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Apple Cake Recipe

Apple Cake Recipe

It’s apple season, and there are so many types to choose from! Here’s a delicious apple cake recipe that my sister, Audrey, shared with me many years ago.  She’s an amazing cook (and sister) and I’m always so grateful when she says,...
Family Traditions

Family Traditions

I have been part of and enjoyed many traditions throughout my life, and they have all served me well… creating a sense of connectedness and comfort via familiarity and consistency. Traditions can be small, like sending out a few yearly cards, or grand, like annual...
Pumpkin Bread Pudding Recipe

Pumpkin Bread Pudding Recipe

A delicious autumn treat with just a dash of pizazz. Just hearing the word, “pumpkin” conjures up memories of cool, crisp autumn days, when I always looked forward to going pumpkin picking with my kids. Back in the day, I would make my own pumpkin puree for this...
Maple Pecan Scones

Maple Pecan Scones

Sweet, warm, delicious – perfect for an autumn morning! Not sure if it’s my English/Irish heritage, but just the sound of Maple Pecan scones sound absolutely dreamy… and hey, it’s sort of an invitation to enjoy breakfast in bed one morning for...
Getting Through Changes

Getting Through Changes

…What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen. – Ralph Waldo Emerson Be assured that change is inevitable. Life is constantly evolving...
Vegan Roasted Cauliflower Soup 

Vegan Roasted Cauliflower Soup 

Thick and tasty! Warm and cozy! Soup and Soda Bread?! Who knew Cauliflower could taste so good, and it’s healthy too… considered a super food, because it contains so many nutirents! My sister, Audrey, gave me this recipe a couple of years ago, when I was...
Walnut Crusted Salmon

Walnut Crusted Salmon

One of Jean’s favorite ways to prepare a tasty salmon dinner for friends and family. This Walnut Crusted Salmon recipe comes from the magazine called “Heart-Smart Recipes”.  My dear friend shared it with me, as she knows I like to prepare healthy,...
Letting Go…

Letting Go…

“Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.” – Rumi Alex and I had a home on Lake Nacimiento in Central California for close to 20 years. This was our little “get away,” where we were nurtured by Mother Nature herself… no internet,...
Peach Cobbler Recipe

Peach Cobbler Recipe

Jean’s seasonal sweet, peachy goodbye ? Wait!  Summer’s not quite over yet!  While we’re at the end of the season, say good-bye to Summer with this yummy peach cobbler recipe. It’s so easy to put together, and who doesn’t enjoy a...
Zucchini “Noodle” Lasagna

Zucchini “Noodle” Lasagna

Jean’s tasty, lighter, summertime lasagna I was having a dinner party and needed a recipe for vegetarians…this recipe was a huge hit!  It’s so simple to put together, and  meat-eaters love it too.  It also tastes perfect served at room temperature...
The Ed Asner Family Center

The Ed Asner Family Center

Can our friend, Ed Asner, change the world? Yes, he’s doing it right now! Ed is making a lasting mark through The Ed Asner Family Center. His dream of “an oasis of creativity in every special needs community” is growing by providing the “one stop shop for those...
Peace Within

Peace Within

“Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.” ~ Dali Lama The Dali Lama is really onto something here…the...
Fancy Oatmeal Cookies

Fancy Oatmeal Cookies

Chewy, nutty, fancy oatmeal cookies.  It seems Mom always wanted us to eat oatmeal… we wish she had had this recipe! These Fancy Oatmeal Cookies really hit the spot. I just love the taste of the oatmeal, the pecan and the coconut all mixed together. I usually...
Yummy Summer Corn Pudding

Yummy Summer Corn Pudding

Creamy, Sweet Corn Pudding. Did you know that corn is considered a vegetable, a grain and a fruit?  That’s impressive! To this day, I always look forward to Summer because corn is in season and corn is my favorite vegetable… Really, I love corn fritters,...
True Freedom

True Freedom

“We seek retreats for ourselves, houses in the country, seashores, mountains.  But … we have in our power to retire into ourselves.  For there is no retreat that is quieter and freer from trouble than our soul … perfect tranquility, the right ordering of mind.”...
Potato Salad

Potato Salad

Creamy, Easy and Delicious This potato salad is my favorite side dish for summer BBQs and with a good dose of fresh dill, it’s sure to be yours as well. My family has always enjoyed Fourth of July celebrations. Ever since our children were little, we have had...
Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

It’s the incredible mix of flavors in this chocolate zucchini bread… that makes it so tasty! My good friend, Eileen Hickey, gave me this recipe for chocolate zucchini bread. You might remember the name “Eileen Hickey” because she has written...
A Tribute to the Men in My Life

A Tribute to the Men in My Life

We had an idea… since mid-June has Father’s Day, Jean & Alison wanted to share about the men in their lives. The three prominent men in my life have demonstrated some amazing qualities that I deeply respect. My dad, Eric… was a man who carried himself...

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