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…

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

It’s cold, cold, cold at our farmhouse in Oklahoma. I don’t know about you but when the weather turns wintery, baking seems like the best cure for the chill.

The Party’s in the Kitchen: Going Al Fresco

Kitchens come in all shapes and sizes, and this weekend, mine was an outdoor grill at a campground. My husband and I took a departure from our regular routine and headed for the hills—literally. So glad we did. Relaxation and reconnection happened in the quiet surroundings with no real distractions other than occasional dog walking….

Clean Enough

I received this memo today via Facebook. Thank you for the reminder, Sharon.  So often we find ourselves caught up in the if you just knew my life excuses when it comes to sharing hospitality. The graphic actually brought to mind that little potty training book Everybody Poops by Taro Gomi. This plotless little story states the inevitable—Everyone is the…

It’s the Icing on the Cake

I am known for my cakes.  If there is a gathering, it can be heard, “Let Patty bring the cake!”  In fact when my youngest daughter married a few years back, it was voted that we have a cake bar because no one could decide which cake to offer, so we offered a variety.  This just caused…