Depending on where you live, you might feel like me this winter–cold! Maybe that’s why I’ve been cooking more with cayenne pepper than normal. It warms my tummy and all the way down to my toes! Of course, brandy might do the same thing, but did you know that cayenne... Read More
When I think of summer, I think of all the varieties of basil and the way they add complexity to just about any recipe. Basil is the perfect complement to those vine ripe tomatoes from the garden and fresh mozzarella, which I combine to make delicious Caprese salads throughout the... Read More
Have you ever wondered about the difference between anise and fennel? I know I have—especially when you look at the seeds. They look and taste very similar, but they come from entirely different plants. Let’s start with anise, which presents us with even more confusion. Anise seeds , or pimpinella... Read More
Tis the season… for sunburns! We all know that aloe is great for any kind of burn, including sunburn. It’s soothing for bug bites and basically any skin irritation. That’s why it’s called “The First Aid Plant.” Fresh is best, so buy a little plant to keep in your home. They’re... Read More
Have you ever felt like a wimp for walking as others run past you? Well, take heart! Walking is one of the best forms of exercise you can do—partly because anyone can do it, anywhere, anytime. A recent study by the London School of Economics and Political Science showed that... Read More
As we begin to wrap up the year, I’ve been reflecting on my “word” for 2018—Presence. (I encourage you to read my post explaining why and how I chose that word.) My goal was to be more intentional in my efforts to spend time in God’s presence, without asking for... Read More
When my kids were growing up I would collect a new Christmas book each year. Sometimes I bought one myself, but we often received one as a gift from others. Merry Christmas, Strega Nona was one that my daughter received from her first grade teacher, and it immediately became a... Read More