Mauve Cabinets and a Bottle of Red

My two passions–Food and books

2010 in review January 2, 2011

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Well, 2010 was an interesting year for me. It definitely had its downtimes, but things are really starting to look up. I started a fantastic new job in June, and I am thriving. I have made some incredible friends over the last year, and I can’t wait to see what we get into in 2011!

I’ve never been one to make New Year’s Resolutions, but this year is an exception. 2011 is MY year. I’m going to live, and LIVE BIG! I don’t know what all is in store for me, but you can guarantee I am going to go far. There is going to be lots of amazing food, good books, fantastic people.

In typical food blogger tradition, I wanted to share with you my post popular posts from 2010. told me that I had over 3,000 visitors in 2010! I’m so excited that you enjoy the blog as much as I do, and hope to continue with this blog. Enjoy 2011 everyone!

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

Beatty’s Chocolate Cake July 2010

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Taco Pasta with Boom Boom Sauce February 2010

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Roasted Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce April 2010

Choriqueso Fritters May 2010

About Haley January 2010


Hiatus August 23, 2010

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Hey guys. I just wanted to check in and let you know that you may not see much of me for the next little while. I’m still around, and I’ll definitely be back. Just have a few things going on and I’m not up to writing much right now. If I have a recipe for you, I’ll post it, so follow me on Twitter or Facebook for updates. Or just hop over every once in awhile :). I look forward to seeing you all real soon! Keep cooking!


Shout outs! July 17, 2010

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Most of my recipes are not original. While I twist a lot of recipes in my head while driving home from work, most of my inspiration comes from other food bloggers. I subscribe to over 100 food blogs alone in my Google Reader and read them religiously. Every time I come across a recipe I want to try, it gets printed off and put in one of three binders, so that when I’m looking for a certain kind of recipe, they are all in once place. I make sure to label the recipes I printed off with the name of the blog. I was taught, in my 16 years of school, that plagiarism was wrong. I’ve seen a lot of other bloggers have their recipes ripped off and posted by someone wanting to take credit for their hard work.

I have noooo desire to do that. While I definitely use other blogger’s recipes, I always want to link to their blog so they can share some of the credit. I hope some of you have clicked on their links and gone to visit.

This morning I added a new menu to my side bar called My Inspiration. I hope you go and click on some of the links I have posted. These are only a small selection of the blogs I read–they are the ones whose recipes I’ve posted here. As I add more recipes from more blogs, that list will grow, so check back often! Go give my friends some love…just make sure you come back here and visit now and again, k?


Walk to Run Program March 12, 2010

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Just going to do a quickie this morning, but I know some of you have probably been curious. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you’ve seen me mention the Walk to Run Program I started yesterday. A favorite food blogger of mine, Pinch My Salt, wrote about it on her blog way back in August, and I flagged it in my Reader, to try for myself. I used to be a runner, back in high school, and really loved it. But I hurt my hips and for a long time any kind of exercise hurt. Now, I really want to do SOMETHING to get in shape, I really miss running, and I’d like to try to get back into it. But, if you’ve ever been injured, you know you can’t just jump right back into exercise, you have to build yourself back up to where you used to be. So, I’m trying this training program. It slowly builds you up to being able to run for 30 minutes a day, 4 days a week. I’m only on day two of the walking prep, and while I’m sore, and yes, my hips are KILLING me, I’m already feeling very energized!

Bud Coate’s Ease into this Running Program

Before you start: get your legs ready with eight days of walking:  Walk for 20 minutes a day for the first four days, then increase to 30 minutes a day for four more days.

Each week of the program, do your run/walk workouts on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

Take a rest day or an easy walk on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.

WEEK 1:  Run 2 minutes, walk 4 minutes.  Complete 5 cycles.
WEEK 2:  Run 3 minutes, walk 3 minutes.  Complete 5 cycles.
WEEK 3:  Run 5 minutes, walk 2 ½ minutes.  Complete 4 cycles.
WEEK 4:  Run 7 minutes, walk 3 minutes.  Complete 3 cycles.
WEEK 5:  Run 8 minutes, walk 2 minutes.  Complete 3 cycles.
WEEK 6:  Run 9 minutes, walk 2 minutes.  Complete 2 cycles, then run 8 minutes.
WEEK 7:  Run 9 minutes, walk 1 minute.  Complete 3 cycles.
WEEK 8:  Run 13 minutes, walk 2 minutes.  Complete 2 cycles.
WEEK 9:  Run 14 minutes, walk 1 minute.  Complete 2 cycles.
WEEK 10:  Run 30 minutes.

Note:  You may stretch out this schedule to include 2 weeks at a certain level if you feel tired after completing one.  Do not be tempted to shorten the schedule.  Remember, you are aiming for 30 minutes of uninterrupted running, not a distance.  Run as slow as you need in order to reach the goal.

From Complete Book of Running, Amby Burfoot, editor, 1997, Rodale Press

Also, check out Pinch My Salt’s thoughts on the subject here.


I’ve Moved! January 29, 2010

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I decided to move sites. I think, with adding books to my food blog, WordPress will just allow me to do so much more. It seems to be a lot more user friendly than Blogger was. We’ll see.


NaBloWriMo November 1, 2009

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I don’t know about ya’ll, but I’m really enjoying this food blog thing. I love doing the research, which for me, basically means subscribing to every other food blog I come across and printing off every recipe that looks good. Those recipes go into 3 binders that are tabbed into sections. Then, when it’s time to go grocery shopping, I go through and do a meal plan for the next two weeks. I follow the recipes when I cook, making my own changes and annotations as I go, then do a post that night (or sometimes the day after). Recipes I don’t like get thrown away, Good ones get starred and put back in the binder for the next time we get a craving.

The blog has given me an outlet for my creativity in the kitchen, and it’s challenged me to cook a lot more often. Those of you familiar with the blogging world will know what NaBloWriMo is, but for those who aren’t, here you go:
November is National Blog Writing Month. Basically, the goal is to write 30 posts in 30 days! Holy crapola. Now that is a challenge!
I can’t guarantee that I will cook every night, but I am going to post a recipe every night. I have lots of starred recipes that I’ve made before I started blogging that I know you guys will love. Hold on to your hats kids. This may be a crazy ride!
Go here if you want to read more about NaBloWriMo!

No cheese??? October 17, 2009

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I’m sorry for my absence. If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you know I have had a horrible week. There has just been no energy leftover for cooking, and the state of my kitchen is a wreck. Today is full of chores, laundry, last week’s dishes (yes I know, gross, but it’s been THAT bad of a week), and grocery shopping. Because this has been the summary of my cooking excursions this week:

I’m hoping to have a post up tonight, if not tonight, definitely tomorrow.