Pita & Spinach salad with dates and almonds

Pita Spinach Salad-6

The past two weeks have been interesting.  Not only has my life been very busy, I jumped into the deep end of the pool with no time to learn how to swim.  Getting back into the kitchen with a somewhat normal routine will be a welcome change!  For months I've anxiously waited for my turn to migrate over to WordPress.  I had the best team in the world providing all the tools needed to . . . Continue Reading

Sloppy Joes


Happy Labor Day!  We just returned from a trip to the Shenandoah Mountains in Virginia where we camped and hiked and cooked and ate, and cooked and ate, and slept and had a wonderful visit with my brother David visiting from Atlanta.  We have a pop-up camper and two crazy dogs and look forward to unplugging from time to time.  On this trip I made several one-pot meals and wanted to share . . . Continue Reading

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Pancakes


I am, without a doubt, a Greek Yogurt fanatic.  I add it to my smoothies, eat it with granola, and even serve it dolloped on a piece of grilled chicken mixed with hot sauce.  I'm partial to Fage and they didn't pay me to say that.  So you know I'm going to love a light, fluffy, thick pancake chocked full of fresh blueberries and lots of Greek Yogurt! We have a long weekend . . . Continue Reading

Chocolate Graham Crackers


It's back to school time.  Friends and relatives are dropping their children off at college.  Families are shopping for school supplies and clothes for their children that grew three feet during the summer.  Even though I'm not going back to school and don't have any school aged children, I still enjoy the excitement that comes with this new beginning.  I always loved . . . Continue Reading

English Muffin Bread and Tomato Sandwiches


Are you looking for an incredibly easy, delicious, perfect every time yeast bread recipe?  Then this is the one for you.  It's so simple and works perfectly every time.  I've made this recipe several times always intending to take photos and post it.  But magically the bread disappears and oh no - I guess I have to make it again!  I've made and . . . Continue Reading

German Chocolate Cupcakes


According to the great and powerful 'Internet', German's Chocolate Cake did not originate in Germany.  In 1852 an American named Sam German developed the dark baking chocolate for the American Baker's Chocolate Company.  Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate, a product of the Chocolate Company was named in honor of Mr. German. The cake recipe, with the signature coconut pecan icing, was . . . Continue Reading

Homemade (healthy) Fudgsicles


I'm a little embarrassed to tell you this, but I have Popsicle envy.  Everywhere I looked, all summer long, people were churning out beautiful, fruity, smooth, creamy, colorful, amazing Popsicles.  And ... well ... I have not.  It's not because I haven't tried - because I have, at least a dozen times, without much success.  But I am pleased and proud to tell you that . . . Continue Reading

Riesling-Poached Pear Sorbet


When researching dessert ideas I've often come across recipes for ice cream, sorbet and frozen yogurt developed by Jeni Britton Bauer.  Jeni authored a cook book titled Jenis Splendid Ice Creams at Home.  I finally broke down and bought a beautiful copy for myself and immediately knew I had to try this sorbet.  Riesling is my favorite wine and pears are in my top favorite . . . Continue Reading

Peach Pear & Cherry Cassolutte with Rosemary and Honey


I often think of serving fruit for breakfast but rarely consider fruit as a side dish for a nice grilled pork chop or roast.  That's going to change right now!  Fresh peaches, pears, pitted cherries (I used fresh/frozen) and rosemary combine to create a wonderful unique, sweet and savory healthy accompaniment to any meal.  Peel and slice two peaches and one pear into half . . . Continue Reading

Old-Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies


I still remember when we installed our first push button telephone.  (I was a very, very, very young girl )  I remember being young enough that I didn't really have any friends to call at the time.  We just jumped on our bicycles and road over to their house if we had something to discuss.  But I wanted to call people just to use the new phone with the raised plastic . . . Continue Reading