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SEMI-HOMEMADE BEER BREAD

Semi-Homemade isn't just a technique I rely on for dessert.  When I'm in a pinch for time, it's also my preferred way to provide side dishes. Trader Joe's boxed beer bread mix is one of my favorite go-to's.  There is so much flavor in this semi-homemade bread loaf that only requires three ingredients: the box mix, a can of beer (ginger beer or carbonated water works too!), and a half a stick of melted, salted [...]

By | July 27th, 2017|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , |0 Comments

SEMI-HOMEMADE CUPCAKES

It seems that there are two types of people in the kitchen, those who prefer cooking and those who prefer baking.  I am one who prefers crafting a great meal that is hearty and satisfying, to the patience and precision pastry work requires. Don't get me wrong, I certainly enjoy eating dessert.  And a celebratory feast doesn't feel complete without a sweet finish.  I just prefer putting the bulk of my efforts into the main [...]

By | July 27th, 2017|Categories: Featured, Recipes|Tags: , |0 Comments

SEMI-HOMEMADE

I am a huge fan of semi-homemade. Because I love to cook.  I love to love people with food.  I love to be enjoyable when I sit at my table to share life with those who are gathered there. And sometimes it is impossible to experience all of those loves, simultaneously, with from-scratch cooking. So thank goodness for the modern convenience of semi-homemade....and Costco. When I am pressed for time, I have found that adding [...]

By | July 27th, 2017|Categories: Tips & Advice|0 Comments

REFLECTIONS FROM MY MIDLIFE CRISIS

Hi there!  It's been a while since I've written.  Not just for my website, it's been months since I've written anything. Like everyone else, I've been busy. But the whole truth is that I've been busy having a midlife crisis.  Not a major one.  Not the kind where I abandon my life and my people.  Nor the kind of midlife crisis where I buy something really expensive to distract me from troubling thoughts and emotions. [...]

By | July 26th, 2017|Categories: Featured, Lessons Learned|2 Comments

HOW I’M NAVIGATING MY MIDLIFE CRISIS

I recently published a post entitled "REFLECTIONS FROM MY MIDLIFE CRISIS".  Within that post I shared insights that I learned from reading "When the Heart Waits" by Sue Monk Kidd.  Her profound reflections helped me understand the significance of cocooning, waiting, and emerging within the challenges of midlife. You can read my full post HERE. But there are other insights and resources helping me to navigate the desert of my midlife crisis that I'd love [...]

By | July 26th, 2017|Categories: Lessons Learned|2 Comments

BLOOMING VEGETABLE TART

I was recently asked to bring a vegetable side dish to a family potluck.  A quick search on google led me to this recipe on Delish.com. This delightful tart meets all of my requirements for a truly great recipe.  It is beautiful and yet surprisingly simple to make.  While this side dish does take some time to create, it doesn't require exceptional culinary skills.  And the finished dish looks and tastes amazing. I made some [...]

By | May 24th, 2017|Categories: Recipes|Tags: |0 Comments

A RALLY CRY THAT WE ARE ALL HOMEMAKERS

"Homemaker". It is what I write in the box for occupation. As a stay at home parent I spent my younger years rallying for acknowledgement that I too am a working mom. But as I age and grow - and my perspectives enlarge - I realize how one sided my soap box issues have been. In my early twenties I needed boxes to organize my rapidly changing life.  As I navigated a big, overwhelming world [...]

By | May 17th, 2017|Categories: Featured, Lessons Learned|0 Comments

CHILE-LIME MELON SALAD

I found this recipe on Smitten Kitchen - one of my favorite cooking sites - and prepared it recently for my people. This tasty side dish really is as refreshing as it looks. I altered the original recipe a bit to fit my preferences - I added more cheese, more lime, and a dash of cayenne pepper for more heat. And I altered it to fit my patience - I don't want to take the time to form perfect [...]

By | May 5th, 2017|Categories: Recipes|Tags: |0 Comments

CLEANING REALLY IS OPTIONAL

Hospitality and entertaining are not the same thing. "We invite people into our home to create moments that matter, not moments that impress." This is one of my mantras. I keep saying it because I believe that it's true.  And it's what I practice. On Easter Sunday we invited our community to join us for a hot dog lunch and backyard wiffle ball.  This was the climax of a very full weekend.  That morning I [...]

By | May 5th, 2017|Categories: Featured, Tips & Advice|0 Comments

WHEN PASSION SURPASSES YOUR ABILITY

"On the first morning, when one of the chefs asked me why I took the class, I told him that my enthusiasm for cooking had outpaced my technical skills." - Shauna Niequist, Bread & Wine: a love letter to life around the table. I have felt this same dilemma.  My passion for cooking far surpassing my abilities. If I could squeeze more life out of this one, I'd enroll in a full-time culinary arts program.  But [...]

By | April 26th, 2017|Categories: Tips & Advice|0 Comments