Monthly Recap

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Pumpkin Pie, Bourbon, and FALL

This is my absolute favorite time of year. Even right now where it’s been almost 90 degrees for a few days in a row. But the leaves are turning, the air is turning crisp, and my Dutch oven has been working overtime. My hoodies and sweaters are patiently waiting for constant cooler temps. But let’s [...]

Marketplace Finds, Cooking Mishaps and More for May

One of my favorite things to do on weekends is to browse antique malls, flea markets, estate sales, and anywhere else where you can get cool vintage finds, super good bargains, or otherwise unique items. My husband and I have done some major home renovations in the last few years, and the majority of the [...]

Sunshine and Rainbows

We’ve had a pretty mild winter. For the first time ever, we got no snow in February. We even had a few days in the mid 70’s. So as March rolls in I’m glad to see sunny mornings. I drank my coffee on my back patio this morning. February is not my favorite time of [...]

15 Year Old Sourdough Starter

January is one of my least favorite months, second only to July. It’s cold and dreary, the holidays are over, and there is this obligation to look over the past year and make some changes. I’m all about improving myself. In the last few years, I’ve made a lot of changes. But one thing that [...]

Cheesecake is Always a Good Idea

December is probably the busiest month of the year. Shopping. Parties. Gifts. Family. Food. Things I made for the holidays: This banana pudding cheesecake (with some modifications). This was such a hit at Thanksgiving that I made it again at Christmas. Japanese Milk Bread Rolls. These are always a hit. Pomegranate Cranberry Mouse Pie from [...]

The Holidays are Here!

My November started with a quick trip to Louisville to do a bourbon run. We visited 15+ distilleries in three days and I had more old-fashioned than a person needs. It ended with the usual holiday rush, and shopping, gifts, and holiday treats. I like to give people gifts that are useful, but also exciting. [...]

Fine Dining and Chilly Nights

I like eating in restaurants, but am not generally a fan of fine dining or place that are stuffy and pretentious. Mostly because I don’t think they are worth the money. For a variety of reasons, I ended up eating in four such restaurants in the last month. More than I’ve eaten at in the [...]

Goodbye Summer…Hello Fall!

After a long summer of travel (more on that in a minute), we are now entering my favorite time of year. It’s when you can wear sweatshirts again. When you don’t have to worry about sweating to death just to go to the grocery store. When the leaves change and days are breezy and nights [...]

Eiffel Tower Sunset

To France…And Beyond!

This past month has been busy, busy, busy. It’s mostly been spent planning for an upcoming trip to France and Germany. I went to Paris a few years ago for a quick stopover, but this time, were spending a good amount of time there, as well as going to Lyon, and ending with Oktoberfest (on [...]

Here’s to AC and Staying Indoors

After a busy few months of travel, my July was a bit more relaxed. But this is because unless I have to, I don’t go anywhere in July or August. I learned this lesson years ago after a once-in-a-lifetime trip to China and Japan that was miserable because of the heat. So no more summer [...]