Kid Craft: Constructing Fairy/Elf Houses

Looking for a fun and very creative way to occupy kids (and adults) at a party or gathering? How about making darling elf and fairy houses? Whether you want to believe in the little enchanted creatures or not, these houses are fun to build. I have to admit the original  idea came from this lovely … Continue reading

Feeling Enriched, Body, Soul and Mind – Benefits of sharing homegrown and crafted bounty

You know how when kids get so excited about something that they can hardly contain it? They need to bounce and smile ear to ear? That was me this morning…before, during and after the garden share we attended. Our backyard chickens have been very productive the last few weeks with some nice weather and we’ve … Continue reading

Etsy Find: FairyFolk

I developed a pretty serious addiction to Etsy while planning my daughter’s 4th birthday party. So many wonderful handmade and vintage items!! My absolute favorite shop right now is Fairyfolk.  She has the most adorable hand felted treasures. Just take a peak – you too will fall in love. Be sure to check her shop … Continue reading

RECIPE: Gingerbread Men (egg-free)

There is still time to fill your house with the heartwarming aroma of baking gingerbread men!! And here is one easy recipe for you that is egg and nut free (as usual, just be sure none of your ingredients have cross contamination warnings). The dough does need to chill in the fridge for a couple … Continue reading

Recipe: Irish Brown Bread

Through Irish pubs in Boston and my 2 trips to Ireland, I developed a strong love for Irish Brown Bread. You can see and taste the rustic nature of the bread. So simple yet so delicious and satisfying. On my last trip to Ireland (in 2007!) I scoured bookstores for cookbooks on Irish cooking, determined … Continue reading

Wine Recommendation: Chateau Montelena 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

We are wine club members at the delightful Chateau Montelena in Napa Valley. A couple weeks ago we received a shipment of their 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. I am in love with this wine. It would be the perfect wine for your holiday gatherings this season or simply to enjoy yourself. It’s deep, long … Continue reading

Simple Yet Tasty Roasted Acorn Squash

Fall has arrived and along with it delicious and comforting fall treats, such as acorn squash. Take advantage of the inexpensive fall fruit with this simple yet satisfying recipe! SIMPLE YET TASTY ROASTED ACORN SQUASH Ingredients 1 acorn squash 1 Tbs brown sugar 1 Tbs butter pinch of salt Directions Preheat oven to 450oF. Prepare … Continue reading

Recipe: Cinnamon Spice and All Things Nice Cookies

These cookies really hit the mark if you are craving something like apple pie. They are a nice buttery (shortbread-like) cookie with strong apple flavor and of course, generous amounts of cinnamon. Yum. Bonus, is that you can make the dough and store some in the freezer to bake up whenever a craving strikes you, … Continue reading

A Yoga Mat That Works Well and Isn’t Full Of Toxic Chemicals

Over the summer I regained focus on trying to get in shape. I had gotten a Gaiam yoga mat to do some workouts on at home. All good right? Not really. I found myself holding my breath anytime my head got close to the mat. It has this chemically odor that sort of makes me … Continue reading

School Lunch Supplies

For those of you still searching for the perfect school lunch gear for your kids, here are some of the go to items that I used to create and transport my toddler’s lunches last school year. You can see the fresh, healthy and fun lunches and some of the gear in the A Better Lunchbox … Continue reading