Recipes Soups

Maryann’s Minestrone Soup Recipe

Soup is said to warm the body and soul. For a cold winter night night, Maryann’s Minestrone is a family favorite.  Actually regardless of the weather, this is one of the kids’ most requested dinners.They love it! Maryann is my husband’s late mother, and her minestrone recipe has always been a family  favorite. It is …

Family Inspire Musings

A Photo Opportunity (Memoir Monday)

  Looking around the silent room I was very pleased, yet very nervous.  This was my classroom.  I was a teacher, and in a few short minutes my students would arrive through the door.  With great anticipation I surveyed the room.  The classroom was sparkling with color.  “Welcome to second grade,” read a large banner.  …

Family Inspire Musings

What words do you find uplifting during challenging times?

I received a chain email the other day – honestly I have not seen one in a very long time.  This one was not met with my delete button; I happily forwarded it to  friends.  Why?  Not because it was promising riches if I did, and not because it promised an eternity of bad luck …

Desserts Kid-friendly Kids Recipes

Football Sugar Cookies – Perfect for Game Time!

It’s no secret with my family – I love making sugar cookies. I have a giant collection of cookie cutters that I have collected over the years. We have used them for cookie making, play-dough cutting, ceramic templating, and crayon outlining.  The kids and I have used them for all kinds of crafts over the …

Entrees Recipes Side dishes Vegetables

A Tasty Way to Eat Your Veggies ~ Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables

One of my daughters’ friends just messaged me asking me for this recipe. She said she searched my blog but couldn’t find it ~ so here it is! This pasta bake has been in my repertoire of easy, yummy, and fancy enough to serve to diner guest for a few years now.  I first made …

Decorating Home Organization

Extra Storage for a Small Bathroom

I love this idea! It is so simple!  Yet before I walked into our rented Venice cottage, I had never seen a shelving unit quite like this. I could have really used this in my girl’s bathroom in my last home.  By simply adding a small towel rack to the front of a wooden shelving …

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