Apple Crowns (Recipe Swap: How ‘Bout Them Apples?)

The best source for apples on California’s Central Coast is Gopher Glen Apple Farm. (In case you didn’t know.) And one of the best varieties they grow is called a Spitzenberg. I had never heard of it ten years ago when I first visited what was then a tumble-down farm stand located in a wooded […]

Banana-Chocolate Chip Muffins

I made a big batch of these this afternoon. Popped them in the oven and then headed across the street to the park with the kiddos. What a nice snack to come home to! My big boy (almost 12) loved the independence of coming home by himself to check them and pull them out of […]

Recipe Swap Revue

Over the last few months, I’ve really enjoyed seeing the recipes you all have shared in our Recipe Swaps. What a great resource to draw from! In the coming weeks, I thought we’d cover the following topics: Oct. 8 – Apples Oct 15 – PumpkinsOct 22 – Meat and PotatoesOct 29 – Halloween or Harvest […]

What We Got Cookin’

Getting back into the swing of things around here. It’s wierd to be cooking after a week or so of McDonalds, In-N-Out Burger, and Starbucks. “Vacation” is over. FishPapa asked, “What vacation?” Yeah. Anyway, since we have no condiments and few staples, meals will be pretty simple until I can ramp up a little on […]

Lynn’s version of Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Recipe Swap: Soup’s On!)

How cool is it that when I asked Lynn to guestblog this week’s recipe swap, she chose my very favorite soup?! Jessica asked me to do a guest post for her while she is in the middle of moving to the West Coast. I love to cook and bake, so I was thrilled to be […]

Gramma John’s Blue Ribbon Apple Pie (Recipe Swap: Pie Oh My!)

Pie is probably one of my very favorite desserts. I have wonderful memories of watching my Gramma John or my mom magically transform fruit, flour, sugar and butter into something amazing. I was about ten when I first tried to do it on my own. Lemon Meringue with fresh lemons from our tree in the […]

Family Day

Today just happens to be Family Day, don’t ya know? My son saw it advertised on the grocery store ad and inquired what it was. Basically, it’s “a day to eat dinner with your children.” The movement is based on research that suggests that the family who eats together does better in everything else- family […]

Chicken and Bowties (Recipe Swap: Favorite Fall Food)

I love Autumn. It’s one of the best things about the Midwest. And one thing that I will miss once we move. When the trees turn colors, it’s just beautiful, and every year is different. Dependent on the weather, the leaves vary in their vibrancy. A couple years ago the foliage was full of vivid […]