Cherry Pie Bars

— February 01, 2017

I have been in recipe testing mode lately and these Cherry Pie Bars are definitely a “keeper”. A neighbor and friend of mine has graciously accepted the duties of taste-tester while I am working on family recipes and my own concoctions. It’s a very “full-filling” job. I pointed out to her that we did…


2 years, 11 months and 27 days

— January 25, 2017

I have been blogging for almost 3 years and it finally happened. The Dreaded White Screen. Have you heard of it? I first learned of it when I started blogging and have been worried about it ever since. Your website just suddenly goes blank. You see Nothing. Nada. Zip. Nothing but a blank…


tin for ten

— January 11, 2017

I recently celebrated my ten year wedding anniversary and this was my gift to my husband. A tin of homemade brownies. Did you know that there are traditional and modern suggestions of gifts to give for each year of marriage? I like to find out what the traditional gift is each year and…


mighty meatballs & national spaghetti day

— January 04, 2017

Happy New Year! Happy National Spaghetti Day! I love January and the freshness of a new year before me with all of the promises I can dream up. A full clean slate before me is so exciting and so precious. (I also love spaghetti…) Have you made any promises to yourself or someone…


happy holidays!

— December 23, 2016

So, it’s the holidays and the end of 2016, a time to slow down and take in all the last bits of life for this year that one possibly can, but I cannot help but think about the New Year coming. Have you been pondering and planning for 2017? 2016 was a year where…


the best laid plans

— December 04, 2016

I am going to kill two birds with one stone here. (Just wait…I am only getting warmed up on the corny bird puns.) Before I chat at you, I have a gift idea to share. I wanted to share these adorable and hearty chicken and rooster mugs by Jacques Pepin – they would…


busy bodies

— November 17, 2016

Breathe. Pause. Look up. Take a break. Focus on the picture of a beautiful calm November day. Don’t you feel more relaxed now? I thought that last month was going to be the end of my crazy imbalanced life. I was wrong. This picture of my desk is what every corner of my…


flavored oils gift

— November 13, 2016

Somehow in the middle of all of my busy-ness over the last few months, the fall and winter holidays snuck up on me. It’s just a good thing that I like them. I was supposed to go back to “normal life” the end of October once my first ever craft/vendor fair was over…


fresh mint chocolate chip shortbread cookies

— November 03, 2016

It’s that time of year again for me to enter the local newspaper holiday cookie contest. As usual, I was multi-tasking so I did not fully the read the rules as I baked and baked and baked to see what cookies I would enter this year. So, it wasn’t until late at night…


it’s beginning to look a lot like a gift shoppe

— October 18, 2016

It was exciting. It was scary. It was fun. It was hectic. It was stressful. It was challenging. It was pretty cool. It was exhausting. A month ago I decided to participate in a local craft/vendor show this past weekend and I spent the month trying to create a mini-gift shoppe. It felt…