handmade pasta with tomato garlic sauce


Our daughter, Grace, has been taking a Culinary Arts class in school and brought home these incredible noodles the other day. Oh MY! So darn good. Definitely some of the best hand-rolled, hand-cut noodles I’ve ever had. And the sauce! Simple and perfect. You’re going to love this! for homemade/ hand-cut noodles: 1 and 1/2…

stuffed green peppers {crock pot recipe}


I made these delicious, easy stuffed green peppers yesterday and boy oh boy, were they ever a hit! It’s not a recipe I make super often, but when the craving strikes, nothing else will do. If you like stuffed green peppers and are looking for some fun twists on this recipe, you may also want…



” The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.” ~The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore I’ve been busy preparing all sorts of confections for our upcoming Christmas party, and this was at the top of my list. There’s something so magical about making sugarplums…

pork lo mein {crock pot recipe}


This is that time of year when the Crock Pot is working almost non stop. I love creating healthy, simple comfort food that simmers away on the counter top while I get my work done. It’s almost as nice as having a personal chef. Here’s a new favorite! I served this delicious, piquant pork lo…

italian wedding soup


When I woke up this morning, I looked out the window and discovered that the world had been lightly dusted with snow while I was sleeping. It’s so pretty, and snow always makes me want to snuggle in for the day, light candles all over the house, start a fire in the fireplace and make…

five minute brownie bites {no bake}


Oh my goodness! I’ve been so busy! I swear I meant to post this easy little recipe on Friday and the weekend got away from me. All day Saturday was dedicated to car shopping and, after 6 loooong hours at the dealership, I’m proud to announce that we are the owners of a new car.…

teddy bear toddy cocoa


Typically a “toddy” is used as an elixir to soothe the symptoms of the common cold. I decided to create an elixir to soothe frazzled nerves after a marathon stint of holiday shopping at the mall, fighting for a parking spot, elbowing your way through crowds of crazy shoppers, putting up with snotty sales clerks,…

scotch eggs


Scotch eggs are one of my favorite treats to serve for a hearty “high” tea or brunch. They’re so delicious and satisfying. I usually enjoy mine with fresh fruit, crusty toasted bread, a wedge of sharp, white cheddar cheese, some Scottish or English pickle, pickled pearl onions and a little maple syrup, steak sauce, and/or…

bailey’s irish cream cocoa


Oooohhhh! Are you ready for this creamy, dreamy cocoa laced with Bailey’s Irish Cream? Sometimes I make this with the original Baileys and sometimes I make it with my delicious homemade version of Irish cream. Either way it’s delicious and the perfect nightcap to enjoy by the fire while your Christmas lights are twinkling for…

candy cane cocoa


‘Tis the season for sipping warming drinks in front of a crackling fire and listening to Christmas carols while snow falls gently outside. We love cocoa and I have a few yummy recipes that are especially nice to indulge in this time of year. If you like the combination of creamy, homemade cocoa laced with…