Irish Bread Recipe (Grandma Deasy’s Scone)

In honor of St. Patrick's Day and the feelings of nostalgia that surround this day, I decided to write about my Grandma's Irish soda bread. This is a delicious, satisfying recipe that has lasted through three if not more generations. This recipe comes from the little town of Boliver, West Meath--from the bog lands of …

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Healthy Winter Dinner Recipe: Cabbage Soup

A rainy and dreary day in February can be balanced by enjoying a bowl  of homemade soup. There is something special about putting on fuzzy socks, curling up in a blanket and chowing down on a hearty bowl of soup. Equally hearty and healthy, cabbage soup  is a great food for home cooks looking for …

The D Word

Diet. I hate this word. 'Diet' denies the self and is temporary. The Webster dictionary defines diet as: "a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one's weight." The key word here is 'sparingly.' Eating 'sparingly' cannot last in the long term. Instead, 'lifestyle change' or 'healthy eating' is a concept that …

Gettin’ Hygge with it

Hygge-- pronounced (hue- gah) is the trendy Danish word/concept for creating a cozy space/or a warmth of feeling through one's surroundings. However, hygge is so much more than cozy. It's a word that has no direct translation to English. I have always dreaded winters--the increase in darkness has always been depressing to me--until this year …

DIY Succulent Planter

As a way to keep my creative juices flowing, I am always searching for new ways to make ordinary household items feel new and useful. One item that has been sitting unused for years is my punch bowl and serving cups. I remember thinking that I 'needed' this item for family gatherings, but in reality …

True Colors

What started as a small project (paint fireplace) has transformed into large projects (paint first entire floor, update first floor bathroom vanity) and so the family has been living in chaos for about a week.I couldn't help myself. Every summer I seem to get an itch to do a household painting  project. Prior years have …