Blackberry-Thyme Scones with White Chocolate Glaze

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“Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes –
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.”
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Blackberries are in season and chock full of nutritious benefits.  After being inspired by the blog Une Gamine Dans La Cuisine, I thought I would try them in my go-to scone recipe.  Did you know blackberries have the highest level of antioxidants than any other food?  They are also a good source of anthocyanins, which have a protective effect against Alzheimer and dementia as well as against GI cancers such as colon cancer. Of course having them just plain is best,  but who can resist having them in a scone with white chocolate? Continue reading

Mediterranean Bow Tie Pasta and Grilled Tuna Dinner Salad

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“Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes!”

 Author unknown

imageWith cooler  nights and shorter days upon us, I’m trying to hang on to summer as long as possible in the kitchen.   This salad showcases luscious, organically grown tomatoes from my neighbor Marty’s amazing garden which I am invited to raid at leisure.  Great tomatoes are readily available at local farmers’ markets if you don’t have your own garden-grown source. Continue reading

Monogrammed Fall Front Door Basket Wreath

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Wreaths are a signature welcome at our front door and I like to keep them seasonal and change them often.  With ongoing glorious weather and plenty of blues, pinks and greens in my garden, I wanted to refresh the summer wreath but was not yet ready for pumpkins, mums and fall colors. Continue reading

Tomato-Basil Bisque with Grilled Cheese Croutons

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Step away from the can of tomato soup!

Andy Warhol 1962

Andy Warhol 1962

THIS is the grown up version of cream of tomato soup! But have no fear, the grilled cheese sandwich is the still perfect pairing for the soup.  This chunky fresh tomato soup takes advantage of the gorgeous tomatoes ready to harvest in the garden and of the abundant fresh basil.  Its texture is thick, satisfying and very tomato-ey.   Cutting the grilled cheese sandwich into crouton-sized pieces on top is a fun twist that had my 18 year old exclaiming to always make it this way from now on!  An American classic. Continue reading

Playing with Stones: Building an Inuksuk

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Inuksuk: defined as something which acts for, or performs the function of a person.

Everyday as I gaze out my kitchen window, I  look upon a stone work of art that I love and is meaningful. This organic, unique and beautiful Inuksuk sculpture was  built by hand by my husband and youngest son.  They hunted together for the perfect stones to build it in the Pocono Mountain region of Pennsylvania and hauled them home.  It is constructed without mortar or any kind of support.  It is a marvel of engineering from the natural world.  The stones are nestled ingeniously, much like a puzzle, and stacked into a delicately balanced one-of-a-kind sculpture. Continue reading

Pin It! Creative Storage For Brooches

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Brooches have always fascinated me and are a staple of my wardrobe.  Over the years my collection of brooches has grown, with many pieces received as gifts or inherited.  My husband often surprises me with a  brooch when he travels, selecting pieces that  are handmade by local artists.  These are the most meaningful brooches of my collection.

Hand painted pieces by American artist Christina Goodman

Hand painted pieces by American artist Christina Goodman; sunflowers by Michael Michaud

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