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What happens when you forget to serve cranberry sauce with Chrismtas dinner (in my case, after making a big batch of delicious homemade cranberry sauce, I forgot to serve it!)? You make cranberry sauce muffins. I created this recipe today and have to say, it’s pretty darn good! Light, tangy, slightly sweet and tasty–these little muffins make a perfect little breakfast with coffee. And, I might add, you will love how the batter turns pink (do you have a pretty princess in your house? Make these with her! She will love you!). The recipe …

Remember making cut-out snowflakes as a kid? Somehow mine ended up looking like Native American art (which was kind of fun) this year. My mother in law said they looked Navajo (they kind of do, don't they?!). Carson and Russell think they're great. Russell would like to eat them, I think. But then again, 1 year olds pretty much want to eat everything.

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We’ve been having an insanely difficult time finding firewood. We’ve struck out three times with firewood sales people on Craig’s List (all three were no shows), so yesterday, when temps in Seattle were dropping below freezing, Jason went out for a bundle of wood and came home with the most unusual thing: gourmet firewood. I know, who knew? He spent waaaaaay too much money on a box of Lazzari Almond Firewood (at where else but Whole Foods). Almond firewood–sounds kind of delicious doesn’t it? He popped it in the fireplace and I envisioned that it would make the house smell like toasted almonds or something. But no, it didn’t. Still, I felt pretty fancy with our gourmet wood! Here’s what I learned about it …