Canning/Preserving: Claussen Refrigerator Pickles

Claussen Refrigerator Pickles

The last two weeks pickles have been showing up at the farmers market so I decided to make a batch.  I enjoyed Canning/Preserving: Claussen Refrigerator Pickles seemed perfect since we just ran out of them. I love anything pickled....but I shouldn't be eating them since I am allergic to yeast!  That means yeast bread, vinegar, […]

Homemade Lemon Curd Berry Trifle

Lemon Curd with Berry Trifle

You might not know I love to cook . . . and did so professionally for 20 years. Once I retired  my business my love for cooking re-ignited, all the pressure was gone, the food industry is a high stress and demanding business. With all the available fresh berries I wanted to make Homemade Lemon […]

Farmer’s Market and Preserving Berries


When it's finally time for our Farmers Market to opens (1st Wednesday in June) I am there every week! It's become a social event I really look forward to and provides great fresh fruit,vegetables and plants. Check out the massive increase in farmers markets... 5 Reasons to Shop Your Local Farmers Market: 1)  IT'S FRESH […]

Cooking Thyme In My Cottage Kitchen

Cilantro and Ginger Tilapia

The beautiful weather is back again....our garden is holding her own...and I went to our local farmer's market this morning. What more could a girl want?  Why spending time, in my cottage kitchen, doing what I love to do, cooking and preserving food. Sunlight shinning through, sipping on tea, and sharing with you a dish […]

Kitchen Updo: A Corner In My Kitchen

Cornern In Our Kitcheb

You're probably tired of me saying this, but it has been soooooooooooooooooo gorgeous outside.  I wake up at 6:00 a.m., grab a cup of tea and sit on the porch....then change and head out to the weed and embrace all the great things to do gardening wise. Another peak at our kitchen updo: A […]

Kitchen Updo: Chico’s Blouse Cottage Shirred Wall Lamps

Chico's Cottage Shirred Wall Lamps

Our beautiful weather continues....I wish it could stay this way forever! The kitchen updo has been a joy to work on and is almost finished, just a few tweaks before the reveal. Today I'm sharing how I up-cycled a pair of dark wall scones to cottage charm. Chico's Blouse Cottage Shirred Wall Lamps...a very easy, […]

Grilled Thai Chicken With Dipping Sauce

Thai Grilled Chicken Thighs with Dipping Sauce

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and kept our veterans in their hearts. We started up our grill and christened it with Grilled Thai Chicken Thighs with Dipping Sauce. A very easy, yet,  flavorful dish.  Last week another Thai dish was shared: Thai dish: Thai Chicken Wraps with Thai Vegetable Stir Fry. It was a […]

Thai Chicken Wraps with Thai Vegetable Stir Fry

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Do you ever get in a groove with making different ethnic dishes?   The last few weeks I've made several Chinese dishes, here and here.  Last week I  headed South from China and landed in Thailand (in my palate anyways)! I love the freshness that Thai cuisine provides. Being a lover of lettuce wraps I decided […]

Coconut Lemon Meltaway Cookies

Coconut Lemon Meltaway Cookies

I'm not one known for having a sweet tooth...and as much as I LOVE to cook, I do not enjoy baking.  So when I found the recipe for Coconut Lemon Meltaway Cookies (gluten and dairy free} and found they were NO bake I had to give them a try! The cookies are the easiest cookies […]

The Best Healthy Oven Fried Chicken

Oven Fried Chicken

Hello Everyone! A favorite meal at the Charmer House is Fried Chicken but not the deep oil fried version!  In 1996 I found a recipe that turned out to be The Best Healthy Oven Fried Chicken in Cooking Light Magazine. It seems I've always been on a diet my whole  life, but a true test […]