Issues of Today

On the Rebound in Puerto Rico: The Crisis Is Not Over

~By Pamela Hammond~ This is my friend Marlene. Originally from New Jersey, Marlene has lived for many years in Utuado, a municipality of Puerto Rico located in the remote mountainous region, where she rescues horses, street dogs and stray cats. I met Marlene in 2009 when my husband and I rented a one room cottage… Continue reading On the Rebound in Puerto Rico: The Crisis Is Not Over

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Arts, Crafts and Creations, Garden Art, Handpainted Projects, Holiday Designs

Winterfest 2018 in Geneva, Ohio: The Snowman Contest

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

Gardens, Travel and Day Trips

“Orchid Mania” at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

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

desserts, Recipes: Only the Best!

A Favorite Recipe: USDA Pecan Pie

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

desserts, Recipes: Only the Best!

“The Homecoming” Christmas Applesauce Cake

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

cookies, Recipes: Only the Best!

Start the New Year with M&M Party Cookies

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

cookies, Recipes: Only the Best!

Peanut Butter Blossoms

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