Goat Cheese Tomato Pot Pie

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For last night’s dinner, I had a deep dish pie crust, a package of goat cheese and a can of whole tomatoes to use up. This is what I went with. In the original recipe, found on Tablespoon!, the cook waxes so rapturously about it I couldn’t help but try it out. Seriously, this was a sensual experience for her. It’s pretty funny. With a toddler clinging to my knee, most of my cooking experiences are less “sensual” and more “grit yer teeth and get ‘er done” but this pie was really good all the same. I used the pie instead of a Pillsbury pie crust – I think it would probably be better with the Pillsbury, but I can’t be picky about stuff like that right now.
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Mint Chocolate Chip Rocky Road Bars

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I did tell you I was going to get back into cooking, right? What better way to start than something totally unhealthy.

I once again find myself in need of using up the elements of my fridge and pantry. Only this time: nothing can come with me. The Swiss aren’t real big on people bringing in their own food, apparently. So I’m systematically (sort of) going through my pantry, my fridge and the unplumbed depths of my freezer to try to use everything up. And so far, things aren’t going too well.
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Babies, knittings and life

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Finally I’ve gotten around to some more knitting! It’s been … a really long time. Life has just gone completely fubar over the past month or so, and taking the time to knit some choice baby wear just hasn’t been a priority.

But you know what? Life goes on and babies keep on happening. In this case, my absolutely adorable little nephew. (First nephew! I’m an aunt now!) I loved the dark colour of the knit with the bright contrasting white, and I love how it kind of has a rough and tumble feel, for a rough and tumble boy.
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Book Review Monday: The Winter Sea

The Winter Sea, by Susanna Kearsley

Book description: In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown.

Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write.

But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory, making her the only living person who knows the truth-the ultimate betrayal-that happened all those years ago, and that knowledge comes very close to destroying her…
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Book Review Monday

The Swiss Courier, by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey

I’m not going to review this book. If I’m going to be honest with you, it wasn’t very good, and if you’re going to be honest with me, you weren’t really going to go out and read this one.

I am going to use the very tenuous connection to make an announcement, about some changes in my life and lifestyle that are going to affect me, as well as this blog I expect. As happens with life’s unexpected twists and surprises, my family is uprooting from Calgary and touching down again in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Book Review Monday

Sleeping With the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War, by Hal Vaughan

Book description: Coco Chanel created the look of the modern woman and was the high priestess of couture.

She believed in simplicity, and elegance, and freed women from the tyranny of fashion. She inspired women to take off their bone corsets and cut their hair. She used ordinary jersey as couture fabric, elevated the waistline, and created bell-bottom trousers, trench coats, and turtleneck sweaters.

In the 1920s, when Chanel employed more than two thousand people in her workrooms, she had amassed a personal fortune of $15 million and went on to create an empire.

Jean Cocteau once said of Chanel that she had the head of “a little black swan.” And, added Colette, “the heart of a little black bull.”

At the start of World War II, Chanel closed down her couture house and went across the street to live at the Hôtel Ritz. Picasso, her friend, called her “one of the most sensible women in Europe.” She remained at the Ritz for the duration of the war, and after, went on to Switzerland.

For more than half a century, Chanel’s life from 1941 to 1954 has been shrouded in vagueness and rumor, mystery and myth. Neither Chanel nor her many biographers have ever told the full story of these years.

Now Hal Vaughan, in this explosive narrative—part suspense thriller, part wartime portrait—fully pieces together the hidden years of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s life, from the Nazi occupation of Paris to the aftermath of World War II.
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Quinoa Pizza Bites

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These nuggets of goodness are fantastic in theory, but the recipe itself didn’t work out for me great. My friend makes these amazing quinoa pizza things, and I thought I’d try some, finding a recipe on the internet. I think a part of my problem is that I added too much quinoa (I think? I wasn’t measuring. I just threw all the quinoa I had into it), and they didn’t hold together as well as I would have liked. Oh well, if I’m not following the recipe then it’s really my own fault. I thought these would be great for a toddler’s lunch, but alas, he won’t eat them. So I end up eating them, and that’s okay because despite everything, they taste awesome.

The original recipe is found on So Very Blessed. Also, I didn’t add any pepperoni, thinking that my son probably shouldn’t have as much prepared deli meat that I seem to enjoy. Now that he won’t eat them,  though, I wish I had added it!
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