Our House (and more) in Gingerbread

One of our holiday family traditions is to make a gingerbread house. We started this tradition over 10 years ago after my friend and neighbor introduced me to all the gingerbread possibilities at a display at Peddler’s Village. Over the years we’ve replicated our cabin in gingerbread, my parent’s cabin, the board game Candy Land, a…

Holiday Cranberry Bread

Cranberry bread is an easy, healthy, holiday treat that can be served as an afternoon snack, a healthy dessert or a fast, “out the door” breakfast. Fruit breads are simple (made with ingredients you have on hand) and easy (mix and bake) making them a perfect baking choice during this busy holiday season. I especially…

Pizzelles with Anise and Orange Zest

Holidays would not be the same without pizzelles. I make them every year and have experimented with many different recipes, trying to create the perfect pizzelle. I’m very fortunate to have been given an old family recipe from my friend and fabulous cook, Lynda. It has become my favorite. There are a few things to…

After Thanksgiving Turkey Stew with Fresh Sage and Thyme

When the weather gets colder, I’m ready for warm, rustic, flavorful stews. This is a perfect recipe to make after Thanksgiving, allowing you to use up any leftover turkey or with chicken if you want to make it any other time of the year.  Hearty herbs, like sage and thyme, are excellent in winter soups…

Creamy Pumpkin Pie with a Graham Cracker Crust

Here’s a late addition to the pumpkin palooza post. Pumpkin pie. I lightened the recipe by using evaporated fat-free milk instead of cream and made a fast and easy graham cracker crust using liquid vegetable oil instead of the traditional, full fat pie crust. This recipe makes two, 9 inch pies, one for dessert, and…

Pumpkin Paloozza

This is the time of the year for everything pumpkin and I love it! Pumpkin waffles, pancakes, muffins, and oatmeal. Pumpkin pasta, soup, ravioli and of course pumpkin pie. Many of the recipes you’ll find while searching the internet may be delicious but they are also unnecessarily filled with extra saturated fat, sodium, sugar, and calories….

4th of July Salad with watermelon, feta cheese, blueberries and mint

Searching for a patriotic, light and healthy salad for your 4th of July picnic, look no further. Combining watermelon, blueberries, and feta cheese meets the color requirement and adding chopped fresh mint, red onion, a splash of olive oil, and lime juice rounds out the flavor. Happy 4th of July! Watermelon, Blueberries, Feta and Mint…