the summer. But the […]

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canning | canning tips & tricks | cherry | d.i.y. (do it yourself) | desserts | freezer jam | frozen | fruit | ice cream | jam | jars | no-bake | preserved foods | preserves | quick & easy | recipe | seasonal | vanilla

Cherry vanilla freezy freaker jam.

Confession: I have never made a freezer jam. Never. In my 6+ years of canning, I have not once made a jam that is no-cook, pop in the freezer. I skipped right over all that and went right to the hard stuff. People say it’s so simple for a beginner and its an easy way […]

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babies | Cupcake Rehab news! | mom life | unrelated

Oh baby!

Okay, okay. I know it’s been FOREVER. But… I have a new layout. Oh yeah, and, uh…. some news. Kinda big news. The times they are a-changin’…  I actually can’t believe it still, despite the fact we’re in the second trimester. I mean, how did this happen? Well I KNOW HOW IT HAPPENED. Thanks to […]

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anniversaries | I love... | weddings

Two years (yet almost 14).

Exactly two years ago today, I up and got married to my one & only. Suited in black (both of us) & wearing wingtips (again, both of us), with my grandmother’s ring on my finger, photos of our departed loved ones closest to my heart and with my great-grandfather Tom Rooney’s tie clip on his […]

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Hot Vampire’s blood cocktail… aka hot cocoa.

(This was originally written for a contributor post on eighteen25, go take a look and see! And look for more posts by me over there soon.) Ahhh, welcome to October! It’s finally time! I’ve been waiting for this for over a month. It’s time. IT’S TIME. It’s time for Halloween! It’s my favorite time of year. And this year, I’ve […]

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Quick peach cobbler.

How’s your summer going, everyone!? I hope you’re all eating and drinking and growing (veggies- not your waistline) and swimming and beaching your way through the season. I haven’t had much time to bake, plus it’s been hot. But after having some peaches left after my first foray into the 2016 peach/nectarine portion of my […]

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