Blueberry Scones for Father’s Day

As you can see, we have pretty awesome husbands, who are pretty awesome dads to a huge brood of kids!  They pretty much rock!  So, for Father's day yesterday, my kids and I decided to make a pretty killer breakfast for Devon. When we were first married, Devon worked like three jobs to take care of us!  One of his jobs was to deliver baked goods and pastries to local coffee shops.  Now, my sister, Cana worked at one of these said coffee shops.  One morning, she arrived to work and two of her co workers were swooning over … [Read more...]

Oh Henry Bars Recipe

I'm going to let you in on a family secret.  The recipe for Oh Henry Bars.  Just ignore the fact that when I Google-d  these babies a bunch of recipes for Oh Henry Bars came up.  These, my friends, are the real deal.  They were my husband's grandmother's recipe, cut from an old almanac or newsletter, found in an old accordion filing envelope.   We think the recipe can be dated to sometime around the late 40's or 50's, possibly from a publication like the Rural Electric Association Newsletter of Anoka County, around what use to be … [Read more...]

Shrimp With Old Bay Recipe (Baltimore style!)

Our dear friends, Albert and Irene, will be heading back to Holland in two weeks. We will miss them! Devon will miss fire pit, cigar and scotch time with Al...and I will miss long heart to hearts with Irene. Our kids will miss their new "auntie and uncle". They have quickly become members of our family and fixtures in our day to day life. It really will be hard to say good bye. Last night, Albert's dad joined us for a taste of Baltimore. He is here on holiday, making the most of his son's time in the USA. Typically we would get … [Read more...]

Garden Wedding Cake

The wedding was beautiful!  We all arrived at Sherwood Gardens.  The azaleas were in full bloom.  Brielle was gorgeous and her bridesmaids looked fresh and dressed perfectly for a garden wedding.  Marc couldn't stop smiling and Pastor Mike (father of the bride) tried to hold back tears.  Ryan played a little Iron and Wine in the background and set the stage for a simple yet beautiful wedding. The ceremony was over and we wandered over to the cake.  My gift to Brielle was a homemade wedding cake.  It was the one thing she … [Read more...]

Hot Banana Boat Dessert

What's in your fire?  Hopefully, hot melted Banana Boats!  You can see ours above, wrapped in tinfoil,  baking in the warmth of the coals.  Here is a treat you can make today.  This is what you need: Bananas, chocolate chips, marshmallows, and a professional hand model.  (We chose one from across the street, but you'll have to get what where you can.)  Only a professional hand model can remove hot bananas from hot burning coals.  If you don't have one.  Don't make this dessert.  And, stop reading this post now, because you'll … [Read more...]

Tuna Noodle Casserole Revolution!

When I read the Amateur Gourmet's post on Tuna Noodle Casserole, which included a challenge to reinvent it,  I thought "ick" why bother!  It had been years since I had made it.  I remember it being annoyingly crunchy on the side, or too sour, or too dry, or too mushy, or too tuna-y.  It is not something the peaks excitement around my house as an answer to "what's for dinner?" either. A few days later  I went to one of my favorite restaurants, Lucia's.   Picking up something from the takeout side of Lucia's restaurant is one of … [Read more...]

Luck O’ the Irish and Green Milk!!

Every year, on March 17th, my mom would get the corn beef and potatoes boiling, the cabbage steaming and the Irish soda bread baking.  She would add a bit of green food coloring to the kids milk.  Not knowing a good Irish dessert, she faithfully made creme de menthe brownies.  As simple as the meal was, we always looked forward to it!  I wanted to share my favorite part of the meal with you guys today!  Irish Soda Bread!  For those of you who shy away from ever making bread, this is considered a quick bread.  This bread does not … [Read more...]

Dinner in B’More!

We left New York filled with great memories and a few trinkets.  But, more importantly, we left with Todd and Chris Ann!  They were staying with us for three days, because Todd had to attend one of the inaugural balls. Monday night we had dinner planned at Chez Potler's House!  We invited our friends from Holland, Irene and Albert.  With the sea beans as the dinner inspiration, the six of us shared a wonderful meal! The menu: Macadamia encrusted rockfish with lime, cardamom beurre blanc and sea beans Turnip potato … [Read more...]

Oops, I did it Again!

I have been credited for chucking meat on purpose.  Over the years, in fact, I have chucked several semi-loads of bad meat.  I know, I know....people are starving in....this is bad shopping, bad planning, bad karma!  I have been in my house for three solid days with these roasts and hamburger patties, and still they did not managed to get cooked or served.  This is my meat chucking confessional.  I don't take it lightly.  The meat got chucked again:  here & here.  If I was a better planner/cook/ok, even MOTHER.....then, I … [Read more...]

Holiday Sangria for Peace of “Mine”

My sister-n-law, Kim, made a fantastic and festive punch this Christmas that we all enjoyed with appetizers before each feast.  She reminded me of a time I had forgotten, a slice of "peace" sandwiched between, shopping, wrapping, and  holiday meals come and gone.   A couple of years ago, Kim and I had managed to escape the craziness of the holiday madness going on in my home-- think six kids cooped in, tired and wired on sugar and excitement.  We had asked our husbands to take over the mayhem while we escaped for some peace of … [Read more...]