Recipe Ideas for Leftover Easter Candy

We did not hide chocolate bunnies for the egg hunt this Easter since there was the added pressure to find them before they had a chance to melt in the 80-something degree weather. What a wild ride the daffodils had in the month of April! When they first burst forth through the soil, for their return … Continue reading

The Outdoor Dining Season is Officially Here!

Have you been taking advantage of the strawberries in the market? They are bursting with flavor and ready to use in recipes like a light salad with goat cheese, or as a dessert, with a simple syrup and a few torn mint leaves. You can take a look here in my post at Parade and get ideas for … Continue reading

Summer Vacation is Here! So is the Rain

We had all the “last” days this month. The last day of baseball, the last day of track, the last day of practice and, of course, the last day of school. A load of books and papers that are stored in school all year came home this week. So it’s time to fire up the grill … Continue reading

getting started with an herb garden

Your ingredients work together to create a finished dish that you follow in a recipe or create yourself. The freshest ingredients you can find make any finished product taste better. Fresh herbs can make the whole dish really sing. Maybe you want to get started and create your own herb garden. Don’t know where to begin? Read … Continue reading

tomato tips for the season

Nothing says warm-weather-food like a juicy tomatoes. They work as a super-fresh ingredient in everything from salads, to sandwiches, and pasta dishes. A tomato still warm from the afternoon sun is also the perfect pairing with a sprinkle of salt and sliced on a crusty loaf of bread. There are so many varieties of tomato ranging in … 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

boo! scare up some pumpkin seeds

Halloween is right around the corner, but the partying has already started. We had the annual Boo Bash at school. Costumes, cupcakes, candy and chaos. My younger guy was all fired up for it. We made cupcakes with sprinkles and he got in character to be a vampire. It served as another reminder that my older … Continue reading