Karen Jo Waterford
A jackknife is a prized possession usually kept in a pocket. The TSA has strict security rules in place to prevent an on board terrorist attack. Many precious sentimental items have been relinquished during security screenings. Holidays are a peak travel time Read more about Gift from a Carpenter
I was presented with a hand carried jar of processed Ukrainian market Peppers and Tomatoes prepared and canned with love. I stared at the delightful contents through the glass jar for weeks on my counter. I contemplated how to best present and share this gift of “gold”. I wondered if “Anna” would know how much this handmade gift meant to me. After all…I had never met her in person. Her love was felt in the hand carried gifts brought back by her friend. I studied the foreign language on the metal lid and thought, “I have never seen a more cleverly invented seal design”.
The contents served several groups of house guests in a lovely Cucumber appetizer I designed. I will remember the taste all my life and will never be able to duplicate it. I am sharing this with you today… Read more about Appetizers inspired by a gift from the Ukraine
Stop! Do not get out the can opener…I am about to blow your mind with the easiest, tastiest side dish. Making Thanksgiving dinner for everyone? Perfect this will take no time. Tasked with bringing a dish? Great, this will make you a star. No matter what your fancy, enjoy this dish that is not only Read more about Cranberries with Port[…]
2016 Thanksgiving Menu Baby Kale, Swiss Chard, and Spinach Salad with Roasted Vegetables and a Dark Cherry Vinaigrette Smoked Maple Orange Bourbon Brine Turkey Breast Cajun Smoked Turkey Breast Grand Marnier Apricot Stuffing Gluten-free Jalapeno Cornbread Stuffing Smashed Potato Casserole Modern Green Bean Casserole Roasted Butternut Squash Cranberries with Port Onion and Shallot Popovers Pumpkin Mascarpone Read more about My Thanksgiving Menu Revealed[…]
Get ready to master Thanksgiving!
A child’s life is impressionable. My father shared stories about his early years before he passed away. When he talked about the Great Depression I imagined his life as a young boy; working hard on the family farm along side his older brothers and sisters who shouldered the heaviest part of the work. He tempered his description with references of, “we had no want because we lived on a farm”. Hardships were about life and death Read more about Planting Trees: Fruit For the Next Generation
Do you love to ski or snowboard? How about going to a beautiful snowcovered mountain town just to enjoy some time with family or friends? Or perhaps you’d love a weekend getaway to enjoy a hot tottie by the fire at a ski resort? Whatever your pleasure, how hard would you work for your dinner Read more about Eat your heart out![…]
Vashon Island is a travel destination reached by a 20 minute ferry boat ride from Seattle, WA. Notable commercial growers and small organic grower operations provide a cornucopia of fruits, vegetables and flowers to local markets and farmer’s markets. My sister sent me a special gift packed in my husband’s carry-on luggage. She was a bit mysterious about it while noting, “be sure and refrigerate it”. Indeed, (upon unwrapping) it was the most beautiful colored vegetable I had ever seen. It was like a Purple “Bouquet” of flowers….except Read more about Purple Cauliflower: Edible “Bouquet” from Vashon Island WA
Would you be willing to leave your homeland to save your life? What would you put in your pocket to eat or sew into your hemline to save a precious item? Does this sound like a story about the refugees in WWII? No! This is current news. Since I have written the first draft of this post many more souls have died at sea. Listen to the silent cry buried in the news media and ask yourself, “would I be willing to help?” There are many governments, organizations and church based groups who are acting by donating direct resources to refugee families. The example set forth in this blog may be the “blueprint” you were looking for Read more about Compassion for Refugees: ACTION REQUIRED
Take your steak up a level with this idea for a horseradish potato wrapped steak, inspired by one of my hubby and I’s favorite restaurants. [Show slideshow]
I am the recipient of a Bronze medal for a dessert inspired by Brazilian hospitality showered upon our family while guests of
One of my hubby and I’s favorite quick dinners or light dinners is to make a characuterie plate. This is such an easy, good tasting, and fresh meal I am not willing to pay $15 to $20 for this while out at a restaurant. Grab some of your favorites…olives, fruit, marinated veggies like mushrooms or artichokes, Read more about Quick Dinner Idea: Charcuterie Plate[…]
A visit to Brazil is a trip of a lifetime. The cliché could be applied to many countries around the world, yet this nation has natural resources, flora and fauna that are unique.
People gather to view the Olympic Games opening ceremonies; watching athletes from nations worldwide uniting in a spirit of peace. The excitement is shared between the athletes and their home countries.
The eyes of the world are on Rio. Toast Rio 2016 Olympic Games with Read more about Toast the Olympic Games in Rio with Guaraná
Laundry sorting enemy number one: tag that says “DRY CLEAN ONLY!” Disclaimer: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME
What are you able to accomplish at home on a three day weekend? Most people would say, “catch up on housekeeping and laundry”. Laundry was at the top of my list during the 4th of July weekend. Various common sorting techniques involve strategy. Granted, it’s not a war, Read more about Pillow Fight “Down” Under
One of the things I love about being a teacher and teaching summer school is that I am off in the afternoon and can make lunch at home. I recently took some leftover lobster, chopped it in large pieces, and created a sandwich. I took a roll, added some mayo, the lobster, and manchego, baked Read more about Lobster and Manchego Sandwich…lunchtime bliss…a leftover inspiration![…]
The year was 1912 in the month of September, the first day of the sea journey to America for four sisters from Sweden on the SS Oscar II.
Rosali Magnhild F. born 1894, Fanny Rebeck F. born 1885, Wendla Dorothea F. born 1890 and Anna Eugenia F. born 1898 left their home near Stockholm, Sweden sailing to America for opportunities to work and one to sight see. Rosalie’s daughter Gunny talks about her mother’s journey, new life in Newark N.J. and the unforeseen hardship for Wendla. This story inspires new immigrants to learn the English language through their employment and church affiliation. Legal immigration in the early 1900’s through Ellis Island offered hope, a promise of employment and faith for the future. Photos that document immigrant’s sea journeys to America offer a vibrant look into the true courage of each passenger. It is not often you hear about the journey through a living direct descendant like Gunhild Read more about Sisters Journey to America 1912 SS Oscar II
It seems like one of the most talked about desserts that I hear friends say they love are baked cookies. We’ve been eating them for years, but we are still raving about them. I’ll admit, it is absolutely delicious to place your fork in a small dish or cast iron pan and pull out a Read more about Simple Solutions: Baked Cookies[…]
#WorldRefugeeDay is trending as we read about survivors beached on Greek Islands like driftwood after sea journeys in rubber rafts cast them ashore. Organizations working with the Greek government provide humanitarian relief to refugees. Some may be familiar to most, but often go unrecognized. Read more about Greek Hospitality: “ You are my family!”
Several years ago the hubs and I chatted about how fun it would be to have a Clam Bake. Being that we are in the Southwest and our nearest water is a resort’s pool we knew we couldn’t dig a pit in the sand and start a fire. So that brought us to a kitchen Read more about Kick off Summer with a Clam Bake![…]
I planted trees that have become my legacy. When I am no longer living, many of the trees will continue to live and bear fruits and nuts. Perhaps you would consider “leafing” a planted Legacy. Trees are a home to birds and provide shade for animals. Our family trees Read more about Kumquat Trees “Leaf” a Sweet Legacy