Movie Review



Remember the scene in the movie “Elf” where Buddy’s friend, Arctic Puffin, asks him if he wants to eat snowberries? Well, if you haven’t seen Elf yet, you really have to. It’s SO funny! Look for the scene (It’s pretty close to the beginning) and make up a batch of these easy, delicious, vanilla covered…

albondigas {spicy mexican meatball soup}


The first time I heard of this gorgeous, spicy soup I was watching one of my favorite romantic comedies, Fools Rush In. There’s this scene where Isabelle (Salma Hayek) and Alex (Matthew Perry) are discussing some of their favorite foods from where they live. Alex: “Perfect would be New York and a Gray’s Papaya hot…

strawberry bruschetta


It’s the morning of my 23rd Mother’s Day and I’m up early. We watched one of my new favorite movies last night after enjoying an incredibly yummy dinner of seared sesame ahi tuna. Jeff was busy in the kitchen preparing that while I made pressed Italian sandwiches and Special-K bars for today’s picnic gathering with…

scenes from the past few weeks


We’ve been patiently anticipating warm weather, and slowly but surely it is bound to arrive. It just has to. In the mean time we’ve been pre-spring cleaning and relishing the comforts of the fireplace, and quilts, and hearty, warm foods like stews, casseroles and baked stuff. We’ve gone out on little weekend jaunts and enjoyed…

scenes from the past couple weeks


curious kittens taking baking lessons… flaky sweet rolls for a cozy breakfast on a snowy morning… and French press Rose Espresso from my friends Dan and Judy over at Coffee on the Porch in Camden Maine (thanks, friends!)… sleepy kittens and comfy quilts… a delicious out to lunch date of char grilled strip steak and…

The 30 Most Romantic Movies Ever


A week of Valentine Treats-Day 3 “I like to start my notes to you as if we’re already in the middle of a conversation. I pretend that we’re the oldest and dearest friends- as opposed to what we actually are- people who don’t know each other’s names and met in a chat room where we…

scenes from the last couple weeks


I have to say, the weeks surrounding the holidays and the new year were challenging for me. I wasn’t feeling well and ended up in the doctor’s office two days before Christmas. I had blood work done and even a chest x-ray and had to take an antibiotic for the first time in about 5…

prairie picnic


Another beautiful weekend in the Mississippi river valley. Plenty of sunshine punctuated by just enough rain to keep it cool. We sat out on our back porch last night and shared a glass of wine during a sun shower. This happened a couple days ago and a giant double rainbow appeared over Memorial Park (Jeff…

baked maple bacon mini donuts


I’ve been cooking almost all day, and what a fun day it’s been. Playing with the Demarle pans again! This time I made Chicken Cordon Bleu in the grande mold…and when Gracie got home we made a batch of these baked maple bacon mini donuts in the donut pan. Everything turned out so good. I…

six senses saturday


seeing ~THIS movie in the theater today… Daniel Craig is the best bond since Connery, just sayin’… candlelight on our front porch for date night… and bittersweet growing like mad among the climbing rose bushes, pine trees and grapevines out in our back yard. feeling ~ close to completing my latest yarn expedition and eager…