New Year’s Eve


We are not big party people but this New Year’s Eve feels different than any other. I think we have such high hopes for the coming year and all that we may be able to do again it feels charged with hope and tinged with fear. This year my son will graduate high school. Both…

Slow Cooker Ranch Pork Chops


With everyone home and little to distract us we are trying to clean the house from top to bottom and get a few projects out of the way for the new year. I don’t want to fuss over dinner so I had my daughter make dinner the other night. She loves slow cooker dinners because…

Hot Cocoa Bar


We have been doing some fun things to make staying home, which we have been doing since March 12th, seem special. One of these was to make a little hot cocoa bar. We made homemade hot cocoa with whole milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar, and vanilla extract and then all the toppings and stir-ins we…

Old-Fashioned Apple Kuchen


This is one of those recipes that has been handed down in my family forever, well at least 60 years. I remember my mother making the dough every December 23rd to bake on Christmas Eve morning. She learned it from my grandmother (her mother-in-law and the German ladies at church). Then twenty-five years ago my…

Check In: Day 287


Week 41: This Christmas was the same, yet different. We are very fortunate in that the four of us can be together. We have plenty of food, shelter, and heat on these cold nights that moved to single digits on Christmas Eve. We are blessed. But, a Zoom or Facebook call for Christmas just made…

Christmas Day


Wishing you a Merry Christmas! I hope your days are filled with self care, passion for the things that bring you joy, and love for those around you. May 2021 bring you health and happiness!

Christmas Eve


I wish I could send you all a card individually to say, “Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!” I hope you all know how much I greatly appreciate your coming here daily to comment, like, and share. I love chatting with you all finding out about you and your families. I hope will we continue this…

Italian Sausage Crostini


When we are doing our big cook for holidays we like to have little bites instead of one big meal. This allows us to snack as we go rather than sitting down to a meal all at once. We had a package of Italian sausage in the freezer that we wanted to use and weren’t…

Ricotta Cookies


In need of a simple cookie to fill out the last of your holiday trays of treats? These ricotta cookies are simple to make and can be flavored to your liking. I prefer the lemon and vanilla combination but almond is also really good. You can use just vanilla but these cookies are very plain…

Ham & Cheese Croissant Casserole


Winter Solstice. The longest night of the year. I know that this is the lead in to the coldest and snowiest time for us but I also like this night because it means we are moving closer to summer. Each night from now until the summer solstice we will gain a few extra minutes of…

Trends in Food for 2021


Every year about this time I start researching food trends for the following year. Just what do the food industry, restaurants, and grocery stores think will happen in the next year. It seems like 2020 would turn that on it’s head. In some ways it did and in other ways it went just as expected….

Check In: Day 280


Week 40: The guiding word I chose for 2020, well before Covid-19 was even thought of here, was breathe. Little did I know how important that word would become to us. I haven’t used it as much as I have as some of my other guiding words in the past but it was none the…