Some fruit, a frog and a marshmallow walk into a blog…

Some fruit, a frog and a marshmallow walk into a blog…

Welcome, friends! Today we are going to talk about fruit. And frogs. And fluffy marshmallows. Aside from the alliteration, you’re probably wondering what those things have in common. Well, in the real world, not much, I’ll allow. But in the kitchen, they can come together to make something wonderful. Oh, alright, the frogs aren’t really … Continue reading

Grandpa’s Italian Meatballs

Grandpa’s Italian Meatballs

Greetings, Friends! Today’s topic is Italian Meatballs. Now, I have a confession to make. In all the mutt-like variety of my genetic and ethnic background, there is not even a bit of Italian. I have no pleasantly plump Nonna, nor do I have relatives back in the Old Country. I do, however, come from a … Continue reading

Snow Cream (Ice Cream)

Snow Cream (Ice Cream)

Hi again! Today’s topic is ice cream made with freshly fallen snow. I was introduced to this sweet treat by my husband’s family.  It is a fun, simple and tasty dessert to make as a family. Back East, we usually only got to make Snow Cream once a year, but out here in the mountains, … Continue reading

10 Things Your Child’s Teacher Wishes They Could Tell You

10 Things Your Child’s Teacher Wishes They Could Tell You

Hello, again! Today’s topic is teachers. I have known and worked with many teachers of all levels. Their work is the foundation of all our success. Teachers are long-suffering, with a special sense of purpose. A teacher is expected to be an event planner, entertainer, educator, counselor, nurse, artist, engineer, scientist, researcher, writer and coach. The … Continue reading

My Big Non-Fat Greek Yogurt

My Big Non-Fat Greek Yogurt

Welcome back, friends! Today’s topic is one of my very favorite foods – Greek yogurt. Its health benefits include probiotics, calcium, high protein, low sugar, and, if made with skim milk, it can also be fat free. The downside to this versatile taste treat is that it can be pretty expensive, especially if you eat … Continue reading

Brussels Sprouts for Everyone

Greetings, Reader! Today we will be making a quick, delicious and beautiful side dish: Brussels Sprouts. Now wait! I hear all the groans coming from those of you who learned to hate these delightful green gems as children. I understand where you’re coming from. Most home cooks only know one way to prepare Brussels Sprouts … Continue reading

Homemade All-Natural Toothpaste

Homemade All-Natural Toothpaste

Greetings, Reader! Today’s topic is a tutorial on how to make your own toothpaste that is both cheaper and healthier than any tube you can find on store shelves. There is a great deal of controversy over several of the ingredients commonly found in traditional toothpaste, most notably fluoride. While I can’t be sure how … Continue reading

Homemade HE Laundry Detergent

Homemade HE Laundry Detergent

Welcome, friends! Today’s topic is a tutorial on how to make your own laundry detergent at home, from low-cost ingredients and with minimal effort. If you’re like me, you love your high-efficiency (HE) washer, but you hate how expensive the special HE detergent is. And, like me, you probably aren’t a big fan of all … Continue reading

Welcome to the Mountains!

Welcome, Reader. My hope is that in our conversations here, I will be able to share with you a variety of inspirations and ideas for making your house a pleasant home.  Look for recipes and tutorials on cleaning and personal care products, home decorating, delicious food, fun crafts and DIY projects. I want you to … Continue reading