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Happy New Year!

I hope you enjoyed your New Year’s celebrations, whatever they may have been, and safely returned (or stayed) home. I know the folks on the road here were crazy — and that was well before dark!

I’ve never been much for resolutions. They’re more likely to make me feel guilty rather than inspired. Instead of setting myself up for failure, I’ll share with you some of the things I hope to accomplish this year.

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Christmas Eve is nigh!

It’s almost Christmas Eve and I’ve been busily baking up a storm all week. A very slow storm who stops and rests quite a bit. Luckily, I’ve only got a head cold and it’s been manageable, but I still have a lot to accomplish today and tomorrow.

Christmas Eve is when my husband has traditionally celebrated Christmas and we’ll be continuing that tradition together, seeing family on Christmas day and following. We have plans for a great Christmas dinner, including one meal we’ve quite literally been waiting all year to have.

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A Rare Saturday Post

Thick & Fluffy Tortillas

Remember my post about Tequila Lime Chicken Tacos? I made fluffy tortillas from scratch (and oooh, were they ever good!) based on a recipe from one of my favorite bloggers: Suzanne McMinn of Chickens in the Road. (She has a lot of really good recipes, including one for what she calls “Grandmother Bread” that’s an easy bread recipe that is in my pile of recipes to make.)

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Things I Learned While Catering

Wedding Catering: Sandwiches and Salads

So, my husband, the amateur photographer, did the photography, including some traditional poses. A friend of the groom’s did the cake. My brother-in-law played piano while his wife handled all of the decorations. I volunteered to feed everyone. The bride had some requests: Simple, down-home lunch with mini-sandwiches. Lots of strawberries (her favorite fruit) along with more fruits and veggies. A few different appetizers, maybe some desserts (no one knew if there would be a wedding cake as procuring one hit several snags).

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Baking up a storm

Ķiploku karstmaizītesĶiploku karstmaizītes, Čili Pica, Liepāja, Latvija
(Toasted garlic bread sticks with a cheesy dipping sauce at a very popular pizza joint)

My step-brother is getting married on Saturday and my husband and I are catering the reception. It’s a small affair, thankfully, but I underestimated the amount of work involved in sourcing ingredients and researching recipes.

For now, I leave you with a few memories from Latvia.

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