It’s really my father’s fault. He started delivering Valentine’s Day candy to his (adult) children many years ago. And when his grandkids came along, they got miniature boxes. Hand delivered with love. Talk about feeling special! When my father passed away in 2009, I couldn’t let the tradition go. And this year I included something new, Valentines Day Trail Mix!
Due to an uncommon family tradition, whenever I think of fondue, I think of New Year’s Eve. For years, instead of going out, we have celebrated quietly–with a holiday film and three fondues in front of the fire. Cheese and meat for dinner, then chocolate fondue for dessert! But fondue is too much fun to limit to just one night—and chocolate fondue is … Continue reading
A Drunken Chocolate Pear Tart—does life get any better? This fall I happened into a good supply of organic pears. Since organic pears can be hard to find, I was excited!
I have a deep dark secret. I am an ice cream addict. Yes, treats like this deep dark chocolate ice cream have been sabotaging my diet all summer long. And I only feel so bad about it!
Aren’t fudge brownies beautiful? Gooey, chocolaty, sweet. Even the box mixes are good—enough to make this organic girl cave. Until I tried this recipe for Fudgiest Whole Wheat Brownies. Now I’m a convert to homemade! The recipe came from King Arthur with just a few small changes (including reducing the batch size by half). To make them extra special for … Continue reading
Did you have a good Mother’s Day? It is a fun holiday but somehow, more than half of the time, I end up hosting a brunch. Aren’t people supposed to be serving me? Of course I love entertaining and this year I got smart with a number of make-ahead dishes, including these mini mocha cheesecakes.
Do you adjust your beverage favorites as the seasons change? With summer on the way, I am ready to put some ice cream in my drinks–starting with an old-fashioned chocolate ice cream soda. I had my first chocolate ice cream soda ages ago at a small town ice cream parlor in Wilton, Iowa. We’d make an annual trip there to … Continue reading
Need a last minute idea for an Easter (or any other occasion) gift? How about M&M Cookies in a Jar? These are going into my kids’ Easter baskets this year. It started with the commitment to eat (mostly) out of my pantry this month. I had already bought the holiday colored M&M’s so this seemed like a perfect addition. By … Continue reading
The past week has been busy with new recipes. When I made a commitment to eat from my pantry this month… for better or for worse, I included my kids’ Easter Baskets. After all I made organic homemade peeps last year! This year’s first new Easter Basket treat is homemade peanut butter cups–also organic, though that of course is optional. … Continue reading
What beverage says festive more than a martini? For an anniversary, Valentine’s day or any romantic occasion, here is a recipe for a White Chocolate Strawberry Martini. Red berries with chocolate and sweetness–how romantic is that! As I worked to develop and size this recipe I learned a few things about martinis. Did you know that the traditional martini glass … Continue reading