A Star is Born #IMHO

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I spotted it from the start & she’s continued to be awesome.
Harry Connick Jr saw it too. #justsayin
No matter the results at the end of American Idol, this girl has “it”. I can see her soaring.  Like with the other few from show (Kelly Clarkson,  Carrie Underwood,  Daugherty, Jennifer Hudson, Kellie Pickler…..)…this one will become an American Idol.

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Aside from #HarryConnickJr (haha) , this is the beauty of this season…a true beauty, with an obvious gift.

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Hey….I don’t talk about, let alone POST about #AmericanIdol; so while I’m at it I might as well throw some pics of him to look at, right? He’s amazing #RealTalk. To be that dang pretty & such a great person at same time?  Whoa…wifey hit the jackpot ♥

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Very smart man, kind, with more character,  morals, standards & bullocks than what we get to see gracing the TV. And such nice packaging too Lord

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JENA ASCUITTO
( Jena Irene Asciutto)

Payphone (Steve Acho feat. Jena Irene & “Munch”):

Jena Irene Asciutto – Bring Me to Life – American…:

Jena Irene “Clarity” | IDOL TOP 10 | LIVE 3-19-14:

SO…THERE’S MY PREDICTION

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Food for Thought on Love, Parenting & God

Love, God, parenting, #LOVE ♥

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Fig Bars

Black Mission Fig Bars ~

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#figlove

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When not available locally, 
I get them at WinCo Foods .

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INGREDIENTS:
•16 ounces black mission figs, coarsely chopped
• ½ cup chopped walnuts
• 1/3 cup sugar
• ¼ orange juice (hello tree)
• 2 tablespoons hot water
• ½ cup butter, softened
• 1 cup packed brown sugar
• 1 large egg

Heat oven to 350°F. Coat 13×9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Combine figs, walnuts, sugar, orange juice and hot water; set aside. Beat together butter and sugar until creamy. Add egg and mix until smooth. Stir in flour and baking soda; blend in oats to make a soft dough. Reserve 1 cup dough. With floured fingertips, press thin layer of remaining dough in bottom of prepared pan. Firmly pat fig mixture over dough. Drop reserved dough by teaspoonfuls over top, allowing fig mixture to show between drops. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan. Drizzle with orange glaze*. Makes 36 bars.

*Orange glaze:
Stir together 1/2 cup powdered sugar & 3-4 teaspoons orange juice until smooth.
• 1½ cups all-purpose flour
• ½ teaspoon baking soda
• 1¼ cups old-fashioned oats

Some photos by Lily Nicole

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Roasted Black Mission Figs with Crumbled Blue Cheese and Honey

Black Mission figs, stemmed and sliced in half
1/4 – 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese, depending on your preference
Honey for drizzling
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place fig halves in a baking dish, cut side up.  Evenly distribute crumbled blue cheese over figs.  Bake for 10-15 minutes until the figs are hot and the cheese is melted.  Remove from the oven and drizzle with honey before serving.  Serve immediately.

Another recipe similar, along with MANY on the Web, with goat cheese, bri.. → http://www.figswithbri.com/?p=480

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Coconut Mango Muffins – She Bakes Here

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Coconut Mango Muffins – She Bakes Here.
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In the link above, that recipe likes mango puree or food processor method, no chunks of mango. I will add another who does like chunks of mango…all personal preferences .
My plan….
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to make them for brunch on the patio

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Mango Coconut Muffins

(Adapted from Five Points Brunch Cookbook)

1 mango diced small (about 1 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1 cup granulated sugar
1 stick of butter (8 tablespoons), room temp (plus more for tins)
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons baking powder

Preheat oven to 350° and butter muffin tins. 
In large bowl cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy, either by hand or in mixer for a few minutes. Add eggs, cinnamon, salt and vanilla into the butter mixture, beat until well combined. Add half the flour and mix well, add the milk and continue to mix, add the remaining flour and baking powder until incorporated (the batter will be thick). Gently fold in the mango and coconut.Spoon into prepared baking tins or paper cups filling 3/4 full. (I used paper cups and it yielded 10 muffins). Optionally top muffins with a few bits of coconut and small mango pieces. Bake for 25-30 minutes until muffins are light golden brown and firm to touch. Serve warm or room temperature. Best the day they are made, store in air tight container.

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Pasta with Corn, Ham & Cheese

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I didn’t have any ditalini but the tiny shells worked!
Nor ham or pancetta. But I had BACON! So lardon it is!!!

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#PecorinoRomano 

#EVOO (#Tuscan)

….on this last serving I tried asiago. It’s still good but the pecorino ronano was better :D

Originally posted on dawn spitfire's blog:

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RECIPE at link →
http://wp.me/pBGLO-pV

When I don’t have pancetta ; D

Pasta with Corn, Ham & Cheese

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Would be good with peas, green onions & of course pancetta ♥

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I did not buy that whole wheel!

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Alright…I will not post this again

LOL LOL
Time to get cookin’ ♥

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#RAOK

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
Idea #1 ~

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Share Fresh Produce With Your Neighbors ~

Anyone who’s ever kept a garden has probably experienced having an abundance of a certain fruit or vegetable, like zuchinni. Oftentimes, we let this extra produce go to waste, when we could be sharing it with family, friends and neighbors.Sharing fresh produce is a great way to do something both nice and helpful for others. Not only is fresh produce healthier and tastier than items purchased at the store, but you can save that person a trip to the market and provide them the opportunity to cook a healthy meal. Fresh produce from your garden also provides a great way for people to connect to the local community. Who knows, maybe you will inspire others to grow gardens in their yards too!

Benefits:

The great nutrients and extra vitamins found in locally-grown fruits and vegetables are good for your body, but eating locally is also for the environment and your community. For instance, it saves money and energy that is spend when importing produce from other places. Sharing produce with others helps them save time and money. Sharing produce with others also provides a good opportunity for you and your family to interact with people in your community.

Step It Up:

Cook a meal with your garden fresh produce and take it to someone for dinner. You can also find low-income families in your area and share your produce with them! Kids can help by delivering the produce to people in their neighborhood and community.

Keep It Simple:

Don’t have time to grow a garden? Visit a farmers market and buy local produce for your friends and family. This is still a great way to eat healthy, and it benefits your community by keeping money in your local economy.

Resources:

Tips on growing a garden
Read about the environmental and health benefits of eating local produce
Find local farmers markets and farms
Author Michael Pollan provides valuable information on eating locally. Visit his website for books, articles and resources

by THE RANDOM ACTS OFKINDNESS FOUNDATION 

Not that any1 should need a website to live a life of being kind and random acts of kindness being part of one’s life. However,  it is an interesting site…with the science on it, etc.

I’m not going to explain the following photos. They all involve random acts of kindness, in different ways; like animal rescues, sharing food, making coffee for someone, giving to and from and → TIME. Quality time!

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There’s a lot of it here →
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It SHOULD start very early…a way of living. Mindset ♡
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And on….and on…..
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Crostini with Fresh Mozzarella and Caramelized Pears

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Sharing … ( saving for self )

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Crostini with Fresh Mozzarella and Caramelized Pears Ronit Penso

Crostini (“little toasts” in Italian) are a great way to make an easy yet impressive appetizer. The toppings are endless and are up to your liking, so mix and match.
I like the combination of cheese and fruit, as seen here. * If you don’t have Vegetarian friends coming over (like I had the day photos were taken), add some good quality thinly sliced Prosciutto on top of the cheese.

What will you need?

Crostini with Fresh Mozzarella and Caramelized Pears Ronit Penso

Fresh crusty baguette (here I’ve used one with seeded crust, but it’s optional) – sliced medium thick, grilled or toasted, at room temperature.
1Large ripe but firm Bosc Pear
Olive Oil (light for cooking, extra virgin for brushing)
Light brown sugar
Kosher salt (preferably Diamond Crystal)
Freshly ground black pepper (4 peppers mix is even better)
Fresh Mozzarella cheese (if you can find one from Buffalo milk one, grab it!) sliced medium thick
Washed and…

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