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Moved On Upgrade to a Dot-Com Domain in The Sky

Yesterday I upgraded to a domain and hosting service for my WordPress blog. I have many subscribers and followers on SpiceOpolis.wordpress and I wanted to let you know that I relocated the blog. When you go to SpiceOpolis now, it will automatically redirect you to the site. There is a subscribe button on that page located on the right-hand side, please resubscribe so you don’t miss out on any future recipes or menus. I can’t wait to see you again. this experience has been thrilling and nerve-racking but I am excited for it. Thank you for joining me on this wonderful adventure!! ❤

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Posted by on September 10, 2011 in Journal


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Color Theory Inspiration

I’m working on a design and this is my pallet inspiration wall!


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Dinner and a Movie Night

Tonight after the girls came home from their first day of school and asked “Hey Mom, what’s for dinner?” I said, “It’s your favorite stuffed shells recipe. The girls responded, “Lets have a dinner and a movie night tonight.” SO.. we are!

We have not blogged an official dinner and a movie night in a long time. This will be an interesting one!


August 29th, 2011 Dinner and a Movie Night


Letters to Juliet  


Spinach Stuffed Jumbo Shells & Fruit Kabob Salad

*What Is Dinner and a Movie Night, you ask? Well, just like the old T.V. show with the same name (that TBS brought back after a long hiatus); we cook and eat a meal together while watching a movie that corresponds to the meal some how. Much bonding time and many laughs are had during this event! It is so fun that no one ever remembers to snap photographs!

Try this one night a month with your own family/friends! Feel free to post a link to any photo’s you take of your own event (If you remember to take pic’s)


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Injury Update 2

My cervical spine will need surgery to repair three cervical vertebrae, to fill in the spaces with a plastic-like material. I’ll also need surgery on both ears to repair significant hearing loss stemming from bone growth in the middle ears. The head pain is still present. Surgery wont be until late summer if I go through with it at all. Until then I’ll wear a neck brace everywhere.


I hope to be well enough to get back into my kitchen tomorrow! Thank you all for the support you’ve given me!


Posted by on February 19, 2011 in Journal, Vegetarian


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Injury Update

Today is day 10 of this severe pain and I see another Doctor. I am extremely frustrated. I tried to get into my kitchen and cook dinner two days ago but it was a mess, I mean a Mess! I couldn’t stand without pain and so I think I rushed the timing, so everything tasted like crap! That is embarrassing to me! My blood pressure is way out of whack, and even sound makes my heart race. I really wish I knew what was wrong and I wish even more that each doctor I go to wouldn’t make me start at square one. When I’m all better I will come back here and laugh at this post, I’m sure. Until then here is a picture I found on the internet.

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Posted by on February 15, 2011 in Journal


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12 Days of Christmas

Please join me in a song about how this holiday season has been going.

Sung to the jingle of The 12 Days of Christmas.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me: One pizza made with mozzarella cheese.

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Two puppy puke piles.

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Three hours of shoveling.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Four over draft charges.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Five purple balls. (don’t ask)

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Six strings of lights.

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Seven sitting sneezes.

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Eight board games playing.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Nine loads of laundry.

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Ten sugar cookies.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Eleven jolly jingles.

On the Twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Twelve French Cuss Words.

And a pizza made with mozzarella cheese.

Happy Holidays!

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Posted by on December 15, 2010 in Journal, Parenting, Vegetarian


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Kitchen Gift Ideas

Around Christmas everyone starts asking behind the backs of the chefs/cooks they love “Do you know what _____ would like for Christmas?” Because apparently a person who is amazing in the kitchen is difficult to buy for. I can understand the assumption that one may make about an amazing chef, that is; they must already have all the equipment they need or else how could they make things that taste like Heaven itself?!

Here is a nice, low-cost list of kitchen gadgets, appliances, and tools every kitchen would love to acquire.

I have been wanting a microplane like this for a long time. I think every kitchen should have one to make zesting cleaner and easier. It’s also great for grating chocolate, nuts, and in a bind you could make bread crumbs with it too!

These round dough cutters would be very cool for making biscuits, cookies, and even tops for individual pot-pies!

Every time I make split-pea soup or hummus or a salad dressing or sauce, I wish I had this hand immersion/blender in my kitchen!

I could have that bottle of wine I’d like to serve with supper already open, aerated, and chilled by the time I put the plates on the table (And do it all by myself) with this wine bottle opener.

Over the years I have tried every coffee maker there is on the market. I have been so disappointed in my purchases that during one month I bought four different coffee makers. Until I bought the Mr Coffee 12 cup coffee maker. I’ve had it a year now and she still brews up a delicious pot of my morning Colombian like the first day I pulled her out of her packaging womb. If you’re like me and you cannot survive the day without a cup of coffee you’ll be needing a great coffee maker too!

Another item I could not live without would be my crockpot. Over my 17 years of parenting I have been through many of these and I haven’t found my favorite yet. I keep two of different sizes on hand and I use them every week because honestly, I have more spunk in the morning (it could be the coffee) and fixing dinner when you have more spunk trumps ordering pizza when you are so strung out from a day of never ending stress that you can’t stand the sound of your family’s voice. I use this little beast to keep me sane!

The Chef Pan; This baby is my best friend in my kitchen. I cook practically everything in it. I got it this year and I actually don’t know what I did before I had one! Remember to not use metal or a scratch pad on it!

I want to make a plea for liquid measuring cups here. I know grabbing the measuring cup that you use for flour, sugar, and other dry ingredients is just plain simpler but having this liquid measuring cup not only helps keep baking consistent, it makes any chef/cook look cool too!

This list could go on and on until tomorrow so I’ll stop here for now. This list should give anyone a great start on what to get the cook in their life!


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