Add “Magic” to Homemade Chicken Soup

Homemade Soup should be the signature of every thrifty cook.  It doesn’t need to start with the can opener humming or the popping lid of a grocery store ready to heat gourmet soup.  These convenient soups have their place, but do not contribute to your culinary skills.  The word “Magic” is used to describe a Read more about Add “Magic” to Homemade Chicken Soup[…]

The Sea Calls…

My footprint impressions washed away on the incoming tide.  I whispered “Good Bye” while tracing my path back through the Sea Grass with a small piece of driftwood held for memory sake.  I listened to the sound of U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter blades coursing North and South along the shoreline.  […]

“Low Calorie” White Bread” – A Mother who Baked Love into her small town Herreid South Dakota U.S.A.

The most humble people on earth die with their biographies never written.  True stories are always a good read.  I listen intently to oral history; gleaning the precious “fruit” of life stories.   

Today, “meet” Lydia and her daughter Lilly Etta… […]

Appetizers inspired by a gift from the Ukraine

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”.cucumber-appetizers-foodiefad-com-copyright

 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… […]

Planting Trees: Fruit For the Next Generation


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 […]

Eat your heart out!

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![…]

Compassion for Refugees: ACTION REQUIRED

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 […]

Toast the Olympic Games in Rio with Guaraná

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 […]

Sisters Journey to America 1912 SS Oscar II

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 […]

Greek Hospitality: “ You are my family!”

#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.  […]

Kumquat Trees “Leaf” a Sweet Legacy

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 […]

Face of an Immigrant Child… U.S.A. Citizen Helped Make Our Nation Great!

I have held this image dear to my heart ever since I prepared his memorial program several years ago.  This photo of little “George” could be the face of an immigrant child today.  Please take a moment to burn his image into your mind. […]

The Most Romantic Restaurant

In June will be my husband Heath and I’s seventh wedding anniversary…lucky number seven. I have been thinking a lot about how we can celebrate it, what I can do, and perhaps what I can make for him…let’s put it this way I have a Pinterest board dedicated to the event.  We girls tend to Read more about The Most Romantic Restaurant[…]



A “light” went on during my daydream featuring photographic memories of my childhood summer trips to my Aunt Nora and Uncle Alf’s dairy farm in Wisconsin, U.S.A.  I realized I was engrained with the mindset “Sustainable Agriculture”.  This relatively new term is a common thread in today’s modern farms.   Most of us have a backyard that may have room for a patio, picnic table, grassy patch and a swimming pool.  You may say, “How am I able to practice “Sustainable Agriculture” in a small space?  Consider taking up this challenge […]

Norwegian Flatbread: Lefse

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Lefse is a Norwegian flatbread made with Potatoes.  Many cultures have similar types of bread with varied degrees of thickness.  Most unleavened flatbreads are rolled thin for optimum delicate texture.  My Norwegian relatives served the flatbread primarily with butter and offered granulated sugar or jam.  As a child I quickly learned [read more]to spread butter thinly to the very edge so the sugar crystals would stick all over.  Once the butter and sugar is spread evenly, I prefer to roll tightly  and cut into lengths for dainty consumption.  Eating Lefse politely is an art.  I would judge the level of politeness on how much sugar spills out (hopefully on your plate) when you lift the roll to your mouth.  Never lower your mouth to the plate! […]

95 years young: Gunhild shares her Swedish pancake recipe


95 years young! Gunhild makes Swedish pancakes and shares her recipe

95 years young!                                                                       Gunhild makes Swedish pancakes and shares her recipe below

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Gunhild’s Mother Rosalie immigrated from Sweden around 1910.  She came through Ellis Island  […]