strawberry jam


One of my goals for this summer was to make jam. Nothing fancy… just a big batch of strawberry with no embellishments. I must admit, the whole idea of canning anything had me a little intimidated. I don’t know why exactly. I guess canning seems like one of those activities where you need to have…

classic spaghetti carbonara


Ever had one of those days when it’s pouring rain outside all darn day and you start craving comfort food? A couple nights ago we were experiencing such weather. It was 5 PM and black as night. I decided some creamy, bacony, garlicky (naughty) pasta was in order. I’ve been staying away from most carbs…

herbal & floral simple syrups {for cocktails & sodas}


We had so much fun creating these little whimsical libations over our long 4th of July weekend! If you have a flourishing rose garden and herb garden, then you’re in business. You could purchase the rose petals and herbs if you need to… Just make sure they’re organic and unsprayed, or they could contain pesticides…

{better than cafe yumm’s} yumm bowl


Looking for a delicious, easy and healthy meal idea that goes together in seconds and won’t heat up your kitchen? You’ve come to the right place. Make up a big batch of brown rice, white rice or quinoa. Cover it and put it in your fridge. That will be the base of your Yumm Bowl.…

scenes from the past couple weeks


~ Garden roses continue to bloom in my gardens and all over Red Wing… ~ A birthday celebration getaway weekend at my mom’s in Forest Lake, complete with amazing massages, lunch and tea at my favorite Good Earth Restaurant (we had the original iced tea and the thai chicken pizza! YUM!), a carrot cake cupcake…