3 Style of Chocolate cookies

Over the years I developed the habit of creating a huge cookie platter at Christmas with everyone’s favorite cookies.  Does that sound familiar?  Now, my family expects a wide variety of Christmas cookies.  Since time is short these days and I don’t want to spend so much time baking, I have found a few shortcuts.  One of those shortcuts is to use a boxed cake mix as the base.  CakeRead More →

Manhattan Clam Chowder

One of my favorite soups is Manhattan Clam Chowder.  Although we don’t live on the coast I am a fan of any type of seafood chowder.  Many people only try the New England Style Chowder which is a cream based soup.  Over the years I have moved away from the heavier types of soups in favor of broth based varieties.  In part, because I have family members who are lactoseRead More →

Enjoy a slice of Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

This post contains affiliate links that can provide a small income to my blog at no extra cost to you.  For more information on affiliate links please see my blog policy page. Now that October is here it is time for one of my favorite treats….Pumpkin Bread.  I like it with my morning coffee or with a cup of Pumpkin Spice Tea in the afternoon.  It has all those flavorsRead More →

Vintage Coffee Bar

At my daughter’s wedding I was responsible for the Coffee Bar.  Since it was a camping wedding, we served breakfast to one and all on the morning after.  I only had a few days prior to the wedding to get it all together, so I used what I had.  I am an avid collector of vintage thermoses and milk bottles.  So I created a Vintage Styled Coffee Bar. I wasRead More →

Minestrone Soup

When the “Celebration” is over, the party guests have gone home and exhaustion finally sets in….what’s a person to do?  Why make soup of course.  The wedding venue is cleaned up and friends and visitors have said their goodbyes.  The bride and groom are on an 8 month world wide adventure. Most of us experience a little bit of a let-down when the festivities are over.  We have spent aRead More →

It’s time to use some of that wonderful Rhubarb in one of the most perfect of foods….pie.   I have been harvesting some of my rhubarb.  I pick it a little over time instead of all at once and it will last me most of the summer.  To harvest the rhubarb just twist the stalk at the base and it should break free.  Be sure to discard the leaves becauseRead More →

Refreshing Cabbage Salad

My husband is not fond of mayonnaise so I have never fixed a traditional style of coleslaw.  However, I enjoy eating a variety of salads and using shredded cabbage is easy and nutritious.  My cilantro is finally at the picking stage. That means that it’s time to use some in my favorite refreshing cabbage salad.  This salad makes a great side dish for tacos, burgers or even sandwiches.  Honestly, IRead More →

Strawberry Pizza Dessert

I like the rhythm of the seasons in my home and garden, especially when it comes to preparing foods.  I try to eat seasonally whenever possible so you will find plenty of recipes with rhubarb, strawberries and asparagus in the spring.  One of my favorite strawberry recipes is a pie-like dessert that we call Strawberry Pizza Dessert.  Originally I made this in a medium size spring form pan but overRead More →

Sage, Honey and Lemon Tea

My husband and I made it through the snowiest and seemingly ‘longest’ winter on record in our part of Eastern Washington without getting any major illnesses.  Now as the weather is starting to warm, the spring flowers are blooming and it’s time to work in the yard…I have come down with a cold.  Unbelievable. One of the things that I like to prepare when anyone is sick with a cold,Read More →

Bubbles and Squeak with whole grain toast.

Not long ago I saw some beautiful pictures of Butchart Gardens in the spring.  They reminded me of a wonderful trip that my husband and I took to Victoria BC a number of years ago.  I had a good laugh when I remembered the breakfast that we enjoyed at a quaint downtown restaurant.  We ordered a large platter of Bubbles and Squeak and set about to devour it.  About halfwayRead More →