Quick Mason Jar Iced Coffee

I was so thirsty I drank 1/4 of this before taking the picture.  And, yes.  This is on my hand towel.  Even classier!

I love iced coffee.  My iced coffee proclivity is an anomaly because I'm not a daily coffee drinker.  When the mercury climbs, though, there's something about a frothy, sweet, chocolaty , icy coffee that really rings my chimes.  I started making my own because the ones sold by most restaurants were too sweet for my tastes, but I continued on the quest for the perfect homemade iced coffee because I'm obsessive.    As with most things I do, I started out much too complicated and ended up simplifying drastically.  … {Read on...}

One thing you should never ask the Fedex guy.

Delivery for Mrs. Ed.  I'm going to need you to sign for this...

A neighbor and friend of mine- who for the purposes of this post will be called Mrs. Ed- is a horse breeder, trainer and competitive rider.  She loves horses and is incredibly knowledgable and enthusiastic about what she does.   She told me the other day that her brood mare was in heat and that she had to "order an overnight from the stallion" to whom she was breeding the mare.  Since the stallion of her choice was in another state they had to get "the goods" shipped quickly in order to inseminate the mare.      Late the next day she walked up our driveway.  After neighborly chatting about weather and kids I asked how things were going with her mare.  She said the Fedex guy had been there early that morning with her overnight shipment from the stallion's owner.  She had been watching the clock anxiously because she needed to coordinate the shipment's arrival with her veterinarian.    She was so relieved when Mr. Fedex pulled into her driveway that she ran out and greeted him by saying, … {Read on...}

Let the good times (blog)roll!

You may have noticed a new addition to our blog and site.  We're now sporting the "Foodie Blogroll" icon.  We'd like to thank Jenn DiPiazza a.k.a. The Leftover Queen for the invitation to join the wonderful community at the Foodie Blogroll and we look forward to a long, happy relationship with them.  Cook on!   I'd also like to thank Jenn for her astute observation that my comments links weren't working.  Whoopsie!  They're fixed now. … {Read on...}

Whirley Pop Rah Rah Rah

The Whirley Pop and Goodies

The mail carrier brought us an unexpected treat today. We were the lucky recipients of a brand new Whirley Pop Gift Pack courtesy of my Aunt Molly.   We immediately tore into the box.  Thankfully, I remembered I was an adult in time to grab the instructions.  The boys and I promptly seasoned the pan according to directions and then grabbed one of the most important articles in our kitchen- the roasting pan/popcorn pan/granola pan.  It is the only pan large enough to hold a sufficient amount of popcorn for our crew.    Next step?  Decide which popcorn to make first.  The popper came with buttery canola oil and sweet caramel glaze.  Pause to drool.  We opted for making a buttery/salty batch first immediately followed by a caramel glazed batch.  … {Read on...}

So easy a four year old can make it…

Leif makes yogurt dill dip.

In my column for the Record-Eagle last week I put my recipe for yogurt dill dip.  I got some really nice feedback from a reader who had recently been diagnosed with celiac disease and had been looking for a Ranch-type dressing and dip that she could eat without adverse reactions.  The dip fit the bill!  It was really nice to be able to help out someone I've never met.  Not that I think I can save the world with my cooking, but it is nice to make a difference no matter how small!   It got me to thinking about how when you know you can't eat something (my reader couldn't eat gluten, artificial flavors and other things that made her favorite dressing off-limits) you want it even more.  Even though I'm not a breakfast person, when I had to "fast" before my blood sugar tests when pregnant I was famished!    Thinking about being hungry led me to ponder about the paradox of eating certain foods and still being hungry afterward.  … {Read on...}