Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Cookies


Last week, in the midst of the summer scorcher that gripped most of the nation, the most popular place in town was the pool. Kids and adults alike jockeyed for position in its cooling waters, swimming laps, playing Marco Polo, or just chatting while trying to beat the heat. As the thermometer flirted with triple-digit temperatures and we took bets on when the heat wave would break, my friend pointed out that in just a few s

Mini Apple Pies – Quick & Delicious!


Looking for a quick dessert or after-school snack idea?  Now that fall is nearly here look no further than the bountiful selection of apples available at your local  market – they were the inspiration for these tasty and quick little hand pies.  Crisp, tart apples seasoned with pumpkin pie spice – a mixture of cinnamon, […]

Have Glue Gun, Will Craft


With the Thanksgiving leftovers almost a distant memory and the holiday season officially underway, visions of glitter and glue guns have begun dancing in my head. As these next few weeks become increasingly hectic, I like to take time out with my family to flex our DIY muscles and create Christmas decorations. I have found that this is a fun way to slow down and connect with family and friends during the holiday season.

The Substitute


  On Saturday morning I took my son to the neighborhood barber for a much-needed haircut.  After much protesting and eye-rolling, he agreed that his curly hair was out of control.  Two weeks of wrangling with it unsuccessfully was enough to get him in the chair and see if the barber could reach that happy […]