Sweet Potato Spice Muffins and My Theory on Recipes

I love the fall! There’s a coolness in the air and the gorgeous but fleeting colors on the trees inspire seasonal changes in the kitchen. This time of year pumpkin spice appears everywhere! I have an alternative to this fall favorite – Sweet Potato Spice Muffins.   I developed this recipe a few years ago when I had a leftover roasted sweet potato and used it in place of pumpkin in a favorite muffin…

Hospitality Grandmother’s Way

  I spent lots of time at my grandmother’s kitchen table. In fact, the table pictured above is her kitchen table.  It now sits in my library.  I recently sat down to plan out my holiday meal and began reminiscing with my mother and aunt about how much we learned  about the heart of hospitality from my grandmother.  Now that I am grown and raising a family of my own, I wish I could…

Lemon Cookies

  A couple weeks ago my girls put together the cutest lemonade stand.  They spent days painting signs and banners and looking for the best lemonade stand decor.  They had tons of fun and made a little money.  It was a fun way to start off summer. After all their hard work I made Lemon Cookies.  They have become a family favorite, with an unusual ingredient – ricotta cheese.  The ricotta gives the cookie a…

Am I An Artist?

My children are artists. They create everyday. From the time they were small they created with paper, crayons, paint, and markers.  They created stories, costumes, and dances.  They created obstacle courses, games and contests.  They created with blocks and legos and cardboard boxes. They created elaborate worlds of their own in the woods around our house; forts, fairy gardens, castles and caves. Now, as they enter the teen years, they have set aside their crayons…