Showing posts from February, 2017


Last week, on Valentine's Day, I posted a picture of cupcakes I had made for my husband.  I want to share this simple and delicious recipe with you. What you don't know is that those are non-dairy cupcakes with a non dairy chocolate ganache.  A few years back, my cousin and his wife told told us they had become vegan because his wife suffered from very bad allergies, to the point that she was unable to breath at night. They found out that cutting dairy would help with the allergies, because dairy suppresses the ability to fight allergies. My husband, who's allergies we just as bad and was on daily medication, decided to try it. So we cut dairy out of diet, and though it was difficult for him, because he loves, and when I mean loves I mean he is practically a cheese connoisseur, his allergies got better. They went away. For years he took a daily pill to be able to function properly and now he was able to go about his life without medication.  It's true what


A few years back my aunt gave me a book for my birthday entitled Squeeze the Moment, 31 Days to a More Joyful Heart.   Something I think we can all use more of in our lives . In the book the author, Karen O'Connor, tells stories in reference to the daily topic and then asks the reader to jot down their thoughts about what they read.   The first chapter entitled Entering Someone's World, O'Conner writes about a woman who recalls one of the first gifts that her husband gave her. It wasn't something she expected or even thought was romantic gesture, it was a rod and reel. Fishing may not have been her thing, but her husband wanted to share his passions with his wife. Many years later she was grateful and joyous that she was able to enter her husband's world and share her life with him. I've known people who have let their marriages get ruined by not wanting to enter their spouse's world. Aside from the obvious things needed to have a successful mar


As I look back on my life, I would have never guessed that one day I would love to cook! I learned to cook as a newlywed because I had to. As time passed I perfected the dishes I tried and really began to enjoy cooking. It wasn't just a chore or an obligation, it became another form of creativity. I really enjoy everything that goes into cooking, from planning and preparation, to creating the final product and enjoying the fruits of your labor. Another important element of cooking, for me, is presentation. It's important that my food not only taste good but look good too. My husband learned that important lesson one day when I made his mother's Coconut Bread Pudding, I set it to cool to later cut into perfect serving size squares. When my husband arrived, he saw the bread pudding and grabbed a butter knife and gouged a hole smack dab in the middle. I got so mad at him! When I calmed down, I explained that while to him it was just bread pudding, to me it was art wa