Two-fer: Fig Bruschetta & Fig Bites

Until he gave them up for good a few years ago, my husband loved Fig Newtons with an intensity people usually reserve for their favorite sports teams. I would buy five or six packages at a time and store them on a certain shelf in the pantry, so he’d always have a ready supply. He…

Peach Caprese Salad

Do you have access to two sweet, ripe peaches, grown by a farmer within your area code? Rinse, dry, and quarter them, and then array them like a first grader’s idea of the sun on a plate. Is basil still growing in a pot on your backyard deck? No? Has the sun fried it? Can…

Apron Love

  Proudly wearing my new Hedley & Bennett apron, straight out of the package delivered yesterday by FedEx. Can an apron be worth $85.00? It can, if You wear one every day. The quality of fabric and construction is superb and includes bar tacks at pocket corners, fusible interlining sewn in the hem to keep…

Snapshot: Watermelon Plugs

Did you catch the video making social media rounds recently showing another new way to cut and serve a watermelon? It’s simple and works great. Pictured above is a mini-melon, the perfect size for my small household. Slice it in half on a cutting board. Place one of the halves cut side down. Slice it…

Raves and Faves 26

One wall in my dining room is dedicated to a changing display of photos hung on rows of shiny, black clipboards. I print the photos on premium photo paper with a cheap but serviceable ink jet printer, and nearly all of the images were taken with my iPhone camera. What’s the use of leaving those…

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Last born had a birthday on Sunday. After warm spinach-artichoke dip and zingy cucumber dip; after frozen strawberry margaritas whose fruit factor was boosted with homemade strawberry jam; after burgers and hot dogs sizzling from the grill,  sweet and bacony baked beans, and potato-egg salad with fronds of fresh dill (that I should have chopped…

Welcome home.

We sent him off in January with Chicken Tortilla Soup and prayers. We welcomed him back this weekend with grilled steaks, that Spinach and Artichoke Dip he likes, and hearts full of gratitude. First born made him a cheesecake for the birthday celebration he missed while Over There. We’re so lucky. And so thankful. On…

Strawberry Jam

Silly me. I must have misread the label on the strawberry plants I bought last month. I thought I was buying a variety called Ozark Beauty. Instead, I must have bought some called ANT FOOD, by mistake. Good thing there’s a strawberry farm in nearby Cabot, Arkansas, that grows lusciously sweet fruit, red-ripe to the…