Round 2: Summer Lovin’ Photos


I so liked the weekly photo challenge from Friday that I thought I'd share some more of why I love summer.  Our garden has given us an amazing and bountiful harvest and will continue to well into the fall.  We've shared with neighbors, family, coworkers, friends, and I'm sure there is so much more to … Continue reading Round 2: Summer Lovin’ Photos

Blondes Have Got to Stick Together


My posts this month that have had the greatest amount of traffic and feedback have been my recipes.  I've found it rewarding to share the yummy baked goods that bring family, friends and co-workers joy during the holidays.  The fact they have elicited some happy memories for you who read these posts, is a bonus! Tonight, it's not that I … Continue reading Blondes Have Got to Stick Together

An Irish Girl Can Make Biscotti – Holiday Recipe #4


About 14 years ago I made my first biscotti.  It was also the point at which I bought my can't-live-without Kitchen Aid stand mixer (the big one)--it's still going strong and I've only had to replace with whipping attachment once! At this point in my life I was dating an Italian chef, so I was … Continue reading An Irish Girl Can Make Biscotti – Holiday Recipe #4

Holiday Recipes, #2 (Before Pinterest)


One of the first Christmases that my brother-in-law Jon spent with us, I remember giving only baked goods as gifts.  Knowing Jonathan was allergic to nuts I remembered that I'd cut this recipe out of a magazine.  I pasted it into a spiral notebook that I'd been keeping to organize my recipes--this was long before … Continue reading Holiday Recipes, #2 (Before Pinterest)

Holiday Recipes, #1


I've decided that for the next few posts I will share some of my favorite baked holiday treats.  The first is a recipe I can thank my mother for sharing! Do you remember as a kid, getting that big hunk of banana bread with butter in your lunch?  For some of us it was the best thing … Continue reading Holiday Recipes, #1

The First One Hundred Days!


What to write about?  Firsts?  One hundreds?  Perseverance, firmness, resolve, determination, fortitude; any or all of which it takes to get through 100 days of something.  And where do we find our strength to live up to a commitment like writing every day for entire year, 365 days in a row; regardless of what else … Continue reading The First One Hundred Days!

Shelly’s Jewish Apple Cake


It is fall after all, and what better way to get a taste of the season, than a recipe including apples. The other day I shared a recipe for the Best.Pie.Ever., and it is! My Mom made one on Sunday to bring to a party on Monday, but the pie didn't make it to the … Continue reading Shelly’s Jewish Apple Cake