when life gives you lemons…

Recently, Coastal Living did a photo shoot of our home.  The stylist wanted to use lemons for one particular shot…a whole lot of lemons.  Luckily, my little Meyer lemon tree had a bumper crop this year!  After the shoot, I gave some away but was still left with a bowlful.  I decided to make Meyer Lemonade.  Meyer lemons are smaller and rounder than regular lemons. They have a smooth thin skin that is deep yellow to orange. But the best part is they are much sweeter and less acidic, so you will use less sugar in your lemonade. Continue reading

the most scrumptious nut cake…really

Full disclosure, the correct name is Mary Ann’s fruitcake.  I’m single handedly trying to change the bad reputation that the poor Christmas fruitcake has garnered over the years…you know what I’m talking about, the brick like chunk with the scary colored jelly-like pieces of “fruit” in them. I promise this is nothing like that! Continue reading

The easiest artichoke dip recipe…ever

If you’ve been following me here or on Instagram , you may have figured out that I like food…a lot.  I also love easy recipes and this one couldn’t be much simpler.  It never fails to impress when I serve it at parties or bring it to someone’s potluck spread.  The only problem is that when asked for the recipe, it’s almost embarrassing to admit how little time or ingredients go into creating something so tasty! Continue reading

blueberry cougan

As a kid, I didn’t like blueberries.  Come to think of it, I didn’t like much of anything when it came to food!  But every summer my mom would pick fresh blueberries from our bushes and make something called a blueberry cougan.  I have no idea where that name came from, but it’s what we always called it.  Just the smell emanating from the kitchen while it was baking was enough to let me know that this would be something delicious! Continue reading