Flour Sack Towels – Chore Days

August 16, 2010

These are the same designs my Grandmother Ellen had in her kitchen that I would dry her dishes with when she first showed me how to embroider.  Each day is hand embroidered with a specific chore.  Kitchy and fun, this set of seven dishtowels is sure to make the chores more enjoyable.  $49 for the […]


Peaceful morning

April 26, 2009

It is on days like today that I like to recall the mornings when it is so easy to just get caught up into a view. Sitting in the kitchen having my morning coffee and looking out over the expanse. I wanted to share what I saw the other day as I was thinking about […]

Baked Pumpkin Donuts

January 3, 2015

Ultimate Chex® Mix

February 13, 2013

I readily admit my love for Chex Mix, yet I am not a fan of pretzels and finding bagel chips was always like trying to locate a needle in the haystack. I figured this recipe needed some revamping and adaptation to my taste – more flavor and more stuff! What did I do different? Well, […]

Annie’s SPAM Meatloaf from ‘Misery’

August 28, 2012

‘My secret is, I always use fresh tomatoes, never canned. And to give it that extra zip, I mix a little Spam with the ground beef!’  I’m certain Annie Wilkes loved to cook and felt she was definitely gourmet.  When creating this recipe for the  ‘Night IN at the Movies’ article I wanted to actually […]

Guinness Mac & Cheese with Bacon

February 19, 2013

This recipe is a variation on my Mom’s Mac & Cheese recipe with a nod to our Irish friends. The Guinness imparts an interesting flavor profile that pairs nicely with the salty bacon – and all topped off with crunchy, bacon grease breadcrumbs. 1 lb. dried pasta 1 lb. thick-cut bacon, diced and browned (save […]

My Grandmother’s Heirloom Recipe Box

March 2, 2009

Sometimes life just gives you a ‘high five’ out of nowhere to show you that you are moving down the right path. I stopped over to visit my mother yesterday and she had found my grandmother’s recipe box, which was filled to the brim with all the goodies I used to stand beside her and […]

Beading – Image Transferring

May 6, 2010

Recently I came across a new technique to me, Image Transferring.  You can use wide variety of materials to transfer to, here I used copper to transfer images of fish onto the metal.  I have also done this to resin, metal, even wood!  Coupled on this piece with fresh water pearls and crystals that I […]

Green Goddess Dip

August 19, 2010

INGREDIENTS 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves 1 cup packed watercress, washed 2 tablespoons tarragon leaves 1 tablespoon basil 3 tablespoons chives, minced 1 clove garlic, chopped 1 medium shallot, peeled 1 tsp. anchovy paste 1/4 cup grapeseed oil Zest and juice of 1 lemon 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon champagne vinegar 1 cup mayonnaise 1 […]

Bacon & Eggs Salad with Maple-Bacon Vinaigrette

March 14, 2011

8 eggs 1/2 lb. thick-sliced bacon 3 tbsp. red wine vinegar 2 tbsp. olive oil 1/4 cup maple syrup Salt & Pepper to taste 8 cups Spring or Fancy Greens Cook bacon to desired crispness, reserving renderings in a large mixing bowl.  Fill a large saucepan half-full with water and add a generous amount of […]

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Favorite Things – Dacor Epicure Dual-Fuel Range

May 20, 2009

I have long been a fan of Dacorand its’ ranges. I know that people now prefer cooktops, but I would say I am a traditionalist at heart and like to have a range. The abilty to sear something and throw it directly into the oven to finish or pull something out of the oven and […]

Fresh Margaritas

December 13, 2008

I do not know about you, but I am tired of all the expensive drink mixes that leave me underwhelmed. Who said that cocktail mixology from scratch was difficult never had the satisfaction of enjoying an excellent libation. My sister and I call them Margo’s and in an effort to educate the planet on how […]

Beer Cheese Dip

March 20, 2015

This is the perfect dip for any time of year because it is so quick and easy to make – have fun with this by adding unusual beer flavor paired with different types of cheese – like beer and cheese pairing, but different. I like to dip pretzel rolls that have been cut up into […]


September 9, 2012

Simple, easy and refreshing. You can easily translate this for any fruit of your choosing. I specifically use Everclear instead of Vodka since it is that much more effective in sapping every ounce of flavor out of whatever I am infusing, in this case it was kumquats. I infuse these in large Weck Juice Jars […]


Weekend getaway

June 14, 2009

With my daughter off from school for the summer, and my niece celebrating her 5th birthday – it was decided to make the trek down to my sister’s country home in LeSueur. We arrived around noon and spent the day relaxing, chatting and eating my sister’s home cooking. I made a cake shaped like a […]

Pepsi Garlic Beef

January 22, 2015

Simply place the following into a slow cooker on low for 12 hours. 1, 3 lb. marbled beef roast 1/2 c. Pepsi 1 tbsp. minced garlic Once meat is tender, add 1 tsp. salt and 1 tbsp. corn starch mixed with 3 tbsp. water or Pepsi to thicken sauce.

Brown Sugar Pavlova

August 30, 2009

This dessert only looks intimidating – it really is not that difficult at all to make. A Pavlova is simply a meringue that has been baked at a low oven temperature for about an hour, then cooled. When done, it becomes this light, crunchy meringue that can be topped with a myriad of delicious things. […]

OLFACTORY – Fendi Uomo

September 1, 2009

I am a closet cologne fanatic, I do not even know how many I actually own. I have worn Fendi Uomo since it was first introduced in 1988. I would call it a signature scent of mine, I like wearing it for certain ocassions. Whenever I put on this cologne, the rich woods & spice […]

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Smores Donuts

July 28, 2016

This is an elevate riff on the cheater donut, and so worth it. I used a whole bag of chocolate chips, if you aren’t a big chocolate lover easily use half. 1 package Pillsbury Grands Biscuits 1 package graham crackers 3 eggs 10 oz. package chocolate chips 1/2 c. cream Preheat oil in whatever receptacle […]


Strawberry Scones

April 3, 2012

I have to admit that I rarely ever buy fruit to actually eat fresh – I generally always eat it in something, like pie or jam.  It’s funny because I had a moment yesterday at the supermarket when I walked in and grabbed the coupon booklet that there was a display of fresh strawberries at […]

Roasted Tomatoes

March 11, 2010

With summer planting on the way, I want to be able to show you all the ways you can use that bounty that will begin. The abundance of tomatoes, peppers, onions, zucchini and eggplant can be overwhelming. Here I roasted roma tomatoes with garlic. Simply remove the stem or core and slice them in half. […]

Collecting – Ironstone

March 31, 2010

I love Ironstone and am an avid collector of it.  To me, it has the durability of china with the casual lines that fit my lifestyle.  The pieces are always versatile and I tend to mix and match them together.  Ironstone china, a name of which well describes this hardy ware, was originally designed as an […]


March 19, 2010

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Bacon & Fingerling Potato Phyllo Pizza

February 5, 2011

Remixing how you look at food to create something new is how I live my life.  Here I have taken the pizza and recalibrated the ingredients into a whole new direction.  The fingerling potatoes used here were a gourmet variety by rpespud which has fingerling yukon gold, purple and red potatoes. 1 – 16 0z. […]

Bacon Vodka

January 3, 2015

In like a lion, out like a lamb

March 17, 2009

Do you know the origin of the weather proverb about March, “in like a lion, out like a lamb”? For most locations, the average temperature at the end of the month is higher than at the beginning, so the proverb typically has some meteorological truth to it, but where did it come from? The phrase […]

SHOP – Faux Bois Baking Mat

January 24, 2013

I use this faux bois mat to make impressions on baked goods that I want to elevate a little and make them special. Use on cut-out cookies, pie crust, chocolate bark or graham crackers to create a faux bois effect on your finished recipe – they work magic. Made from food-grade, quality silicone – it […]

Fantastic Sunrise

November 18, 2008

As I was preparing breakfast for my duaghter, she came down and said ‘Dad, you have to see this – get up here!’ So I grabbed my camera and we peered out her bedroom window only to see the most fantastic sunrise. The colors were amazing and I wanted to share it with you all. […]

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Apple Ambrosia Fruit Salad

February 26, 2015

This recipe comes from the INSPIRALIZED cookbook by Ali Maffucci, I have adapted it slightly. It is such an easy recipe to make. I doubled the recipe in the book to utilize the make more. The apples are made by spiralizing ‘noodles’ – I used the second thickest blade, cutting any longer ones so they are […]