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Spark the Season - Day 12

Friday, December 12, 2014

Today's theme is cookies! I am not a cookie baker by any stretch of the imagination. Sometimes I will make Tollhouse cookies, which I learned how to do in Home Ec in 12th grade. That is the extent of my repertoire. They are not one of my favorite treats, either, but I do enjoy Italian cookies from a good bakery.



These are from Moios' Bakery in Monroeville, PA. Luckily for me, that is 45 minutes from my house, so it is a rare treat to get cookies there.

There is a wedding reception tradition that I think is local to Pittsburgh and surrounding counties in PA. I don't think it extends as far as Philadelphia but I could be wrong about that. It is the cookie table. In addition to the wedding cake, there is a table laden with cookies at the reception.



Some people will buy the cookies, but in most cases, it is an duty of love for the families to provide the cookies. Moms and aunts will start baking months ahead of time and freeze packages of cookies for the reception. And some people really do it up, even providing containers for guests to bring cookies home, too.

  
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MCJOYFUL 12/15/2014 10:00PM

    That is so pretty......and so tempting... emoticon

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CINDYSDAY 12/15/2014 12:32PM

    neat

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ROBBIEMARIE 12/13/2014 10:55AM

    Great tradition. Actually it looks like a typical dessert table at a family gathering for my husband's family! (They are all skinny but love their sweets.)

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NEWTEXDEBBIE 12/13/2014 10:15AM

    OH WOW!
My grandchildren would never leave those tables! emoticon

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WISHICOULDFLY 12/13/2014 9:39AM

    I love the idea of a cookie table. Maybe there will be one at our son's wedding. He and his fiancÚ live an hour away from Pittsburgh in West Virginia.

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SUNSHINE5268 12/13/2014 9:34AM

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WOUBBIE 12/13/2014 9:00AM

    Ah, the cookie table - best part of the wedding reception!! I wonder if Pittsburgh Dad has a segment on the cookie table yet?

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/12/2014 9:43PM

    I've never seen anything like the cookie table- it's lovely though.
Is cannoli a cookie? I used to LOVE those with the cream and dark chocolate chips.

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DAIZYSTARLITE 12/12/2014 8:39PM

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ICECUB 12/12/2014 8:38PM

    looks beautiful

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BARBARAROSE54 12/12/2014 8:35PM

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GRINGUITA 12/12/2014 8:33PM

    They had a similar thing at my daughter's wedding but it didn't involve any work for the families, thankfully. It was a candy bar (I think the pun is intentional). Anyway there were all kinds of colourful candies on the table, jelly beans, gumdrops, chocolate kisses -- I'm not sure what all was involved because I didn't pay too much attention. There were also containers for the guests to take some home. That was the first time I had ever seen that tradition but it seems to be gaining popularity among the kids in her generation.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/12/2014 8:17PM

    Interesting wedding tradition. I think I learned to make tollhouse cookies in home Ec too! Live you

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Spark the Season - Day 11

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I was in a bit of a hurry this morning, so I had this for breakfast:



This oatmeal is very tasty and has less sodium than the dry packages. Unfortunately my local grocery is discontinuing these. I hope I can find them somewhere else. It's very handy for a quick breakfast.

Outside of today, I have been having English muffins most days.



I usually have the multi-grain, but the seasonal cranberry muffins are pretty good!

  
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ROBBIEMARIE 12/13/2014 10:53AM

    That oatmeal looks so good. Love it with all kinds of healthy goodies in it.

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SHEENADEE 12/12/2014 12:09PM

    I had one of those same English muffins this morning. I have not see that oatmeal before so maybe my grocer doesn't carry it either. But, now that I know it exists, I will have to specifically look for it and see if it might be there. Looks yummy so thanks for letting me know about it.

Have a good weekend!

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WOUBBIE 12/12/2014 9:17AM

    I'm sticking with the coconut oil and heavy cream coffees for breakfast. Not hungry for hours after and have great energy, with or without the caffeine.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/11/2014 10:07PM

    Looks yummy. Love you

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CINDYSDAY 12/11/2014 9:38PM

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/11/2014 9:17PM

    Love me some oatmeal for breakfast! Yum. emoticon

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WISHICOULDFLY 12/11/2014 9:16PM

    I like the cranberry muffins too! I can eat them TOTALLY PLAIN!

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BABY_GIRL69 12/11/2014 8:49PM

    Unfortunately, I like my own oatmeal & I love English muffins.....

God bless,

Dee

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ICECUB 12/11/2014 8:31PM

    SOUNDS GOOD.

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Spark the Season - Day 10

Thursday, December 11, 2014

They say home is where the heart is, and my heart is certainly with my family. But you do need a place to hang your hat. We have lived in this house for 20 years, which is the longest I have lived anywhere.



I especially enjoy turning onto my street - the view tonight was beautiful.



Our house is on the left and that's our blue Thunderbird in the driveway.

But honestly, the house doesn't mean as much to me as the city of Pittsburgh does.



I could live in any house, as long as I live here. I was born in New York, but Pittsburgh is my home.

  
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ROBBIEMARIE 12/13/2014 10:51AM

    They say home is where your heart is and obviously yours is in Pittsburgh. Hmmmmm as a born, and breed diehard Browns fan I'm trying real hard to think great thoughts about your town. Ok, here's one. My hubby's nephew moved there not too long ago for work and says it's not bad. emoticon

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CINDYSDAY 12/11/2014 9:39PM

    thanks for sharing the pictures!

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/11/2014 9:19PM

    I love Pittsburgh too- even for a visit it's a pretty great town. And now- you're there.

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WISHICOULDFLY 12/11/2014 9:14PM

    My son is only an hour from Pittsburgh! It is beautiful there!

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BARBARAROSE54 12/11/2014 8:17PM

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Spark the Season - Day 9

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I try not to eat too many snacks. It seems to me that I am hungrier for the rest of the day on the days that I snack. However, I do keep a couple of things at home and at work, just for those days when I really want something.

Depending on what I am in the mood for, it may be...



or



both of which I keep at work. Sometimes I'll have these...



but it's easy to go overboard with them.

  
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ROBBIEMARIE 12/13/2014 10:48AM

    Great planning ahead for those moments!

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/11/2014 9:19PM

    I agree about pretzels. I like the gluten free ones but...I can go overboard easily!

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LINDYPOWER 12/11/2014 8:09PM

    Great idea. Just read the labels for salt and sodium content if you think of it before you buy the snacks. An apple, banana, cup of grapes or fresh cherries are also super juicy choices for a snack too. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Spark the Season - Day 8

Thursday, December 11, 2014

My favorite part of winter is definitely sitting in front of a warm toasty fire. One of the reasons I loved this house is because it had a fireplace.



Unfortunately, we don't use the fireplace nearly as much as I'd like. I think I'll have to work on that!

  
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ROBBIEMARIE 12/13/2014 10:47AM

    Spark that fire up!

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/11/2014 9:20PM

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WISHICOULDFLY 12/11/2014 8:51PM

    Use the fireplace! emoticon

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ICECUB 12/11/2014 7:28PM

    BEAUTIFUL. FIREPLACES ARE SO COZY.

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