My porch planters are flourishing and I’ve been using fresh herbs every night to make dinner as well as some drinks.   We’ve thrown fresh mint into mojitos, rosemary into a gin & tonic, and basil into a blender with ice, raspberry preserves, and vodka – yum! (Can you tell we are in summer mode over […]

Our neighbors have the most swoon-worthy garden filled with prolific squashes, asparagus, greens, corn, cucumber, and of course zucchini! Apparently they aren’t big cooks and asked if we’d be interested in any veggies. Without hesitation I emphatically exclaimed that I’d take anything they didn’t want and promptly received the largest zucchini I’ve seen in some […]

Happy Fiesta Friday everyone!  The time has come, and I am beyond excited to co-host this blogging ‘partay’ with the addition of this yummy dip that I made with my gals at a girls day earlier this week.  Who’s gonna join me? For those of you who might be new to the blog I am […]

This pasta was inspired by the fact that my husband was recently working late and I wanted to make a dish filled with things he hates! I do often eat asparagus and olives, but it’s rare that we have them in a main dish as eating common meals cuts down on preparation and waste. Case […]

Today I am back at work after the most spectacular bachelorette party on Martha’s Vineyard. One of my best friends, Carolyn, is someone who is driven, passionate, and most importantly she knows how to get down on the dance floor.  She goes out of her way for those that she loves and it was no […]

I must say, having a 4th of July birthday is a pretty special treat.   Growing up one of my favorite birthday traditions was competing with my friends in an obstacle course we created around our house.  One at a time each of my friends would enter the circuit of elements from skip it, to […]

  Summertime, and the livin’s easy! Happy vacation to all of my teacher friends out there.  You’ve earned yourself a glass of wine and a comfy place to rest your feet. As of today, I’ve officially completed my second round of grade school… 13 years as a student and 13 years as a teacher/leader.  Schools […]

Grilled pizza, where have you been all my life?  No really…This dish is easier to make than I realized and something that everyone should try.  I’m hooked. We first had grilled pizza when my cousin filled the table with a decadent variety of pies at a family reunion.  The crust had a great crunch and […]

Summer has arrived and with that comes longer nights and just a bit more time to make dinner after work.  I’ve been playing around more and more with the Instant Pot to find recipes that are enhanced by using this tool.  Turns out the Instant Pot is quite versatile but I’m finding that some things […]

Each year my husband and I throw a shrimp fest, yes, you heard that right, a festival of potluck style dishes that include shrimp in some way.  This year folks went over the top and now I have a whole host of new recipes that I’ll eventually need to make and post on here on […]