food, Recipes

Coconut Ginger Molasses Waffles

Last night, I stayed up too late.  I wasn't watching TV.  I wasn't reading.  I wasn't even worrying about the state of our world.  Why was I up so late?  Waffles.  I fell into a rabbit hole of waffles.  For examples, these, these, and these.  I mean, come on!  So delicious.  Of course, the first… Continue reading Coconut Ginger Molasses Waffles

food, Holidays, life, Recipes, Travel

Classic Irish Soda Bread

When looking back on my childhood, I can't go too long before the memory of St. Patrick's Day warms my heart.  My mom would make Corned Beef and Cabbage.  We'd listen to The Cheiftans or The Clancy Brothers while spreading thick slabs of butter on soda bread.  It was perfection.    In 2016, my husband and I had the… Continue reading Classic Irish Soda Bread

food, Recipes

Mushroom Tortellini Soup

Happy Monday! Did you do anything fun this past weekend? Have you adjusted to the loathed spring forward time change? Not me. This soup is so easy to throw together. It makes for the perfect Meatless Monday meal on those cold nights when a full week is ahead and you're wishing for simplicity. It's taste… Continue reading Mushroom Tortellini Soup

life, The Week in Pictures

The Week in Photos

This week brought Ash Wednesday and this little ones first time receiving ashes. Last year, she was so sad to not participate that she came home and drew on her head with black marker. She looks like there's some serious contemplation going on here. For me, this year's Lenten fast is to put away my… Continue reading The Week in Photos

food, lifestyle, Recipes, Uncategorized

Butternut Squash Bean Dip

Mid-March, no thank you. In PA, the snow is still on the ground, and it’s a muddy mess. It’s just the worst time of year. All the joys of winter are gone and the hope for warmer weather is full swing. Have you successfully added your winter weight? Are you ready to come out of… Continue reading Butternut Squash Bean Dip

lifestyle, Recipes

No Fail Green Smoothie Recipe

The smoothie debate. Are they good for you?  Are they not?  I don't know.   Some say they have too much sugar.  Some say they're healthy.  Drink them for weight loss.  Don't drink them for weight loss.  For every one argument, there's a counterargument. When I first got married, I had to drive from Lancaster to… Continue reading No Fail Green Smoothie Recipe

going green, lifestyle, zero waste

Want to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint and Promote a Zero Waste Lifestyle? It Starts Here.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing a series of posts providing simple ways that you can immediately begin to reduce your carbon footprint. As Anne-Marie Bonneau from the Zero Waste Chef says, “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” The first… Continue reading Want to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint and Promote a Zero Waste Lifestyle? It Starts Here.

Recipes, Uncategorized

Vegetarian Cobb Salad

Hello March!  The winter is ALMOST over and the sun is just that much closer.  I can just about feel those long summer days, which for us, include exploring, hiking, and lots of swimming.  Right now, however, what I do feel is my winter weight.  And as I do about this time every year, I'm ready… Continue reading Vegetarian Cobb Salad

The Week in Pictures, Uncategorized

The Week in Pictures

My 39th birthday cake! The week started out with cake.  That's always a good way to start.  My birthday was a very simple affair this year, which in reflection was wonderful.  The day before my birthday, it snowed.  My husband had a snow day, so I was able to spend most of the day sewing… Continue reading The Week in Pictures


The Journey Begins

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction." E.F. Schumacher A painting by my 3-year-old during a Van Gogh study What is simplicity? I’m sure if I were to ask each of you,… Continue reading The Journey Begins