Showing posts from 2018

Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice

The year 2018 is moving along at a fast pace.  We are only ten days away from Thanksgiving and I am not even going to count the days til Christmas for fear of a panic attack.  Let’s just think of one celebration at a time.

While I am talking about upcoming celebrations I will add one more.  Tomorrow, November 13th, is my Wedding Anniversary.  We have been married for 37 years.  Thirty-seven years people; and I know everyone says this, but it really is hard to believe and the years have gone by crazy fast.  We have been blessed with laughter, craziness, love, 3 sons, 3 daughters-in-law, 5 grandchildren, and just living a wonderful life.  So I send a shout out to the love of my life – Thank you for being by my side with love, support, understanding, and excited about the next 37 years. Now, with so many celebrations coming up there definitely needs to be dessert.There always needs to be dessert.I wanted to share a wonderfully easy cake recipe that is perfect for the season.This season tha…

Do You Remember? & Jello Recipe Photos

Do you remember when families came together?Not just at meal time, but reunions, weekend visits, or just dropping by to say ‘Hi’.I remember walking a path from my house to my grandparent’s house almost every day; coming together at every holiday.I know life styles have changed.The demographics of families have changed.Families are spread out, stressed out, and just plain too busy.And guess what, I don’t have a solution.I just miss those times in my life; when I was a kid.We just have to make more of an effort to make those special times happen.I just wonder if some of the stresses and heavy loads families carry would be lighter if we were about to share this with family.The conversation, hugs, laughter, and the belonging.

As I promised in my last blog post, photos of “Sally’s Super Duper Delicious Jello Salad.Oh, and l wanted to change it up a bit.Not the recipe.The recipe is perfect.I changed the presentation a bit.The recipe calls for the Jello to be in a 9 x 13 glass dish.I had purc…

Wishing Everyone A Happy Friday

Happy Friday and a Wonderful Labor Day Weekend

A day without a friend  is like a day without  a single drop of honey left inside. ~Winnie the Pooh

The Love of Family

My husband and I have just returned from his families biannual Family Reunion in Pennsylvania.He is blessed to have such a wonderful family.I am blessed that I am a part of this group of (at any given time) of 45+ people (give or take). It began in 2014 as just a Saturday Reunion at the farm.  After that first get-together it has now turned into a 3 to 4 day event.  The day before there is a golf game for anyone wanting to join.  That evening there is a County Fair to attend.  Then, Saturday is the Big day with the entire crowd.

It starts off with hugs, smiles, and lots of talking all at once.We catch up on each other’s goings on (the time in between the 2 years).We gather at the cousin’s fantastic family farm.The kids can swim; play games on the lawn.And down the lane (I just love that phrase ‘down the lane’.It just gives the heart a warm feeling) there are cows and calves to feed; chickens and eggs to gather; pigs to feed; and this year kittens to hold and give more love than they cou…

Simple Strawberry Pie

It's summer and it's Hot, and it's the weekend.  This strawberry pie recipe, to me, is the best.  Yes, it is simple; yes, it uses ingredients that are prepackaged (don't know, but that is a sin to some).  And, yes, you can make it more complex if you wish.

If you are having friends over, having pool, and your cooking out; this is just a really delicious, easy, make ahead dessert.

Summertime Strawberry Pie (makes 1 deep-dish pie)
1/2 package refrigerated pie crust (or make your own crust) 1 (6 oz. ) box strawberry-flavored gelation 1 ½ cups sugar ¼ cup cornstarch 1 ½ cups water 4 teaspoons orange zest (this really makes it flavorful) 2 (1-pound) containers fresh strawberries, halved Whipped cream for topping (optional)
1.  Preheat oven to 450°
2.  On a lightly floured surface, unroll pie crust.Roll pastry into a      12-inch circle.  Place in a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate, fold edges under, 
     and crimp.  Prick bottom and sides of crust with fork.  Bake for 10 to 12
     minutes or u…

This Memorial Day

In Memory Of All

Thank You

Soup: the best for a cold day

It's a cold 35° on this Monday in March.  The weather is kind of riding the fence these days.  It's not dead of winter, and not yet spring.   There are signs of the arrival of spring: flowering cherry trees and dogwoods are blooming; and the daffodils are a beautiful bright yellow.
There are still grey, cold, rainy days just perfect for a hot bowl of soup; a cup of hot tea, and a good book. 
*Side note:  I have just finished the wonderful novel "Delicious" by Ruth Reichel (I am a big fan of all her writings).  This book I could not put down.
I have a wonderful new soup recipe that is a must try ~ Carrot and Parsnip Soup.   The recipe I have adapted due to my problems with cow's dairy. **Just know where I have substituted goats milk kefir and strained goats milk yoghurt you can use cow's milk products.
Carrot and Parsnip Soup Ingredients: 1/4 cup goat butter (or butter of choice) 2 cups of chopped onion 1 Tablespoon of minced garlic 3 cups of grated carrots 3 cups of gr…