Who said sugar and spice is for girls?


One night I watched little boy L playing with dishes in the bath. He held a toy cupcake tin in one hand, level, and with the other he carefully poured the smallest possible amount of water out of a teapot into each of the six holes. Then he set the teapot aside, chose a measuring cup, and […]

October 14, 2014

Mini hotdog buns


So last week was no-grocery week and I decided to bake hotdog buns instead of buying them. I got out a jiffy recipe from a trusted cookbook and started measuring and rolling. In typical Shari-fashion I made them the day of the cookout so they’d be fresh, pinning everything on one effort without leaving myself […]

August 6, 2014

Summertime Cooking Swap – 2014


Confession: This is definitely the week in the summer when everything goes downhill as far as planning, cooking, and general attitude. This is the week when I realize that I am accomplishing roughly half of what I intended, my garden is weedy again, and nobody knows any Spanish yet. This is the week when everyone […]

July 25, 2014

Iced coffee


Well, it’s been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon. We realized with a small shock we’re two-thirds of the way through summer vacation. How did that happen? Oh well. Pour out another round of iced coffee; we’ll need the boost before this is all over… Iced Coffee 2 cups water 1 cup sugar 1/4 to […]

July 19, 2014

Belizean Garnachios


I have a new favorite recipe for Friday night supper: Belizean Garnachios. You may ask why I consider myself authorized to share a Belizean recipe from my quiet corner of northwestern Pennsylvania. I’ll tell you. Actually I don’t know. I was to Belize once, but I never even smelled the garnachios—so–obviously not nearly long enough. […]

June 12, 2014

Cooking with kids

Food, Life around home

Ironically, the next things I want to share with you on this blog are fun ideas for working with kids on summer vacation. If you dare to take them as another list of things to do to be a Good Mom—well—don’t make me come back there! ***** Confession: I’m trying several new things this summer […]

May 23, 2014