Our Little Library

Several months ago, I asked my Dad to build a Little Free Library. I’d seen a few around our town and a couple in our neighborhood and thought it would be a fun addition to our house too. The Little Libraries are small boxes that act as free libraries for passersby. There’s always an assortment of books that you are free to take to read … Continue reading Our Little Library

Menu Planning: Toby’s Backyard Birthday BBQ

As mentioned in a previous post, I’ve made a pork themed meal for my husband’s birthday for several years running now. Its always fun to come up with a different concept each year and think through the recipes for each of the courses. Last year’s surprise party was so much fun that I decided to do a scaled down version for a small group of … Continue reading Menu Planning: Toby’s Backyard Birthday BBQ

Nutella-Stuffed French Toast

For Toby’s birthday breakfast, I started us out on a pretty decadent note with one of his favorite sweets – Nutella. I used products from our local dairy, South Mountain Creamery, to create this delicious breakfast treat. Typically for French toast, I like to use thick slices of bread – about 1 inch thick – as they hold up to the egg/milk soak better. Since … Continue reading Nutella-Stuffed French Toast

Dining on Mount Desert Island

Toby and I recently returned from a wonderful week spent in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island on the southern coast of Maine. We’ll be celebrating our fifth year wedding anniversary this fall, and we wanted to get away to celebrate, but since the baby is due in November, we moved up our plans to make it a summer trip. My parents were graciously … Continue reading Dining on Mount Desert Island

From Divine Swine to Backyard BBQ

When I first celebrated my husband’s birthday in 2009, we were dating nearly a year, so I felt I knew him pretty well, especially his love of pork. Since I love to cook, I thought a fitting gift was to cook him a really special dinner. As I was brainstorming ideas on what to serve, I had the idea to challenge myself with creating a … Continue reading From Divine Swine to Backyard BBQ