Apples(s) of My EYE

We have a tiny apple tree at the cabin, and this past weekend was harvest time. The kids have been watching and waiting for the apples to ripen all summer, and were anxious for the big day to arrive. The tree is very young didn’t bear much fruit this year, which worked out well for our purposes – many more would not have held the kids’ attention, and Trevor’s (my son-in-law) arms needed a break.

apple-pie-bites-3I have included a yummy quick recipe for individual apple pies of sorts, Apple Pie Bites. I found this recipe online and added a powdered sugar glaze for a little more sweetness. They were a big hit at a family gathering over the Labor Day weekend. You can find the recipe on YUM!. (more…)

Goodbye Summer

Taylor jumping in water

Our grandson, Taylor, taking one last jump off the dock for the summer. What a way to say goodbye to the lake. Now that Labor Day has passed, we start thinking about closing down the cabin. Soon we will be taking out the dock and boat lift… all jobs to be done before the weather and water gets too cold.  (more…)


During the summer and fall, Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning our local market is overflowing with beautiful produce. The vendors work hard all season to bring in their best. The great thing is, everything is so beautiful and it really does encourage trying new recipes and eating some really healthy dishes.  Here’s one of my favorite salsa recipes, I think you’ll like it too! (more…)

New Venture

DSC_0948_edited-3Last August, my daughter Kerry, decided to start a blog (darling featuring fashion, home decor and DIY, leisure activities, food and entertaining.  As a wife, mom of two children ages 3 and 6, and a corporate franchise attorney, she is working hard at fitting this into her busy life. Needless to say, she has her hands full. (more…)

Gardening in Minnesota

Asiatic Lilies from my courtyard garden.
Asiatic Lilies from my courtyard garden.

Gardening has always been a part of my life.  My mother and grandmother were avid gardeners.  For them, a necessity.  They grew and preserved all the vegetables eaten during the winter months.  They took great pride in their gardens and always shared the bounty with friends and family.  My mother’s canned goods looked like they should be photographed and would certainly have been blue ribbon winners (more…)

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