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Hazelnut Pie Crust (Grain-Free!)

Something very good happened in my kitchen this week, and I thought you should know about it. I made a grain-free hazelnut pie crust. And this pie crust was perfect: light, buttery, golden, crispy, and delicious.Let me back up for just a minute, though. Last year around this time, my grain-free world was rocked by […]

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So Thankful

I just wanted to take a moment to wish my American readers a Happy Thanksgiving, and to express some of the things I am grateful for this year. This is the fifth Thanksgiving we have spent overseas since our move to Europe in 2010, and it’s the first one that I have been able to […]

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Family

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La Feria!

Ever since we arrived here in Spain, everyone has been talking about La Feria. How much fun it would be, about getting outfits ready, about which towns had the best one… Feria, feria, feria! Of course I was immediately wondering what it was all about, and especially if it was being over-hyped.Well, at long last, […]

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Life in Spain

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A Gift Guide for Ladies

How about a gift guide for ladies?  After I published 30 Classy Gifts for Gentlemen, my husband remarked that he really wished someone would make a similar one for all the guys out there to help them shop for their ladies.  Well. I am more than willing to help a guy out!  Of course, these […]

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30 Classy Gifts for Gentlemen

So, I’m not going to lie– I love Christmas shopping!  Even though I’m a minimalist at heart, thinking of gifts for people I love is really one of my favorite things in the world.  And surprising someone with an item they didn’t even know they wanted (but they love!) is the best.  Christmas is going […]

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Winter Project: A DIY Wreath from Foraged Materials

Today I have a really fun and beautiful project for you: A DIY wreath made with foraged materials. On Saturday, we took a family walk as usual, and I brought clippers for cutting wreath-making supplies. Everything in this wreath was foraged, and there are so many possibilities for how you can design yours, based on what you find around you.

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Foraging

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Glühwein: A Recipe for Cozy Times

Is it cold in your neck of the woods?  Temperatures are dropping pretty steadily over here.  Our little Victorian row house is full of charm– and full of cracks, where the cold winds blow right in.  We don’t want an astronomical heating bill, and we have already asked our landlord to do some weatherizations… And […]

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Saffron & Rose Persian Love Ice Cream

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share an extra-special ice cream recipe with you.  This is an ode to my favorite cake, called Persian Love Cake— it is incredibly light and perfume-y.  I have made this cake for extra-special occasions, including baby showers, bridal showers, and even my cousin’s wedding.  One of the […]

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Christmas Charm at Elveden

How do you go about procuring your Christmas tree?  Usually, getting a tree is the first ritual for us in celebrating the Christmas season.  But I’ll be honest with you– most trees I’ve had have come from a huge selection at a K-Mart parking lot.  Nothing too romantic about it, that’s for sure.  Last year, […]

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Life in England