Yearly Archives: 2014




We are heading in to the happy season!! The season of giving and getting treats. Did you know that studies show that “scratch desserts are better for your waistline than ho-hum packaged versions.” By baking cookies, cakes and other goodies yourself, you can eliminate the artificial ingredients and all the […]

Holiday Cookies



The color orange.  It’s everywhere!  The trees, flowers, those large gourds on our porches! And this will continue through Thanksgiving! With Halloween fast approaching, I thought I would re-post one of our family’s favorite fall cookies; it’s orange too–Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. These cookies are easy to make and travel […]

The season of orange!!



Yesterday, October 16, 2014, was “World Food Day,”  a day for “action against hunger,” proclaimed by the United Nations. On World Food Day, I attended a very interesting lecture by Bryan McDonald, Assistant Professor of History at Penn State. His lecture, “Dinner for Seven Billion:  Food Issues for the 21st […]

World Food Day…..and Pasta!



Fall is here and I want to start baking!!  Everything in the summer is so fresh, you just want to eat it that way…as well as not heating up your home by turning on the oven. But when fall arrives, I want the oven on, baking delicious food that fills […]

Baking with Apples


The first day of fall was beautiful here in Happy Valley!  A beaming sun in a deep blue sky, a very chilly morning, but enough afternoon warmth to encourage me to remove my jacket.  I will miss summer, but autumn here in Centre County is a delight. I thought that […]

The First Day of Fall




Summer Is Over…… …and school has begun.  During the first few days of a new school year, all is exciting as the kids meet and get to know their teachers, make new friends, and use their new school supplies.  But those new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle or Frozen lunchboxes will […]

Back to School


Tomatoes are finally here at the local Farmers Markets!  I saw bushels of them on Tuesday at the Boalsburg Market and talked to the folks at Ardry Farms.  They have Canning tomatoes and Roma tomatoes (the kind for making tomato sauce) available now at excellent prices.  Ardry Farms are also […]

Tomatoes are Here