Thursday, May 13, 2021

Grilled Swordfish!

Grilled Swordfish
The warm weather has arrived!  Here in Western Massachusetts we have gardening on our minds!  It's time to start purchasing our annuals, perennials and seeds too.  The garden centers were crowded today with so many enthusiastic people choosing the plants that will add color to their yards this Spring, Summer and Autumn.  Some people are also planning their vegetable gardens. 

Today is a beautiful sunny day and our local grocery store has fresh Swordfish in the Seafood Department.  I knew what we would be having for dinner.  Grilled Swordfish!  It's easy to prepare and does not take long to grill.   

The amount of needed grilling time depends on the size of the piece of Swordfish Steak and your grill. Using our grill it usually takes 14- 15 minutes total grilling time.  7 minutes on each side.

For my Grilling Swordfish recipe, click here.  Yes, it is worth the click! 

Now that we have returned to shopping "in person" in our grocery store, Mashed Potatoes and a veggie salad will also be served.  It's amazing how much we missed eating Mashed Potatoes when I was planning our menu for one and one-half weeks at a time.  We also did not have fresh seafood as much as we usually do.  However, a bag of frozen Shrimp was always in our large freezer.  Frozen Shrimp has become a staple for me and purchasing it "on Special" is the best way.  This past year+ has certainly been challenging, but the future looks so bright!



Sunday, May 9, 2021

To All Moms...

Enjoy your special day!!!


Wednesday, April 28, 2021


~Apple Blossoms~

While taking a walk outside at this time of year we can see so much color here in New England!  It is popping up everywhere and is such a treat.  The landscape is beautiful.  Today while taking a walk in our neighborhood dainty apple blossoms made an appearance.


Monday, April 12, 2021


Growing up my mom always used a boxed mix when baking Cornmeal Muffins.  For so many years I used that same brand.  Then, one day a neighbor shared a recipe she uses to bake Cornbread.  She had gotten it from another woman who bakes.  That is always a good indication that the recipe will be really good.  It is!  I've baked this delicious Cornbread so many times in 2020 and continue to bake it in 2021!

The Cornbread is a beautiful yellow color like the Daffodils above.  We always enjoy eating it at breakfast and extra portions are wrapped individually and placed in our freezer.  It is so easy to defrost in the microwave for a few seconds for a quick breakfast, too.  I've never remembered to take a photo!  I cannot believe that either, but it's true! 

O.K., so I had the recipe for maybe 8 years.  I cannot even remember why I decided to get the needed ingredients.  Ground Cornmeal was not something that I had on hand.  Well, now I sure do!  A bag of cornmeal sealed in a Ziploc bag is now always in my fridge. 

This Cornbread is just delicious!  It is also easy to prepare.  I changed the recipe a bit- like I always do.  I use Olive Oil and bake it in my 8" rose colored glass Pyrex baking dish.  

Now that I've kept you in suspense about the recipe, here it is:


Oven Temperature:  350°F         Baking Time:  50 Minutes

2 Cups Flour
1 Cup Yellow Cornmeal   
3/4 Cups Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder  

2 Eggs
1 and 1/2 Cups Milk
1/4 Cup + 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil for baking & sauteing



  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. In another bowl beat 2 Eggs.
  3. Add the Milk to the Eggs and stir well.
  4. Then add the Olive Oil to the Eggs/ Milk and stir well.
  5. Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients.
  6. Stir well and pour into an 8' x 8" pan that has been sprayed with PAM.
  7. Bake for 50 Minutes in a 350°F oven.
  8. Cool and enjoy.

This Cornbread is so delicious!  It is the recipe that I had been searching for- for years. 


Saturday, April 3, 2021

Ah, Spring!

Spring has arrived! It is wonderful to see the perennials popping up!

On all sides of our yard there is color!  Lavendars, greens, pinks and yellows! Welcome Spring!  It's good to have you back.

We are enjoying!

Sunday, March 14, 2021

~Best Ever Irish Soda Bread~

Best Ever Irish Soda Bread
sliced and ready to eat!
St. Patrick's Day is this week!!  That means one thing to me and it's a BIG THING!!! It's time to bake and then enjoy Irish Soda Bread!!!  The delicious bread that's filled with raisins.  Buttermilk is an ingredient, so Buttermilk was on my grocery list this past week.  No way we will not have a big slice of Irish Soda Bread for breakfast on the 17th of March!!

It is such an easy bread to bake.  Yes, they are available to purchase in grocery stores and bakeries, but after you bake and then taste this Irish Soda Bread you will soon discover that this is the one for you, too.

I remember so many years ago when I was googling for a recipe.  A recipe that only used 1 Cup of Buttermilk, because that was all the buttermilk that I had in my fridge.  I found a blog "Charli and Me" written by Carol that had a very easy recipe posted.  Not only was it easy, but it originally was shared by an older Irish woman.  That was all I needed to know.  I baked the bread using that recipe and it has definitely become a family fave.

Friends that I have shared it with get back to me at this time of year happily sharing that they have baked it for March 17th, also!  Yes, it is that good!

I've posted the recipe here on my blog before and I'm sharing that post today.  It is worth that extra click to read and then use the recipe.

***For an extra treat, heat a slice in the microwave for a few seconds!  YUM!!! 



   Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Sunday, February 14, 2021

History of American Valentine's Day Cards


Especially during trying times it's FuN to celebrate the little special occasions!  Learning some History along the way is an added plus.  Today is Valentine's Day!  Some of us may have purchased cards and others may have crafted their own cards to share on this day.  Many people will be enjoying a special dinner. 

I always enjoy reading about February 14 and Esther Howland.  Her father owned a stationery store in Worcester, Massachusetts.  She was a Mount Holyoke College graduate and also created a business centering around Valentine's Day!   

It's a very interesting story!  Click here to read my Valentine's Day Post from 2016.   

Happy Valentine's Day!!