Beachy Mason Jar

My local library hosted a few arts and crafts events this summer. I was fortunate, to be able to attend a couple of the workshops. Last week we made a simple beach inspired mason jar using shells. Today, I’ll show you how to make one, they don’t take a lot of time or effort. A…

Luscious Lemon-Lime Bars

One of my favorite flavors is citrus because it’s  tangy and refreshing. Lemon bars rank high on the list of desserts I love. These simple squares have a tart filling and give way to a shortbread like crust. The sprinkle of powdered sugar gives it a touch of sweetness. It’s truly a winning combination.  Bring…

Blueberry Sour Cream Muffins

My son starts school next week and I wanted to make a lightened up muffin as an easy breakfast option. This recipe comes from one of my first cookbooks, “The Complete Cooking Light Cookbook”. It features many delicious recipes that are still big on taste, but lower in calories. These muffins come in at 150…

Free-Form Stone Fruit Tart

It’s the height of plum and peach season- we came home from the grocery story with a few buckets full. I made many fruit crisps this summer and decided to make a free form pie instead, just to change up the presentation.  When I first started teaching myself to cook, I ordered “Once Upon a…

Rainbow Sugar Cookies {Celebrating 100 Blog Posts}

Sprinkled sugar cookies are a classic from my childhood. When we would visit the mall, I’d grab one from the American Cookie Company- they were coated in a sparkly pastel rainbow sanding sugar. The Italian cookies from Giant Food were also, a special treat-their sprinkle cookie was coated with rainbow jimmies. Both hold sweet memories…

Spicy Dill Pickles

The end of summer reveals an abundance of produce. If you’ve ever gardened, then you know you can be left with a surplus of vegetables, times like these, pickling can come in handy. (Or surprise neighbors with baskets of your extra food crops. What a wonderful gift! Food=Love) I have never been a fan of…

Lidl Review

About a month ago, a new grocery store opened in town called Lidl. This company first started in the 1970’s in Germany.  Over the past year, they have built a huge distribution center in my hometown and 3 grocery stores in the area, with more opening everyday in the United States. The headquarters is based…

Chocolate Snickerdoodles 

Chocolate and cinnamon come together in this decadent cookie. I’ve always thought the traditional snickerdoodle was a great cookie, but when I saw this chocolate variety, it intrigued me. It adds a new spin to the snickerdoodle and if you are a big chocolate fan, these are for you.  My son gave these two thumbs…

Aldi Finds {Back To School Edition}

My son returns to school in just a few short weeks. He typically packs his lunch and I like to use the approach of easy, yet nutritious meals. No one likes to be frantic at 6am packing lunch boxes. Enter, Aldi… Aldi products are on frequent rotation at my house. I have shopped there for…

Casual Rustic Cottage  {a peek into my design style}

Even as a child, I was thrilled to decorate my space. Rearranging my knick knacks and moving my furniture around was fun. The process was therapeutic and ever evolving. The first bedroom I can remember, had powder blue walls and my collection of mice figurines. I would gently take them off the shelves to play…