So this is Christmas* 2017

Food & Drink, Holidays, HWMMS, Personal, Weber Wonderland

So this is Christmas* 2017—-And what have we done? NOTHING Christmas* around Weber Wonderland is otherwise known as the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. HWMMS and I have our Meetiversary on the 15th, HWMMS Birthday 19th, Christmas Eve Eve 23rd, Christmas Eve 24th, Christmas 25th, My Birthday 29th, New Year’s Eve 31st—it’s a two-week […]

December 25, 2017


Food & Drink

Tomorrow is HWMMS birthday so I wanted to make him something sassy and spicy to take to work for lunch. He mentioned gumbo the other day, so…while he napped. I created a Jenny masterpiece I shall call Jenny Gumboayla. And since I don’t *really* claim to know what either of these dishes actually entail without […]

December 18, 2017


Food & Drink

Ribs. Mmmmm. I went to the freezer looking for something? And the two packages of ribs called out to me. EAT ME. If there’s one thing I’ve learned this far in life, when a frozen meat product starts to call out EAT ME from the freezer, you listen. Into the oven. Super low and super […]

December 13, 2017


Food & Drink

Hmmm. How many quiche are too many quiche? Well, I made a dozen (there are two not pictured.) Mostly because I had that many delicious farm fresh eggs from my friend Scott available. (Oh how I love love love eggs!) Also, they are crazy easy to make—and freeze for later. I should have been making […]

December 10, 2017

Christmas Cookies 2017 Round One!

Food & Drink, Holidays

Christmas Cookies 2017 Round One! Smores Brownies, Walnut Brownies, Cranberry Chocolate Biscotti, Peanut Butter, Lemon Sugar, Sugar Cutouts, Peanut Butter Blossoms & Chocolate Chip Hugs

December 8, 2017

Fudge and other Festive Follies

Food & Drink

Fudge and other Festive Follies I was JUST thinking earlier today that I wanted to do a personal holiday story for the Springville Times perhaps. I gave the Springville Journal my family recipe for Jello Cookies (I should write that story too.) And then the fudge story came to mind as a funny one I […]

November 30, 2017

Seasonal Supper to Highlight Food Artisans and Local Farmers

Food & Drink, Holidays, Western New York

Seasonal Supper to Highlight Food Artisans and Local Farmers Edible Crush and Art’s Cafe is partnering to bring a pop-up Farm to Table dinner experience to Springville on Saturday, December 9th at 6pm at at 39 East Main Street, in the historic Union Block Building. The menu for this Seasonal Supper will begins with a roasted root […]

November 29, 2017

Turkey For You, Turkey for Me

Food & Drink, Holidays, Homesteading

Tis the season where you can buy GIANT or not as giant or medium smallish sized turkeys up the wazoo at the grocery store for insanely cheap prices! For me and my local supermarket TOPS this means $.48 a pound (with the purchase of $25 of groceries.) And since we at Weber Wonderland have a […]

November 21, 2017

Cooking for Two (or Twenty?)

Food & Drink

Cooking for Two (or Twenty?) My family consists of me and HWMMS. (He Who Makes Me Smile) so how is it with two people under our one roof at Weber Wonderland I somehow cook for twenty? No kidding. Yesterday, I finished up some work and saw it was about hit-the-wall o’clock (approximately 3) and decided […]

November 1, 2017

Cheers to the Beers! ​

Food & Drink, Western New York, Writing

A report of my article in the Springville Times: Cheers to the Beers! Cheers to the Beers! Thomas Jefferson once said, “Beer, if drunk in moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit and promotes health.” We agree (in moderation of course.) All across Western New York you can find local breweries serving unique craft beers […]

October 26, 2017

October Spirit at WNY Distilleries

Food & Drink, Western New York, Writing

A repost of my article in the Springville Times: Fall Bucket List: October Spirit at Local Distilleries With the end of October and Halloween around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about staying warm over those long, chilly Western New York nights. Picture that sip of whiskey in front of the fireplace, just waiting […]

October 19, 2017

Peas, please!

Food & Drink, Garden

Peas, please! Sorry, not sorry I ended up shelling and eating the entire bowl of peas I picked from our fall garden this afternoon, straight from the pod. So sweet and crunchy. Such a delicious treat! Especially considering what a giant failure most of our garden has been this year. (Sad trombone.) Now that I […]

October 9, 2017

Pumpkin Spice

Food & Drink, Pets

Really? Pumpkin Spice…Greenies? Methinks the pumpkin spice craze has gone a little wacko. And I’m a pumpkin spice lover and advocate. Bring it on! All Things Pumpkin and Fall! Hurrah! AND I know that pumpkin, as in the fruit, wait, a veggie? that you grow in the ground—is actually very healthy and good for dogs. […]

October 1, 2017

The Fall Bucket List: A Drive Around Wine Country

Food & Drink, Western New York, Writing

A repost of my latest article in the Springville Times – The Fall Bucket List: A Drive Around Wine Country. I grew up in and went to college near Lake Erie Wine Country, lived in Niagara Wine Trail USA when HWMMS and I first got together and might have visited Finger Lakes Wine Country and […]

September 14, 2017

Meat on Meat

Food & Drink, HWMMS

“Isn’t that sort of lazy? Meat on Meat?” -HWMMS Blasphemy. I pulled out a Chuck Roast from the bottom of the chest freezer and two pounds of bacon. Put the bacon on the bottom of the pan, put the roast on top and had it in the oven on a low convection setting for a […]

April 30, 2017

Pumpkin Bread

Food & Drink

Ok, I HAD to post this photo of this Pumpkin Bread because it looks like a plate of poo. A food blogger I am not, eh? BUT IT TASTED SOOO GOOD. I had every intention on making brownies and eating away my feelings, but then I remembered I pulled out a loaf of my delicious […]

April 29, 2017

Noosa Yoghurt for the WIN!

Food & Drink

Noosa Yoghurt for the WIN! I like yogurt. I don’t even *mind* boring yogurt, plain Jane on sale store brand, ok. So far to date the best yogurt I’ve ever had—-is from White Cow Dairy. In a former life, I indulged often buying from the Elmwood Farmer Market when I lived in the Village. Cherry. […]

April 20, 2017

Man Soup

Food & Drink

And it shall be called Man Soup! Filled with beans and meats! A variety of mixed beans from Weber Wonderland garden—thrown into the Instant Pot for pressure cooking with a giant jar of homemade beef stock from the pantry. Added beef stew meat, a hunk of meatloaf and some chicken breast that was still in […]

April 14, 2017

Nibbles with Gibbles

Food & Drink

Nibbles with Gibbles! SQUEE! No really, I squee-d out loud in the convenient store when i came upon this package of potato chips straight from my childhood memories! I LOVE ALL THINGS POTATO CHIPS. But finding little surprises like this hidden in the corner of a shelf of junk food just brings a smile to […]

April 8, 2017

Post Brain Dump Cooking Spree

Food & Drink, Personal

Yesterday my mom had a doctor appointment in Buffalo and was away from the home for several hours. I told her I would bring her whatever she wanted for lunch when she returned. She actually listened, and requested pizza. So Julie’s it was. I made the mistake of telling HWMMS that I bought pizza for […]

March 28, 2017

Corned Beef & Cabbage

Food & Drink

Corned Beef & Cabbage. Mmmm. One of these days I’m gonna have to try corning my own beef. (Ha, is that a word?) But today is not that day. Bought a corned beef roast, browned it on all sides. Added the spice packet that was included with the roast into a crockpot full of cabbage, […]

March 17, 2017

Fat Tuesday Dinner is Served

Food & Drink, Holidays

Happy Mardi Gras! I found this picture of me and Brenda and posted it on Facebook this morning. I remember that day well, hanging out in Allentown on Fat  Tuesday with not a care in the world that we had to work (go to school) the next day. That my friends, was in 2006. 11 […]

February 28, 2017

Meal Planning Gone Rogue: Coulibiac of Salmon

Food & Drink

Coulibiac of Salmon Since I’ve been upping my wifey game this week, I spent sometime this morning on Pinterest browsing recipes to make for dinner, you know, I think they call it meal planning? Ha. Anyhow, I stumbled upon this glorious pin and my mouth started watering. Coulibiac of Salmon Two things. The fact that […]

February 26, 2017

Shrimp Bisque

Food & Drink

Shrimp Bisque. Mmmmmmm. Holy moly. One of my most favorite decadent sides I enjoy with a fancy dinner is a luscious, creamy shrimp bisque. Why it has never, ever occurred to me to try to make it at home is beyond me. Perhaps I needed a ridiculously large bag of thawed cooked shrimp leftover in […]

February 9, 2017

Christmas Cookies 2016

Food & Drink, Give a Little Bit, Holidays

Christmas Cookies 2016 Red Velvet Cookies, Red & Green Jello Cookies, Molasses Cookies, Cranberry Chocolate Biscotti, Gingerbread Biscotti, Peppermint Brownies, Holiday Toll House Bars, Peanut Butter Blossoms and holiday Rice Krispie Treats. Not pictured, Great Gma Kennedy Sugar Cookie Cutouts…about, eh give or take 40 dozen, most which went to the kiddos today to decorate. […]

December 22, 2016

Scotch Eggs

Food & Drink

My first attempt at Homemade Scotch Eggs. It won’t be the last. Bob Evans Sage Sausage with added fresh parsley, sage and chives. Hard boiled eggs. Wrap sausage around egg. Dip in flour, dip in egg, dip in bread crumbs. Deep fry. Perfection. Save Save

September 4, 2016

Canning Apples

Food & Drink, Homesteading

Tonight’s journey in canning, must process all the apples! 8 quarts of apple pie filling, 8 quarts & 8 pints of applesauce.   Save

September 3, 2016