The Roots of Comfort Food. Simplified.

Comfort Food.  A Definition. “The term comfort food has been traced back at least to 1966, when the Palm Beach Post used it in a story: “Adults, when under severe emotional stress, turn to what could be called ‘comfort food‘—food associated with the security of childhood, like mother’s poached egg or famous chicken soup.” – […]

Make Perfect California Rolls…Do As We Say, Not as We Do!

California Rolls.  Ever Try to Make these At Home? We Have and We’re Here to Tell the Story. With Some Important TIPS and One Big SECRET for Sure Success. California Rolls were invented in LA in the 1960s for an American palate.  There’s controversy over exactly who did the creating, but no matter…California Rolls were […]

If You Teach a Kid to Fish…

Super Bowl 52. Mr. Doodle Loves to Watch the Game and Celebrate with Super Bowl Food. At Home with His Girls. A Super Bowl Family Tradition. For a Week leading up to the Game, We Plan, Prep and Shop for Party Food. The Menu is Perfect.  🙂 Costco Party Food in All its Glory:  Wings.  […]

Blow Away Mundane Meals…Easy, Fast, Fun!

Sunday Morning.  Just You and Your Buddy.  Everyone Else is Still Asleep. Forget the Ho Hum Eggs and Bacon.  Oatmeal is for the Work Week.  Let’s Do Italian Eggs! Just like Mrs. Castorini in Moonstruck. Italian Bread and Eggs. Place on a Hot Skillet. Eggs Fit Snugly in the Centers. Cook Any Style. Fancy Silver. […]

The Cat Proof Christmas Tree DIY Plan

Christmas Trees and Cats.  Disasters in the Making. Even Thinking about the Tree and this Crazy Cat was making my Head Hurt. Reading about how dangerous Tinsel Eating and Pine Oil is to Cats, I Was Dreading the Whole Christmas Tree Thing. But Christmas Without a Tree?  Not Going to Happen. So over the Last […]

Pumpkin Carving Fails with Candle Flame Magic

Ahhh…the Classic Jack-O-Lantern.  Fun.  But Not for Us. We’re Going All Avant-Garde this Year. And We Have Great Inspiration. Hello Pumpkin Carving Masterpieces! Our Inspirations… A Country Living Magazine Pumpkin Wood Stove.  Love the Orange Glow and Stacked Wood. A Country Living Magazine Pumpkin House.  Bark Door and Roof.   Cotton Puff Smoke.  Cozy. And […]

Shopping a Sexy Salvage Yard

A Remodeling House Project is in the Wind. The Back Door Entry and Laundry.  Just a Bit of a Nip and Tuck. Contemporary Rustic Design.  Maybe that’s Not a Thing.  But in My Head it is. Tin for the Walls.  A Barn Door for the Laundry Storage Closet. And since it is a High Traffic […]

When Autumn Comes Knocking, Just Stain It

The Summer Heat has Blown Through.  Finally. Hello Autumn in All Your Pinky Orange Hot Air Balloon Glory. So Glad You’re Here. My Plan is to Do a Little Sprucing Up to Enhance the Autumn Glow. On a Quiet Sunday Morning We Take Stock of Mini-DIY Autumn Projects that can be done in a Flash. […]

A Sea Captain’s Cottage in a Flash

In the Middle of the Desert.  In a Tiny Cottage for 4. Lived a Sea Captain who Longed for the Sea to be Outside Her Door. All the Collected Shells Placed Round the House. Didn’t Bring the Ocean Feel…Not a Drop…Not a Douse. With Dwindling Funds for a Cottage Remake. The Sea Captain Made a […]

A No-Vampires Dinner

Created in Lightening Speed. 15 Minutes.  Just Enough Time before the Pool Swimmers Return. Faster than Fast…Angel Hair Pasta and Meat Sauce. With Garlic as the Star. A Cooking Lesson for a Grown Up Girl. Taught by a Not-So-Great Cook who does know Italian… Garlic and Red Peppers Sauce. First Attempt at Made-from-Scratch Garlic Bread. […]