Patty Pan Shepherd’s Pie

I had gotten a very large patty pan squash in our CSA share over the summer. It was the largest one I had ever seen and I thought “what am I going to do with this?!” Luckily there happened to also be some Yukon gold potatoes in the share as well. I’ve always loved using…

My CSA Finale

As summer is winding down I’m noticing all the subtle changes that occur as we head into fall; sprinklings of vibrant reds and golds are appearing in amongst the still mostly green leaves on the trees, the days are getting a little shorter as the sun sets a few minutes earlier each day, there’s a…

The Summer Has Started & So Has My CSA Adventure

I’m excited to be participating in CSA program this summer with a local organic farm in my area! I’ve always wanted to try it, but never actually signed up. This year I took the plunge and picked up my first bag of fresh produce from the farm last Friday.  I got a variety of beautiful, fresh…

This Grasshopper Gives Me a Spring in My Step!

Birthdays have always been very special celebrations in my family. Growing up, we would each have a birthday party at our house with all our friends. My mom would run creative games with prizes and lots of fun foods. Friends talked about how much they enjoyed those parties for years! We’d also have a special…

Chocolate + mint = 1 classic flavor combination

It’s Girl Scout Cookie season in my area of the country! I’ve always loved the Girl Scouts and the roots of Girl Scouting runs deep in my family. My grandmother was Commissioner of the Girl Scouts in her region back when my mother was growing up. My mom was a Girl Scout leader when my…

Luckily, where there’s a will there’s a way!

As my family, friends and gracious readers of my blog know from previous posts, keeping traditions are very important to me. One fun and special tradition that we had in our family while our children were growing up was to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with green bagels that “the leprechaun” would bring. The night before…

Brownies & Cookie Dough-A Match Made in Heaven!

I’ve always been physically active. Growing up I would spend hours in my backyard doing all kinds of gymnastic feats; flips, cartwheels and somersaults would be combined into endless routines. When I wasn’t flipping around the yard, my dad was pitching a softball to me in our backyard so I could practice my swing, timing…

Cost Effective & Time Efficient-Aways a Winning Combination! 

I love preparing foods that can be made once and used for many different purposes. It’s such an efficient way to cook! Quite often I’ll take advantage of the extra time I have on a Saturday to prepare a whole chicken and cook it on low and slow in a slow cooker. It not only…

Warm & Comforting Nostalgia

My dad was an avid gardener. It was his passion! He loved watching his flowers and produce grow; then sharing his bounty and watching people enjoy the abundance of his harvest. At the end of the gardening season he’d plan his garden for the upcoming season. He’d order his seeds and plant them in small…

Tiny Unexpected Treasures

I grew up in a family that always strongly honored tradition. My sisters and I have instilled this in our children. One of our favorite fall traditions is to all meet at a maple sugar house in the next state to where we live. My parents had taken my sisters and me every year, starting…

Holiday Cookie Baking Season Kick-off!

I make an abundance of holiday cookies and truffles every year. It may seem early, but I always start in early October and have quite a few varieties made and in my freezer before Halloween. It’s my belief that our energy comes through in the foods that we prepare. For this reason, I start early…