Fair Trade Finds

Two years ago I was introduced to the non-profit company SERRV International. They have been around since 1949 when they aimed to help WWII refugees. The focus evolved from helping refugees to working with impoverished people throughout the world. Their mission is to promote ethical trade with developing countries in an effort to help farmers … More Fair Trade Finds

Kiss Cookie Cups

Remember the thumbprint cookies with jelly from back in the day? I loved those when we made them in Home Economics class in grade school (for younger readers – we used to learn all kinds of homemaking things in Home Ec classes back in the 80s). Years later I tweaked the recipe by swapping a … More Kiss Cookie Cups

Best Ever Chili

This is the best chili recipe ever, IMHO! Easy to put together into a nice heavy pot and it simmers for two hours without much fuss other than an occasional stir. Okay I know two hours may seem daunting to some, but before you decide to forget about it…just think about how much is it … More Best Ever Chili

Easy Spanish Rice

This is a nice variation on plain white rice. My go-to method for cooking rice has always been to bring chicken broth to a boil, add my rice, cover and simmer 15 minutes. My new variation is to lightly saute a crushed garlic clove in a bit of olive oil. Add some fresh salsa. Saute … More Easy Spanish Rice

Marble Squares

The earliest I can remember being interested in trying a recipe was back when I was middle school age and I came across a recipe for Marble Squares in a magazine. For some reason I think it was in the TV Guide and it may have been an ad for Philly cream cheese featuring the … More Marble Squares

A little greener

It’s good to be green, as long as it’s not with envy! I just recently discovered stretch silicone covers. Love, love, love them. So practical and useful as a substitute for plastic wrap or aluminum foil. And seriously, the silicone covers do play double-duty both as covers for your refrigerated items as well as oven-friendly … More A little greener

Hot Chocolate Heaven

It’s a drinkable dessert. The yummiest hot chocolate I ever had. I can’t take credit for it. Just sharing the yummylicious goodness. Whoever came up with this must have been inspired by the patron saint of hot beverages! I found it posted on Pinterest by Jill Nystul of One Good Thing By Jillee fame, who in … More Hot Chocolate Heaven

Cake and Memories

I have a tradition I’ve stuck to for almost all the birthdays, holidays and special occasions that have been celebrated in my home: I make the cake. There’s nothing better than old-fashioned homemade cake from scratch, provided of course that you’re good at making cake. I like to think I inherited my great-aunt Alice’s talent for cake-making. … More Cake and Memories