Today is a great day. The sun is shining, the sky is a brilliant blue, and my family is getting ready to participate in Opening Ceremonies with our community little league. This is our 15th consecutive season, and probably our last. I've watched all three of my boys, and their friends, grow up at this … Continue reading PEANUT BUTTER & BANANA MUFFINS
"When you're caught up in a new recipe, it's easy to forget even the most obvious cooking tricks and tips. But memorize these, and you'll always have success in the kitchen." - Food Network Kitchen "Always" having success in the kitchen seems like a big promise, but nevertheless there is a lot of helpful advice … Continue reading COMMON SENSE COOKING TIPS
"I’ve done the research & my findings are extremely consistent: if you want to make people happy immediately upon entering your (home), put together an egregiously large cheese board. There are no rules, of course, but I usually start with three cheeses, one soft. Three pickle-y/olive-y things, three kinds of cured meats, two or three … Continue reading PLATTERS & BOARDS
It’s been a long time since I posted anything on my website. The reason for my online absence is that after 20 years of being a stay at home mom, I began working as a hospice bereavement counselor in the fall of 2017. Do you know that the term “hospice” comes from the same … Continue reading HI THERE!
"On the first morning, when one of the chefs asked me why I took the class, I told him that my enthusiasm for cooking had outpaced my technical skills." - Shauna Niequist, Bread & Wine: a love letter to life around the table. I have felt this same dilemma. My passion for cooking far surpassing my … Continue reading WHEN PASSION FOR COOKING SURPASSES ABILITY
Preheat Oven to 325 F. Grease 10 inch tube pan; set aside. In a large bowl, beat 1 1/2 C granulated sugar, 1 C vegetable oil, 2 tsp vanilla, and 2 eggs until well blended. Stir in 2 C chopped peeled tart apples. In another bowl, stir together 3 C flour, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, and 1 C chopped walnuts. Add apple mixture to dry ingredients. Stir in just until moistened. … Continue reading RACHEL’S APPLE WALNUT CAKE
I love to cook. I love to love people with food. And I love to be relaxed when I sit at my table to share life with the people who have gathered there. Some times it is impossible to experience all of those loves, simultaneously, with from-scratch cooking. This is why I am a HUGE … Continue reading FOR THE FANS OF SEMI-HOMEMADE