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…

S’more Nostalgia

My daughter ran her first full marathon this morning! She has run several half marathons and was ready to challenge herself to the next level. She trained hard for months, showing admirable determination, resilience and strength of body and mind. I had encouraged her through the ups and downs of the whole process and excitedly…

My Farm Market Finds

We’ve been enjoying the cantaloupes from my local farm. They’re at the height of the season right now and we’ve been taking advantage! I had planned to stop by tomorrow with my list of items: eggs, cantaloupe, peppers, etc but had a hankering for a chilled cantaloupe soup. I didn’t have a particular recipe to follow, I…

Easy Midweek Casserole

It’s Wednesday and I’m craving something quick, easy, delicious  and packed with nutrition! My Italian inspired casserole fits the bill! Simply brown a 1lb 12oz package of lean ground turkey in a pan. Add a pinch of sea salt, ground pepper and minced onion. In a separate pan sauté chopped squash (2 summer squash and 2…

Local Treasures on the Island

I was recently in Hawaii, on the island of Oahu where my husband, daughters, and I were visiting my son and his wife. He’s in the army and is based there. We were very lucky! We got to combine a visit with him and his wife with being in paradise at the same time! We hiked Diamond Head…