Category Archives: health/cooking/food

The Amazing Lemon Meringue Pie Time Machine

There was Nancy, eating lemon meringue pie in Amsterdam. She messaged me, that’s how I knew, and she’d made it from scratch just like our mom used to do when we were children, and Nancy, too, when she was probably … Continue reading

Posted in family life, features, health/cooking/food, parenting | 12 Comments

Dear Morton Salt Umbrella Girl

Dear Morton Salt Umbrella Girl: Please do not ever, ever leave. You were my best imaginary childhood friend. I always wondered where you were going with that umbrella in the rain, worried that you might ruin your pretty yellow dress, … Continue reading

Posted in family life, health/cooking/food, humor, product review | Tagged | 4 Comments

île flottante and more

In the kitchen with Elise tonight, it’s Quiche Lorraine, une salade, and les baguettes, followed by the fabulous île flottante (which is sort of a ball of meringue floating in a sea of custard). How did I get so lucky? … Continue reading

Posted in family life, france/french, health/cooking/food | 6 Comments

Hario, et cetera.

Ethiopia Sidamo prepared Hario style by Sisters Coffee Company made my morning, the best coffee I’ve had. Ever. I loved that Winfield (owner) made it special for me, and with each slow drip I loved seeing him greet everyone that … Continue reading

Posted in family life, health/cooking/food, religion | 8 Comments

Spaghetti Squash to Iron Man

What an amazing creation, this squash, right up there with the pomegranate in its ability to make your mouth water and your fingers cramp.
Continue reading

Posted in family life, features, health/cooking/food, the ranch | 10 Comments

Gingerbread…hut?

Why I thought I could begin baking all the gingerbread pieces I would need for the nine children in our homeschool co-op at ten-o’clock…p.m., not a.m., the eve before hosting a gingerbread house-making party, is because I’m crazy and need … Continue reading

Posted in arts & crafts, family life, features, health/cooking/food, holidays | 5 Comments

When Ginger Came Flying My Way

It was one of those days when I’m glad to live in a small town; and believe me, there are days when I wish I didn’t. I was shopping at my local grocery store this evening when a friend approached … Continue reading

Posted in family life, features, health/cooking/food | 9 Comments

Stomach Flu tonic?

My family has been hit hard by a stomach flu virus. First, it was my oldest son on Monday night. Then the youngest son on Wednesday night–throwing up every 20 minutes for four hours. Myself on Thursday night. Hubby Saturday … Continue reading

Posted in family life, health/cooking/food | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

Under the weather beneath a blue sky.

I rang in the New Year with a dreadful sinus infection, the kind that aches and stabs from your temples down into your teeth. I hope it gets better from here. New Year’s Day was slow and steady, doing nothing … Continue reading

Posted in family life, health/cooking/food, holidays | Tagged , | 5 Comments

Summertime Recipes From the Family Cookbook

Frank and Hilda were born in the late 1800s. They married and had 12 children, who had children, who had children, and they all cooked.
Continue reading

Posted in family life, features, health/cooking/food | 19 Comments

The Baker

The spotlight on my dear friend Buffy, enjoying her business of baking specialty cookies for a local company.
Continue reading

Posted in family life, features, health/cooking/food | 5 Comments

A Strawberry Tea Party

How to host a sweet spring tea party with a fresh theme and strawberry filled menu.
Continue reading

Posted in arts & crafts, family life, features, health/cooking/food, holidays | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Carnival of Homesteading #45

Welcome to the 45th Carnival of Homesteading! If you’ve been around here when I host a Blog Carnival, you know how much I love themes! But, alas, I had issues. Computers, kids, work, and some other meanies all conspired against … Continue reading

Posted in arts & crafts, blog stuff, carnivals, family life, health/cooking/food, the ranch | 10 Comments

The Poison Post

I had a terrible scare this afternoon that led me to even know the following information: The latest statistics from CDC show a yearly fatality of over 23,000 unintentional poisoning deaths. Non-fatal injuries (per year) for unintentional poisonings were a … Continue reading

Posted in education, family life, health/cooking/food | 11 Comments

Altura Maxima: High Altitude Viticulture in Argentina

Following Swiss mulitmillionaire Donald Hess as he grows grapes at an unheard of 9,849 feet.
Continue reading

Posted in features, health/cooking/food, history, product review | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

St. Patrick’s Day Meal from my sis

Mondays are my busiest day of the week, and I had nothing prepared to post for St. Patrick’s Day. My sister Heather has bailed me out. She called earlier and was telling me about the Irish soda bread she was … Continue reading

Posted in family life, health/cooking/food, holidays | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

Feudi di San Gregorio: Southern Italy’s Ancient Vines

Wine production in Campania is turning heads, combining state-of-the-art winemaking with ancient vines. Continue reading

Posted in features, health/cooking/food, history, product review | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Maragas Winery: An Oregon High Desert Experiment

Doug Maragas’ vineyard is located in a special microclimate in Central Oregon, and he hopes to be the first to prove that wine production can be successful here.
Continue reading

Posted in features, health/cooking/food, product review | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

He Makes Pancakes With Such Purpose

My eight year old son takes making pancakes very seriously, as you can see. This was the first time he did the entire process by himself. He mixed up the ingredients carefully following my recipe, and although he was prone … Continue reading

Posted in family life, health/cooking/food | 13 Comments

Rouge-Bleu: A Newbie Vine Farmer in Provence

Follow the trail of Jean-Marc as he works organically, praying for Mistral and sun in beautiful Provence in the South of France.
Continue reading

Posted in features, france/french, health/cooking/food, history, product review | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Works For Me: Keeping Coffee Hot (without a microwave)

If you recall, there are two obstacles for me to overcome regarding my ability to drink hot coffee: 1) I have no microwave to reheat my coffee; and 2) I refuse to drink out of plastic or cardboard – you … Continue reading

Posted in family life, health/cooking/food | 12 Comments

WFMW: Just Eat the Ice Cream

As you can see, ladies (and gentlemen), there was no room in the freezer for this quart of ice cream, so I simply had to eat it. I believe it fit before I took it out, but somehow, various frozen … Continue reading

Posted in carnivals, family life, health/cooking/food | 13 Comments

Works for Me Wednesday: Healthy Deodorant

I’m not one to go around talking about underarm hygiene habits. But here goes. I finally found a deodorant I really like. It’s Crystal Body Deodorant Spray, and if you can read the label there, significant to my armpit health … Continue reading

Posted in health/cooking/food, product review | 12 Comments

A Peanut Butter Tale

“Can I have anuvver peanut butter san’wich, Mom?” I look and see the half-eaten sandwich on his plate, the fourth one today. “But,” I protest, “you haven’t eaten all of that one!” His wide sky-blue eyes, full of a three-year-old’s … Continue reading

Posted in family life, health/cooking/food, parenting | 8 Comments

Works for Me Wednesday: Shortening’s not just for Cooking

Spectrum Naturals makes a vegetable shortening from organic palm oil. It’s a healthy alternative to traditional shortening and makes the flakiest, yummiest pie crusts. Its resume is impressive: no hydrogenated oils, trans-fat free, 100 percent certified organic expeller-pressed palm fruit … Continue reading

Posted in carnivals, health/cooking/food, product review | 9 Comments

Works for Me Wednesday: Superfood on the Go

Be sure to visit the Rocks in my Dryer Works for Me Wednesday master list. Here’s what works for me: Odwalla Superfood Micronutrient Fruit Juice Drink. It’s been my meal in a bottle many times over the past several weeks, … Continue reading

Posted in carnivals, health/cooking/food, the office | 9 Comments

Cooking With Kids: Tips and Tricks

“Mommy, can I help you?” is the phrase most often heard in my kitchen. Moms around the world know that a kid in the kitchen means the meal will take about three times the usual prep! Well, at least that’s … Continue reading

Posted in family life, health/cooking/food, parenting | 11 Comments

You Know Your Mother Has Alzheimer’s When

She takes the dirty clothes you’ve just loaded into the washing machine, and left momentarily, but long enough for her to come along, and transfers them to the dryer, never minding that they are bone dry and thus could not … Continue reading

Posted in family life, health/cooking/food, parenting | 14 Comments

Surviving Without a Microwave

Kitchen life has been unfolding at a slower pace these days. When we sold our house over a year ago, the microwave went with it. We jumped right into RV life where microwave use was hampered by the fact that … Continue reading

Posted in family life, health/cooking/food | 17 Comments