The Top 5 Books I Read in 2013

I started a batch of croissants the other day, and it was my well-intentioned plan to finish them today, then make that my post.  But we’ve been in this so-called polar vortex  since I started them 4 days ago, and it’s just not warm enough in my house to let them rise.  In fact, the…

What I Learned in June

One of the things that happens when you challenge yourself to read more, is that, well… you read more.  Which is usually a good thing, but can sometimes be a bad thing when, the more you read, the more things you find you want to read!  For instance, when I’m reading one blog, another reader’s…

Veterans’ Day

Last month, in our small little county, in a rural patch of Appalachia, a soldier came home. He came home to a hero’s welcome. Crowds lined both sides of a 40 mile stretch of the highway from the airport to town. Banners were hung from businesses, people were dressed in red, white and blue, waving…

Strawberry Salsa

I have a gazillion more strawberry recipes I’ll share with you in the next few days, because my refrigerator and freezer still runneth over from those beautiful red gems. Today though, I’ll share a mango salsa recipe that I’ve re-jiggered with strawberries. If I had to choose a final meal, rather than pizza, fried chicken,…

Gap-a-licious Bargain

Recently, my daughter went to a middle school youth conference in Cincinnati. My parents grew up in Cincinnati. I used to spend summers there. Aside from my own kitchen, it’s my happy place… to eat… And to shop. Yes, there are so many other fabulous places to shop: NYC, Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco, and the…