Beef Hand Pies with Cheddar-Stout Crust

Beef Hand Pies with Cheddar-Stout Crust

I have a make-ahead recipe for St. Patrick’s Day, Beef Hand Pies with Cheddar-Stout Crust! The key ingredients for the crust and a little taste of Ireland are Kerrygold Cheddar Cheese and Guinness Stout, but you could use any stout or cheese of your choice. You can make all or parts of these hand pies ahead. Make the…

Feeding Our Feathered Friends


With our cold and wintery weather I’ve been more conscientious about feeding our feathered friends. I had some special guests at my table with our snow showers last week. In addition to keeping our bird feeders filled, I put out a winter buffet for seed, nut and fruit eaters.  I spread a mixture of cornmeal and peanut…

Blueberry-Lemon Tiramisu and a Winner!

Blueberry-Lemon Tiramisu

Blueberry-Lemon Tiramisu is a twist on tiramisu starring blueberries as a heart-smart ingredient! Nonfat Greek yogurt takes the place of the traditional ingredients of heavy cream, egg yolks, and mascarpone cheese, resulting in a healthier, light and summery dessert. From *Good Food for a Healthy Heart (Hearst, February 2015) by the editors of Good Housekeeping, Blueberry-Lemon Tiramisu is in the Sweet & Fruity Dessert recipes and among…

Flower Therapy for the Table: Katie Alice English Garden


For those of you yearning for spring, I have some flower therapy for your table . . . Katie Alice® English Garden by Pfaltzgraff! Northamptonshire born lifestyle designer Katie Alice weaves her colorful magical story across beautiful tableware collections, inspired by her love of vintage heirlooms and antique fabrics. English Garden Dinnerware, a pattern inspired by antique wallpaper, is…

Snowy Day Table for the Birds


We had a second dusting of snow in a week, just enough to satisfy my craving for a little snow this winter! Snow is rare here and usually fleeting*, so I get that giddy feeling you have to wake on a snow day and find out school is cancelled. I couldn’t resist the urge to get out and play in…

Good Food for a Healthy Heart Cookbook and Giveaway

Good Housekeeping Good Food for a Healthy Heart Cookbook

I have a cookbook to share and giveaway, just in time for American Heart Month! *Good Food for a Healthy Heart (Hearst, February 2015) by the editors of Good Housekeeping, is a collection of 185 delicious family-friendly recipes featuring everyday fare that’s low in sodium, calories, and saturated fat. *I received a copy of this book…

Heritage Collection Ball Jars, Flower Therapy, and Winners


With our Arctic chill, I’m in need of the promise of spring and some flower therapy! I filled my Heritage Ball Jars with some grocery store blooms in my Potting Shed. Some alstroemeria and iris for a sunny burst of yellow in Heritage Collection Blue Mason Jars. . . Hydrangeas, carnations and snapdragons in Heritage Collection Spring Green Mason…


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