winter shortbread

winter shortbread | theclevercarrot.com

I heard sweet laughter coming from the other room.

Giggles. Belly laughs.

It was music to my ears. Winter has been really rough this year, especially for the boys. It’s brutally cold. And because of the frigid temperatures we’ve been cooped up in the house for what seems like an eternity. The day-to-day struggles have become routine; digging out the cars, salting the ice and shoveling snow. Hearing them play, completely unaware of the seasonal stress made me smile.

Then it stopped.

No more laughter.

I quietly approached their room to investigate… but they were gone….

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baked by my readers, contest winners + thoughts on community

baked by my readers | theclevercarrot.com

This melts my heart.

Every once in a while, I’ll receive pictures of my recipes made by you! I couldn’t be more chuffed! Connecting with people from all over the world really blows my mind. Food is a universal language.

And lately, you’ve been baking bread.

I thought I’d share some of  your beautiful photos here on the blog….

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feeding a moody appetite | italian sausage bake

italian sausage bake | theclevercarrot.com

Meal planning is a funny thing.

The idea is to create a list, perhaps on a Sunday, and plan out your meals for the rest of the week. It could be based on ingredients you already have or whatever’s on sale at your local market. Monday might be roasted chicken, Tuesday pasta night, Wednesday vegetable stir-fry and so on…

Sounds reasonable, right?

It’s a plan. You head out to the store on a mission.

And then it backfires….

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