Go Outside: Jackson Lake

Baby J loves the out-of-doors. So, do I. There is something about being in the open air and seeing something beyond the four walls of home. It feels good. Add that to a little exercise, and you have a win. We are always on the lookout for easy hikes/walks that will be suitable for two…

Fudgy Brownies

Last week, Baby J and I were invited to a mini retreat in our nearby mountains. My friend, Jan, won a beautiful vacation rental in Big Bear City in a silent auction and decided to treat a few of her friends to a getaway. I am so glad I got to be part of the…

Curried Lentils with Butternut Squash

Soup weather is upon us. This delicious lentil dish is just the thing. The curry seasonings are sure to warm you up on a cold day. It is one of those fall into the comfort food category for me. I took it to a gathering recently and it was gobbled right up, but if you…

Lasagna with Roasted Cauliflower Filling

Every once in a while, I change things up in our household when it comes to what we eat. Last spring, we ate almost exclusively a plant-based diet. Things have come a long way from my early days of dabbling with veganism. There are so many great-tasting products on the market to make it easier…

Be Still and Know

My sweet Baby J can hear me turn on my laptop in her sleep. I swear, it’s true. But it simply doesn’t matter. Writing will happen when it happens. I am not going to make apologies for taking all the time I can for baby gazing, and rocking away endless hours while loving this little…

Berry-licious Chocolate Chip Cobbler

The mornings are starting to have that crisp feel here in the high desert of California. Our home is in the foothills on the dry side of the San Gabriel Mountains. The beauty of living where we do is the cool, ocean breeze that finds its way up and over the mountain, making our temperatures…

Peace in the Storm

On our last trip to Oklahoma, we got to experience our first tornado warning since buying the farmhouse. Down to the storm shelter, we went to wait out the pounding wind and rain. Our tiny 8×8 underground room designed to keep us safe has only one drawback. It is about fifty yards from our front…

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Chicken

Crockpot to the rescue again. The time to start cooking the evening meal, and the hottest point of the day at the farmhouse happen to be the same. Boy, do I want to skip it, but the family has other ideas. When we are in Oklahoma, it is our practice to come together for supper…

Summer of Change

The end of another summer break has come, and we have delivered our eight-year-old granddaughter, Hero, back to her parents and a new school year. Time does seem to fly away even when you are looking. The good thing is, we have enjoyed every minute of it and made lots of memories. For the past…

Salsa Pork and Beans

Another full day in your life? Here is another Dumping Dinner recipe that is so easy. I really needed it yesterday. We had lunch plans after which we were meeting my youngest daughter, Elena, and her husband to look at a model home they are interested in. On top of that, we had a few…