May Day Baskets

May Day Baskets

Celebrate spring by observing May Day! Create simple May baskets, fill them with treats, deliver them to friends and neighbors, and make great memories!

Goodbye, Kitchen … Thanks for the Nourishment

Goodbye, Kitchen … Thanks for the Nourishment

Moving to a new kitchen is exciting. Leaving the old one is not easy. Memories, lessons and gratitude are vital ingredients for any culinary adventure.

Grandma Opal’s Coffee Cake

Grandma Opal’s Coffee Cake

If I close my eyes and try to remember my Grandma Opal, I picture a 4′ 10″, gentle, but yet strong lady with the most beautiful white-grey hair, kind eyes and an easy laugh. But if I want to remember our time together, all I 

The Gumdrop Tree

The Gumdrop Tree

Last night, I stopped at the grocery store and was scooping mixed nuts in the shell from the bin when a sweet lady approached me from the side and said, “Excuse me, but are you, by chance, buying those because it is a Christmas tradition 

How I Spent My Summer

How I Spent My Summer

Explore a summer tradition in Iowa through my childhood memories and current experiences as I return to the Buena Vista County Fair in northwest Iowa. The food, the people and the enjoyment of simple things make for a perfect summer day.

Mother’s Day Picnic

Mother’s Day Picnic

A simple picnic is a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day. This is the story of my favorite picnic basket and the memories it evokes.

The Traveling Jelly Jar

The Traveling Jelly Jar

This jar, filled with simple gifts, traveled between houses for years, building friendship and memories.

A Handful of Mixed Nuts

A Handful of Mixed Nuts

Three variations on an old-world classic cookie … everyone has a favorite!

Thanksgiving Humble Pie

Thanksgiving Humble Pie

Pumpkin or Sweet Potato? The Thanksgiving dessert that taught a lesson.

Fried Apples

Fried Apples

My mom would make these apples for dinner (“supper” to us farm people). They always seemed so FANCY to us and were so pretty piled up on top of pork chops. There were never any leftovers. I made a full batch for my husband and myself so there are a few left. They are calling me to warm them up and put them on top of pancakes or oatmeal this morning.