The temperatures are cooling off here in NC as we head into fall. Our ten-day forecast doesn’t have a single day over eighty degrees–a big change from the sweltering heat of summer. The refreshing change in weather and the lovely apples and fall vegetables at the Farmers’ Market have me thinking of one of my… More Cozy Comforts – Easy Tomato Bisque
Our move from Pennsylvania to North Carolina last year was fast–less than three weeks after the job offer came in, we had escaped the frozen tundra of the northeast for the more temperate south. It was a whirlwind of figuring out what needed to go in the car with us, making sure the house was… More Where Did We Get All This Stuff?
Over the weekend, Hubby and I were discussing the end of summer and the rapid approach of autumn (my favorite season). He commented that the thing he was most looking forward to about the cooler weather was the hearty comfort foods. In particular, he was really hungry for meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Pumpkin… More Summer Comforts: Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy
Yesterday was an awesome writing day. My main character, Hope, stumbled across a dead body. Of course, it was someone she knew, and she may not have taken it well. ;-) In addition to writing almost three thousand words, I took the dog to the groomers, taking advantage of the time she was gone to… More Did I Say That…Out Loud?
Years ago, one of my favorite lunches was a fast-food baked potato topped with broccoli, cheese sauce, and bacon bits. I gave up the bright-yellow cheese sauce and the salty bacon substitute, but I still love the flavors of bacon, broccoli, and cheese. Enter these twice baked potatoes stuffed with chopped broccoli, crumbled bacon, sour… More Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potatoes
July in North Carolina does not embody Christmas in my mind, but I have been trying to trick my mind into the Christmas spirit anyway. As heat-indices soar into triple-digits, I am working on a Christmas-themes cozy mystery, which means I need to get in the holiday spirit just a bit early this year. ;-)… More Finding Christmas in July
A little over six months ago, I did something I never thought I would do. I quit baking. For anyone that has followed this blog, you know I have always loved to bake. It is my stress relief (at least it was). Sixteen months ago, I couldn’t imagine going two months without baking, going to… More Back to Baking
Just as spring was starting to fully bloom in North Carolina, Hubby, Pup, and I had to make an unexpected trip to Pennsylvania. Because we had an already-scheduled vacation in our hometown a couple of weeks later, I ended up spending three (very cold) weeks sleeping in my childhood bedroom. When we arrived at my… More Beauty of Spring
After a few months in a bubble (also known as my winter hibernation), I’m excited to be getting back out in the world. OK, that sounds like I didn’t leave my house for three months. I did, even though I really didn’t want to. ;-) But, there is something about spring that makes me want… More Emerging from Hibernation
Days like today just cry out for soup. I made this one for lunch with a friend a friend a few weeks ago. It is a great use for leftover chicken and rice, if you have some on hand. I used white rice last time, but cooked brown or wild rice works, too. Just be sure it is fully cooked before adding it to the soup.… More Chicken, Corn, and Rice Chowder