Chocolate Chip and Toffee Scones

chocolate chip and toffee scones

These chocolate chip and toffee scones are perfect for your next tea party or with your favorite hot beverage. I love tea parties. I am not a tea drinker but I love all the goodies that go along with the tea party.  I also love setting a pretty table and sitting down with friends for yummy treats and good conversation. I like to imagine a life where one took time out every day to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea and a sweet!  Wouldn’t it be wonderful. One [Continue Reading…]

Brown Butter and Balsamic Ravioli

brown butter

Potatoes or rice? When planning a menu and looking for a side dish, potatoes or rice are usually the first things that come to mind. I love rice and have shared several different rice recipes with you… Rice Pilaf Lime Cilantro Rice Green Chile Rice Many of you know that I am not a big potato eater, despite being married to an Idaho Boy!  But I do have a few potato recipes I’ll eat… Patrice’s Potatoes Mariner’s Garlic Fries Today I’m going to share another option to rice or potatoes.  [Continue Reading…]

Valentine Banner

Valentine Banner

While my college daughter was home over the Thanksgiving break we made a fun banner for her to hang in her dorm room.  It was quick and easy to put together .  Check out my tutorial here. Here’s Cali’s banner… Cali and I had a fun time picking out fabric that would match her bedding.  It turned out so cute I was tempted to keep it for myself but being a good mother I let my daughter have it! Our women’s group at church sponsors monthly Enrichment Activities and this month [Continue Reading…]

Your Word Giveaway Winner


First of all – thank you to all of you who entered the Your Word Giveaway.  We had a record breaking number  of entries – 148!!! The winner is!! Congratulations to Nancy – love your word – reach! Nancy,  please send me your mailing information and Christina will get your personalized necklace to you! For all of you who didn’t win -you can order your own personalized hand stamped necklace over at Simply Ornamental.    I’ll be ordering my Joy necklace!! Thanks everyone!!

Apple Dulce de Leche

apple dulce de leche

Top this Apple Dulce de Leche with some vanilla ice cream and you have a simple yet delicious dessert. Last week I was talking with my good friend Deb who lives in Michigan.  Deb is an amazing cook.  She was having dinner guests that evening and was describing the menu to me – if Deb was making it I knew it would be good.  So of course I asked for the recipes. My parents were coming for dinner last Sunday so it was the perfect opportunity to try out one [Continue Reading…]

Flat Bread and Hummus

flatbread and hummus

Looking for a delicious and healthy snack?  You’ve found it with this flat bread and hummus! It’s finals week at the high school.  That means half days of school all week and a kitchen table covered in books! Tessa had a group of friends over the other day to study so I figured I better make them a healthy snack – something that would help all those brain cells work a littler harder! Several weeks ago I had starred a recipe in my Google Reader for Flat Bread and Hummus.  I [Continue Reading…]

Your Word Giveaway


I am a lover of words! I have shared with you before many of the words I have around my house.  Words that help me stay focused on what is really important – words of inspiration. Last week I spent four days in COLD Minnesota.  It actually got to 30 BELOW ZERO with the wind chill one day!!  One of the highlights of my trip was spending some time with my friend Susan in her beautiful and warm home on the banks of the frozen and snowy Mississippi River. As [Continue Reading…]

Getting Crafty – Picture Frames

picture frame

I have been out of town most of the week and  haven’t had much cooking time.  I spent four very COLD days in Minnesota.  One day it got down to 30 below with the wind chill factor!! So today I am going to share another quick and easy craft project that my girls and I worked on over the holiday break.  Like I mentioned on Monday my girls and I enjoy making handmade gifts for their friends for Christmas and their birthdays. For Christmas presents for some of their friends [Continue Reading…]

Spicy Honey Chicken

spicy honey chicken

Today’s recipe is actually one I made several months ago that I forgot about. It is another amazing recipe that uses chicken thighs.  If you haven’t cooked much with chicken thighs you really need to give them a try.  They are so moist! A few other great chicken thigh recipes are Sticky Coconut Chicken and Asian BBQ Chicken.  Not only is thigh meat nice and moist it is also inexpensive! This recipe comes from one of my favorite food blogs – Our Best Bites.  The spicy part of the recipe is moderate [Continue Reading…]