• Food & Recipes

    Kerry Apple Cake – A “Pinch Proof” Dessert

    “All living things, must be fed”                                                                -Irish Proverb   …And this Kerry Apple Cake is the perfect dessert to feed someone this St. Patrick’s Day! It is hard to find any real background on the origin of this cake, but, from what I have found, it seems to have originated in County Kerry Ireland. It was originally prepared and baked in a cast iron pot called a Bastible.  In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, bastibles were the primary cooking tool.  Most…

  • Adventures & Travel

    A Few Bites and Sights In Baton Rouge, LA

    “…I’m a thoroughbred racin’ at Louisiana Downs Avery Island and a Catahoula Hound I’m the Louisiana Hayride and the birth of the Blues the Evangeline, Chickory Coffee and Baton Rouge…” “I Am Louisiana”  Written by Paul Ott     We left the East Coast on the night of January 30th. A large winter storm was quickly making its way across the country and up the coast.  As we packed up, and hit the road, we were focused on staying ahead of the storm.  For the first couple of days, we drove as far as we could, pulling over only to rest for a couple of hours at a time. We…

  • Adventures & Travel,  Something to Bark About

    Happy New Year – 2021!

    2020 went out – on a pair of cross country skis. Just inside the Lolo National Forest, on a section of closed road, I put cross country skis on for the first time. It was so peaceful, you could hear the snow falling…that is, until I put the skis on and started skiing.  All I could hear at that point was my clumping in the snow.  It took me a little while to get the hang of “gliding”.  I’d like to say that I eventually figured it out – and maybe I did – but I still managed to fall face first into the snow just 50 yards from the end. …

  • Food & Recipes

    Christmas Goody Baskets – The Recipes For 2020

    As a child growing up in a family that loved to cook and bake, giving cookies at Christmas was something I always looked forward to.  We gave cookies to neighbors and delivery people as a way to show our appreciation for them throughout the year. As I grew up and moved away, I continued the tradition of the Christmas cookies every year.  I would mail cookies home, and hand some to my neighbors.  In the beginning, it was usually just one type of cookie, on a plate, with some saran wrap and my awful attempt at a bow.  Looking back, it was probably an awful attempt at cookies as well…

  • Adventures & Travel

    Looking Back Through 2020

    I think everyone can agree that 2020 was not a typical year, and most are ready for it to end.  We have all had to make adjustments and learn to be more aware and cautious.  While some areas were harder hit than others, no area was left untouched by the virus.  Travelling full time in an RV was not without its risks, and I feel like it gave us a really good perspective on the effect this virus has had throughout the country.  As the year went on, it got increasingly harder to get out and do things (and my blogging slowed dramatically), but, despite all of the challenges that…

  • Adventures & Travel

    Fresh From Miller Farms – Clinton, Maryland

      I am not sure where this year has gone! 🤷‍♀️  It is already November.  Halloween came and went this year (as did the whole month of September and October) and I haven’t gotten a post up.  I have a few things to post about that I gathered over the course of those two months, I just have not had the opportunity to post them.  Now that I do, I thought I would start with Miller Farm, since it is a recent visit, and Fall is one of my favorite times of the year to visit a Farmer’s Market or Farm stand. Farmer markets are the best for getting fresh, local…

  • Food & Recipes

    Homemade Choke Cherry Jam

    Prunus virginiana, Latin for “plum of Virginia”, is better known as, the Choke Cherry!  This tart little berry, with the pit in the center, is considered to be one of the superfruits like blueberries and the acai berry.  They are rich in antioxidants, high in vitamin C, and while bitter if you eat them straight off the tree, they are wonderful and tasty to cook with. They grow on trees and shrubs that are usually found alongside roads, near rivers and streams.  August and September are the best times to pick Choke Cherries, even though they will sometimes appear to be ripe as early as July…wait until at least August,…

  • Adventures & Travel

    Paddling The Clark Fork River – Montana

    “Each mile on a river will take you farther from home  than a hundred miles on a road.” – Bob Marshall   As I made my way into Montana this past week, the Clark Fork River followed me, twisting and winding its way right alongside the interstate as I drove.  There is something about the water, whether it is the crashing waves of the ocean, the silence of a large lake, or the power of a mighty river, that I am drawn to.  As I watched the river follow me, I thought about how much fun it would be to just pull over, unload the kayak and just paddle my…

  • Adventures & Travel

    Nature Walks and Kayaking

    “There’s a great big hunk  of world out there with no fence around it”                                                                                                                -Lady and the Tramp   In this post, I am actually going to combine several outings.  They are just a couple of nature walks and a little kayaking, but even though they were smaller outings, they were fun adventures that I…