the candy at the bottom of the basket

April showers are making sure they leave their mark on the last day of the month with some relentless rain. Hear that May flowers? You better make one heck of a show for us. Take a look at this pot of basil from last summer. There’s nothing better than cooking with fresh ingredients. The pot … Continue reading

it’s an absolutely beautiful day!

“It’s absolutely a beautiful day out there right now.” That’s what the New York City school chancellor said to parents and school staff about the weather conditions late yesterday morning at a press conference. The storm was at the peak of the heaviest snowfall when the early morning commute should be in full swing. Yet … Continue reading

nacho, nacho man!

“Do you know how to make nachos Mom?” my younger guy asked. “Because, I think we would like them. They have cheese!” Someone has seen a Super Bowl commercial or two. Nachos it is. The guys are good about embracing the dinner menu. The younger one though, does not like “mixed-up food.” This means that a hearty winter … Continue reading

snow drifts and soup bowls

This winter is certainly reminding us what we have forgotten about the months between December and whenever spring shows up. The snow that was predicted for an afternoon debut showed up by early morning. The day was dark, and the snow started to fill corners around the house, as it blew around. The quiet yielded only the … Continue reading

jumping into january after a polar vortex

We just finished watching The Polar Express movie from the holidays, when we learned the term “polar vortex,” and how it tightened a frozen grip on the entire country. We went from 6 degrees outside, desperately bundled against the icy air, to almost 60 degrees, in a matter of days. Now it is a pleasant temperature, but it’s … Continue reading

cue the reindeer and christmas morning breakfast

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” That’s a little bit of pressure. We’ve had unusually warm record-setting temperatures the past few days. It made some holiday shopping a bit more pleasant. But, a blast of cold, artic air seems to be the right touch to roll in for Christmas Eve and Day. The guys talk … Continue reading

before the parade passes by

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade was hanging in the balance this year. High winds were predicted to blow through after a storm system that brought some much-needed rain. The day ended up being cold and clear. The expected winds didn’t happen. So when we tuned in Thanksgiving morning, there were all the  inflated characters bobbing up … Continue reading

a devil of an egg

Some friends were talking about the deviled eggs they ate at a party. They didn’t care for them. The reason? There were pickles mixed in with the yolks. A deviled egg with pickles, is not the deviled egg they knew, and they weren’t interested in a new version. The deviled egg starts with a hard-boiled … Continue reading

columbus day risotto

We had a little fun with dinner the other night after a day of sunshine and puffy clouds outside. We noticed the sedum is starting to go to seed which means the end of the season is on its way. There are still little surprises to be found though. Like the rose bush that burst forth with two … Continue reading