I may be in the minority these days, but I actually love making New Years resolutions.  To me they are more like goals for the year instead of a list of things I will probably fail at.  Re-evaluating my goals for the year is something I actually do seasonally.  Around the beginning of each season… Continue reading Resolutions


This year I am thankful for 1.  The health and safety of myself, my family and my friends. 2. The incredible generosity of friends, loved ones and strangers. 3.  The amazing food that is available here in NorCal. 4.  This amazing recipe for Mashed Sweet Potatoes that saved my butt at the last minute today.… Continue reading Thankful

Marshmallow Madness Cookbook Review

A couple months ago I received an awesome cookbook by Shauna Sever called Marshmallow Madness to review and have been having a blast looking through all the recipes.  She has a recipe for almost every kind of marshmallow you could think of.  It took me two tries, but I figured it out and made some… Continue reading Marshmallow Madness Cookbook Review

Valentine’s Day Recap

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!  Tom and I had a great night.  I made T-bone steaks, golden mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus for dinner with homemade chocolate chip cookies for dessert. While cooking I had one of those, “we gotta blog this” moments that I have to tell you all about. … Continue reading Valentine’s Day Recap

Steve’s Creamy Pinto Beans

After my dad passed away in 2005 my mind was full of all the things I would miss.  His laugh, his advice, his silly nicknames.  It wasn’t until about a year later when I realized I also never learned how he made his famous pinto beans and I LOVE his pinto beans.  They were always… Continue reading Steve’s Creamy Pinto Beans

Cookie Month: Caramel, Walnut and Chocolate Thumbprints

I woke early.  The morning was unusually quiet.  Fog enshrouded our hill and the valleys beyond it dampening any sound.  I put the kettle on the stove, made a fire and then sat on the couch for a while just staring at the landscape, the fog, the apple trees.  Suddenly I was overcome by a… Continue reading Cookie Month: Caramel, Walnut and Chocolate Thumbprints

Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2011: Pistachio Shortbread Rounds

As soon as I heard about the Food Blogger Cookie Swap hosted by Lindsay and Taylor of Love and Olive Oil and Julie from The Little Kitchen I was all over it.  I signed up just in time too!  The cookies we have been getting this week have been phenomenal and I want to send… Continue reading Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2011: Pistachio Shortbread Rounds