Summer Grilling

When I think of relaxing summer dinners, I think of grilling cheeseburgers, french fries and corn on the cob. Potato and egg salad sides are also a favorite. ¬†However, color always inspires Ma so the other day we went against the usual and went for the unusual! Shish kebobs were in order with lots of […]

A Beautiful Table Setting

What is it that creates a beautiful table setting? The centerpiece? Linens? Dinnerware? Needless to say, a beautiful setting on the table is very inviting. I gravitate to my seat and am excited to eat and chat. However, a pile of papers sometimes gravitates to my dining room table before a crowd of dinner guests. […]

Happy National Chocolate Chip Day!

What a beautiful day! I had no idea about this wonderful national holiday. I guess I need to make a batch of cookies then! I do find it very inspiring to sit down with a plate of warm chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven. Do you?

A Basket Full of Chocolate

Easter is getting close and I’m starting to think about my children’s Easter baskets. How much chocolate is too much for a three-year-old? Well, this is simply a rhetorical question. I have taught my children to share (with me)! Anyways, these thoughts get me thinking about quaint chocolate shops. There are certainly less of them […]

Shepard’s Pie

Shepard’s Pie is one of my favorite meals to make. It has everything you need pretty much in just one bite… the potatoes, meat and vegetables. I make it in a quick, simple way. With three little kids, I can’t slave in the kitchen for too long. The most time-consuming part is peeling all the […]

Fast and Easy Black Bean Soup

I am not a chef so that alone will prove that this is a very simple dish that anybody can make. It’s also very fast. With three little kids, I have to do a lot of things in a hurry and making meals is one of them. Another good note, is that it’s really a […]

Coffee Shops and Cafes

What is it about hanging out at a coffee shop with friends that makes me want to go home and write in a blog, or take photographs, or buy new fashions? Is it the conversation, the interior design, the caffeine, perhaps? Even without the conversation, I can sit in a coffee shop alone and people […]