Top Ten Recipes of 2014

   “I love the dark hours of my being. My mind deepens into them. There I can find, as in old letters, the days of my life, already lived, and held like a legend, and understood.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke As an English teacher, I always tell my students that when we write we make … More Top Ten Recipes of 2014

Tangy Jarred Salads with Sauerkraut, Hot Peppers, Pickles, & Mustard Dressing

“In matters of healing the body or the mind, vacation is a true genius!”  ― Mehmet Murat Ildan The glory of spring break stretches before me in the beauty of a week with few obligations. Even my normal weekend marathon of food prep has come to a delicate halt. I made a loaf of bread … More Tangy Jarred Salads with Sauerkraut, Hot Peppers, Pickles, & Mustard Dressing

Summon Spring Jarred Salads with Asparagus, Strawberries, and Pineapple Vinaigrette

“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”  ― Percy Bysshe Shelley Even though I try to be the kind of person who views the glass as half full and presses my heart full of optimism, believe me when I say that I am giving winter the evil eye. Yes, I live in the Upper … More Summon Spring Jarred Salads with Asparagus, Strawberries, and Pineapple Vinaigrette

Blue & Purple Passion Jarred Salads with Tangerine Vinaigrette

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,  Your thoughts become your words,  Your words become your actions,  Your actions become your habits,  Your habits become your values,  Your values become your destiny.”  ― Mahatma Gandhi In what feels like a blink of an eye the weekend is nearly gone and we were just starting to get acquainted … More Blue & Purple Passion Jarred Salads with Tangerine Vinaigrette

Citrus Berry Slaw Jarred Salad with Strawberry Basil Balsamic Dressing

When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste.  – Laiko Bahrs Today has been a mellow day in the kitchen. Normally my Sunday routine is to engage in a cooking marathon, but since I have been tackling cabin fever by cooking, our freezer is stocked with individual homemade frozen meals, soup, chili, … More Citrus Berry Slaw Jarred Salad with Strawberry Basil Balsamic Dressing

Scarlet Salads in a Jar with Cherry Chipotle Vinaigrette

“Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”  ― Michael Pollan Food. It seems simple enough, right? We should eat to live. Yet, we have an intimate connection to the food that surrounds us. Food is comfort, culture, community, family, and a way to celebrate and nurture others. Food is smell, taste, and texture. … More Scarlet Salads in a Jar with Cherry Chipotle Vinaigrette

Sunshine Salad in a Jar with Kicky Mango Vinaigrette

“Even trained for years as we all had been in precision of language, what words could you use which would give another the experience of sunshine.”  ― Lois Lowry  Today was to be my first day back to school/work after a two-week holiday hiatus but Mother Nature had other plans. In the Upper Peninsula of … More Sunshine Salad in a Jar with Kicky Mango Vinaigrette

Winter Citrus & Fennel Mason Jar Salads with Green Apple Vinaigrette

“Complacencies of the peignoir, and late Coffee and oranges in a sunny chair…” ~Wallace Stevens from “Sunday Morning” It is the week before Christmas break and I cannot believe how fast time rushes by. Today was Day #15 of the December Green Smoothie Challenge and I am enjoying sharing my recipes and being artful by … More Winter Citrus & Fennel Mason Jar Salads with Green Apple Vinaigrette