photo of the night sky with gold fireworks and a sign that reads Happy new Year

Happy New Year everyone. I hope you had a good holiday. It’s my first work day of the year and I’m finding it a bit difficult to get back into the groove of post-holiday life. Give me my mug of caffeinated tea and I’ll be rearing to go here in a few minutes. I think…

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Toffee-Pecan Cookie Mix Jars

Do you have one of those friends who always has the best creative ideas?  My good friend Salve has the best projects going (I’ll be writing a separate post about how she single-handedly transformed her backyard including pouring her own concrete – now that’s a DIY for you). Last weekend we got together in her…

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One of my favorite gifts to make for family and friends during the holidays is a cookie box full of their favorite homemade treats. It’s so fun to decide which cookies I’ll bake and how I’ll wrap the whole thing up to look festive and enticing.  When my cookie boxes are going to friends who…

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The recipes that mean the most to me have a personal history. An interesting backstory if you will. Of course they also need to produce food that is absolutely delicious. This recipe for Pumpkin Bread ticks all the boxes for me. So here’s how to make the Best Pumpkin Bread ever! The Backstory on this…

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During Covid-19, everything in our world has changed and we’ve had to adapt to a new way of doing things — even volunteering. Volunteering in person may not be the safest thing to do for others right now, so we need to find safe and creative ways to give back during this socially-distanced time. Why…

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Our dog Buttercup is a doggie gourmet and a genuine food snob. But even she loves these homemade Apple Cinnamon Dog Biscuits created with the help of our friends from the Humane Society! This is just one of the recipes that the Humane Society asks volunteers to make for the dogs staying at the shelter.…

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One of the positive things about spending more time at home has been the opportunity to enjoy leisurely mornings.  No more rushing out the door with untied shoes and a bag of cereal to munch on in the car.  Probably the best change to our morning routine has been the reintroduction of a hot breakfast…

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For the past week or two I’ve been obsessed with the idea of creating a container herb garden. This obsession was inspired by all the cooking I’ve been doing during quarantine, and I’ve really enjoyed the chance to try and create new recipes. Yes, the Julia Child in me is flourishing, with my family (and…

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Right now I’m hooked on the Marie Kondo television series on Netflex – “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.”  The series is based on the organization methods detailed in Marie’s bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up:  The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.  If you have a chance to watch even just one episode,…

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