Black Bean & Mushroom Burgers

The Rock Lady of NorthboroughIt’s been almost three years since I’ve posted here. I’ve missed it! My focus has been elsewhere and this week I had the pleasure of running across some of my cookie recipes on Pinterest which inspired me to add a new post. My kids are older, 16 and 13, now and they have been trying new foods consistently.  I’ve been busy with a full-time job, self-publishing an adult coloring book, starting an Etsy shop, and selling my artwork at a local store. This blog still feels like home though and I’d love to share a recipe that I’ve made as a vegetarian staple over the summer months. I do not recall where I found this recipe and unfortunately I don’t have any photos. Read more…


Gingerbread Biscotti


Earlier this year I casually mentioned to husband how it would be easier to bake more often if I had a KitchenAid mixer. He agreed so I immediately ordered one for myself. Couldn’t hesitate on that one! It took me a few months to get used to mixing with this new machine but now I rely on it regular to quickly put together recipes.

sugar-cookiesThis is the fifth biscotti recipe that I’ve posted and it has become the favorite at home. The kids love the aroma while these are baking. Interestingly, I brought a plate of cookies to work and included some of these cookies and they were the only ones left on the plate. My theory is that people generally expect biscotti to be dry and hard so they favored the beautiful sugar cookies that were also there. I will admit those sugar cookies are hard to resist but I love to enjoy one of the gingerbread biscotti with a hot cup of tea. Read more…

Annie Hall’s Butter Cookies


This cookie recipe is one that I go to when I need to plan ahead for holiday parties. It’s simple, can be frozen and pulled out and baked up in a pinch. Also it’s so versatile that this one recipe can create a variety of cookies to impress your friends and family. All the cookies in the photo above were made from this one recipe.

It’s from the “Christmas from the Heart of the Home” book by Susan Branch. One of my favorite books because it combines Susan’s artwork, hand-lettering, holiday traditions, and recipes. I could see the book becoming a family heirloom because I’ve used it for many of the recipes. Read more…

Dark & Stormy Biscotti

dark and stormy biscotti

It’s been 5 months since my last recipe!!! This is a great one to get me back into the swing of blogging. I’ve been sort of obsessed with biscotti lately and I have a running list of ideas for different flavors. Many of my ideas involve tea (of course) but a few are inspired by cocktail flavors. This recipe is modeled after the “Dark & Stormy” which contains rum, ginger beer and lime. Read more…

Pumpkin Patch Brownie Pies

pumpkin patch brownie pies 1

Is it a brownie? Is it a pie? Is it candy? It’s all of that rolled into one. The photos of these delicious treats were so frickin’ adorable that I found myself hoarding the mellow crème pumpkins so I could make them. I completed a test run of the recipe this weekend in preparation for our neighborhood Halloween party next weekend. Pumpkins will continue to be hoarded until after Halloween. It just occurred to me that these would be a fantastic addition to Thanksgiving. Must buy all the pumpkins now. Read more…

What I Love This Week: Cold Harbor Brewing Company


Cold Harbor Brewing Co

This week I’m loving craft beer from Cold Harbor Brewing Company.  Friends opened this craft brewery in Westborough, MA about a month ago. They asked if I would take photos at the grand opening and I jumped at the chance. Payment was a growler of beer but I would have done the photos for free. It’s so inspiring to see someone pursue their dream to start a business. Read more…

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

chocolate chip oatmeal cookies

I’m a big fan of King Arthur Flour so when I noticed this recipe in the KAF catalog with a headline of “2015 Recipe of the Year” I knew that I had to bake these cookies. My first batch was baked specifically to welcome a new family to our neighborhood. Their reaction was positive.

I received a text message that said, “These are the best cookies that I’ve ever eaten!”

My family also loved this recipe but they suggested less chocolate for the next time. My version cuts down on the volume of chocolate and the cookies are still fantastic. Read more…

Feminism and Dreamforce 15

Dreamforce 15 Dreampark

This is a departure from my regular topics but since I’ve returned from Dreamforce 15 in San Francisco, I’ve had this niggling at the back of my brain. I was impressed with Dreamforce. It’s an undertaking that you can’t quite understand unless you experience it and this year was the biggest turn out ever. Never did I think that I would enjoy a conference with 170,000 people in attendance but I did. I left feeling inspired, transformed and am already planning to attend in 2016. A friend commented to me, “So you’ve been inducted into the Salesforce cult?” And it feels a little like that.

Dreamforce 15-ANIMATIONMy favorite sessions were the ones in the Women’s Leadership Summit, which were excellent yet I believe that an opportunity was missed. Read more…

Radish Tartines

radish tartines

This recipe was inspired by the July 2015 issue of Cooking Light. Their version contains additional ingredients and is most definitely something you’d want to serve to guests at a fancy brunch. My version was born out of my realization that I had a couple of extra crusty rolls, several radishes in the fridge and the Cooking Light recipe floating around the counter after having torn it out of the magazine. It’s simply wonderful despite missing the black olives and fresh herbs that the original version contained. In fact, I liked it so much that I ate radish tartines for three meals in a row. Read more…

What I Love This Week: Crispy Crunchy Chickpeas

WILTW-roasted chickpeas

This week I’m loving crispy crunchy chickpeas from The Good Bean.  I started a new job several weeks ago and it has been quite a change. My previous job had an extensive snack table and I was spoiled by always having food readily available. After a few hungry days at the new job I decided that I needed to stock my desk with some healthy snacks. These roasted chickpeas are substantial enough to satisfy my mid-afternoon grumbling tummy to sustain me until dinner time.  Otherwise I’m eating everything in my sight by the time I arrive home from work. Read more…