Piggies in a Blanket

I always plan my meals for the week, working them around what I have scheduled each week, what produce is in season & what may be on sale. I find it makes the week go smoothly & it takes the task out of figuring out what to eat for dinner each night. It’s also fun…

The Cooking Way to Say I Love You

I love Valentine’s Day! Although we should always let people know how  loved they are, it’s nice to have a special day to really focus on it, and I love seeing hearts and flowers everywhere! The kids used to love watching Mr Roger’s Neighborhood when they were little. I remember he used to sing a…

A Fresh New Year Calls for Fresh New Flavor Combinations!

The holidays are a festive, joyous time and I thoroughly enjoy them each year; although once the decorations have been taken down and neatly packed away, my focus turns to the new year and all the possibilities that it may bring. I instinctively begin paring down, getting rid of things that I don’t need and…

Fudge-filled Sunflower Butter Blossoms! A new addition to my Christmas cookie lineup that’s not only gluten, dairy and soy-free, but peanut and tree nut free too!

I’ve begun making my annual Christmas cookies, filling the freezer so when the holidays are here I’ll be ahead of the curve. It seems that each year some new food allergies have surfaced among those in our family. There are allergies or sensitivities to gluten, wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts and soy. There are also…

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…