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Hot and Spicy Chesapeake Crab Dip

Hot and Spicy Chesapeake Crab Dip

Hot and Spicy Chesapeake Crab Dip is rich and decadent. It’s fit for a crowd you want to impress ! Once you have prepped your ingredients, it will come together quickly and be in the oven permeating your kitchen with the aroma of Old Bay […]

Dad’s Spaghetti Sauce

Dad’s Spaghetti Sauce

Dad’s Spaghetti Sauce is a single dad of two’s creation. That is, until I came in the picture. He  still creates this masterpiece for us to enjoy as a family about 9 years after my inclusion within his life with two little boys. The smell […]

Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas

  On a whim, I bought a few ingredients to make these Chicken Enchiladas. I had thought I was going to make some Chicken enchilada soup since there was another cold, no, freezing spell arriving. However, this would take less time and probably the boys would […]

Toasted Coconut Muffins

Toasted Coconut Muffins

Toasted Coconut Muffins  were always served in a bread basket at local restaurants for years as an appetizer with other types of bread choices. They quickly went up for grabs, literally. The quickest draw wins! I love coconut, but don’t necessarily want to pay for […]

Honey Mustard Dressing

Honey Mustard Dressing

Honey Mustard Dressing delights the taste buds! I love this on a salad, chicken breast sandwich or as a dipping sauce for your favorite nuggets and fries! Oh my gosh this is soooo good! I could probably eat it with a spoon and be content. […]

Apple Walnut Oatmeal

Apple Walnut Oatmeal

The remains of the 2018 blizzard, Winter Storm Grayson, have not faded away. It was 7 degrees below zero this morning with the wind chill factor and I’ve shifted my blogging location to the den upstairs since heat rises. I asked my hubby what he […]

Chocolate Velvet Pie

Chocolate Velvet Pie

  Chocolate Velvet Pie was one of NIck’s favorite desserts, next to my chocolate chip cookies. Every Thanksgiving, I enjoy a slice for him as he became an angel in heaven just before his 19th birthday in a motorcycle accident 11 years ago. He was a […]

Sun-Dried Tomato Minestrone Soup

Sun-Dried Tomato Minestrone Soup

Blizzard 2018, A.K.A. Winter Storm Grayson, is rapidly making his presence known. We are hunkered down and currently, as always, I’m the only one awake planning how and what to eat today. There’s no where to go and as long as the electric stays on […]

Bistro French Onion Soup

Bistro French Onion Soup

The chill lingering in the air this week has prompted many thoughts of warm, comforting soups. Bistro French Onion Soup has its place on such temperature-deprived days like today. My references for this masterpiece were Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking and The French […]


My Diary

Summer Breezes

Summer Breezes

As we are camping during the summer off the Tangier Sound, dragonflies are in abundance. Flitting about amongst the tall grass nestled by the water’s edge as if they are searching for a valuable treasure in the whiffs of the salty air escorted in by the waves lapping at the shores. I breathe in slowly and imagine that I am with my father in chest-deep water in the Isle of Wight Bay feeling around the bottom of the mucky waters for clams with my toes. Diving beneath the water, I hoist a clam up to show him my found treasure. I smile. Memories of summers on the Maryland shores always bring delight. When I see the wild ponies of Assateague, whether they are climbing the dunes, strolling by the shore or foraging through someone’s beach bag for food, it’s a peace I feel flowing through my veins that I am home. Then, there is my kitchen. Like a dragonfly’s metamorphosis from water to land, my transformation begins.


All Time Favorites

Toasted Coconut Muffins

Toasted Coconut Muffins

Toasted Coconut Muffins  were always served in a bread basket at local restaurants for years as an appetizer with other types of bread choices. They quickly went up for grabs, literally. The quickest draw wins! I love coconut, but don’t necessarily want to pay for […]

Chocolate Velvet Pie

Chocolate Velvet Pie

  Chocolate Velvet Pie was one of NIck’s favorite desserts, next to my chocolate chip cookies. Every Thanksgiving, I enjoy a slice for him as he became an angel in heaven just before his 19th birthday in a motorcycle accident 11 years ago. He was a […]

Chocolate and Almond Raspberry Mocha Cake

Chocolate and Almond Raspberry Mocha Cake

New Year’s Eve dinner required a special dessert to eat by the fireplace after a satisfying lobster dinner. Chocolate and Almond Raspberry Mocha Cake sounded like it would  be the pinnacle of desserts for this special evening. This contains a few revisions of Julia Child’s […]

Peanut Butter Oat Bars

Peanut Butter Oat Bars

Peanut Butter Oat Bars  have been a family favorite  ever since we were introduced to them by our amazing “Auntie M”. She’s such a warm, compassionate and caring woman whose love extends and supports her family and friends. One day she made these and thus […]

Caramel Pecan Chip Cookies

Caramel Pecan Chip Cookies

I thought nothing could replace my love of Gigi’s Awesome Chocolate Chip Cookies, but a revelation has occurred. Caramel Pecan Chip Cookies are my current obsession. When picking up some baking chocolate for brownies, another obsession I have, I noticed a new addition to chocolate […]