cast iton fried pierogies

How to Make Homemade Pierogies

Today suddenly turned into a pierogie day. I didn't really plan on spending hours today making them, but that's okay.  I'm happy to be doing it on a cold blustery day when I plan on staying in anyway.  Pierogies are like little dumplings, pasta dough filled with mashed potatoes and cheese.  They can also be [...]

a rafter of turkeys

Helping out our Wild Turkeys

We have a flock of about 12 wild turkeys visiting our yard on a regular basis now that there is over a foot of snow on the ground.  It hasn't taken them long to figure out that the songbirds spill seeds onto the ground.  We feed the songbirds mostly black oil sunflower seeds, and some [...]

A Gift of Apple Pandowdy

We could never eat everything I bake.  So I bake for friends as gifts, as thank you's, and just because. Also because neither my husband or I should be eating much sugar or white flour (though I often do cook with white whole wheat or spelt flour instead). I like giving away food so someone [...]

Cranberry quick bread

Baking Holiday Bread – Cranberry Nut Quick Bread

Holiday's are for baking! Here's a quick bread I often make around the holidays for gifts.  I buy extra cranberries every year and freeze them so I can make it any time I want! Cranberry Nutbread Delicious with a hot cup of coffee 1 stick stick butter or margarine1 1/2 c sugar1 T vinegar1 egg1 [...]

our feral cats

Caring for Feral Cats: Bitty Kitty and Tom

Seems like we always have a couple feral cats hanging around.  Feral cats, different from stray cats in that they were never owned by anyone, and are wild and untouchable, and not adoptable.  Maybe we only catch them on a trail cam outside, but occasionally we see them.  Right now I have a couple  feral [...]

colorful silicone cups

You must try silicone baking cups!

I just recently bought some silicone baking cup liners.  Not only do they come in such happy colors, but like any other silicone product - think silicone baking mats -  they work! I know, they've been around quite a while now, but I had never used them. I usually use paper cupcake liners.  I find some [...]

snow on pine trees

Autumn clean up around the house

Okay, so we had our first snowfall - a light dusting but enough to let us know that fall is giving way soon to winter. So as usual I am now rushing around to get things in the yard  & house, making things ready for winter, like: Birds baths cleaned, bowls inside (since they are [...]