July 2, 2018

Ever since I was a young girl I have been fascinated with frogs. I used to collect frog everything. A child of the 60's, it was the  "Peace. Love. Frogs" era. And having spent a greater part of my life on my grandparents' farm in Michigan - a farm that sat above a lake...

May 1, 2017

Could have been on the golf course. Or that day at Disney. Or sometime in those three weeks I was shelling on Sanibel last summer. Not sure WHEN that crazy off the ABCD dermatology chart SPOT became potentially deadly ... but it did. One of the bazillion on me. And whe...

June 28, 2016

I was raised in a golf family.

My uncle Frank was a golf pro and although he and his family lived a few hours away, I can recall many trips to see them and time spent on the golf courses he managed. Driving around in carts. Hunting for balls. Never had ANY desire AT ALL...

September 28, 2015

Who does not love a cupcake? Moist and delicious. Topped with a swirled pile of buttercream frosting and sprinkled with a rainbow of confections? How about taking the cupcakes we love to a whole new level? Filling them with surprises ~ like jelly beans, and M & M's and...

July 16, 2015

 If there is one thing that I remember most about my Grandma Cisterino it is her pies. Not just pies. Piessssssssssss. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh. Something about that flaky, @Crisco crust. A perfect balance of anything hidden under its blanket of warmth. Fillings that always bega...

May 31, 2015

Gotta love last minute orders ... from the hubby. This was not a big job by any means, but anytime minis are called for I always overbake. I mean, how can you NOT make way too many of a lot of little goodies?

 

Today it was a mish mash of favorites, but I decided to play...

April 12, 2015

It's that time of year again. When I get this insatiable call to motherhood of a veggie variety. 

 

The garden at our Green HIlls farm is getting primed and ready to plant step by step as the weeks and the warm weather ensue. And somewhere in the middle of winter, perhap...

April 12, 2015

Jessica and Tom are getting married! And Valley Forge catering Company was asked to create an engagement party with a beach theme. A dream come true given we are beach lovers ourselves. My job was to create a dessert table that brings the feeling of being lavished on a...

March 18, 2015

Sure it takes work. Advance planning if only to make sure you have powdered buttermilk, chilled unsalted butter and Crisco. Plan!! 

 

Some days NOTHING hits the empty, forelorn spot quite like the feel of a hot from the oven homemade buttermilk biscuit slathered in butte...

February 23, 2015

 

It has been quite a week for me! It began with 3 carrot cakes and 3 Sachertortes and ended with 259 Kiffles, 250 cookies loaded with stuff, 200 lemon squares, 250 chocolate peanut butter cupcakes and 20 wild berry strudels. In between? A couple dozen homemade Valen...

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