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Olga's Flavor Factory  Homemaker, wife, mother and Belarusian food blogger.

Not only are these Hash brown and Bacon Egg Muffins really delicious and super cute, they are really convenient too. You can make yourself ready for the day while they bake or even assemble them the night before. You can even freeze them. Recipe at olgasflavorfactory.com.

We packed up the family and are off for a fun picnic and playtime. I made some tuna fish sandwiches using the Pumpernickel bread that I made last night. Also in the menu - avocados, chips, grapes, apples, cookies and water. I love when a weeknight becomes something a bit special just by doing something out of our normal routine. What do you love to take on picnics? (You can watch me make the sandwiches, share tips how to keep sliced avocados green and more on my stories.)

I’ve been experimenting with some new bread recipes this week, this Crusty Tuscan Boule and a Pumpernickel, which are both 2 of my very favorites. I LOVE experimenting in the kitchen, it’s like therapy and art for me. When I feel like I’m in a rut with my homemaking, I know it’s time to try something new. What is a recipe you’ve always wanted to try or a recipe that you want to perfect? (The recipes for both breads will eventually be posted for you too, as soon as I make them perfectly several times and then photograph the process.)

This Glazed Pistachio Pound Cake is the perfect treat for a weeknight treat - maybe for an at home date night, inviting some friends over for coffee or enjoying a slice while having some much needed “me time”. It’s SO tender, not too sweet and the pistachios give it both flavor and crunch.

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Happy Friday!
What makes you look forward to the weekend? What do you usually do on the weekends that is different than the usual Monday through Friday routines and activities?
I love having my husband home with us from morning to night, waking up looking forward to spending the days with our family. We love making a special breakfast on Saturdays. There is something so special about sitting down to a delicious meal, with a hot cup of creamy coffee, watching the deer ramble through our sunny backyard as the boys eat their pancakes.
Sometimes we go on fun outings as a family, like the beach, the zoo, the farmer’s market, shopping, or to the bookstore. There are birthday parties, baby showers, family events or weddings to attend. Other times, we catch up on housework, yard work, blogging, or laundry.
Either way, the weekends are a breath of fresh air, either from having fun or getting a chance to catch up on things that have been piling up so you can make some progress and start another week on Monday rejuvenated and ready to take on another week.
What makes your weekends wonderful?

You know a recipe is good when it’s still a family favorite more than a decade later. I’ve made them for weeknight dinners, holiday meals and even a few weddings. These Honey Garlic Glazed Meatballs are so juicy, saucy and just really tasty too. (Link to recipe will be in my profile, in my stories or search for them in the search bar on my website.)

How about a midweek sweet treat? Store bought puff pastry makes it really easy, so you can make these Guava and Cream Cheese Pastries in no time. You can use any jam instead of the guava paste. (I’ll put the recipe link in my stories and profile, or use the search bar on my website.)

Not only is this Lemon Honey Mustard Vinaigrette perfect for any salad, it works great as a marinade for seafood, poultry or other meat. I also share my secret to making creamy and homogenous dressings, instead of having the oil floating on top of the other ingredients separately.

I love to cook because I love feeding people. I love to show them I care for them, I love to see their smiles when they take a perfect bite. I love the community food creates as everyone gathers around the table.
Sometimes, that means cooking a stunning, 5 course gourmet dinner, a multilayer cake that took me days to make, making danish dough from scratch or taking a gorgeous turkey with all the trimmings out of the oven to bring to a table full of loved ones. It’s my type of art and my creative outlet.
However, I am the first to tell you that is only a very small part of cooking for me. Most of the time, I prepare simple meals, from pantry staples, something I whip up while I have 2 little boys playing underfoot, interrupting me every 5 minutes. Feeding your families and friends doesn’t have to be fussy and include you sweating in the kitchen for hours every day. In fact, I am all about finding ways NOT to cook every day, so you don’t get burned out and have time for other things.
I do love cooking from scratch, but I also love playing with my boys, spending time with my husband, being outside, reading, traveling,etc. Remember to not only give your loved ones the gift of food, give them yourself too.

Whole Roasted Fish With Tomatoes for dinner tonight. What are you having? (The recipe is in my profile)

New Recipe! Orange Glazed Grilled Steelhead Trout. The slightly sweet and savory glaze is a really great combination of flavors. This recipe works just as well for salmon fillets and can be baked in the oven as well as grilled.

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