Sweet Potato Baby

I never met a sweet potato I didn’t like. In fact I believe they are a year-round staple and not just for Thanksgiving. I grew up eating them for Thanksgiving and Christmas every year. Each year we gathered for the 4th of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Sweet potatoes were served in the fall and winter…

Butternut Squash, Apple, and Pumpkin Pasta with Fresh Sage

We are in full fall food mode! Many of our meals have fall squash, pumpkin, apples, and sweet potatoes all locally grown in Virginia. Today we made apple cider donuts, butternut squash, apple, pumpkin pasta with fresh sage, and sweet potato pie with homemade whipped cream. This post is about the pasta! I will post…

Minestrone Soup

It’s been raining for a few days. Cool fall day and prefect to make soup when outdoor activities are not possible. Sunday afternoons I love to rest, read, and cook. Soup is my favorite. All kinds of soup. I love the warm comfy feeling of soup. Using fall vegetables make this minestrone even better. I’m…

All Things Fall 🍎🍏🍂⛰

Fall always meant swapping out the wardrobe and sweating to be fashionable. Since moving to Virginia fall means 40 degree mornings and 60s in the day. Fall also means picking apples and not sweating at the pumpkin farm. This weekend it was brisk at the apple orchard. Pony rides, carriage rides, and our first cup…

Pumpkin Protein Oatmeal

Yesterday I opened a can of pumpkin purée to make a pumpkin spice latte. So what to do with the rest? I’d made a pumpkin pie protein shake, pumpkin bisque, so why not pumpkin oatmeal. It feels like fall. Warm, yummy, and healthy. Ingredients: 2 cups water Pinch of salt 1 cup gluten free oatmeal…

Labor Day 2020

Labor Day this year is different like everything else this year. What is a day of rest for some is the official end of summer. For us it’s about the food. We love to plan and prepare tasty meals. For me, setting a beautiful table is as much fun as the meal. I call it…

Squeezing Out Every Drop of Summer 🍋

Today was a luscious lemony day 🍋 We relaxed, cooked, and ate this first Sunday in August. It’s hard to believe school starts in a few weeks. The Lemon Caper Artichoke Chicken is a version of my friend Elizabeth’s. Elizabeth is a fabulous cook who doesn’t love to cook. I named it E’s surprise chicken…

Homemade Granola

This summer we’ve spent a lot of time together exploring and baking. One of our favorite things to make is granola. Much of the store-bought allergy friendly versions have sugar as the first or second ingredient. I’ve been working on this recipe a while and now feel it is ready to share. I will say…

Vegetable Curry

The temperature is dropping and the wind picking up. Soup seemed perfect for this chilly January night. Using only what I had on hand I made it in under an hour. It was delicious. I served it with chickpea flatbread. Vegetable Curry 2 Tablespoons Olive oil 2 yellow onions, peeled, diced large 3 large zucchini,…

Sunday Night Supper

Sunday afternoons I try to cook things for the week. I made pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip muffins (recipe below) and soup. Tonight it’s extra chilly and a perfect soup night. Tomato soup & grilled cheese were requested by my eight year old. She loves soup almost as much as I do. I didn’t have celery…

Hangry Girl Bisque

After school and swim I had a cold and cranky girl on my hands. She was beyond starving and not ready for homework. While she had a hot shower I made her favorite soup. Thick, warm, and yummy! It’s actually a super easy soup recipe I’ve previously posted. Today I revised Shelton’s favorite “pumpkin soup”…

Saturday Mornings

Saturday mornings when I was growing up we went shopping. We may have had a soccer game or basketball game but we always ended up shopping for groceries and clothes at Seessel’s, Easyway, Goldsmith’s and Dillard’s followed by a treat at La Baguette. I have fond memories of those days but choose a slower paced…