Snow Day

It is supposed to snow at the farmhouse tomorrow. Up until now, we have enjoyed some unseasonably warm weather in our part of the country. Why, just yesterday it was almost 70! I like it that way. (Sorry all you who love the seasons.) I grew up in southern California where snow was enjoyed at…

Chicken Noodle Soup

As you know, our family was visited by Cold and Flu over the holiday season. Yep, no fun, but we let them know they’d worn out their welcome by cooking up several pots of Chicken Noodle Soup. I changed it up a bit by pulling out my pressure cooker to speed up the process. Pressure…

Clean Enough

The holiday’s are coming and there is so much pressure to have everything perfect for our visiting family and friends. It just makes me laugh. With the addition of Baby J to our lives, we’re lucky to get the basics done. Add that to the fact that most of our family will arrive at our…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Dumping Dinner: Chicken Tortilla Soup

Sorry, no picture of delicious soup. I was much too distracted to snap one. Most of us know what Chicken Tortilla Soup looks like anyway. Instead, I have included a picture for your baby gazing enjoyment. Life with a newborn demands simplicity. My crock pot has been well used over the past few weeks as…