The Simple Things – Homemade Vanilla Extract

Time has flown by since my last blog post and I feel as though I’ve neglected each of you. It’s been an extremely busy first half of summer with a new job and lots of errands courtesy of my wife. But all of that’s given me time to think lately about the simple things that…

Pancakes That Keep The Holiday Season Going

Whether it’s a Saturday morning or a snow day, pancakes are a great way to start a lazy day at home.  This pancake recipe can be made throughout the year, but I especially like to make it during the winter.  It’s my way of keeping those tastes of the holiday season alive and well long…

The Best Gifts are Homemade and Edible!

Just in case you’ve missed it, the holidays are here!  From the week before Thanksgiving (early grocery shopping) to Christmas Day evening (cooking dinner) I never seem to stop running.  There’s cookie baking, decorating, shopping, mailing, wrapping, Christmas cards (taking the family photo with the pets seems to take an hour or two by itself),…

What’s for Breakfast?

As our mothers and doctors have always told us, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”  I’m probably like a lot of other people who, during their college years, really didn’t keep this advice in mind.  Coffee was my breakfast.  However, I’ve come to really enjoy a great breakfast in the morning.  One…

A Taste of Summer…Vanilla Peach Jam

Summer is a great time for food, but, sadly, it doesn’t last forever.  Those beautiful strawberries and peaches fade away into memory during the first snowfall of the season and seem like a distant memory by the time the New Year comes around.  But there is a way to make sure that those tastes and flavors…