The End.

Dear MM Readers,

It saddens me to tell you that this blog has come to it’s end.

Note: Having recently paid to renew the domain registration for a full year, I’ve no immediate plans to take down my blog. All recipes, tutorials and informative type posts will most likely stay up (barring any unforeseen circumstance) through to 2016, and possibly reorganized for easier access.

I’ve lost interest and, I don’t want to keep this blog updated anymore.

Honestly, I’ve been fighting this fact for some time because, to even think about letting MerelyMarie go has been knot-in-throat (and eyelash batting away almost-tears) inducing.

It’s not easy to let go of something you’ve created from nothing…Something you’ve worked laboriously on, obsessed over, invested in and had high hopes for…Something that had become a part of your identity, and a major part of your life.

But, it’s time.

I’m ready and excited for a new chapter! One which doesn’t involve much, if any, personal use of social media really. Just experiencing and enjoying the minutiae of everyday – and extraordinary – life like many people do…Without a thought, draw, feeling of compulsion or sense of urgency to post any of it online for the world to see.

Don’t get me wrong.

I’ve enjoyed documenting bits of my world over the past 4 1/2 years. I’ve especially enjoyed sharing information and things I thought others might find useful.

This has been mostly a pleasure and, I would say, an absolute privilege and learning experience. If my heart were still in it, I could go on and on and on. But, it’s not. So, I can’t.

I’m so thankful to have had such loyal and kind readers like you. You all have truly encouraged and inspired me over the years and, before this gets too long and sappy, I just want to say thank you.

For your time, conversation, advice, support, warmth and friendliness…Thank you all so much, from the bottom of my heart!

Goodbye,
Marie

Juicy, well-done steak. No pink!

How to cook a steak well-done

After searching for quite some time, trying different methods to prepare a “no pink” steak and getting tough/dry/rubbery – and somehow still bloody or pinkish – results, I think I’ve finally found it…

The best way to cook juicy, flavor-crusted well-done steaks at home. And, without a grill!

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White shirt, blue jeans & 5 things.

white shirt and blue jeans

My shirt is from the thrift store.
I found these jeans a few months ago on Amazon. They’ve since sold out but, so far I’m liking the brand (Mavi, alexa ankle skinny jeans). 98% cotton, 2% elastane, and they fit like full length pants on me. Yay for quality material and, no hemming!
Ros Hommerson pumps.

Aside from ankle length, skinny jeans, here are a few other things I’ve been digging (style-wise) as of late:

• Canvas sneakers.
• Slingback, leather flats and kitten-heel pumps.
• Unpadded, all lace bras.
• Basic dresses.

What – new or old things – have you been in to with your style?

RGB nail polish giveaway winner!

RGB Hipp Nail Foundation

Thank you to everyone who entered the flash giveaway.

The winner is…Kaiea.

Congratulations Kaiea! I’ve emailed you. Please respond as soon as possible to claim your prize. Or, another winner will be drawn randomly on 5/14/15. Thank you!

Wilted spinach with roasted kumara.

Wilted Spinach Salad with Roasted Kumara

This was a strange salad.

Spinach. Oranges. Dill and roasted kumara (sweet potatoes) in a somewhat spicy, mustardy dressing.

Yeah.

I needed something to go with grilled brats and didn’t want to make traditional potato salad. This recipe sounded interesting, so I went with it. Not to mention, my doctor put me on a FODMAP restrictive diet for a month (checking for more food sensitivities/intolerances…UGH), so my food options have been very, very sad as of late.

Not sure if I’d make this again. If I did, it would be with fresh dill instead of dried and, I wouldn’t have it with grilled sausages.

Giveaway winner + “Devour!” gluten-free sweet-tooth eBook details.

Devour! 5 Gluten-Free Recipes for Your Sweet Tooth Cover

The giveaway winner is Tonia! Yay!

Tonia, I’ve just sent you an email. Thank you to everyone who entered, all three of youse! Lol

The eBook is now available here for $1.99. Of course, you have the option to pay more if you’re feeling generous. Just name your price.

Inside you’ll find recipes for…

Gluten free Peach Cobbler
Perfect and pretty good peach cobbler.* An explanation for this title can also be found inside. If you don’t like your peach cobblers swimming in syrupy juice, this one’s for you. It’s bready/crusty, with just enough syrup for a moist bite.

Gluten Free Brownies
The best walnut brownies. ‘Nuff said.

Gluten Free Blueberry Crisp
Killer blueberry crisp. It’s, as they say, to die for! My husband loves this. My sisters do too.

Quick and Sticky Gluten-free Kettlecorn
Quick & sticky kettle corn. You’ll be munchin’ on this kettle corn in less than 30 minutes! No cast iron kettle or popcorn machine required. Great when marathoning your favorite TV show. Or, whenever.

Sweet & Salted Chewy Gluten-free Nutella Cookies
Sweet & salted chewy nutella cookies. Out of all the recipes – and they’re all my favorites – this has to be my #1.

All of the recipes are gluten-free, delicious, and pretty simple to make.

As I mentioned before, I’ve made these treats many times and shared them with others. People were surprised to find out that they were gluten-free.

If you buy my book, I hope you enjoy the recipes as much as we do and, I thank you for your support!

*The pictured peach cobbler was made from the same recipe as in the eBook, only cut in half and baked in a cast iron skillet.