Category: daily thoughts

Rustic tomato bacon tart

You guys… this is waaaaaay easier than omelets. It’s almost as easy as scrambled eggs; but: it’s not as easy as toast. Or cereal. this was one of those midnight recipes that came to me out of the woods… or blue? I forget… hmmm just a question… Anyway: if you want a stunning…

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three ingredient cookie bars

So easy, and delicious these cookie bars are the perfect almost instant almost homemade dessert!

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fried green tomatoes

  Call it a midlife crisis or a middle of the night idea.. but I have been drawn to the old recipes lately. The recipes that not many people eat, much less prepare these days. The forgotten, tattered and yellowing bits of paper with handwritten ingredient lists, speckled with stains… from distant relatives…

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Introducing… something new

Well… helooooo there old friend. It’s been a while. And, yes… you may have gotten some updates from a totally different site. This site is no longer The Village Cook, – it’s now got a new name, new domain and shiny new look. Of course, all the original recipes are still here, too….

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summertime… and the living is_________

It’s  summer!!! Okay, well… it’s been summer. Heck, it’s almost always summer (at least weather-wise) where I live. We have three seasons; warm, hot and Africa sauna hot. But…. summertime around here means I don’t have *as much* to do daily, and life takes on a relaxed vibe. Of course there’s always “life…

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family update

We started 2021 with four new additions to our family. Yes, FOUR. (No, they aren’t all puppies. ) Two puppies and a toddler, and a blue and gold Macaw rescue.  We decided to take in a stray pup that we had found , after nobody came forth to claim it at the shelter;…

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before and after …and in-between

I am so bad, y’all… I used to write here every single day… it was my outlet. Then, life happened literally. New babies every few months for four years straight took a toll on my priorities here with this little blog. And, this “little” blog has seen me through a lot, good and…

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overcooked and underfed

I have a story for y’all. It’s a story about being tired, and waking up. You see, I got stuck. I got stuck in a pattern of catching up, which made me fall behind. Not making sense? Let me explain… When I first began this blog, things like Instagram and Pinterest didn’t exist….

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cozy casseroles and happy endings

Who doesn’t love a warm hearty casserole? It’s like a hug from grandma after a rough day…. Casseroles are up there on my favorite comfort food lists. Right next to tacos and sushi. Have you ever wondered why salads aren’t comfort food? What exactly makes food comforting? Hmmmm. Anyway… just a odd little…

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Enlarging our tent

Remember my posts about enlarging our tent? No, we don’t actually live in a tent. It’s an expression of expansion. Although, tent living is fine with me as long as there is mosquito repellent… and food. And fire to cook the food. A soap to clean up. And toilet paper. Got it? Okay,…

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vanilla chia pudding

Who remembers ChiaPets? Terra cotta animals that you soak, spread chia seeds on, and they “sprout hair”making a small green topiary for you to enjoy on your windowsill. Who knew they were good for you? Well, they are. And, this creamy breakfast “pudding” is just the treat you need for Monday. Mondays are…

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this joyful season …or not

Before I begin, I’m aware that this season is not joyful for everyone. For some, this season ignites pain and stress, resurfaces old memories and bitterness, sadness or despair. For me, I have my winter wounds as well, for it was on December 15 that my daughter and I found my father, which…

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