Harvest Grains Salad

Want to try a delicious, healthy, satisfying (in that order!) meal? Perfect for a picnic? Perfect for leftovers? Step right up and take a look at my Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains salad. Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains blend contains Israeli style couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo and quinoa. The one-pound bag contains enough grains to make two […]

Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Soup weather! Well, for me all weather is soup weather, but a nice hearty pot of broccoli and cheese soup simmered on my stovetop this week. I’m going to share this dish based on an old Cooking Light magazine (remember them?) recipe, but please don’t judge me. It calls for Velveeta and it is delicious. […]

Cinnamon Apple Bread

Hello, November.  Where did you come from all of a sudden?  Hmmm.  Well, November seems like a perfect time to make cinnamon apple bread and get the smell-o-vision going in my kitchen.  Ah, sugar and cinnamon in the oven! This bread is super easy and even a non-baker such as myself can make this successfully.  […]

October Entertaining

October entertaining in Phoenix is so easy.  The weather can be nearly perfect, there are activities galore and between stunning natural beauty and so many cute decorations, it really is the most wonderful time of the year. Last week I posted all the activities around getting ready for guests.  It has been so long since […]

October Potpourri

No, not actual fall-scented October potpourri, but a little this and that news going on around here and how we’ve kicked off the month in our house. New Office Now that I no longer have a real job, but just have this job I love chatting with you a couple times a week, I felt […]

Faux Fall Floral

(and Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches) I know, I couldn’t stand to waste that alliteration. So it stands alone.  Proudly.  And we get a little subtitle here.  The things that amuse me. And I really am going to share the faux fall floral around the house and our latest linner (lunch/dinner) for super easy slow […]

Homemade Tomato Basil Soup with Fresh Tomatoes

A recent bounty of fresh tomatoes found me channeling my mom and grandma in the kitchen cleaning, prepping and cooking fresh tomatoes and then getting ready to “put them up,” as they would have said.  By which they meant canning in glass jars.  I’m more of a Ziplock freezer bag gal myself. Those jars and […]

Winter Patio and Excellent Online Customer Service

A bit warmer, dryer weather led to a winter patio spruce up.  My honest report on some excellent online customer service after all the holiday hoopla! The holidays gifted us with a lot of rain.  I pulled all the cushions under the patio cover and we hunkered inside for about a week. The firepit beckons […]

First of the Year Shopping

My anxiety-driven spending frenzy seems to be quelled, but I did do a bit of first-of-the-year shopping and want to share a couple of great bargains and highly recommended items. Banana Republic Girlfriend Jeans & Sweatshirt I never find petite sizes at BR so I never go into their outlet near our home, but I […]

New Year – 2022

Ok, 2022, let’s get this started, shall we?  Is everyone up for a new year?  Do you have plans or resolutions you care to share for the New Year? Do you start a New Year’s Eating Plan?  Well, I’m way too old to do that now.  But.  I could give my tummy a bit of […]