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Christmas was spent with my family on Kauai. We were there for one week although it felt like only a couple days. We had a water balloon fight, hikes, beach days, and my cousin's baby shower (congrats again, Mavi!- soo excited). There was plenty of food, wine, and fun. Not very many pictures, however. Sorry, Mom!

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I have the incredible luck of working with women who not only know how to cook but are willing to share their recipes. With the cold-front that's moved in we've been enjoying (a little) winter weather. This, coupled with the impending holidays, has created a heavenly outpouring of detailed accounts of foods that warm the body and soul.

And what better way is there to warm oneself while filling your belly than with a soupy delight? A couple friends from work, Mauna and Page, have shared their recipes for a yummy bacon corn chowder. It's creamy, tasty, and oh-so-easy. I have combined both of their recipes and added a couple spices of my own. Mauna has told me this chowder pairs well with some cheesy biscuits or a tuna melt. Yum!

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So let's start with food.

This terrible photo displays a crescent roll jelly "doughnut" I made. Raspberry. Very yum, baby.
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Here are the treats I made for our elementary fundraiser. These are chocolate covered peanut butter pretzels with sprinkles.

Here is my very first attempt at making baklava and using phyllo dough. I will definitely be making this again. I'm feeling a tropical version may be likely...
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And sunsets. Because who doesn't love sunsets? 
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Love from me to you.

Except for douches. No love for you.