Creating a Comfy Cozy Porch Space

Creating a Comfy Cozy Porch Space

Welcome to my front porch! Our front porch is where we often like to have coffee and/or tea, sometimes breakfast on a weekend morning during the warmer weather. It’s a little slice of zen in our fast paced lives. Our property is surrounded by trees & the birds are always in full chorus in the morning, providing a pretty peaceful … Read More

Baking up a Better Banana Bread for the Holidays

Banana Bread

This month is the beginning of baking season! Our family loves some of the fantastic alternative items in Price Chopper & Market 32 stores baking aisles. We took our banana bread recipe & turned it into a better bite by swapping & trading, while adding in some whole grains. Grab the kids, teach them ‘just right’ measurements & give this … Read More

Changing the Accessibility of Fruits & Vegetables

I just discovered a new trick in making fruits & vegetables just a little bit more accessible. I’ve always considered myself pretty good at introducing the fruits & vegetables to my kids.  Over the years we have practiced being taste testers, using the produce aisles at the grocery store as our discovery ground and we’ve become kitchen experimenters with recipes … Read More

Summer Spices and My Outdoor Spice Rack Creation

breakfast with the girls

The story behind my spices! My birthday is in May!  As part of my celebration I went to breakfast with a few of my friends at a restaurant in a neighboring town called the Iron Roost.  Afterwards I wanted to go to a little shop in town called C’est La Vie that had caught my eye on a recent drive … Read More

Earth Day 2012 on the Home Front

Earth Day, annually observed on April 22nd , is a worldwide event designed to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth and our natural environment. Today my youngest and I started our 2012 home awareness by planting & recycling together after school.  I’m really not the greenest thumb on the block when it comes to gardening.  Over the past several … Read More

Good Old Fashioned Fun…

A couple of weekends ago, when the weather was FANTASTIC, we did this very last minute call to a few friends and had a throw together mini Fall Fest.  We kept it simple and it turned out to be a blast… I grabbed pumpkins for $1.25…can’t beat the price….and set up a pumpkin painting table with paints and brushes I’ve collected over the … Read More

My Gourd-eous Find!

I was making one of my fall visits to a farm near us to grab my gourds, pumpkins and cornstalks when I saw this particular one (the green spotted gourd in the picture to the left) and added it to my pile.   The owner let me in on a little secret…apparently these oddly shaped, green spotted gourds have quite the shelf life.  You simply … Read More