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tropical fruit paradise / mission gorge – san diego, ca

I buy lots of group deals from Groupon, LivingSocial, Amazon Local and places like that. Lately I’ve felt like a lot of the places I’ve been to have been just kind of “meh” and not really impressive with their food or service, so when I finally went in to use one of my coupons to a little place called Tropical Fruit Paradise, I really wasn’t expecting very much. I read a couple of Yelp reviews saying they had good torta …

purple sweet potato pie
November 28th, 2012Mary, products, Recipesmary 4 Comments

Purple sweet potatoes. I’ve never seen these in the store before or really even knew of their existence until I got a bag full of them from Frieda’s Produce. With Thanksgiving on my horizon, I figured I’d try a twist on the classic sweet potato pie – replacing the normally orange colored sweet potatoes for the vibrant purple variety instead. Take my hand and let’s go on a pie-making journey!

You can see a hint of their purple color in the …

winter spice cookies with pumpkin cream
November 26th, 2012Mary, Recipesmary 3 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a food blogger potluck hosted by CC of Pink Candles at Ridgemont High. I wanted to make a little dessert to go along with some pesto pasta salad that I made and I decided I wanted to make sandwich cookies – with pumpkin filling!
Except… well. The cookies didn’t come out as planned.
And neither did the pumpkin filling.
But, not wanting to waste my efforts and deciding that the cookies still actually tasted …

deep fried turkey and corn fritters for thanksgiving
November 19th, 2012Mary, products, Recipesmary 6 Comments

Thanksgiving is coming up real fast – faster than I would like – and we’re getting heading into “you better decide what you’re doing now” territory for Thanksgivings planning. Until now our only turkey making options have been the bake-in-the-oven variety, but I recently got the opportunity to try out Masterbuilt’s Butterball Indoor Turkey Fryer to try frying a turkey for this Thanksgiving.
I did a test run of the turkey fryer this weekend to try it out before we cook …

yogurt swirl | shaved snow / mira mesa – san diego, ca
November 16th, 2012Mary, Mira Mesa, San Diego Countymary 4 Comments

I had never even heard of Shaved Snow before I saw it on Jinxi’s and Kirbie’s blog. I was immediately intrigued by it. The shaved snow looked like ribbons of deliciousness and I knew I just had to try it!
Kirbie went to Yogurt Swirl which is about 2 minutes from my house and I knew it was destiny to finally try this luscious stuff.

Jake and I had the kids last weekend and I decided we needed to try this stuff, …

gouda stuffed tortilla chip meatballs with cranberry orange ginger glaze | clash of the cooks challenge
November 14th, 2012Mary, Recipesmary 6 Comments

I like trying new things and doing new things. This was definitely a new thing in which I’m battling it out with other bloggers in the Clash of the Cooks Challenge, sponsored by Whole Foods Market. You, too, can also participate at home by creating your own holiday inspired meal with the ingredients listed below! Check out the Facebook link for more information!
Monday evening I trotted over to the Whole Foods Market in La Jolla to pick up my basket …

chuao chocolatier contest
November 13th, 2012etc, Marymary 0 Comments

I like chocolate. Maybe a little bit more than a lot. And when I say chocolate, I don’t mean Hershey’s bars – I mean the good stuff! Chuao Chocolatier is one of the companies that has the “good stuff” and they’re sponsoring a “chocolate makeover” contest. Their chocolate bars are now available in select Target stores, making their delicious wares more accessible for everyone!
Chuao is launching a Sweet Makeover sweepstakes with a chance to win a $1,000 designer shopping spree …

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