Cooking · Dinner

Easy Irish Soda Bread

No Corned Beef Dinner would be truly complete without delicious Irish Soda Bread to accompany it. I am absolutely required to bring a still-warm loaf (or two) of this soda bread to my mom's each year for St. Patrick's Day dinner. It is pillowy soft inside with a gorgeous crusty exterior. This bread is also… Continue reading Easy Irish Soda Bread

Cooking · Dinner

The Best Corned Beef Dinner Ever

Saint Patrick's Day is coming. Time for too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ra-ing about Molly Malone, Danny Boy and my Wild Irish Rose. Time for dancing a jig while not spilling a drop. Time for decking out in shades of forest, emerald, mint and moss. For celebrating my freckles and green eyes while lamenting my lack of red-headedness. And the… Continue reading The Best Corned Beef Dinner Ever

Drinks

Lucky Leprechaun St. Patrick’s Day Drink

If you are looking for something to put a little jig in your step and are not the Irish Whiskey or Guinness drinking type, may I suggest this delicious and delightfully festive St. Patrick's Day drink? It's bright emerald color is perfect for all your Irish gatherings. It packs a wallop of gladness and is… Continue reading Lucky Leprechaun St. Patrick’s Day Drink

Baking · Birthdays · Cake · Desserts · Kids · Snacks

Ice Cream Flowerpots

The crème de la crème of my daughter's American Girl Tea Party Birthday were these Ice Cream Flowerpots. They were all she talked about after visiting the American Girl Bistro for a friend's birthday a year ago, so I knew they absolutely had to make it to the tea-table when we had our own American… Continue reading Ice Cream Flowerpots

Baking · Birthdays · Cake · Cookies · Cooking · Desserts · Kids · Lunch · Muffins · Snacks · Tea parties

American Girl Tea Party Birthday

After begging for an American Girl doll the past three years, my daughter's greatest desire was granted her last birthday with the gift of a green-eyed, curly blonde haired mini-me. She promptly named her doll "Maddie" and they've been inseparable ever since. The gratification of at last owning an American Girl doll all of her… Continue reading American Girl Tea Party Birthday

Kid Activities · Life

Stove Top Potpourri With FREE Printable Gift Tags

Do not eat this recipe. It is not food. Well, it is food...I mean obviously those are oranges and cranberries. But it's not food you should consume. This is the most amazing, make your house smell incredible, holiday cheer inducing, dance around the living room smelling the air -- stove top potpourri. Did you know… Continue reading Stove Top Potpourri With FREE Printable Gift Tags

Baking · Breakfast · Muffins

Oatmeal to Go Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

As a homeschooling family, I only have to cram breakfast in while packing lunches and getting out the door on time once a week. We have a weekly co-op, and every Tuesday, amid the scramble, I marvel at all you moms and dads who run the gauntlet of morning activity every day. "Where are my… Continue reading Oatmeal to Go Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

Appetizers · Cooking · Dinner

Fire and Ice Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon = summer. It's just a fact of life. There's nothing better on a sweltering July afternoon than devouring a giant slice of juicy delicious watermelon. Getting all that sticky sweetness running down your chin. Even better when the watermelon is the size of your head. Preferably while walking Main Street in Disneyland, listening to… Continue reading Fire and Ice Watermelon Salsa

Baking · Cake · Desserts

Red, White and Blue Berry Trifle

I have no clue why it's called a trifle. The word means something of little importance or value. This dessert isn't anywhere in that neighborhood. It is gorgeous, fresh and delicious. My first experience with trifle was during a visit to Victoria during tea at Butchart Gardens. I devoured layers of soaked sponge-cake, fruit and… Continue reading Red, White and Blue Berry Trifle

Baking · Cookies · Desserts

Fruity Lemon Cheesecake Cookie Cups

More red, white and blue happiness for your Fourth of July celebrations! Start with a bag of sugar cookie mix and the ingredients needed (according to your package) for rolled sugar cookies. You can also just use whatever rolled sugar cookie recipe you love. If the butter is supposed to be softened, you should be… Continue reading Fruity Lemon Cheesecake Cookie Cups