Shrimp Tacos

Simply put: This is one of the most delicious taco recipes ever! Jessica and I made this for “Cinco de Mayo.” Marinated and grilled shrimp offers up the perfect shrimpy bite. And I mean PERFECT! These shrimp tacos are an amazing combination of flavors and...

Rice Pilaf with Pignoli, Peas & Cheese

This is a side dish with a perfect bite. Savory basmati rice, orzo, and pignoli (pine nuts) married with onion, peas, and Parmesan cheese. Rice Pilaf with Pignoli, Peas, and Cheese is a homogenous bite of savory, crunchy, cheesy, and fresh. You can serve this side...

Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

My husband, Richard, loves peanut butter. While he often slathers it on bread, rolls, crackers, and celery, I like to eat it by the spoonful right out of the jar.  I can’t help myself. Peanut butter by itself is such a simple pleasure – sweet, salty,...

Mouthwatering Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Last week, my daughter took her two younger boys and me to go strawberry picking. We landed at Spencer Farms in Noblesville, Indiana. These folks have grown strawberries and raspberries since 1982. They have lots of pie making produce in their farm store, fresh and...

Quinoa Spinach Arugula & Cheese Casserole

I’ve not thought about using quinoa as the vessel for a casserole, like you would rice or pasta.  But I came across this recipe a few months ago at Bakeaholic Mama, and it’s become one of my favorites.  Simply said, Carrie, aka Bakeaholic Mama, is a...

Scrumptious Raspberry Cheesecake Squares

I love cheesecakes.  They’re rich.  They’re decadent.  They’re scrumptious!  I know I’ve really had dessert when I’ve plowed through one or two pieces.  YUM!!! My daughter and her former college roommates were having a barbecue...

Super Sloppy Joes

I bet everyone has a favorite recipe for Sloppy Joes.  This all-American sandwich is a standard I bet eaten in most households in one form or another.  I bet, too, that most of us make the sauce using a powdered pre-packaged mix or sauce from a can.  I get it –...

Pan Seared Cod with Tomatoes, Onions & Capers

We’re attempting to eat healthier around our house. Oh, Richard and I still revisit old-fashioned family meals like fried chicken and meatloaf, especially when our grandsons come for a weekend supper, but we don’t eat like we used to. We don’t sit...

Honey Half Whole Wheat Rolls

It’s that time of year and everyone is making a variety of warm and hearty soups perfect for the change of seasons.  I love the fall.  Cooler weather is a welcome change from summer’s seemingly relentless heat!  Whether you’re retrieving the crock...

Ham Fried Rice in 30 Minutes

Ham Fried Rice is one of my go to recipes.  My mother retrieved it from an old cookbook, “Dining Out at Home.”  (I mean like the 70’s.)  I made this for my daughter’s family several months ago.  Jessica remembered it was a dish she enjoyed...

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Lakeside Ohio and the Marblehead Lighthouse

I’m very fortunate to have a college roommate who owned a cottage on Lake Erie in Lakeside, Ohio. Two summers ago, my daughter, her family and I decided to rent Cynthia’s cottage for a week and a lovely getaway. We enjoyed it so much that we returned in...

Westward Ho! Devils Tower National Monument

Richard and I love traveling in the western United States. There’s just something about the huge landscapes, wide open vistas, and big, very big, blue skies. Literally, you can see for miles and miles. It’s not our first trip. In fact, we’ve made the...

Spring Break in Chicago

Navy Pier was designed by architect Charles Sumner Frost and opened to the public in 1916 as “Municipal Pier”. It was the only pier to combine a shipping dock with public entertainment. This 3,000 foot pier sits just north of the mouth of the Chicago River. What to do...

Florida January Getaway – Rest and Relaxation

Ah, yes. This is one reason we all want to visit Florida especially in January – breathtaking sunsets. For five days there was no snow or ice, no heavy rain, no dark dreary skyscapes when the horizon seems 100 feet above my head. This was taken at the Dunedin...

Westward Ho! Blue Plate Diner – Salt Lake City

The acclaimed Blue Plate Diner is nestled among quaint residential/commercial buildings in the Sugar House district of Salt Lake City.  Sugar House is a very popular neighborhood.  I’d liken it to Broad Ripple, but with an updated business district. The diner is...

Westward HO! Salt Lake City – Red Iguana

Salt Lake City Tour Salt Lake City is one of my favorite places.  While we were out for a late breakfast, I asked Richard why I liked Salt Lake so much?  “It’s young.  It’s clean.  There’s a lot of energy,” he replied. And that’s...

Our Trip to Zion National Park

Richard and I love the American West. The landscape is breathtaking and unforgettable. Within easy travel from Las Vegas is Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Hoover Dam, Zion and Bryce National Parks, and the Grand Canyon. Also in this little corner of Utah is a...

Spring Visit to Yellowstone

We are very fortunate to live only two hours away from the oldest national park in the United States.  Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872.  Richard and I have been married for 15 years, and our goal is to visit the park twice a year, in the summer and...

A Visit to the Pryor Mountains

I’ve lived in Montana for ten years.  Richard and I have traveled some throughout the state, but the majority of our adventures surround Yellowstone National Park, which we love and is only two hours away.  But within easy reach, about 40 minutes from Billings,...

Paradocx Wine & Truffle Paring

For the first time in over 20 years, my sister, Carol, and I were able to spend an uninterrupted week together.  Ever since she and I began our families, all of our visits surrounded holidays, family events, and vacations at our parents home in Northwest Indiana, her...