Kiss & Hug Cookies

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Kiss & Hug Cookies Adapted from Hershey’s Kisses Peanut Butter Blossoms Makes about 4 dozen cookies 48 Hershey’s Kisses Chocolates (pieces of milk chocolate can be substituted) 1/2 cup shortening 3/4 cup Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread) 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar 1 egg 2 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups all-purpose […]

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Utah: Good Fun & Good Food

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We’re home!  It was a wonderful, albeit quick trip to Utah.  The girls had a blast, of course.  Grandma’s house is always a good place for doing fun things like riding horses, playing in the sink, and dying Easter eggs. We enjoyed our time with family and friends, as well as some good food.  Squirrel […]

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Mr. Fuji, Grill Master & Husband/Father Extraordinaire

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I still remember the first time I saw Mr. Fuji.  I was at a party and caught a glimpse of him from across the room.  Our eyes met and he smiled at me. I think I fell in love right there and then.  If you met my Mr. Fuji, you’d quickly realize that his personality […]

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Time to celebrate!

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I’m in an exceptionally good mood today.  I can actually breathe out of one of my nostrils, which I’m thinking is cause enough to celebrate.  But on top of that it’s also Mr. Fuji’s birthday!  I feel lucky to be married to such a wonderful guy who is so good to me and to our […]

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Happy Birthday Bug!

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Not to be cliché, but time really does fly!  A year ago today, Bug went from being here, to being here. We have enjoyed watching her funny little personality blossom and grow.  As of today, her favorite food is spaghetti squash with marinara sauce and parmesan cheese and her favorite activity is digging through the […]

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Warming Up With Cioccolata Calda (Italian Hot Chocolate)

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We are currently in Utah enjoying spending time with family.  It has been snowy and cold the whole time we’ve been here, which I guess is to be expected, since it is winter. But I must say that living in Southern California for the past year and a half has turned me into a total […]

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Happy Birthday Squirrel!

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Happy Birthday Squirrel!  Thanks for being my helper in the kitchen and my chief taste tester.  You're cute, even when you have a messy face.  I love you.  All I want to know is, how is it possible that you're three already???

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Helping to End Childhood Hunger With Cookies

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Earlier this week I had the privilege of being with a dear friend in the hospital when she gave birth to a beautiful little baby girl.  Holding a baby that is only minutes old is an incredible experience–you can't help but love that little bundle in your arms.  Holding my friend's baby brought back vivid […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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As Thanksgiving draws to a close, I can't help but feel so grateful for so many things.  The Fuji family is currently in Utah.  We attended the funeral of my grandma this past weekend and then stuck around to be with family for Thanksgiving. I am grateful for family. I am grateful for my children. […]

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Grandma: Raiding the larder of my memory.

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Although I wasn’t planning on posting anything new until the technical issues for my “top secret” project were resolved, circumstances arose that have changed my mind.  My maternal grandmother passed away early yesterday morning.  Although the death of a loved one is always a hard thing to experience, I am also grateful for the reminder […]

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