Melissa

easy apple pie filling

There’s something so comforting and cozy about this time of year. Apple orchards, leaf peeping, B&B weekend getaways, apple cider floats made with real apple cider, visiting a local vineyard that specializes in amazing pizza, outdoor patios, flannel shirts, campfires… The list goes on and on. One of the very BEST things about Autumn is…

cafe tables and afternoon tea

Hello, Friends! What have you all been up to? Have you been enjoying the last bits of summer and the beginning of Fall? Jeff went on a business trip for four days so I was on my own in our big, old house. I decided to make it a creative, productive four days and did…

pad thai

I just love this time of year. The leaves are beginning to turn, the air is crisp and clear, and the food switches from cold and fresh to warm and comforting. I have so many ideas for casseroles, yeast breads, wraps and sandwiches to go with soups, chilis, and stews. Apple and pumpkin desserts are…

veggie bean sloppy joes

These healthy, delicious Sloppy Joes are one of my go-to lunches and dinners. I make a big batch of the sandwich filling at the beginning of the week and that way I always have something easy and filling if I don’t feel like making a big production out of meal time. Sloppy Joes always remind…

vegan salisbury “steak”

We’re coming up on “comfort food” season, and nothing says comfort food like savory Salisbury steak and buttery mashed potatoes with rich, flavorful mushroom gravy! Am I right? I know this doesn’t exactly look like Salisbury steak. You may think the cheapo “boil in a bag” type with the generic brown gravy when you think…

chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons

One way I know that one of my recipes is a keeper is if Jeff eats multiples of said item until they are gone. This was the case with these chocolate dipped macaroons. They are decadent and actually pretty healthy, which is always a good combination. I think one is plenty, but Jeff likes to…

sunflowers

Hello, Friends! We took a little road trip to Eau Claire Wisconsin to visit a huge sunflower field. It was such a beautiful day, and the sunflowers were breathtaking. This year will mark mine and Jeff’s 25th year of marriage and sunflowers have always been “our” flowers. He went out and picked armfuls for me…

state fair cinnamon & sugar mini donuts {copycat}

Craving fair food? So am I! I decided to post some fair foods so you can make these favorites at home. We are going to miss the Minnesota State Fair this year for the first time in many, many years. Like so many other things this year, it’s surreal and frustrating. I won’t dwell on…

vegan backyard bbq bowl

We went to our daughter Andrea’s on Friday night for a vegan backyard BBQ, and it was SO good! This is more of an idea post than a recipe post. I’ll supply a link to the riblet recipe, and will share the recipe for the best vegan cornbread EVER in a later post. You get…