Sunday, October 17, 2021

Rice Krispie Monster Treats #SundayFunday

These easy and fun Marshmallow Monster Treats are sure to be a hit with all your little ghosts, ghouls and goblins this year.

Rice Krispie Monster Treats

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing Kawaii recipes today.......

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Ham and Vegetable Stew #SoupSaturdaySwappers

A wonderful comforting bowl of stew containing ham, bacon, beans, potatoes, turnips, cabbage, leeks, carrots and celery.  This stew will warm your belly and soothe your soul as a perfect, easy one pot meal.

French Ham and Vegetable Stew

It's time for Soup Saturday Swappers........

Friday, October 15, 2021

Supremes de Volaille a l'Ecossaise and a Chardonnay from Burgundy #Winophiles

Sounds pretty fancy doesn't it?  If you want it to sound even fancier, pair it with a White Bourgoin.  The results will be the same because White Bourgoin is simply Chardonnay grown in Burgundy, France.  And Supremes de Volaille a l'Ecossaise?  Well that, my friends, is simply, chicken breasts in a white sauce with vegetables.  Ooooh LaLa......

Supremes de Volaille a l'Ecossaise and wine

The French Winophiles are pairing a favorite recipe from Julia Child, who is not at all French by the way, with a wine from France.......

Gluten Free Smoked Salmon Pasta for One and the Weekly Menu #FishFridayFoodies

Brown rice Fussili tossed with Smoked Salmon in a Caper Dill Cream Sauce.  Tastes like a gourmet meal and is ready in less than 20 minutes.  

Smoked Salmon Pasta

The Fish Friday Foodies are serving up Salmon today........

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Molasses Roasted Pork Tenderloin #ImprovCookingChallenge #MerlotMe

Five ingredients, 30 minutes and the results are a wonderful delicious dinner.  Open up a bottle of Merlot wine and you will think you are having dinner at a fine restaurant.

Molasses Roasted Pork Tenderloin

I am celebrating #Merlotme along with the Improv Cooking Challenge this month........

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

White Clam Pizza #FoodnFlix

Fresh Mozzarella cheese, sweet chopped clams and peppery arugula combine to make this delicious pizza that will make you feel as if you are visiting the Amalfi coast.

White Clam Pizza

I was inspired to make this pizza and open a bottle of wine after watching the 1994 film Only You for FoodnFlix this month......

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Japanese Milk Bread Rolls #BreadBakers

Soft and fluffy with a shiny brown finish, these Japanese Milk Rolls stay fresh longer because they use the tangzhong method.  Not that you will have a chance to find out....they are so good you probably won't have any leftovers to test the theory.

Japanese Milk Rolls

The Bread Bakers are serving up breads made with Tangzhong today........

Monday, October 11, 2021

Ham and Broccoli Stuffed Potatoes #BakingBloggers

Perfectly baked, salt crusted potatoes stuffed with ham and broccoli in a creamy, delectable cheese sauce.

Ham and Broccoli Stuffed Potatoes

The Baking Bloggers are sharing potato recipes today..........

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Makaronia me Yiaourti #EattheWorld #SundayFunday

This creamy and slightly tart Greek pasta is a comforting, meatless entree remeniscent of pasta carbonara but lighter and healthier.

Greek Pasta

We are traveling to Greece for this month's Eat the World Challenge........

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Sweet Poison #HalloweenCocktails

This potion is a fun Halloween cocktail from New York's Jekyll and Hyde Club is the sweetest poison you will ever enjoy.....


Michelle of Our Crafty Cocktail has invited the members of the Festive Foodies to join her in sharing Halloween Cocktails and Mocktails........

Friday, October 8, 2021

Won't you please #MerlotMe?

October is #MerlotMe month and I have been fortunate enough to be allowed to participate in this fun event for the past several years.  Merlot is a French wine grape originally from Bordeaux and one of the blending grapes used for that iconic wine.  

3 bottles of Merlot

This year, as a member of our Wine Pairing Weekend group, I was provided with 3 wines that I poured tasted and paired.  I will be sharing my thoughts about these wines with you today.  I have received no monetary compensation and all writings  and opinions are strictly my own.  

Thursday, October 7, 2021

The Weekly Menu including an Early Birthday Celebration

 As we finish out the first week of October the leaves are slowly starting to change.  Our Corn Maze outing was postponed the second weekend in a row because of rain.  We are hoping it is nice enough and dry enough on Saturday to finally take the Angel Face.  She gets to spend the night with us on Saturday either way so if we can't do the maze again we will at least go out to the pumpkin patch so we can carve pumpkins while she's here.

Fall Decorations

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

BBQ Chicken Tortilla Wraps #NationalCookbookMonth

These super simple, family friendly wraps require only 4 ingredients and a couple of minutes hands on time.

BBQ Chicken Wraps

It is National Cookbook Month........

Karen's Lasagna Bolognese #FoodieExtravaganza

This meaty, rich, and savory lasagna has very little cheese as compared to my other versions but tastes as if it is as cheese laden as any I have made.  

Lasagna Bolognese

It is National Pasta Month.......

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

What's Good?~~This Romesco Sauce!! #LitHappens

I was provided a copy of What's Good? A Memoir in Fourteen Ingredients by Peter Hoffman by publisher, Abrams Press.  I received no monetary compensation for this post.  All opinions are strictly my own.

What's Good

I belong to an online bookclub, led by Cam of Culinary Adventures with Camilla, called Lit Happens.  When Cam asked if any of us were interested in reading this memoir and creating a recipe found in it or inspired by it, in return for a free copy, I was all in.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Grilled Tacos #SundayFunday

These delicious soft grilled tacos start off with the beef being slow cooked with aromatics and spices before being shredded and placed onto flour shells with cheese and grilled.  A little more work but absolutely worth it.

grilled shredded beef tacos
The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing Taco recipes today.......

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Celebrating Fall with a Maset Brut Rose #CavaWeek

I was generously provided 3 bottles of sparkling wines from Cava DO along with an invitation to join in a twitter event on Wednesday, October 6th at 9PM ET.  I am looking forward to  the chat and I'm anxious to share my thoughts about the wine that I opened for this article.  I received no monetary compensation for this post and all writings and opinions are 100% my own.

sparkling wines

Friday, October 1, 2021

The Weekly Menu for the First Week of October

Holy cow.....This year is just flying by.  Can you believe it is already October 1st?  Now, I am ready for Fall....hopefully a nice, long fall, with crisp weather, gorgeous colors and hiking weather.  The snow can wait until after Thanksgiving, thank you very much.

Pumpkin Pot Pie

I think I will be revisiting this fun recipe for one of our meals this week.  You will find a link to it below in the Weekly Menu.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Words on Bathroom Walls~~ The Round Up #FoodnFlix

This month I invited our FoodnFlix Club to join me in watching Words on Bathroom Walls and then create a dish inspired by the movie. 

Words on Bathroom Walls

I love this young adult film about a high school senior with mental illness who dreams of being a chef.  It is based on the novel by Julia Walton.  I have that on my tbr list now.  

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

A Strong Brunello is perfect with a Venison Meatball Stew #ItalianFWT

The Italian Food Wine and Travel group are spending the next few months exploring the 3 Big B's of Italy, Brunello, Barbaresco and Barolo. 

bottles of wine

 I am hosting this month as we start the adventure with Brunello.......

Wine Wednesday~~Celebrating the Harvest with L'Ecole Frenchtown Red

 I am very pleased to have been chosen to be an ambassador for L'Ecole wines.  Each month they generously send me two bottles of wine.  One to open and taste with them during a zoom meeting with staff and winemaker.  This meeting is where we learn the background of each wine, how it was made, what they were striving for and how well said wine meets their expectations.  It is very interesting and I get to spend an hour with like minded bloggers who have become friends over the years.


I get no monetary compensation as an ambassador. I am just supplied with wines, asked to join the zoom meeting when possible and to taste and pair the wines I have been sent.  I then share my thought about this wine with my readers.  All opinions are 100% my own and reflect only my thoughts and palate.

This month we are tasting and pairing their Frenchtown Red.  This is an early harvest red blend of 6 different grapes.....a preview of the wines to come.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Apple and Zucchini Muffins #MuffinMonday

A few years ago I was given fruit trees as a birthday gift.  This year, I got my first apples. Only 6  and they were small but, added to the zucchini I had from my neighbor, they made delicious muffins and quick breads.

Apple Zucchini Muffins

It's time for Muffin Monday...............

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Affogato Martini #SundayFunday

This wonderful cocktail is not only the perfect after dinner drink, it is also your coffee and dessert.  So good.  The perfect ending to your next adult dinner party or date night.

Affogato Martini

It's Sunday Funday.....come see what our Bloggers are sharing........

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Out with the Old, In with the New and the Weekly Menu

The weather is still pretty warm here during the day but the nights are chilly and perfect for bonfires so fall is in the air and now it is in my house as well.

I removed all my summer knick-knacks and decor and brought in the Fall decorations.  I will put out the Halloween decorations in a couple of weeks and work them into the landscape and then replace them with the Thanksgiving decor once Halloween ends.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies #WholeGrainsWeek

These cookies are super delicious and gluten free made with nutritious, whole grain, chickpea flour.  Your kids will never know that you snuck in extra fiber and protein into their lunchbox.  

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is the final day of Whole Grains Week.........

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Sazon Goya Grilled Chicken Thighs and an Old Vines Garnacha #WorldWineTravel

The World Wine Travel group is still traveling around Spain this year.  It has been such a fun adventure.  This month we are visiting Navarra.  I opened a bottle of Bodegas Nekeas El Chaparral Old Vines Garnacha 2018 that I paired with a casual dinner of Grilled Chicken Thighs that had been marinated in olive oil and Sazon Goya seasoning, steamed rice and fresh buttered corn off the cob.

Dinner plate with wine

The Teen and I had gone to get our nails done....well she got her nails done, I got a pedicure.  We called Frank and let him know that we were on the way home and he made this delicious dinner for us.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Couscous with Summer Squash, Mint and Pistachios #WholeGrainsWeek

Light and Lemony this couscous salad is full of zucchini, summer squash, mint and pistachios.  A perfect accompaniment to grilled chicken and served at room temperature accommodating those last cookouts of the year.

We are still celebrating Whole Grains Week.......

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Chicken Kreplach #LitHappens #FoodiesRead

 It took me a long while to read the book The Family by David Laskin.  Not because it was a bad book.  In fact, it was an interesting look at a Jewish family, some who migrated to other countries and some of whom remained in their home countries during the 20th century.

The Family

This book was chosen by Amy of Amy's Cooking Adventures for our Lit Happens Book Club.....

Monday, September 20, 2021

Stuffed Acorn Squash #WholeGrainsWeek

It is harvest season and the perfect time to enjoy the first winter squash varieties.  One of my favorite is acorn squash.  This delicious dish makes a hearty main course.  Perfect for the first day of our Whole Grains celebration.

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Kahlua Cupcakes #CakeSliceBakers

Chocolate cupcakes flavored with Kahlua and topped with a Kahlua Buttercream are a perfect little after dinner treat with your coffee.

Kahlua Cupcakes

It's time for the Cake Slice Bakers......

Shumai (Shrimp and Pork Dumplings) #MultiCookerMonday

This Shumai is tender dough wrapped around a shrimp and pork mixture and then steamed in an instant pot.  It is wonderful as part of an appetizer platter or as a component to a Chinese meal.


We are using our small kitchen appliances today. It is Multi-Cooker Monday.......

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Spinach Pesto Pasta #SundayFunday

This pesto is made with basil and spinach for a little extra oomph and nutrition.  I'm always looking for ways to sneak extra veggies into my family meals and this recipe is perfect for the job.  You can use any pasta you like for this recipe.  I used a spinach and cheese ravioli that I had bought while at the Farmer's Market.  

Spinach Pesto Pasta

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing Pesto recipes today......

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup and the Weekly Menu #SoupSaturdaySwappers

My husband loves chicken tortilla soup.  I had planned to make him some for a Taco Tuesday dinner last week and then forgot to take my chicken out of the freezer.  Instant pot to the rescue.  I had dinner on the table in a little over an hour.

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

I'm sharing this recipe with the Soup Saturday Swappers today.......

Friday, September 17, 2021

Roasted Chilean Sea Bass One Skillet Dinner #FishFridayFoodies

This easy and delicious one skillet dinner is started on the stove and then finished in a hot oven.  This meals tastes indulgent and fancy but in reality is ready and on the table in less than half an hour.

Roasted Chilean Sea Bass Skillet and wine

The Fish Friday Foodies are roasting their fish/seafood today........

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Root Beer Bundt #BundtBakers

 This fun rootbeer flavored cake, topped with ice cream, is just like eating a root beer float.!!!

Root Beer bundt

The Bundt Bakers are baking cakes with syrup today........

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

A Month Long Exploration of the Wines of Cotes du Rhone #Winophiles

I am very pleased to be able to host our French Winophiles group this month as we explore the wines of Cotes du Rhone.  Our administrator, Jeff of Food Wine Click, was able to procure some of us samples with help from Teuwen Communications, through the generosity of our sponsor, Cotes du Rhone.  All thoughts and opinions written in this article are strictly my own.  I received no monetary compensation for this post.

bottles of wine

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Scallion Flatbread #BreadBakers

This unique and easy flat bread is baked on the stove top.  Perfect for when it is too hot for the oven or if your oven is filled with other goodies.  Flavored with Chinese 5 Spice, scallions and sesame seeds this bread is the perfect accompaniment to your meal or as a stand alone snack.

Scallion Flatbread

The Bread Bakers are visiting China this month.......

Monday, September 13, 2021

Pierogi Shepherd's Pie #BakingBloggers

This delicious one skillet dinner starts with ground beef  sauteed with onion and garlic, drenched in gravy with vegetables and topped with potato cheese pierogi before being finished off in the oven.  Delicious, easy, quick and convenient.  A perfect weeknight meal.

Pierogi Shepherd's Pie

The Baking Bloggers are making dishes with ground and/or minced meats today.......

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Ground Beef Stir Fry and an abbreviated Weekly Menu #SundayFunday

A quick, easy and flavorful dinner that is ready to go on the table in half an hour.  Perfect now that school is back in session.

Ground Beef Stir Fry

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are showcasing Ginger today.......

Friday, September 10, 2021

Drinking and Dining Sustainably and Organically featuring a Guyanese Chickpea Salad #EattheWorld #WinePW

This delicious and easy salad goes together in a snap.  The bright vinaigrette is perfect with the creaminess of the chickpeas.  I served it as a side salad but also enjoyed it for a light lunch one day with a glass of wine.  

Chickpea Salad with Wine

We are traveling to Guyana today in the Eat the World Challenge........

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Asian Noodle Salad #ImprovCookingChallenge

This easy peasy pasta salad with a peanut butter and ginger dressing is a perfect side dish for serving at a potluck or a wonderful meatless entree.

Asian Noodle Salad

It is my offering with Peanuts and Ginger for our Improv Cooking Challenge......

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Grillled Beets with Caramelized Citrus Drizzle #FoodnFlix

This wonderful platter of golden and red baby beets is drizzled with citrus that has been caramelized on the grill, olive oil, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. 

Beet Salad

 I was inspired to make this salad after watching the movie "Words on Bathroom Walls".........

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Zucchini Fritters (Gluten Free) #SundayFunday

These vegetable fritters are high protein, gluten free, vegan and whole grain.  Nutritious, delicious and a great way to use up the zucchini that is going crazy in everyone's gardens right now.

Zucchini Fritters

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are cooking and baking with Chickpea Flour today.........

Saturday, September 4, 2021

September means Labor Day and Canning Season (and the Weekly Menu)

Where does the time go?!!  It is already Labor Day weekend, which is officially the end of summer here in Michigan.  All public school students return to class on Tuesday.  Most schools are opening for in person classrooms this year.  Some are offering both in person and virtual and allowing the parents to choose.  

Labor Day Graphic

I would like to take this time to thank all the teachers who have had it so rough the last couple of years as well as all the front line workers.   I want to thank all the service industry who continued to provide for us during this incredibly difficult time.  Special shout out to medical personnel, hospital employees, police officers, firefighters, and medics.  Enjoy your extra day off.

If you are not enjoying an extra day off this weekend because your job is essential and you cannot be spared, you are in my thoughts and prayers today.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Baked Tomatoes Marchigiano Style and a Verdicchio Wine #ItalianFWT

Enjoy those sun ripened tomatoes from your garden with this delicious dish that is great as a side dish or can be served up for a vegetarian main course.

Baked Tomatoes and Wine

Marche, Italy is home to this delicious baked tomato dish that I served up with a crisp, bright Verdicchio from the same area.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Small Batch Zucchini Blueberry Muffins #MuffinMonday

 I'm still working on using up zucchini here on the farm.   These tender, tasty muffins were breakfast one morning using up some of the zucchini and a handful of blueberries that were in the refrigerator.  

Zucchini Blueberry Muffins

It's time for Muffin Monday.......

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Fuzzy Melba #SundayFunday

Made with fresh peaches and raspberries, this frozen drink is the perfect summertime cocktail.

Fuzzy Melba Cocktail

It is also the perfect way to celebrate Peaches with the Sunday Funday Bloggers........

Saturday, August 28, 2021

A Fun Lunch Date and the Weekly Menu

Our vacation plans got stalled last week so we ended up staying home and taking care of some business.  All was good.  Frank's eye is healing properly.  His second heart doctor was amazed at the shape he was in for his age, especially considering what he has been through in the past year. 

Man with Wine

Tuesday night a huge storm went through our area and power was out for over 24 hrs.  I went and took care of the food pantry distribution and when I came home we invited our neighbors to join us in the pool.  We, fortunately, have a whole house generator so weren't affected by the power outage.  

Cider and Wine

On Thursday we took a ride out to Blake's Farms and Cider Mill.  They have a restaurant and tasting room so we decided to relax and have some fun before we ran some errands.  Frank ordered a glass of their house Merlot and I ordered up a flight of hard ciders for tasting.

lunch plates

Frank ordered up a burger and I had the best sandwich of brie and apple jam grilled on sourdough bread.  OH MY YUM....

Yesterday we met up with Nicole and Pierre for breakfast.  Pierre's birthday is a couple of days before mine and this was the first opportunity we have had to get together to celebrate.  We also celebrated a new job for Nicole.  After 20 years in the restaurant business she is going into a completely different field.  

This afternoon we have a baby shower to attend.  Next week is, again, filled with doc appointments.  It has been one year since Frank's ppc crash and all of the doc's (and there were tons of them) want to see their walking miracle and make sure he is healing properly.  

So here is the weekly menu.  Please stop back each day as I share bits and pieces of our life here on the farm.  What's on your menu this week?

Baby Shower

Sunday Supper
Italian Grilled Chicken Breasts
Tomatoes Marchigiano Style 
Rice Pudding

Meatless Monday
Zucchini Fritters

Taco Tuesday
Shredded Beef Tacos

Wine Wednesday
Chicken Cook Up Rice

Ground Beef Stir Fry
Scallion Bread

Fish Friday
Roasted Sea Bass

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