Senior Pets for Senior Citizens

I caught this story on line - what a great idea.  I can only hope more places would "adopt" the idea.  Pets give a senior citizen a reason to get up in the morning, to have a purpose, namely to care for another leaving being. Older pets have shorter lifespan, and so a senior person [...]

Making Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bread

I've said it many times - I love bread.  Not the white store bought stuff but homemade, good for you bread.  My recipe for Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bread is loaded with healthy fats, fiber and vitamins from the pumpkin, not to mention whole grains. I even replace some of the oil with applesauce to keep [...]

Simple Roast Chicken

A roasted chicken is a simple yet totally satisfying meal. Just a bout everyone likes chicken.  And you can do so much with it - leftovers can make another whole meal or just  a sandwich, or use the carcass for soup or stock. Freeze left over meat for potpie, hot sandwiches,  or taco's. I decided [...]

25 things to do for your cat

Equal  time this column for cats!  We addressed dogs last time. Cats are a bit harder, because they are much more used to being alone, and doing things on their own terms.  Still, you can do some good beyond the basic needs of shelter, food and water. Cats like to investigate, crawl into things, and [...]

25 good things to do for your dog

For many of us, our pets are a vital part of the family, almost (or really) like children.  And while we may met their basic needs of shelter, food and water, I think there are a lot more things that might elevate their lifestyle. Most dogs breeds were invented for a reason, and usually that [...]

Make your own Fruit Nut Bread

I love bread.  Quick bread, that comes together in an hour or less, and yeast bread that can take hours to let rise and develop.  My family always had bread with meals, but usually the white stuff from the store.  I try to make healthier versions, so I don't feel like I am eating junk.  [...]

Huge flavor in a little tube

I have a secret weapon I use for flavor - anchovy paste !  Now before you say you hate anchovies, I will tell you nothing tastes fishy, and you won't even know it's in there.  You'll only know the food tastes good.  I often buy it by the dozen just to get the best price [...]

A vacuum that handles pet hair!

I haven't done a product review before, but I just have to tell you about the new vacuum I bought.  Exciting, I know... so some basic facts first. I have two long haired Border collies, 4 cats, and a husband who works in construction and outside in general.  So it doesn't take much imagination to [...]

My Favorite Cast Iron Magazine

If you have followed along for a while, you know I love my cast iron skillets and bake ware.  My grandmother's and mother's skillets are prized possessions.  In fact, you could say I am rather passionate about using cast iron. I also have a penchant for buying magazines and books about cooking in general, but [...]

Life’s Lesson: Sometimes “Good enough” is perfect

I responded to another blogger recently who had a column about not worrying if things are perfect.  I totally get it, and concur.  My motto is "good enough". Life if too short to worry about keeping my home spotless (it will NEVER happen), or my hair always styled, or doing my best to perfection at [...]