Winterfest is held in our small town every February. This year, I decided to enter the snowman contest. During the first week of January, temperatures were in the single digits with below 0° wind chills and two feet of snow was falling. I had plenty of indoor time on my hands! I picked up a… Continue reading Winterfest 2018 in Geneva, Ohio: The Snowman Contest
Winters in Northeast Ohio can be brutal. A visit to the glasshouse at the Cleveland Botanical Garden will warm your spirit and offer an escape to make you forget the snow and ice-covered landscape outside. The winter show, “Orchid Mania” is held annually. Whether or not you have ever had any desire to grow orchids,… Continue reading “Orchid Mania” at the Cleveland Botanical Garden
I’m attracted to many styles of decorating. I love the casual soft colors of shabby chic. I love a traditional décor with oriental rugs and classic furniture. But the style that seems to suit me best and the one I keep coming back to is Boho Chic. Boho Chic is a free-spirited style that takes… Continue reading Choosing a Boho Chic Decor
I found this recipe in my early twenties when I was first learning to cook. Each week I would visit our local library and borrow a stack of cookbooks which I read in the evenings as if they were novels. I found many of my favorite recipes that way, including this one. As I recall,… Continue reading A Favorite Recipe: USDA Pecan Pie
I watched my DVD of "The Homecoming" the other night. In the movie, Olivia Walton bakes her traditional Christmas applesauce cake. Feeling inspired, I went looking for the recipe. I found a number of recipes for "Olivia Walton's Applesauce Cake." One recipe said "this is the cake she made in the movie." (It wasn't). One… Continue reading “The Homecoming” Christmas Applesauce Cake
I don't know when this recipe was first published but I first became aware of it in the mid-60s. It was part of an advertisement for Crisco shortening and M&M's in one of my mother's magazines. In those days, recipes were often a part of a advertisements for some product or another. My mother cut… Continue reading Start the New Year with M&M Party Cookies
Who doesn't love a peanut butter cookie? Combine it with a chocolate Hershey's Kiss and you get a cookie favorite that shows up on most cookie trays these days. Traditionally they are made with milk chocolate kisses. But try dark chocolate kisses for an extra rich treat or for those who don't like chocolate (yep,… Continue reading Peanut Butter Blossoms
This is one of my family's favorite holiday treats. It's one of the easiest bars to make. I usually save it for the end of my cookie baking day when I'm tired and all "baked out." I can put this one together and pop it in the oven in a couple of minutes or so… Continue reading Magic Cookie Bars
The holiday season for my husband and I began on Thanksgiving day when we hosted a big family dinner. Following a Black Friday spent with friends, the remainder of my Thanksgiving weekend was spent in a decorating frenzy. It always takes a full day to put up the tree, sorting out and fussing over whatever… Continue reading Christmas Decorating With Vintage Finds
My daughter Amy and I made our annual visit to a nearby Christmas shop the other day. We walked through the display of themed trees to get ideas for decorating our own. Those who have been using the same artificial Christmas tree for many years will understand the draw I feel to buy a new… Continue reading Giving a New Holiday Look to an Old Holiday Tree
Last Christmas, my family decided to have a "white elephant" gift exchange. It wasn't about saving money, although we did save money. My siblings and I have simply grown less particular over the years. We have reached a point in our lives where we no longer need or desire a bunch of new "stuff." We… Continue reading Recycle, Reuse, Re-Gift.
These handmade gift tags were a craft show best seller! Each is one-of-a-kind with a Christmas theme ready to dress all of your gifts with a special handmade touch. Do you want tags for Hanukkah or another special day or theme? Ask for a custom order! I can make tags for any theme/day that you… Continue reading Just in time for the holidays…
If you are looking for a project to do with the kids, an easy and cheap solution for decorating the Christmas tree, or you just want to have some creative fun on your own there is plenty to keep you busy with these non-edible ornament recipe. Traditional Salt Dough 4 cups flour 1 cup salt… Continue reading Cinnamon, Salt Dough, and Baking Soda Clay: Recipes for Non-edible Ornaments
My family doesn't shop a lot. We've even gotten away from most Christmas shopping. Last year the adults opted to do a white elephant gift exchange. Gifts had to be second hand, re-gifted, recycled, reused, or something handmade — you get the idea. We all have things in our houses that we no longer need… Continue reading Feeling Thankful for Black Friday
I love homemade applesauce. It's a regular dish on our Thanksgiving table and we eat it often throughout the winter. It's simple to make. The hardest part is peeling the apples. Once I tried it I couldn't settle for store-bought cans or jars ever again. 1) Start by peeling the apples. I've tried using Granny… Continue reading The Best Applesauce You Will Ever Eat (And The Easiest Recipe You Will Ever Make)
The 2017 craft fair dates are on Saturday, November 11 and 18. Each year as the wind turns bitter cold and the once green, and then golden, and now brown and falling leaves pile up beneath the big oaks and maples in my back yard, my sister and I kick off the Christmas shopping season with a… Continue reading Daytripping to Geneva, OH for Christmas and Crafts 2017
I began this year wanting to set up a home office area and get piles and files of paper under control. I thought that the project might take me a week. Thinking that I was being overly cautious, I allowed myself a month to get the job done. Eight and half months later, I have… Continue reading “Organize it!” The Home Office
For all the years I've been married my husband, John, has talked (raved) about his mother's chocolate and butterscotch pies. They were favorites of his and his siblings and my mother-in-law made them often to feed her hungry family and the farm hands who lived and worked on their Idaho potato farm. Unfortunately, I failed… Continue reading Betty’s Butterscotch Pie
Sometimes I get the craziest ideas at 3 a.m. I woke up last night thinking about my art room. It's on the first floor between the living room and the kitchen. It occurred to me that it would be more convenient if the art room were adjacent to my basement storage space where I keep… Continue reading Organize it! Make Room for Hobbies
This week I had a bumper crop of ripe, red tomatoes. That could only mean one thing. It was time to can some pints of Zesty Salsa. I got my Zesty Salsa recipe several years ago from my friend Meeghan. It’s the best salsa recipe I’ve found. Ideally, it would probably be best to use… Continue reading Zesty Salsa for Canning
As far as I'm concerned, one of the greatest inventions on this planet was the paperback book. I love paperback books. Small, compact, light weight little treasures that can be held in one hand leaving your second hand free to hold a glass of water or wine or to pet the cat sitting in your… Continue reading Happy National Paperback Book Day!
The painted rock craze has come to Northeast Ohio. Painters are hiding their rock creations along walking trails, on beaches, in parks and parking lots. Hunters, or perhaps just a casual passerby, are finding them at libraries, banks, doctors offices, inside flower boxes, on the edge of picnic tables— anyplace you go you might… Continue reading Northeast Ohio Rocks!
I had this a recipe for a long time before I tried it. I tried lots of others. Most of them were good. (After all, who has ever had a bad slice of banana bread?). But they were all just 'ordinary good' and I am always on the lookout for that one special recipe. Then,… Continue reading Recipe: Best Ever Banana Nut Bread
What is up with store bought potato salad? Small chunks of potatoes drowning in an overly sweet, sloppy sauce. Everybody buys it because it's convenient but nobody really likes it. Why can't they make a potato salad like Mom's? It's 11:59 p.m. on July 4 and I'm raiding the leftover potato salad bowl. My Mom makes the… Continue reading “Just like Mom’s” potato salad recipe