Dec
19

Cookie Exchange

I just enjoyed a relaxing cookie exchange with The Carafe Club. I did not host, which is just as well. I have in the past and it did not go well, but I’ll get to […]

Dec
16

Russian Tea Cakes

My all time favorite Christmas cookie is a recipe my Grandmother brought with her when she fled Russia with her mother during World War II. She lovingly passed the recipe down to her daughter-in-law, my mother. […]

Dec
10

Chocolate Making Party

Have you been to one to many cookie decorating parties lately? Here’s a twist on an old idea;  host a chocolate making party with your friends and family instead. Four generations of women in my […]

Nov
10

Red Velvet Snowflake Cookies

My daughter Sophie is fairly certain she has a special “in” with the The Clauses. She is not wrong. For the past few years her big Christmas wish is for Mrs. Claus to make her […]

Nov
3

Halloween Candy

A reporter stopped me the day before Halloween to ask how I moderated my children’s Halloween Candy. I blundered through the interview with an incomplete answer.  The interview ended. My first thought was, ‘why didn’t I […]

Oct
30

Fresh Pumpkin Pie

Halloween pranksters smashed the pumpkins our 6-year-old daughter Ava planned to use in a Fresh Pumpkin Pie. (Our pumpkin saga unfolds here.) There is a silver lining to the story. We chose a fibrous jack-o-lantern pumpkin […]

Oct
25

Sea Salt and Rosemary Pumpkin Seeds

We took our family on a Pumpkin Train Ride to celebrate our daughter Ava’s 6th birthday and a beautiful northern autumn. The  train travels along the North Shore of Lake Superior to a secret pumpkin patch. […]

Oct
23

Pumpkin Hot Chocolate

I don’t remember the first time I saw the snow fall. I do remember sitting in Algebra Class when the snow began to fall  Halloween 1991. By the end of the storm, a record 36.9 inches of […]

Oct
8

Sesame Street Party

Sometimes life gets busy. Other times the thought of a home-made, hand-crafted party is just unappealing. What ever your motivation (or lack of motivation), you can throw a Sesame Street party that feels home-made. Let’s […]

Aug
21

Gazpacho

Sometimes the stress of a move, home improvements or life can take a toll on the immune system. When those little life stressers plague your body in the summer, chicken noodle soup and hot tea […]