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Skillet recipes: Simple ways with squash, greens, and grits

Dig out your cast iron skillet and let it impress you with its versatility! It adds a beautiful texture to these new, simple vegetable recipes. Plus, I have a new vintage find to share with you!


Greeting the New Week: Little Things to Treasure

Most of the time, it doesn’t take much to delight me. I’m happy with grand gestures, as most women are, of course, but I really enjoy little things that just add bright spots to any regular day. Saturday had quite a few of those bright spots, and I enjoyed each one.  First I awakened to my… Continue reading Greeting the New Week: Little Things to Treasure


Back to Basics: Simple Chocolate-Chippy Brownies

I was minding my own business this evening, working on editing pictures from Christmas, when my curly-headed 15 year old son plopped down beside me on the couch and said, “Mama, couldn’t you make me some warm brownies tonight?”  They can really be influentially sweet when they need to be, these kids. I love that. … Continue reading Back to Basics: Simple Chocolate-Chippy Brownies


Some things are better than cookies

I love baking cookies. You know this about me. I have shared quite a few recipes with you here for them: sugar cookies infused with the essence of lemon, Justin’s special peanut butter cookies, and others. Baking cookies is therapeutic for me, in a way. When there’s something on my mind and I can’t shake… Continue reading Some things are better than cookies


So many things to do!

There seems to be more to do in the months of October, November and December than any other time of the year; at least in my life.  Maybe yours, too!  It’s all good, but it takes a lot of energy and focus.  And coffee.  😉 By way of example, let me fill you in on… Continue reading So many things to do!