What I Love This Week: Autumn Leaves

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This week I’m loving the colors of all the leaves as Massachusetts descends into autumn. I just adore the spookiness of the above photo that I took at 9:30 am this past Sunday morning. This weekend I had the pleasure of driving all over our little town to help my son with a project on local history. Since I didn’t grow up where I currently live all the history is new and interesting to me. Read more…

Martha Stewart’s Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Disclaimer: There is no actual pumpkin in these cookies! I’m inspired to dig up a recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies that a friend claims is her grandmother’s secret recipe.

Checking on my blog statistics for the last 30 days showed me that this recipe is my most popular one lately. I figured that I might as well republish to share with more people since it’s been four years since I first posted it. Read more…

What I Love This Week: Powell & Mahoney Limited Mojito Mix


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This week I’m loving this vintage original cocktail mixer for mojitos by Powell & Mahoney Limited. Mojitos are one of my favorite mixed drinks and this bottle of sunshine allows me to enjoy a mojito in less than 5 minutes. No muddling and no slicing of limes. Some days just require a mixed drink with dinner and this mixer has helped with that on more than one occasion. In case you are starting to think that I might be a lush I will also mention that a splash of this mixer in a cup of hot or cold peppermint tea also tastes divine.

I love that this is produced in New England and that the bottle has a pretty vintage design. Read more…

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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My son is in third grade this year and his teacher has implemented a weekly letter writing program. It involves a notebook where he writes a letter to us every Friday and over the course of the weekend I respond to his letter in the same notebook. Then I take the notebook and seal it in a baggy which he puts into his backpack. He gets to read the reply on Monday morning at school. His teacher says that reading the letters is a highlight of the week for the class. I promise that this story has something to do with cookies. I’m getting there. Read more…

What I Love This Week: Organic Turmeric Ginger Green Tea

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This week I’m loving Organic Turmeric Ginger Green Tea from The Republic of Tea. I picked this up because I’ve read good things about turmeric and because this is organic tea. From my first sip I was hooked. It’s got a bit of sweetness with natural honey flavor added. I’m a ginger-addict so the only thing that I was unsure about was the taste of turmeric. The packaging describes turmeric as having an unmistakable, earthy aroma but I couldn’t really identify it. Read more…

Cabbage & Mango Slaw

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Last week we hosted our extended family for taco night. If you need a menu for a diverse crowd, taco night is a way to please everyone. We’ve got anti-gluten, anti-meat, anti-veggies, anti-soy, anti-onion, anti-cheese and anti-spicy people in our family. Since tacos means assembling various ingredients the “anti” people can pick and choose what they want. I just lined up bowls with all the options and let everyone make their own tacos. Preparation couldn’t have been easier since I chopped everything in advance and had it all covered in the refrigerator. The only cooking I did after everyone arrived was frying up the ground beef and cooking some rice. It certainly made for a relaxing visit especially since we were drinking tequila sunrises most of the afternoon. Read more…

Fried Green Tomatoes for One

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If you are like me, you frequently prepare yourself a single-serving of vegetables because you continue to struggle with getting your family to eat vegetables. It’s pretty often that I make myself a big salad instead of what I’ve made for the rest of the family. I adore fried green tomatoes but no one else in my family does so I need to make just enough for me to enjoy. This recipe makes me so happy. Read more…


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