Memories and healthy recipes for your dinner table.

Month: October 2008

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The oatmeal cookie is one of my favorite fall treats. The spiciness whispers autumn. In this particular version, cinnamon has been replaced with nutmeg for a nice subtle flavor. This recipe comes from the  Baking Illustrated Cookbook. 1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 tsp baking powder […]

BBQ Sauce Chicken Chop Salad

I have been excited to cook with barbecue sauce ever since I discovered Red Tail Ale Tangy BBQ sauce. I made a ham last week and smothered it with half the bottle. We ate it all week in sandwiches, omelets and with potatoes. This recipe […]

Card Board Princess Castle

Adelin is passionate about princesses right now. I am thrilled to see her actually playing and interested in something other than Caillou. She saw a Princess playhouse in a toy magazine and wanted me to take her to the store right away. I smiled, then tried to distract her with something else.

While we were in the backyard playing, I noticed a large cardboard box the kids had not yet managed to destroy. The dusty gears in my head started to grind and smoke. Ten minutes later, Adelin had her very own Princess Castle. I think I was more astonished that she actually loved it. The next step is paint.

Enameled 7 Quart Cast Iron Casserole Dish

I have coveted this pot since Patty brought hers over to make raspberry jam. I love the colors: Sand, Red, Green, Blue. What I like most is how wide and roomy it is and how well it cooks. The dish can transfer from stovetop to […]

Makeing Time for the Family: Family Fun Table Talk At The Dinner Table

Sitting down at the table together is still one of the best ways for families to grow and stay connected. When we gather around the dinner table, I envision happy children with hands washed, eager to devour the meal prepared for them. Once seated, there […]

Finding The Perfect Pumpkin

Halloween is nearing fast and it is time to pick out a pumpkin. It has become a tradition to visit the pumpkin patch in the area; however, this year we took a trip to the Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Lathrop CA.


We had a great time in the petting zoo, but the highlight of our day was picking the perfect pumpkin that will soon become a Halloween Jack-O-Lantern.

With our bounty in hand we retired to the car and headed home for our traditional Pumpkin Picking Cinnamon Rolls.

You’ve Been BOO-ed

I love Halloween. It is absolutely my favorite holiday. Ok, I say the same thing about Christmas when I see the lights and hear the timeless carols. Oh, can’t forget the smell of pine trees. Back to Halloween. Last year, little goblins were out in […]

Halloween Mystery Menu

This year for Halloween, we are adopting a family tradition from my sister-n-law. Every year for the past ten years, at least, they have celebrated Halloween with a mystery dinner complete with a menu. Does Eye of Newt sound appetizing? Don’t be too alarmed. That […]

Experimenting with Celery and Food Coloring

We had to make “orange” play dough for Mason’s homework assignment. While the play dough was cooling, Mason decided he was more interested in making other colors using the food coloring. A lot of green and a few drops of blue made…well, green. In a quest to dye objects, I quickly turned him onto an experiment with celery I remembered reading in my Gadgetology book.

What you need: Celery stalk (that still has leaves), water, a few drops of food dye.
Put the celery stalk in a cup of colored water. Wait a few hours. What do you think will happen?

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Growing up, if we had spaghetti sauce, it was always homemade. Through the years, my siblings and I have each put our own spin on my mom’s spaghetti sauce recipe. This is my brother Todd’s version. This is not the easiest or fastest to prepare, […]