Month: June 2016

Gone Camping

It’s happened. I have checked out. You know how various people place those “Gone Fishing” signs on their door? It’s like that. I kind of wish I was a fisherwoman and could escape to my favorite fishing hole, just a walk away from work. Well, not really- because I travel with a lot of kids. But equally as enticing (for me at this moment), is camping.


We are exploring. We are unplugged.


We are watching the sunsets in swing sets.


And making ice cream mustaches (or goatees).


So don’t come looking for me for a while, because I’m out.


But I’ll be back. 😉

Martha Stewart’s Limeade

It’s that time of year, when cold icy drinks are exactly what you need to quench your thirst. You are spending more time outside at BBQ’s or around the pool (maybe at a lake or even ocean side- you do you). There’s just something about the little bit of sugary lime, the sweetness and acidity, that makes for a perfect combination. Let’s say you’re serving carnitas with a side of lime and you want to continue on with that flavor. Maybe your favorite pie is key lime and you just wish you could drink it on a hot day. I love lemon, but sometimes it just seems like lime is the thing.

As organic as possible:

5 to 7 medium limes, plus slices for garnish
1/2 cup sugar or honey, plus more if needed

*We also added more sliced limes and mint to garnish

Roll the limes back and forth over the counter with the palm of your hand. Cut limes in half, and juice them by hand or with a juicer; reserve rinds. (You should have about 1/2 cup juice.) Transfer juice and rinds to a large pitcher.
Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add sugar or honey, and stir until dissolved. Pour syrup into the pitcher, and add 4 cups water. Stir until well blended. Add more sugar or honey, if desired. Refrigerate 1 hour. Discard rinds. Serve limeade garnished with lime slices.

For the original recipe see Martha Stewart’s Limeade



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Loving Lately: Fourth of July Ideas

I love the 4th of July. It is red, white & blue, backyard BBQ’s, summer weather and fireworks. Yes, it’s the day we celebrate our independence (for which I am grateful). It also has become everything I associate with a holiday; annual gatherings with family and food with aromas specific to the day. I’m a sucker for flag cakes and sparklers, and I succumb to the bug spray and driving home late- because I am all in baby! (Featured image courtesy of

Let’s just start the day off right. Breakfast anyone? Patriotic Waffle image courtesy of


Decorating for the 4th of July can be easy.


Courtesy of Pinterest


Courtesy of Pinterest

Dressing for the holiday can get as creative as American Pie…


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Speaking of which, is it possible to have too many pies for a holiday? I think not.


For 4th of July Blueberry Pie check out


Courtesy of Land O’Lakes

Oh my goodness, then there is cake! How cute are these berry drippings?


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I think I could handle this 4th of July Sparkle Cake, and can I just tell you how much I love the rustic simplicity of it?


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Then you’ve got your traditional make the flag out of berries cakes.

While some 4th of July ideas are timeless… some are new to me. I mean I’ve seen the red, white and blue rocket ship popsicle; But I wish I was this creative! Homemade striped popsicles!!!?? I think you’re awesome!


Popsicle image courtesy of theviewfromgreatisland

Of course if you are looking for a simple idea to make a statement try this… (yes it’s Sangria, but I think it would look pretty in water too!)


Courtesy of Pinterest

If you can carve a pumpkin maybe…?


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The crafty folks out there might want to try this jar made patriotic candle holder project from…


Of course you can’t beat this classic sparkler activity for kids and adults alike!


Image courtesy of Huffington Post

But more than anything, please be safe, enjoy your family & friends and have a Happy 4th of July!

American flag and fireworks

American flag and fireworks image courtesy of Pinterest

Southern Fried Chicken

I love fried chicken as much as the next girl, who loves fried chicken, who’s not from the South… but my grandma was, so it’s in my blood, right there with biscuits, and gravy. And I’m a fan of soaking your chicken in buttermilk, so it’s moist and juicy. However, many of you know that one of my children has a dairy allergy, so what is one to do? Enter Paula Deen, who is from the South- so that’s legitimate. She has given us a fantastic recipe, which we (a.k.a. my sister the chef) have adapted, full of juiciness and flavor… (BTW do not be dismayed by the cup of Sriracha, it’s really not spicy.)

As organic as possible:

3 Eggs

1/3 cup Water

1 cup Sriracha sauce

2 cups Flour

1 tsp Pepper

Season Salt

1 – 1 1/2 to 2 lb Chicken

Oil for frying, preferably Peanut

In a medium size bowl, beat the eggs with the water. Add the Siracha and stir. In another bowl, combine the flour and pepper. Generously sprinkle the chicken with season salt. Dip the seasoned chicken in the egg/Siracha mixture, and then coat well in the flour mixture.
Heat the oil to 350 degrees F in a deep pot. (Using a deep fry thermometer if you have one.) Do not fill the pot more than 1/2 full with oil. Fry the chicken in the oil until brown and crisp. Dark meat takes longer than white meat. It should take dark meat about 13 to 14 minutes, white meat around 8 to 10 minutes.

You can find the Paula Deen’s original recipe from Food Network here.


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Loving Lately: Good

Our world is in a sad state. When something horrific happens it seems like one who comments (i.e. a blogger such as myself) should comment. I put temporary pressure on my shoulders to report the news, or my perspective thereof, as if I have some responsibility as a dutiful journalist. The truth is since I’m not on the front lines, I would actually just be spouting off my opinions about second hand information (which I am also tempted to do). Of course, I don’t want to seem cold or impervious by not saying anything. And then, after some reflection, I remind myself of what I’m doing. My purpose for doing this. I want to focus on the good. It doesn’t mean I have my head in the sand, or I am oblivious to what is going on. I believe with all my heart that there is a war between good and evil. It means I choose, make a conscience decision, to think about and share good.

I love that quote from Mister Rogers when addressing how to give explanation to children about the scary things that take place, ”My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.” I read an article this week about Chick-Fil-A and many other restaurants who donated food to people who waited hours in line to donate blood to help the victims of the massacre. I read a beautiful post from a Muslim man who waited in one of those lines to donate blood, even though he had been fasting during Ramadan, because he wanted to do his part to show that the events that took place do not reflect his beliefs. There is good.

We can not make sense of senseless acts. People say “Be the change…”, I’m not sure that’s possible. As long as we are on earth there is going to be evil- in all of its forms. I want to be the difference. So I will continue to share things I love; my kids and family, recipes and food, gatherings and places… There are enough (even good) people sharing otherwise.

So here is a picture of a few peonies from my garden. I’m not sure if you knew this, but a few years ago my family and I purchased and moved into my grandparents home. After my grandmother passed it sat vacant for a couple years. It was hard to just “put on the market,” we all had too many good years and times here. Anyway, I’m sentimental that way and it worked out that we could. She left a beautiful rose garden and I always assumed all of the flowers that remained were by her. Not too long ago an uncle of mine told me that it was my grandfather who actually wanted the peony bushes. His mother had them while he was growing up, and they reminded him of her. Isn’t that beautiful? Of course, now it is my hope that when my children see peonies they think of me… And maybe one day they will tell their children… 😉

Isaiah’s Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

School’s out. So what do you do when your mom thinks she’s a home-ec teacher circa 1991 and you have a hankering for a chocolatey treat? You get out the measuring cups and mixing bowls so you can make yourself something awesome! I’m so proud of him, I’m beaming. And I’m eating some outstanding deliciousness. Chocolate and peanut butter are such a great combination. But don’t take it just from me, let’s hear Isaiah tell us about it: “They’re made with peanut butter, and they’re cookies.” (Cue the crickets)

Adapted from William-Sonoma’s The Cookbook for Kids

As organic as possible:

For Cookies

1/2 cup Butter

3/4 cup Brown sugar

1/4 cup Sugar

3/4 cup Chunky peanut butter

1 Egg

1/2 tsp Vanilla

1 1/4 cup Flour

1 tsp Baking soda

1/4 tsp Salt


For Chocolate Dip

1 1/4 cup Semisweet chocolate chips

1 Tbsp Vegetable shortening



Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and peanut butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until blended. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until blended. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt and beat on low speed until blended.

Shape the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, placing 12 balls at least 2 inches apart on each baking sheet. Using a fork, press twice into each cookie to make a crisscross pattern. Bake the cookies until golden, 8-10 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the pans for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks and let cool completely.

Meanwhile, add the chocolate chips to a microwave-safe bowl. Add the shortening. Microwave on high for 1 minute, stir. Then microwave for 30 seconds longer or until melted.

One at a time, dip half of each cookie into the melted chocolate, then place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. When all the cookies are dipped, place the baking sheet in the refrigerator just until the chocolate is set, about 5 minutes. Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Warning! This may attract on lookers.


Another Warning! This is messy.


But they’re worth it.


Promenade Artisan Foods

Trenton, Michigan is a great town along the Detroit River with historic charm and a thriving trendy vibe. It contains downriver Detroit’s best kept secret of Elizabeth Park (unless you’ve been to Jazz on the River or had your wedding pictures taken over the bridge). It also just happens to be the home of the cutest café to ever open in southeast Michigan, Promenade Artisan Foods. If you are from the area you might have sampled their cookies, brownies, and pies etc., carried by many local markets, or maybe even placed a personal order yourself for a pie during the holidays. Of course, now if you are in the area you can visit the coffee shop/café/dessert place in person!





Promenade Artisan Foods is celebrating their Grand Opening to the public this week! The owners Jonathan and Chelsie Brymer are a husband and wife team that have a love of family and passion for serving their community. They put that same love and care into every baked good they make from scratch and cup of coffee they pour -over (that’s a coffee joke). And speaking of coffee you are certain to enjoy another Michigan favorite as they are serving Chazzano Coffee of Ferndale to ensure you get excellence.


I have had the pleasure of sampling a few of their menu items and delicious creations. The strawberry tartine is a lovely light treat, an open-face style multigrain toast with a Mascarpone cheese, fresh strawberry slices and a drizzle of a balsamic reduction- really fantastic. Of course the kids loved the chocolate chip cookies, and a Nutella “pop tart” inspired pastry. But the biggest surprise was an Espresso Soaked Amaretti topped with pistachios, uh, genius! I think we should all have one every night after dinner.


Also in all seriousness, don’t leave without a slice of tomato, feta, and bacon quiche. Because even if you’ve filled up on pastries and don’t have room for it when you are there, you are going to be so happy to warm it up for yourself for breakfast the next day. (And I know this to be true from experience.) For more information, store hours, and to see their seasonal offerings visit the Promenade Artisan Foods Facebook Page.


Thank you Jonathan and Chelsie for sharing your culinary gifts and love of life with the metro Detroit area… And God bless you and your family with your new endeavor!


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Loving Lately: A spot of tea


We all know that I am a coffee person. But why limit yourself?


I am also a long time drinker of tea.


There’s really no replacement on a cold dreary evening… or when nursing a sore throat.


The health benefits are really amazing actually.


The knowledge of the art is extensive.


It’s also a good reason to have a party.


Tea is really a culture all of its own…


Global even…


But I like to keep it simple.


Thank you Pinterest dearie, for once again providing me with photos to accompany my thoughts.



I had a great weekend testing out the new camper. It was actually a whirlwind, with a torrential downpour… But shortly after we cooked our hotdogs by campfire under an umbrella, we had a reprieve. So we took the opportunity to watch the aftermath of a beautiful sunset. It’s experiences like these that make the rest of all of the craziness palatable- actually make it beautiful and wonderful. You know I like to use these little happenings as metaphors for life- because as the wise King Solomon (and Lauryn Hill) said “everything is everything…” So here are a few snapshots of our time of (rain) relief and lyrics to a song I appreciate. (Followed by the link to the song if you are interested). And here’s to the times of calm amidst the chaos. 🙂

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand


And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine


Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now


So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior


Oh, Jesus, you’re my God!

I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine



Lyrics by Hillsongs United – “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”