- Appetizers + Party Food
- Dips / Sauces
- Drinks + Smoothies
- Something Sweet
"The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge." ~ Bertrand Russell
Ask not what your book club can do for you
"When you know who you are; when your mission is clear and you burn with the inner fire of unbreakable will; no cold can touch your heart; no deluge can dampen your purpose. You know that you are alive" ~ Chief Seattle
Happy Saturday! What are you up to this weekend?
"Keep going. Each step may get harder, but don't stop. The view is beautiful at the top"
Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend?
"We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize" ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
“That’s not ours to know. Next question?” ~ overheard at the coffee shop
I’ve been making oatmeal the same way for as long as I can remember
"This, Grandma. This was the best day ever" ~ Love, Eli
"Why do you have to turn everything into a story? So I told her why ..
Do you have a favorite back-of-the-box recipe?
"Because when you stop and look around this life is pretty amazing" ~ Dr. Seuss
"For just one second, look at your life and see how perfect it is ..
Admittedly, it was a little awkward when I brought ..
"I took myself out for ramen at lunch today. It was like getting a big hug from a bowl of soup" ~ Overheard at the office
"There are still stars which move in ordered and beautiful rhythm. There are still people in this world who keep promises. Even little ones, like cooking stew over your Bunsen burner ..
"The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook" ~ Julia Child
"When I was ten years old, I wished for world peace, no capital punishment, and an endless supply of taco pizza or maybe pepperoni nachos, it was really a toss-up"
From heart-shaped pancakes .. to strawberries on oatcakes .. to peonies in the arms of a new friend .. a few things that have been happening in our world lately
"Don't neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that, some have entertained angels without knowing it" ~ Hebrews 13:2
"If you had a giant billboard (metaphorically speaking), what would you put on it?"
On Responsibility"It's not your fault if your kids mess up, but you are responsible for caring for them. It's not your fault if your marriage didn't work, but it is your responsibility to understand why. It's not your fault that food manufacturers make addictive foods, but ..
Saturday Trivia! What organ in your body is a rebel against authority? The only one that can get things done without being bossed around by the brain?
"It's easier to change a man's religion than to change his diet" ~ Margaret Mead
"My idea of a perfect day is frozen custard at Shake Shack and a walk in the park (followed by a Lactaid). My idea of a perfect night is a good play and dinner at Orso (but no garlic or I won't be able to sleep). The other day I found a bakery that bakes my favorite childhood cake, and it was everything I remembered; it made my week" ~ Nora Ephron
"Because everyone is defenseless at breakfast, there should be no contentiousness or crossness" ~ Marion Cunningham | The Breakfast Book
Friends, I know it’s March, and mid-March at that; technically almost Spring ..
Dr. Laura .. Whether you love her or hate her, she had a heck of a good call a few years ago
"There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage" ~ Martin Luther
Happy Sunday! What are you up to this weekend?
I'll never forget the first time I attended an NA meeting ..
"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles" ~Audrey Hepburn
We spent the better part of the holidays with jazz playing in the kitchen
"Of all sound of all bells .. most solemn and touching is the peal which rings out the Old Year" ~Charles Lamb
I had a neighbor once who baked the most delicious confections
"Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself" ~ Walt Whitman
Mid Week Inspiration No. 7: What do you eat when you're home alone?
From paper snowflakes in the windows to catching cranberries in the driveway to mastering the art of gumdrop making, a few things that have been happening in our world, lately
“Sometimes I have loved the peacefulness of an ordinary Sunday. It is like standing in a newly planted garden after a warm rain. You can feel the silent and invisible life. All it needs from you is that you take care not to trample on it.” ~ Marilynne Robinson
I'm not sure what's come over me exactly. Other than somewhere in the nostalgic depths of my mind ..
"I look out the window and I see the lights and the skyline and the people on the street rushing around looking for action, love, and the world's greatest chocolate chip cookie, and my heart does a little dance" ~ Nora Ephron, Heartburn
“When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.” ~ Nora Ephron
"The single greatest thing you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now. And the more grateful you are, the more you get" ~ Oprah Winfrey
"I'm so glad we live in a world where there are Octobers" ~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
From the summer of 2007 until the early spring of 2010 ..
"The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention" ~ Oscar Wilde
"The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love" ~ Hubert H. Humphrey
In the summertime, there aren't many things I like more than
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not" ~ The Lorax
“Health, contentment and trust are your greatest possessions, and freedom your greatest joy!” ~ Buddha
"You should try to relax about having people over. I have friends who are nervous hostesses, and it just contaminates the entire mood of the evening. They are always rushing from the room to check things and have a wild look in their eyes when they return from the kitchen" ~ Nora Ephron
"There’s no subtext with the wedge (none of that “I’m healthy!”) Its only goal is to please" ~ Bon Appetit
“There's a reason why forty, fifty, and sixty don't look the way they used to, and it's not because of feminism or better living through exercise. It's because of ..
Nearly everything you need to know about my childhood can be summed up
"And as the years go by .. Our friendship will never die. You're gonna see it's our destiny. You've got a friend in me" ~ Disney's Toy Story
Spring is nature's way of saying 'Let's Party!' ~ Robin Williams
Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough” ~ Oprah Winfrey
"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank-you .. it will be enough" ~ Meister Eckhart
Happy Saturday! What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first” ~ Ernestine Ulmer
"Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't" ~ Lucille Ball
"Hey, how about... oh, how about some coffee or, you know, drinks or dinner or a movie... for as long as we both shall live?" — You've Got Mail | Nora Ephron
Ar·ca·dia \är-ˈkā-dē-ə\ 1. Region of Greece: in mythology the domain of the god Pan 2. Pastoral Paradise; an ideal of life in harmony with nature
Ryan: "Wanna start a coffee shop"Liz: "Only if I get to bake things there"Ryan: "Of course"Liz: "Sure" ~ Arcadia.com
From afternoon coffee runs in our slippers .. to giant lap dogs .. to couch cocoa and peanut butter from the spoon. A few things that have been happening in our world lately
"Half the cookbooks tell you how to cook the food and the other half tell you how to avoid eating it" ~ Andy Rooney
"Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs" ~ Pearl Strachan Hurd
“Oh, how I regret not having worn a bikini for the entire year I was twenty-six. If anyone young is reading this, go, right this minute, put on a bikini, and don't take it off until you're thirty-four.” ~ Nora Ephron
"Whether you think you can, or you can't .. you're right" ~ Henry Ford
"One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating" ~ Luciano Pavarotti
From parsnip hash browns for breakfast, to candied pecans for breakfast dessert, to hot yoga on cold winter's nights; a few things that have been happening on my Live Healthy Iowa Challenge journey lately
“Some people care too much. I think it’s called love” ~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
“Earlier, watching her apply mascara with ritual concentration, he’d wondered just how beautiful a woman had to be before she believed it.” ~ Alison Fell
“What I love about cooking is that after a hard day, there is something comforting about the fact that if you melt butter and add flour and then hot stock, it will get thick! It’s a sure thing! It’s sure thing in a world where nothing is sure; it has a mathematical certainty in a world where those of us who long for some kind of certainty are forced to settle for crossword puzzles.” ~ Nora Ephron | Hearburn
“I don't think any day is worth living without thinking about what you're going to eat next at all times.” ~ Nora Ephron
Have you been listening to any good podcasts lately?
From coconut oil popcorn to old puzzles with missing pieces, to evenings with friends drinking mulled wine from solo cups. A few things that have been happening in our world, lately
"And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, This is important! And this is important! And this is important!
"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!" ~ Dr Seuss | How the Grinch Stole Christmas
"I never thought it was a bad little tree .. Maybe all it needs is a little love" ~ Linus
“If God had intended us to follow recipes, he wouldn’t have given us grandmothers.” ~ Linda Henley
“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him. The people who give you their food give you their heart” ~ Cesar Chavez
"We're a nation of largely exhausted cooks today" ~ The New York Times
"What if, today, we were grateful for everything?" ~ Charlie Brown
"And so, Thanksgiving. It's the most amazing holiday" ~ Nora Ephron
"Have I told you lately that I love you?" ~ Van Morrison
From piles of leaves to birthday cake testing to Thanksgiving recipes dotting the kitchen counter .. a few things that have been happening in our world .. lately
Once upon a time, there was a little girl names Goldilocks. She went for a walk in the forest. Pretty soon she came upon a house.
"If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good" ~ Dr. Seuss
"Think left and think right, and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if you only try!" ~ Dr. Seuss
"It's not about what it is. It's about what it can become" ~ Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
"Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn" ~ Elizabeth Lawrence
We barked and waved as the last of our guests headed off, leftovers in hand, into the star-filled October night
"It's hard to be angry or upset, and be grateful at the same time. If I'm ever of emotional or upset about something I think 'What am I grateful for?' I just feel so much better. There's so much good out there" ~ Lewis Howes
"When an old person dies it's like a library burning" ~ Overheard at The Nantucket Project
"Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble" ~ William Shakespeare | Macbeth
"I'm so glad we live in a world where there Octobers" ~ Anne of Green Gables
"What could be more important than a little something to eat?" ~ Winnie the Pooh
"If we're not meant to have midnight snacks .. why is there a light in the fridge?" ~ Unknown
Sometimes .. when you're a food blogger who's learned enough to know what you don't know ..
"I have a core belief. Life is always happening for us .. not to us .. and it's our job to find out where the benefit is. If we do .. life is magnificent" ~ Tony Robbins
When it's a beautiful summer's night; when the weary travelers have returned home from a month away
“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree” ~ Martin Luther
"After all, tomorrow is another day" ~ Scarlett O'Hara | Gone with the Wind
"There is an innocence in admiration: it occurs in one who has not yet realized that they might one day be admired" ~ Friedrich Nietzche
"This book is for the servantless American cook who can be unconcerned on occasion with budgets, waistlines, time schedules, children's meals, the parent-chaffer-den-mother syndrome, or anything else which might interfere with the enjoyment of producing something wonderful to eat" ~ Julia Child | Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1
I met my husband in our town's version of a soup kitchen four years ago this month ..
"Summer afternoon .. summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language" ~ Henry James
"The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get" ~ Tim Russert
“Ask any woman how she makes it through the day, and she may mention her calendar, her to-do lists, her babysitter. But if you push her on how she really makes it through her day, she will mention her girlfriends.” ~ Anna Quindlen
"I am a sucker for those old traditional places, and Rome is as good as it gets, particularly when you throw in Italian food" ~ Roger Federer
"My greatest strength is common sense. I'm really a standard brand .. like Campbell's tomato soup or Baker's Chocolate" ~ Katharine Hepburn
"One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is .. I think .. to have a happy childhood" ~ Agatha Christie
"I wanted a prefect ending. Now I've learned the hard way ..
Happy Saturday! What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
"I'm about to teach you the secret weapon of some of the most beautiful women in the world"
"Call this number. I swear it's hocus pocus .. but people who go are never the same"
"Tell me again? Can that really be right? How many diapers does a baby use during the first year?"
"My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people" ~ Orson Welles
"Everyone should blog .. even if it's not under your own name. Every single day. If you're in public making predictions and noticing things .. your life gets better. Because ..
"There's nothing more romantic than Italian food" ~ Elisha Cuthbert
"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank-you, it will be enough" ~ Meister Eckhart
"Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it" ~ Josh Billings
"For is there any practice less selfish, any labor less alienated, any time less wasted, than preparing something delicious and nourishing for people you love?" ~ Michael Pollan
A deficiency in which micronutrient is the single greatest cause of mental retardation and brain damage?
"Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon" ~ Doug Larson
"Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest." ~ Lea Babauta
"Close your eyes. Have no fear. The monster's gone. He's on the run .. "
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go" ~ Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut
"If people want to find me, they can. They'll see a middle-aged woman wandering around the grocery store, looking to see what to buy for dinner." ~ S.E. Hinton
"Man loves company .. even if it is only that of a small burning candle" ~ Georg C Lichtenberg
Happy Saturday! What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
I wonder if it's because I've made so many mistakes in my life that I have such a fear now of ..
"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas .. perhaps .. means a little bit more!" ~ Dr Seuss | How the Grinch Stole Christmas
I remember trying not to shoo them out of the kitchen ..
The average human body contains enough: iron to make a 3" nail .. sulfur to kill all of the fleas on an average dog ..
If all the world's water were to fit into a gallon jug .. the fresh water available to us to use would equal only about .. (?)
Tuesday trivia! What percentage of a person's total body weight is water?
Woody: "Sergeant .. establish a recon post downstairs. Code Red! You know what to do" Sarge: "Yes, sir!"
"When you wake up in the morning, Pooh" said Piglet at last .. "What's the first thing you say to yourself?""What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?"
"Be careful of your thoughts .. for your thoughts become your words. Be careful of your words .. for your words become your actions ..
"The proud man counts his newspaper clippings .. the humble man his blessings" ~ Fulton J. Sheen
Monday trivia! What mineral is used for making cement .. as well as cheese? In the average person, it weighs about three pounds(!?) And ..is the fifth most abundant element in the earth's crust?
It seems lately I can't get enough of ..
There's nothing like living a life you aren't proud of that'll make you want to ..
"I don't believe in twisting yourself into knows of excuses and explanations over the food you make" ~ Julia Child
"When and where did they meet? They met at a graduation party .. when they were in the sixth grade
"My life at home gives me absolute joy. There are some days when .. as soon as you've finished cooking breakfast and cleaning up the kitchen .. it's time to start lunch .. and by the time you've done that .. you're doing dinner and thinking ..
It was late by anyone's standards as we watched the last of our guests head off into the night
Have you ever stood in the supplement aisle at your natural foods store and felt ..
"One of the great American arts .. which varies from being a triumph of being a disaster .. is the art of sandwich making" ~ James Beard
These past summer months most evenings a little before dusk ..
Which of the following can neutralize "bad" cholesterol so it doesn't damage your arteries?
Close your eyes for a moment .. and think back to the days of high school dating
I slowly savored my sliver of raspberry galette as he told me stories of the Russian physicist ..
"In that moment I knew .. the way you know about a good melon" ~ When Harry Met Sally
"I don't feel much like Pooh today," said Pooh"There, there," said Piglet .. "I'll bring you tea and honey until you do"
"You're sure this will work .. right? I mean .. it's summer .. there's blood ..
Happy 4th of July! What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
"I don't have hot flashes. I have short, private vacations in the tropics" ~ Anonymous
Some days as I sit down to write, I think to myself "I'm not sure ..
"You know it's raining out there .. right?" "No worries big guy .. I'll be ok"
"It's always the simple that produces the marvelous" ~ Amelia Barr
Happy Monday! Hope you've had the best of weekends ..
I'd passed on the giant cinnamon roll and chocolate crinkle cookies. "Eh .. I'm give or take"
Have you heard of Tina Christie's new interview series? "Lifestyle is the New Medicine"
There's nothing like a dinner party with people who might not know each other very well ..
"Home is the nicest word there is" ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder
"Yes, Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me" ~ Alice Walker
Happy Wednesday! Hope you're having a wonderful week ..
"A house isn't a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind .. as well as the body" ~ Margaret Fuller, 1810-1850
When you'd like more information about a topic related to nutrition .. where do you begin?
"The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they're right if you love to be with them all the time" ~ Julia Child
Sometimes I look back through the recipes in this space and hope ..
She smiled .. a few extra taps on the keypad of her phone. "A night to remember .. filed away in my ..
"I don't believe one can settle on how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare" ~ C.S. Lewis
I've come to believe that, whether you're 4 or 44, when you're not feeling well
"I know.. I know. I shouldn't have had it done. It was late. I'd had waaaay too much to drink
"Everything that is not written down disappears except for certain imperishable moments, people and scenes" ~ James Salter, "The Art of Fiction No. 133," The Paris
I've decided there are many good things to be said for
It wasn't long ago that my parents gave me ..
One of the biggest secrets to success .. when it comes to feeding ourselves well?
"Food isn't about impressing people. It's about making them feel comfortable" ~ Ina Garten
Certainly, there are many great holidays. Although if I have a choice, my favorite days of the year to celebrate are
"Miracles are like meatballs. Because nobody can exactly agree on what they're made of, where they come from, or how often they should appear" ~ Lemony Snicket, The Carnivorous Carnival
Every now and then it sure is nice to play hooky for a few days and ..
"Wait, I think I heard their covers rustling. Oh yes, I'm sure of it. Scan the hallway for scary kitty cats ..
I can't help but wonder the context .. (the date, time, and place) when the researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health decided to
We started with some stretches. An easy air of comradery amongst those of us in class ..
"Be good puppies, I'll be right back." He cocked his head from one side to the other .. carefully scanning our surroundings for anyone looking shifty, while I
As we grow up, we realize it's less important to have lots of friends and more important to have real ones ~ Amanda McRae
I know I shouldn't be drinking so much coffee .. but I know I shouldn't be eating .. so .. much .. sugar(!) .. but ..
Over the past few years I've delved into many of the popular eating plans .. as well as begun a study of holistic nutrition. When evaluating a plan that's new to me .. I always ask two questions ..
As one year comes to a close and a new one begins. I can't help but reflect and remind myself how very thankful I am for ..
No matter how much you psyche yourself up, think a happy thought and hope for the best .. the first few days of
I sat in my car outside the building .. this Saturday in December. Wondering if the time would ever come ..
One of the many things I love about my husband? He's marked our first year of marriage by
What are you up to this weekend? We're going to do something I wish we did far more often ..
“I am a dreamer. I always have been and probably always will be until God says enough is enough" ~ Wilber E. "Bill" Horine (1915 - 2014)
"When they first met, his hair was longer than hers. What she doesn't know is that the money he now saves on conditioner ..
There's an aisle at our local co-op that's always been slightly mysterious ..
Soft jazz played in the background as I walked through the house lighting candles ..
Healthy .. gluten-free .. artisan bread. Who says you have to give up great bread to be gluten-free?
What are your plans for this first weekend in November? Anything fun? We're going to be ..
It's always fun to go new places and the past few days we've been in ..
Nearly two years have passed since I penned my first post. There's no way I could have anticipated the joy this little website would bring. Especially when
"Seize the day. What's important to you? What do you really care about? Pursue that .. forget the rest" ~ Brittany Maynard
Their first meeting in 1923 was the stuff of legend: She wore a black satin mask on a bridge in Berlin and recited his own poetry to him
There are some milestones in life one never forgets .. and this weekend .. I was reminded of the season we bought our first
"Extraordinary benefits accrue to the tiny minority of people who are able to push just a tiny bit longer than most" ~ Seth Godin | The Dip
The kindness of a stranger .. isn't something one quickly forgets
"Anyone who can put a homemade meal on the table every night .. is my hero"
She began her slow descent on the escalator at the airport .. "Could a year really have passed since the last time we saw each other?"
If you wanted to make a profound difference in your health .. Please .. whatever you do .. start with ..
"We have a pot of drip beef on the stove and bubbly chilling in the fridge can you be here in
I can't help but wonder where the summer went every year when ..
Life lesson #4039: When your Mother mentions she has extra produce ..
"There is nothing better than a friend .. unless it's a friend with chocolate" ~ Lynda Grayson
Do you go to your state's fair? I do every year .. but only for ..
Homemade pizza is great fun .. especially when summer veggies & kids are involved!
Digestion trivia! The surface area of the gastric intestinal tract has been likened to the size of
Have you ever wondered what makes a happy & meaningful relationship?
Day 1 of July's 6-week Challenge started .. with push-ups .. "If she was coming .. she'd have been here by now"
This lazy Sunday evening in July .. we sat in the window of our favorite wine bar
"Is it true? You leave the house .. without your phone?" Everyone at the table turned .. to look at
If asked to define the Omnivorous .. Vegetarian .. and Vegan dietary systems .. could you?
If Malcolm Gladwell's "10,000-Hour" rule (that it takes roughly 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field) was applied to the to the art of bread baking
The thing about life .. you never know when you're about to witness something .. extraordinary
One of the things I enjoyed most about Venice Nutrition's 8 Week Run
We met for lunch as we do every couple of weeks
There are so many things I wish I could tell my younger self .. though I'm quite sure she wouldn't listen
Hands down .. my favorite question. Guaranteed to bring a smile .. along with one heck of a good story
"A bad neighbor is a misfortune .. as much as a good one is a great blessing" ~ Hesiod
We kissed & barked "Good-bye" as The Chef left for vacation .. 3000+ miles of open road lay ahead
If one lives in a college town .. no matter the date on the calendar .. nor the reading on the thermometer
"A friend is one who knows you .. and loves you just the same" ~ Elbert Hubbard
A gentle reminder this week .. there is much to enjoy .. if one would slow down .. just a bit
There's an interesting dynamic I've noticed ..as we enter week 6 of Venice Nutrition's 8-week run
"Beets? I've got beets (!) Will you eat them if I send some home?"
"You didn't set your alarm for the middle of the night again .. did you?" Not that it ever would have happened
Mogagua .. In the Mexican culture .. is the feeling you have when you conquer your fears and chase your dreams
I spent part of the afternoon sitting in a coffee shop .. next to three young women .. talking excitedly in Australian accents .. sharing one on of the largest pieces of chocolate cake I've ever seen
This morning I quietly watched as the first rays of sunshine touched Mexico
When one decides to feed their body differently .. there are cravings .. and then there are
You know it's going to be a good day .. when the first thing you hear before you even open your eyes .. is a kitty cat purring happily beside your pillow
I've discovered there are many treasures to be found
With Indian food you can cook with a blindfold .. the aroma from the spices tells you what’s next ~ Raghavan Iyer
When I read of Madhur Jaffrey .. I couldn't help but think .. one never knows where life's road will lead
This week I was reminded of a lesson on the power of caring for one's self, from two incredibly beautiful women, who are both in their 60s
Dr. Laura .. Whether you love her or hate her, she had a heck of a good call this week. The topic?
I had no idea there were so many funny food related Seinfeld moments
This isn't the first time I've lived beneath the shade of a beautiful old walnut tree
This past weekend .. Superbowl Sunday to be exact .. we hosted a truly memorable dinner party
"You'll be the same person 5 years from now as you are today except for two things .. the people you meet and the books you read" ~ Zig Ziglar
The scale has been on my mind an awful lot this week
Sunday mornings are some of my favorite times
A simple post for homemade sausage ..having risen .. at our house .. to a status of staple
We all find our own way in life .. do we not? Often to our parent's chagrin
A year ago the Ames Food Swap met for the first time
Life lesson #487: The struggles you're having .. Though you think you're the only one .. You're not
On the coldest day in 20 years .. a high temp of -10 .. local schools had been cancelled .. flights delayed across the midwest .. a smart, professional woman journeyed out for
Beautiful side dishes are often a tradition on holiday dinner tables ...
Though never the star of the show .. cranberry relish is such a holiday tradition
For the past 20 years at Christmas time .. my neighbor has hosted a cookie exchange
Life philosophy #1056: If one is going to have a tree .. don't mess around
What a fun thing the world of eating is .. Just when you think you've tried everything .. you haven't
It's the only bread I've ever made .. for which a love note followed. It's true
We started making these muffins this summer .. at the height of strawberry season
Leave it to Kate .. to bring something as truly unique as these
One of the many reasons I love food swapping .. it pushes me to try different things
At a dinner party a couple of weeks ago the hostess served the best chips .. as appetizers
Out of all the swaps we've had .. after all the recipes we've tried
It's been a number of years since I've made english muffins from scratch
It's probably a good sign when your Sweetie walks in the door & the first thing out of his mouth is
With the temp pushing 100 in Iowa all week .. couldn't think of a better excuse to churn some frozen yogurt
I love rhubarb. It's unclear whether it's because of its taste .. or the nostalgia that surrounds it in my mind's eye
I've had my eye on this cookbook for a while now .. The notion of Superfoods is one I've been wanting to learn more about .. How did our maiden voyage go?
It began innocently enough ..eavesdropping via Facebook
Such a beautiful blend of flavors .. made with your favorite bread dough .. enjoy!
A fantastic summer casserole .. filled with roasted veggies from the farmer's market.
Complex flavors of roasted butternut squash and onions .. the pop of za'atar .. with pine nuts providing crunch .. perfect!
"Will you stop & check on our house while we're away? Oh .. and please .. pick whatever's ready in the garden"
There's a new go-to snack in the freezer. My guess is it will granted a permanent spot .. in many flavor combinations
A very happy Sunday morning! It's sun-shiny & beautiful outside. A perfect day lies ahead ..
I discovered these last week .. Between a great love for hummus and these cookies .. I now own a Costco sized back of chickpeas
A year ago this month a turkey burger graced the cover of Whole Living Magazine
For the longest time I've wanted to visit food swaps throughout the country .. Well, I guess I should say the world
I've read there are three conditions that will drive one to make a tuna noodle casserole
I love wineries in the summer time. It makes me terribly happy to sit on the grass, listen to music, and let the afternoon pass by
When I started taking baby steps along my path to healthier eating. I didn't have a clue how to do it .. and felt really awkward admitting it out loud.
Every now an again I get a craving for a fish sandwich. If it gets better than this .. I don't see how.
A thin mint cookie made with protein powder?
2013 will forever be remembered as the year of the soup
Comfort food gone healthy. This past week called for something in this category
Tonight I was able to cook for friends .. which was such a pleasure
What a beautiful way to start the day .. a bit of porridge with your favorite things sprinkled on top.
I love burgers. I don't eat them much anymore .. but they still hold a special place in my heart
"How can a nation be great if it's bread tastes like Kleenex?" - Julia Child
If I could open the back door to my life and quietly tip-toe away without anyone noticing
My first crack at a healthy cookie. I didn't believe such a thing existed until