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One Kitchen Many Hearts

Somewhere deep in the heart of Texas, or the Palouse as is my preference, there will be a compound with lots of women, booze, wild and crazy hounds, gardens galore and one big ass kitchen. I mean huge. Expansive. Expensive. Shiny. And homey. With two dish washers just to keep up with the chaos. These women come from all over the US, from Californ-I-A, to the Tundra of Minnesota, auto-mecca Michigan, sprawling Texas, and rattlesnake riddled Arizona. And I adore them all.

We’ve taken it upon ourselves, bi monthly, to send each other gifts and packages that reflect our adoration for the reciever and this month as Jeanne was openly expressing her excitement about sending me my One Kitchen Many Hearts package eye brow raisingly early (not that I complained, I just felt so behind the game!) I knew it must be *squee* worthy. Dang, that woman did not dissapoint.

Upon opening the package a plethora of tags came at me. As soon as I could snag one of them, I gazed upon the glory revealed to me — One hot Logger chick!! Ohhhh if only I had legs like that whilst lumberjacking. Yes, in fact I did compete in logger sports in college. No, I didn’t wear ass-shorts. Mores the pity.

On the back of each tag Jeanne wrote out descriptions for each gift and I swooned with delight.

Chipotle Tabasco – can you say Southern Eggs Benedict? Hollandaise and Chipotle. Be still my heart.

Easter Candies of all kinds!

These were gone shortly after this photo was taken.

And one of my all time favorite Easter treats – Brach’s Jellies. Jeanne, you just get me.

I didn’t get an Easter Basket or package from my mom this year…probably something to do with the fact that I’m 26 and getting married in 4 months – but STILL I so looked forward to that little bag of something festive.

No I’m not harboring some sort of misguided angst about this…why do you ask?

These were savored and enjoyed. And by “savored” I mean “scarfed”. And by “enjoyed” I mean “eaten ravenously like a pack of hyenas over the carcass of a dead zebra in the plains of Africa”. God, I love Easter! *Wait* (internal monologue)…yeah I get what I said there.

Along with the Easter noms, I had bestowed upon me Coconut Coffee. Coconut!! This is no ordinary treat.

Local Honey. This is the second time I’ve received honey from Texas. You guys really must have some happy bees. Like the happy cows of California, Texas has ridiculously happy bees that must make some epic honey. It’s a thing, I swear.

Morton Seasoning Blend – that just like Jeanne said – it goes on EVERYTHING!! It does, really.

And where on Earth? I have yet to find these locally. Guittard, you’re my soul mate. These make an orgasmic mole sauce. Yes, I said orgasmic on the internet that will probably result in this post worming it’s way somewhere it shouldn’t go…

Jeanne thought it was appropriate to gift something of Cleaver-esque proportions – a vintage wheat Pyrex bowl…. AND

THIS. Yes. THIS!! A Vintage Apron!

Either women in the (insert whatever fabulous decade this came from) had smaller chest boulders or I should be thrilled mine barely fit into this hawt piece. Huck felt the need to come inspect. He must have sensed it came from a loving home with another friendly pet. HI Zigg-miester!

This is yet another month that I can confirm – I love these women more and more. And it yields further proof that the blogging community is one big happy family. Just slightly crazy.

Thank you Jeanne, from the bottom of my heart.


20 Responses to “One Kitchen Many Hearts”

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    NanaBread (Jeanne) — April 27, 2012 @ 7:41 am

    Are you sure you don’t have legs like the tags? Because the ample plaid-clad cleavage of the Cleaver sounds like it was pretty accurate. {wink!} You look awesome in your vintage Texas housefrau apron. And I’m beyond thrilled that bowl made it in one piece. I had severe anxiety about it getting broken into bits on its USPS journey. I’m also touched by your Easter candy story. I was afraid you would think it was cheesy, and it turned out to be a ‘perfect timing’ karma kind of moment. How awesome is that? So glad you loved your box. I know I had ALL kinds of fun picking it out for you. Hugs – Jeanne

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — April 27, 2012 @ 7:50 am

    Chest boulders HAAAAAAAAAAAAA! Love you Megan! Ps love that BOWL!

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — April 27, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    I don’t think there’s an apron on earth that has a small enough chest area for me…I guess a little extra material never hurt anyone 😉 What a fun package! Looks like you enjoyed its awesome contents!

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    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — April 27, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    I LOVE THAT BOWL great thinking Jeanne! I have a love affair with all things pyrex.

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    Kirsten — April 27, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    (snerk) You said chest boulders and orgasmic in the same post. This post is *so* worming its way to unsavory places of Google search terms. 😉

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 27, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    What a fun bunch of gifts! I looove Guittard chocolate. That reminds me, I have some hiding in my cabinets somewhere…

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    Allison @ Decadent Philistines Save the World — April 27, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

    The fact that you and I received honey – and that I sent some to Kat – is almost eerie. Super duper eerie. As in “Meant to Be” perfect.
    Also, I love that Huck made a special appearance. I’m excited about the big yard that the compound will have. We will need a six-to-seven-foot fence, though – Zooey girl can jump.
    The hyenas simile would earn an A+ in any English course, by the way. I giggled and snorted in a completely classless manner. So I was done by the time I got to “chest boulders.” So mature.
    Loving this project!!!!

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    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — April 27, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

    I took it upon myself to look at that mole sauce… and all I can say is, chicken + chocolate?! Be still, my beating heart! I might marry you myself! And yes, I dream of having legs like that lumber-jane. Love, Love, LOVE that tag!!

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    Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles — April 27, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    What fun! I love how you gals do this package exchange. Completely warms my heart. Happy weekend!

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    Mads — April 27, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    Oh man, Huck should have more photo ops!
    I cracked up at the chest boulders. hahah The vintage apron is so cool. Everyone should have one.

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    Kat — April 28, 2012 @ 4:45 am

    The only thing that I can come to is that Jeanne has secretly done some sort of mind meld with ALL OF US. Who else could have known you needed The Easter love?

    p.s. Still dying over those tags.

    p.s.s. Huck should try the apron on.

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    NanaBread (Jeanne) — April 28, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    For the record, that Easter candy made for the best packing peanuts ever. Helped keep the box contents & that bowl from shifting around. Have to confess – I had a hard time turning loose of those fruit slices. I love those things.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 29, 2012 @ 12:49 am

    You guys are so cute for doing this. It looks like you got some awesome goodies, especially with that chipotle tabasco. My mind is going crazy with ideas on what to make with that!

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    surlykitchen — April 29, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    i love the hot logger tag and i adore the vintage apron. Loves it

  15. #
    Editdebs — April 29, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

    I like Biscoff on Facebook.

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    Blake Perron — July 5, 2012 @ 3:12 am

    Thank you ever so for you blog article.Really thank you! Much obliged.


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