The light. Have you ever noticed how the light changes with the seasons? The days are definitely shorter but the light seems ‘cooler’ as well but maybe that’s my imagination? I don’t know if getting older makes me more aware of my surroundings or if it’s because I’m a photographer and videographer who’s always looking for the light, looking for the details, looking for the story – but I notice the tiniest of details as Mother Nature begins her march into a new season. [click to continue…]

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52 sundays; september 14, 2014 – WHY I STAYED, WHY I LEFT

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‘. . . run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal.’ ~Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar I could be cleaning my house, running the sweeper, mopping the floors, […]

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GLUTEN-FREE CROCKPOT ENCHILADAS

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We’re three weeks in to the new semester for The Professor (hey, that rhymes!) and our fall calendar is color-coded with activites through December; way back when I was a single mom, I assumed, incorrectly, that when my kids were grown and on their own, life would slow down. While there are no more high-school […]

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INDIANA SWEET CORN GELATO WITH BLUEBERRY SWIRL

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Can you believe it’s September???? Does this surprise you as much as it does me???? And why am I using multiple question marks???? I have no idea. Other than I’m truly gobsmacked September is here and I’m not ready to let go of summer – can I just get an ‘amen?!’ It’s still hot and humid […]

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GLUTEN-FREE PEAR CIDER

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Hard Cider has quite the colorful history here in America; in fact, during Colonial times in the Eastern States, Cider was more popular than beer, wine or whiskey. It was far more difficult to grow grains for beer than it was to grow apples so seeds were brought over from England, orchards were established and […]

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GLUTEN-FREE CORN DOG MINIS

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I have a guilty pleasure. Actually more than one but I’m only going to out myself with this: I have a thing for hot dogs. And I don’t even care if you scrunch up your nose and shout an audible ‘ewwwwww’ - it’s totally fine. I’ll just eat yours too. And for the record, I loved fried […]

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CHILAQUILES CASSEROLE AND THE BIG POTLUCK

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I will always hold a special place in my heart for The Big Potluck – it was the very first ‘conference’ I attended after launching Smith Bites; it was also the first time I’d traveled sans The Professor since we had married. I was nervous about actually meeting people who I’d only conversed with online […]

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BLUEBERRY SPOON FRUIT

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The summer air is warm and muggy; grated metal chairs surround outdoor tables waiting for guests to appear. Inside, a smile at the check-in station and murmured conversations blend with Aretha Franklin’s ‘Chain of Fools’ as the steady hiss of an espresso machine pulls one silky, caramel stream after another into warmed, waiting mugs. Booths […]

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GLUTEN-FREE JAM CROSTATA

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I left my home in Washington State in 1996 and remember writing the word ‘Rome’  in my journal; I had never traveled out of the country and had absolutely no reason to think I would be going to Europe let alone Italy, any time soon. But I did. In December of 1997 I traveled with a […]

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BRICK SPATCHCOCKED LEMON CHICKEN

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It’s glorious here in the Midwest this time of year; yes, it’s hot and yes, the bugs are out in full force, but nearly every day is blue sky and white clouds. Our gardens grow abundantly (as do the weeds!), the new pond is balanced and both fish and plants are happy; the bees have […]

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52 sundays; june 29, 2014

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Well we’re home; a little jet-lagged but home and sleeping in our own bed after a 24-hour travel day. I have to admit that the last leg of our journey was grueling in a very small puddle-jumper with about 35 teeny-tiny seats of which I’m convinced were made of concrete and wooden spikes; it felt […]

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