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I LOVE cooking from recipes, and making up meals, I LOVE spending time with my boys (all three) and entertaining my family and friends, I LOVE bargain shopping (vintage stores included), I LOVE flipping through fashion and design mags, I LOVE the smell of libraries and how often I could get lost there, I LOVE scanning realty websites, I LOVE Trader Joes and LUSH, I LOVE fresh flowers and all four seasons, I LOVE Cincinnati and am always ready to travel, I LOVE stationary and stamps, I LOVE diamonds and pearls, tulle and lace, I LOVE smelling coffee and drinking tea, I love marshmallows and chocolate, I LOVE cozy sheets and morning sunshine, I LOVE me and I love GOD!

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Simple Delicious Fall Treat: Caramel Apple

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Food Heaven

I picked up some of this salted caramel sauce from Trader Joe's last night and a yummy honeycrisp apple. Oh my how delicious. It's like an adult caramel apple.

ENJOY
xoxo,
Ronita

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Video Alert: Apple Pressing



This past weekend Scott and I tried our hands at apple pressing. Who knew it was so much work. No wonder you pay a pretty penny for hand pressed cider.

Note: Here is my first go at using my birthday camera. I will be teaching myself how to edit my videos.

HAPPY TUESDAY!
xoxo,
Ronita

Monday, October 24, 2011

Weekend Fun

Still sad I missed my cousin's wedding in New Orleans but we had a great weekend in Cincy!




Friday after work we placed the final order on our floors and picked up our CSA box. This week we got zuchini, onions, potatoes, kale greens, mixed salad and eggs!!! I also did my last trimmings of my herb garden. I am going to dry everything and store for winter: oregano, basil, two types of sage and 1 pepper.


Saturday we woke up to a cool fall morning. What better then a warm pot of brown sugar cinnamon oatmeal, turkey bacon and warm applesauce?!



Tre' is having a skating party for his 6th birthday and we wanted him to see where his party would be and get used to skating before his big day! They both loved it and can't stop talking about it. What a workout for me, not only holding myself up but making sure my babies didn't go down....hilarious!!!


513CityFlea hosted another fabulous flea market this Saturday. Tons of booths in a beautiful space!!! While in Northside we also got to support a dear friend on his campaign trail for a Cincinnati Public School Board position. If you live in the district (we don't) please support Alex Kuhns for CPS board!


After the market Scott and went for sushi and drinks at The Painted Fish!
Let me just say I am a cheap date :)
Martinis and sushi perfect way to start the night!




We eneded the night going to a suprise birthday party for some friends that turned 30 (thanks mom for watching the boys)!! How fun!

I love when I get a chance to dress up a bit and try new makeup techniques.

We ended the weekend going church and cleaning. So much in just two days!!!

I had a great weekend in Cincy...how was your neck of the woods?

xoxo,
Ronita


Friday, October 21, 2011

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND

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We are sad that we won't be traveling down to New Orleans for my cousin's wedding but we will enjoy our weekend here in Cincinnati. A little roller skating with the boys, pick up our CSA box, an indoor flea market, a surprise birthday party for some friends turning 30, church, and a donuts and cider gathering with our community garden group!!!

HAPPY WEEKEND!
xoxo,
Ronita

Jammin' on a Friday


Feeling Like A Little Salsa!!!

I want to get up and dance!!!

HAPPY FRIDAY!!

xoxo,
Ronita

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

CSA Box #2


This week in our box we got potatoes, onions, garlic, broccoli, basil, lettuce, winter squash, and turnips!

Sunday I made a delicious potato, basil, onion and cheese bake that was delicious!

xoxo,
Ronita

Thursday, October 13, 2011

These ladies are FIERCE!!!! Must Watch series!!!





They inspire me! I love when I come in contact with like minded individuals!! Episode 3 talks about CSAs, which I talked about in a previous post this week.
If you missed it click here.

Go ladies! To learn more about them check out their website: http://www.foodheavenmadeeasy.com/

Happy. Healthy Cooking
xoxo,
Ronita

apple pie..no, apple fritters, no...applesauce!!!

Since I am doing a "No Junk Food Challenge" with some ladies from work, I realized instead of making that apple pie I have been meaning to make with all the apples we have, why not make something healthy the kids will love and that is perfect for my challenge.

Applesauce

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4 apples - peeled, cored and chopped
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions
In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher
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I may even eat it warm with some yummy oatmeal.

Simple.Delicious

xoxo,
Ronita



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Family Fun: Gorman Farm Sunflower Fest















We took a quick trip to the farm and had such a good time. It was very cold but we picked some beautiful sunflowers and enjoyed some warm popcorn.

I love the fall!!

xoxo,
Ronita

Our CSA: Cedarmore Farm, OH

During the summer I came across an opportunity to join a local CSA or Community Supported Agriculture. They were sold out of their summer shares but had openings to purchase a fall share. For $180 dollars for 10 weeks we get a fresh box of farm fresh organic produce and eggs. We picked up our first box this past Friday and boy what a treat!

Each week I will update you on what we get in our box!

Week 1:



Week 1 produce: Broccoli, Nappa cabbage, sweet potatoes, spinach, spicy mixed greens, zucchini, winter squash, green beans, and some very delicious brown eggs

If you are on the area and want to join this CSA, for their Spring, Summer or Fall shares click here. I fully recommend supporting your local farmers. It’s a win win situation. Healthy food for your family, supporting your local economy, supporting the farmers that provide the produce…what could be better?

We look forward to picking up our next box this Friday!

xoxo,
Ronita

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Too Tipsy for LOVE: The KY Bourbon Trail in Pictures

The hubby and I took a two day hiatus from our very busy lives to spend time together and reconnect (blushing) and to celebrate our birthdays together. Anyways we wanted to do something that was different, close to Cincinnati and inexpensive. We headed about 100 miles south to a little town right outside of Lexington, KY called Versailles. What a beautiful place. We lucked out (through the LivingSocial coupon gods) on a two night stay at this wonderful BnB! The distillery tours were free and at the end of each one you got free samples (shots) of bourbon and some delectable bourbon ball truffles!!!

We spent one whole day on the bourbon trails and oh what fun!

Here is our trip in pictures.



























On our final day we went to Keeneland Race Track to see the horses warm it!
They are such beautiful creatures!

We had such a fun experience and it was the perfect getaway for the two of us! I recommend doing the bourbon trail if you are ever in the area!

Happy Traveling

xoxo,
Ronita