Christmas Cookies for Dummies

The image of baking Christmas cookies always floods me with warm, fuzzy feelings! Snow is softly falling outside the window.  The house is full of the smells of a myriad of cookies.  My children are helping me with the baking as I direct the adding of ingredients, use of the mixer, and temperature of the oven…all while wearing the cutest… Read More

New Year’s Treats: Simple Turtles

When I think of New Year’s Eve, I think back to my childhood where we’d have another family (or two) over and party at home.  We’d ring in the new year with board games, laughter and LOTS of snacks. Since Christmas required an abundance of cooking, I say we hit the easy button when it comes to New Year’s Eve… Read More

Deep Dish Apple Pie – Repost from 2010

Deep Dish Apple Pie Picking apples in the fall is one of my all-time favorite things to do with my children. We love to go down to the local orchard every year and pick a bushel and that keeps me busy in the kitchen for a week! My first baked apple goodie is my deep dish apple pie.  This apple… Read More

Three Easy Soups For Busy School Days

The cooler days, leaves changing color, smoky woodsy scents of the fireplace signal the oncoming Autumn season, my favorite time of year! It also means a slight change in our menus. I pull out my favorite soup recipes to simmer in the crock pot while we do school. Today I’m sharing three of my family’s favorite! Mexican Corn Chowder This… Read More

Apple Butter — Two Ways

It’s that time of year again! Crisp, cool, fall days when the leaves are changing and the skies are blue….and apple trees become heavy with fruit. We’re packing up our little family this week and heading an hour up the road to the closest full-service apple orchard, where hay rides, fresh-made cake doughnuts, and apple cider tasting awaits us…along with… Read More


  We’ve been trying to eat more fruit. Well, let me rephrase that. I have been trying to eat more fruit. My husband and children have no problem with fruit — they could eat it all day long. I will eat vegetables all day long (love them), but fruit is something I have to really be in the mood for. I am… Read More