Dainty Lady High Tea Cookies
Chinese Fried Rice With Lettuce
Getting Tasty With Taste of Nature
Royal Cheddar Cheese Soup
First Full Spring Garden Update – It’s started!
Slow Cooker Sausage and Sauerkraut
Time to Pick Bok Choy in the Garden!
Cats and Reed + Rader
Painting With Cats
Spicy Italian Crushed Tomato Sauce
Mary’s Special Ingredients Box Review
Get Your Organizing On Track!
The Best Collard Greens
Peanut Butter and Pickles Sandwich
The Pepper Plant Seedling That Just Won’t Die
Tomato Macaroni and Cheese
A Look Into Frances Palmer’s Garden
How to Survive Garden Allergies!
Mexican Black Bean and Corn Salsa
Walk The Aisles To Keep The Wrinkles Away

Dainty Lady High Tea Cookies

For today’s recipe we’re going to make some Dainty Ladies Cookies, perfect for your next High Tea!  Btw, here’s how to throw a tea party!

Hi Kitty Cats, are you busy?  Of course you are.  Look at you all working hard at taking a afternoon nap together.    But would you like to come to a tea party?  I promise it’ll be fun! Yes, you would? Awesome!
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Guess what.. you’re invited too!

This recipe is another one inspired by my Downton Abbey Cookbook (see this post for more details).  So many of you guys told me that I need to start watching the show so you have my word I’m going to start as soon as I catch up on Mad Men!    Dainty Ladies cookies were served primarily to female guests during the Edwardian Era during High Tea.  

This recipe is thought of as a extra special treat because it has coconut in it.  Because of the cost of importing coconut to Great Britain during this time guests would think of this as a very special occasion if these cookies were served.  How fancy was coconut? If the abbey had coconut it was locked up and only the butler of the house would have the key!

During High Tea many of the women wear white gloves.  Because these cookies are buttery women would remove their right glove and retrieve a cookie that the footman was presenting them.  We wouldn’t want those beautiful gloves getting all buttery now, would we?
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Hope you enjoyed the cookies FiFi Bofinkles.. I know you did by the amount of licking our lips you did afterwards. 🙂
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Dainty Lady High Tea Cookies

Delicious cookies that are perfect for your next high tea party!


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 325. Line the bottom of a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon sheet.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, coconut, rolled oats, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.
  3. In a small pan over medium heat melt the butter into the corn syrup and water. Once the butter has melted, stir in the vanilla.
  4. Pour the butter mixture into the flour mixture and stir until it is combined.
  5. Let the dough sit for 5 minutes for the oats to soak up the butter mixture.
  6. Roll into tablespoon size balls.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for 12 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  9. Enjoy

Recipe Notes

Makes 32 cookies.

Adapted from Edwardian Cooking, The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook by Larry Edwards

I hope you guys have a great weekend!  Enjoy it.. and eat some cookies!

Chinese Fried Rice With Lettuce

EASY Chinese Fried Rice recipe full of vegetables and tastes just like Takeout! 1 1/2 cup of lettuce is used making this a great way to use up your garden lettuce!

Easy Chinese Fried Rice Recipe

We have a ton of lettuce right now in our garden. You might have seen a sneak peak of our lettuce earlier this week in the Garden Update, but if you saw my refrigerator today you might go running in fear!  Lettuce is awesome, but when you have multiple giant lettuce heads staring at you with eyes that say “Eat me before I go bad” then you start to feel the stress!   

EASY Chinese Fried Rice recipe full of vegetables and tastes just like Takeout! 1 1/2 cup of lettuce is used making this a great way to use up your garden lettuce!

That is one reason (there’s many) that I love gardening, it makes me explore ingredients and go outside my regular cooking box.   I have a few recipes coming up in the next week that involve lettuce and they’re all ones that I wouldn’t traditionally think of adding lettuce but since I want to use my harvest I get to have some kitchen fun and do some new ideas.   Because of this Chinese Fried Rice with Lettuce was born!

We love rice in our house! For example we eat this Indian basmati rice multiple times a week, so I knew I wanted to make another rice recipe!

This Fried Rice is delicious and so full of vegetables.  It tastes just like Takeout Fried Rice but because you’re making it in your own kitchen you can be sure it’s much healthier for you!   Many times you throw vegetables in your rice but often times lettuce gets looked over… but not here!  In this recipe we’re going to throw a ton of chopped up lettuce and eat away!    

This Chinese Fried Rice recipe is full of vegetables and tastes just like Takeout! 1 1/2 cup of lettuce is used making this a great way to use up your garden lettuce!This recipe is so easy to make, not to mention quick, because we’re using instant rice! Cook rice according to box. In a another small pot cook your carrots and frozen peas.   After those are done we’re going to add everything to a pan, along with lettuce and eggs and in minutes our Fried Rice will be ready! 

This Chinese Fried Rice recipe is full of vegetables and tastes just like Takeout! 1 1/2 cup of lettuce is used making this a great way to use up your garden lettuce!

Enjoy this Chinese Fried Rice With Lettuce for dinner sometime soon!

Looking for more rice recipes? Try my basmati rice!
If you’re looking for more Chinese recipes make sure to check out my Chicken and Broccoli, and 10 Minute Lo Mein!


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This Chinese Fried Rice recipe is full of vegetables and tastes just like Takeout! 1 1/2 cup of lettuce is used making this a great way to use up your garden lettuce!

Chinese Fried Rice With Lettuce

EASY Chinese Fried Rice recipe full of vegetables and tastes just like Takeout! 1 1/2 cup of lettuce is used making this a great way to use up your garden lettuce!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4


  • 2 cups uncooked instant rice
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2/3 cup chopped carrots
  • 3/4 cup frozen green peas
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • sesame oil to taste don't skip this!


  1. Cook rice according to box. Instead of water, cook rice in beef broth.
  2. In a small pot boil carrots in water for 3 minutes. Drop frozen peas into water, boil for 1 more minute, drain.
  3. Heat large pan over medium high heat. Pour in vegetable oil then stir in carrots and peas. Cook for 1 minute.
  4. Crack in eggs and stir them quickly to scramble them with carrots and peas.
  5. Add in cooked rice, lettuce, soy sauce and oyster sauce. Stir to combine everything together.
  6. Add sesame oil to taste on top. Stir again.
  7. Serve and enjoy!



Getting Tasty With Taste of Nature

 I need to tell you about my new delicious obsession… Taste of Nature bars!  Lately I have became super obsessed with their Canadian Maple Forest bars so I just had to tell you about them!  

Did you know that 98% of Americans snack but 9 in 10 (85%) admit they find healthy snacking to be difficult? I totally fit into this category. Even as a gardener of many vegetables it’s really easy to grab a box of high calorie crackers or sweet pastries instead of going for something that is much better for your body.  Many people say that it’s hard to find a healthy snack that is actually good tasting and I can totally understand this too.  Have you tried to eat healthy, bought the said snack, went home, tasted them and just stared into space depressed because it just tastes awful.  That totally isn’t going to help you eat healthy!    I am so excited that I found a snack bar that is delicious (I’m serious, I’m talking NOM NOM NOM knock your socks off good) and healthy.

Recently I had a afternoon full of friends for a taste party that also involved me trying to beat my record of bouncing a ball up in air with the fun paddle ball sets!

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Here are the 6 flavors that were tasted and loved.  Many of friends were raving about the Persian Pomegranate Garden bar and they were the first to be completely gone.  The Persian Pomegranate Garden bars  have pomegranates, figs and tasty walnuts in them. The entire ingredients list is cashews, walnuts, agave nectar, figs, cranberries, apples, pomegranate juice concentrate, brown rice syrup, whole grain brown rice crisps, raspberries, sunflower oil blend and agar.  They are only 160 calories as well which also received rave reviews.  In fact I think some friends even took one and threw them in their purse when they needed that next day afternoon snack! 42 percent of snackers say they are most likely to have a unhealthy snack between 2:00PM and 5:00PM so is a great substitution to grab instead!

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Let me introduce you to my new love interest, Canadian Maple Forest bars from Taste of Nature.    These bars include pecans, apricots, Brazil nuts, agave nectar, brown rice syrup, raisins, whole grain brown rice crisps, maple syrup, sunflower oil blend, maple flavour, vanilla flavour, sea salt and agar.  Oh hello beautiful.   I am totally in love with these.
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Some facts for you:
Taste of Nature comes in 6 super delicious flavors in the US: Brazilian Nut Festival, California Almond Valley, Quebec Cranberry Carnival, Canadian Maple Forest, Himalayan Goji Summit, Persian Pomegranate Garden
The bars are certified organic, gluten-free certified, non-gmo project verified packed with real nuts, fruits and grains. There’s nothing scary, artificial or chemical filled in these bars.
They are under 200 calories a bar. 
They are $1.99 a piece. 


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Royal Cheddar Cheese Soup

In today’s recipe we’re going to go back to the Edwardian era and make classically delicious Royal Cheddar Cheese Soup.

I have a new favorite cookbook.  It’s called Edwardian Cooking, The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook by Larry Edwards.  I don’t even watch Downton Abbey (YET) and I’m already obsessed.  The cookbook  includes 80 recipes from Sweet to Savory that include Breads, Side Dishes, Entrees, Desserts.  In the opening the author states “Long before there was the rage of organic food, sustained living and natural eating, there was the abbeys of Great Britain. Though Downton Abbey is a fictitious abbey, what we see dramatized is very real.  Also very real in the television dramatization is the food”.  

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(Those cookies are coming to the blog soon!)

Everything that left the kitchen during this Era was made from scratch. The abbey cook would start their day around 6AM and the day would last 18 hours.  They would prepare 8 meals a day (including meals for the abbey staff). Besides the meals they would also prepare food for the High Teas and many social gatherings on the grounds of the Abbey. Hard work, right?

For this recipe here I have to warn you that this Royal Cheddar Cheese Soup is delicious.  Not only was it good for dinner but I made so much we also had it for leftovers the following day and it even warmed up beautifully.   I’m also pretty proud of myself because this recipe calls for onions and since they are pureed up I totally ate (slurped) them and enjoyed every minute of it!  

Royal Cheddar Cheese Soup

During the Edwardian era it was pratically required that if you served bread with a meal, you had to serve soup. These people knew how to live!  The most popular soup among the aristocrats was the smooth Royal Cheddar Cheese Soup.  The book describes it as the “quintessental English soup” as it includes potatoes, onions, cream and cheese.  When this soup was served it was never served hot.  It was always served at room temperature so guests at the abbey would not have to blow on the soup (the horror!).  

Lastly, it’s cool to note this Soup was always served at dinners when special guests were present.. so consider yourself fancy and enjoy this delicious Satiny Smooth Soup!

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Royal Cheddar Cheese Soup

Servings 4


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 yellow onions peeled and chopped
  • 2 potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 3 tablespoons minced chives or grated carrots


  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions, potatoes, and garlic and sauté 10 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the contents of the saucepan to a food processor and puree.
  4. In the saucepan, over medium heat, whisk together the dry mustard and heavy cream.
  5. Stir the puree into the saucepan and simmer 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in the Cheddar cheese and hot sauce and keep stirring until the cheese has melted.
  7. Ladle into serving bowls, top with some chives or carrots, and serve.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Edwardian Cooking, The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook by Larry Edwards

First Full Spring Garden Update – It’s started!

 Are you guys ready for the first big garden update of the year? I sure am! 

So let’s dive in and see how the garden is looking in the beginning months of growing season.  All these pictures were taken on Sunday where we did a full day of hard garden work (while lathering on SPF 1 million).   This post is picture heavy as I’m going to take you on a full tour and introduce you to every single vegetable we’re growing.  Besides my usual harvest posts I’m going to continue to do full garden updates about every 2 weeks so make sure you keep checking back to watch  their progress!

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We were just planting radish seeds and now they’re ready to be eaten.  Expect a radish harvest post very soon!

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Here are the 5 gallon buckets that house the strawberry plants.  The winter was pretty harsh on the strawberries so it’s nice to see them finally looking strawberry lovely again.  I’m interested in trying to grow more in the strawberry family so we just got ourselves a raspberry plant to test out.  Because it takes a while… check back next year for a update, hahaha.

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This 8 feet long container used to house carrots, kale and onions but it’s totally turned into the kale crazy  container.  As you can see there are 6 growing kale plants already but there are 12 more babies growing there.  How did this happen?  Well there were baby kales that just popped up and Mama Kale can’t say goodbye.. so more kale for us!

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Beautiful kale babes. I say beautiful alot in Garden Update posts. I can’t control myself.

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This is just a ton of onions.  They all look pretty great.  

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Now on to the Sugar Snap Peas – yeah!  I mentioned in a past post that we went Sugar Snap Pea wild this year and are growing 3 boxes.  So far the box all the way in the back is winning the race on who will grow to the top first. This is Sugar Snap Pea Papa helping his peas climb to the top.

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These are the other 2 boxes that are beginning to take off and have begun climbing up the tall fence.  Grow peas grow!

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I love how the peas naturally attach themselves and grow.  It makes my heart pitter patter with garden happiness. 

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In one of the Sugar Snap Peas we have a bunch of lettuce heads growing up front. The lettuce grew absolutely amazing this Spring and I will be doing a full post on their beauty and amazingness very soon as it’s currently Lettucepalozza 2014 at our house. 

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Lettuce you rule.  Really.

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I mean seriously look at you bushy green beauties! *Does the lettuce dance*.

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You read about a bok choy harvest last week but here’s 6 more plants.   Cutting the outside leaves was a great idea as the plants are growing back nicely again.

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Now let’s look at some of my favorites (shhhhh)…. broccoli and cauliflower!

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The broccoli is starting to grow.  Hoping we’ll be able to harvest in 2-3 weeks.

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All the broccoli plants have heads on them! The cauliflower isn’t visible yet but I looked around and saw their baby heads that I just stared at adoringly.

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About this time in the garden a lady bug flew at me and landed on my face making me scream as I thought it was a spider (the horror!).  Then after I learned it was a ladybug I felt horrible.  We then placed her in the broccoli and I apologized to her a million times.

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OH YEAH! Tomato and pepper time!  We have tomatoes and peppers in 2 different sets.  This is set 1.  The 3 containers in the back are beef and roma tomatoes.  The 2 containers up front are pepper plants, both jalapeno and bell pepper plants. 

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This is a beautiful Roma tomato plant.   You are so lovely. You will turn into delicious salsa. 

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This is section 2.  The plants in the top left are cherry tomato plants.  The plants in the top right are more pepper plants.  The plants in the bottom right are tomatillos!

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3 bushy cherry tomato plants! Can’t wait to get these tomatoes growing so I can just throw them in my mouth nonstop.

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I can’t believe we grew this many peppers this year.  I really can’t.

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We usually have 1 container of 3 pepper plants and this year we have 3 containers of 12 plants.  It’s because we couldn’t kill the seedlings.  Our hearts are too big.

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This is the first year growing tomatillo plants.  Right now we have 3 growing and there will be 3 more added from downstairs when they’re ready for the heat.

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This section here are seedlings that were just transplanted.  We put up this fabric to harden them off as the sun is very harsh to new plants.  What’s underneath?

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We have 2 pumpkin plants, also favorites (shhhh).

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Then a bunch of cucumber and watermelon plants.   Soon cantaloupes will be added!

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And just to show some love, some people ask me if we grow flowers in the garden.  The answer is not really as we stick to vegetables but I wanted to show you the flowers we do grow.  

We recently added a Forsythia bush to our garden.  At first we thought this could possibly be too big for the garden but then we thought… nah! Let’s do it!

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This lovely fellow was planted with love.  Grow strong!

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This is our azalea that is a few years old.  She’s always so pretty.

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And then this is my favorite girl (shhhh), rhododendron.  I picked her out one year specifically because she had a giant arm hanging off one side.  Matthew scoured at me because I always pick the most quirky looking plants (also Christmas trees) but he loves her just as much as me now.

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Also who knew Brussels Sprouts plants produced such beautiful flowers!  I would almost grow them just for the flowers…

I grow Brussels Sprouts for the flowers, aren't they gorgeous? Vegetable flowers! #brusselssprouts #vegetables #flowers #bouquet #home #garden #gardenchat #citygarden #urbanfarming #plant
Aren’t they just beauties?  Half vegetables, half flowers, all gorgeous.

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 Hope you guys enjoyed the first full garden update of the year!  Let me know in the comments what your garden looks like and what you’re growing!

Happy gardening everyone!

Slow Cooker Sausage and Sauerkraut

FAMILY FAVORITE Slow Cooker Sausage and Sauerkraut served over mashed potatoes! This easy crockpot meal will become your family’s new favorite dinner! Use a good pork kielbasa for full flavor! It’s inspired by my Polish family!

FAMILY FAVORITE Slow Cooker Sausage and Sauerkraut served over mashed potatoes! This easy crockpot meal will become your family's new favorite dinner! Use a good pork kielbasa for full flavor! It's inspired by my Polish family!

A few weeks ago I was left with a cup of sauerkraut.  Being a person that doesn’t like any food to go waste I was going crazy with what to do with it.  We used some of it up on chili cheese dogs but what was going to be next?  

Then I thought of all the great family Polish recipes I ate as a kid.  There was always sauerkraut alongside meat and mashed potatoes so that’s how this Slow Cooker Sausage and Sauerkraut recipe was created.  

Sausage and Sauerkraut Ingredients

This is a simple recipe that doesn’t require many ingredients.

  • 1 cup sauerkraut
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 pound pork sausage cut up into 1-2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 onion sliced
  • 1/4 cup water

How to Make Slow Cooker Sausage and Sauerkraut

  1. In  a bowl combine the sauerkraut and brown sugar. Place this into slow cooker.
  2. Next arrange the sausage pieces and onion over the sauerkraut.
  3. Pour water on top.
  4. Cook on high for 2 hours, checking occasionally to make sure there is still water.
  5. Reduce to low and cook for 2 more hours.
  6. Serve over mashed potatoes or egg noodles

It’s funny how recipes that just came out of no where end up being your favorite.  This slow cooked Sausage and Sauerkraut dish was a huge hit at the dinner table leaving it a now favorite favorite meal.  The meat becomes so tender and juicy in the slow cooker and it picks up the spices of the brown sugar giving it a slight sweet taste.

Polish Sauerkraut and Sausage

What to serve with Sauerkraut and Sausage?

I served this on mashed potatoes which I would totally recommend but you could also serve over rice or noodles. This is my favorite mashed potatoes recipe if you’re looking for a new one.

Mashed Potatoes in Bowl

So next time you’re wondering what’s for dinner, give this Slow Cooker Sauerkraut and Sausage dish a shot. I think you will love it just as much as we do!

Sauerkraut and Pork Sausage

More Sausage Recipes

Slow Cooker Sausage and Cabbage
Italian Sausage Soup
BBQ Sausage Kabobs
Slow Cooker Cabbage and Kielbasa

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FAMILY FAVORITE Slow Cooker Sausage and Sauerkraut served over mashed potatoes! This easy crockpot meal will become your family's new favorite dinner! Use a good pork kielbasa for full flavor! It's inspired by my Polish family!


Slow Cooker Sausage and Sauerkraut

FAMILY FAVORITE Slow Cooker Sausage and Sauerkraut served over mashed potatoes! This easy crockpot meal will become your family's new favorite dinner! Use a good pork kielbasa for full flavor! It's inspired by my Polish family!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Polish
Keyword sausage and sauerkraut
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 417 kcal


  • 1 cup sauerkraut
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 pound pork sausage cut up into 1-2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 onion sliced
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. In a bowl combine the sauerkraut and brown sugar. Place this into slow cooker.
  2. Next arrange the sausage pieces and onion over the sauerkraut.
  3. Pour water on top.
  4. Cook on high for 2 hours, checking occasionally to make sure there is still water.
  5. Reduce to low and cook for 2 more hours.
  6. Serve over mashed potatoes or egg noodles

Recipe Video

Time to Pick Bok Choy in the Garden!

*Squeals* *Dances* *Smiles* *Does a cartwheel*. Just kidding, I could never do a cartwheel. In the playground all the pretty little girls were always flipping around while I was playing basketball or trying to talk people into playing BINGO with me. But I am squealing, dancing and smiling…. it’s time to start picking vegetables in the garden! This makes me one happy girl!

Right now we’re getting hammered with Lettuce and Bok Choy picking in the garden. For a girl who used to dislike lettuce, I am sure eating it by the handful now.. but that’s another post! This one is all about one of my favorite greens, Bok Choy! Last year we grew some over the Winter in the green house and it worked pretty well but this Spring was the first time we grew them normal like our other plants. The results are astounding… we already have a contestant in the happiest plant of 2014 category!

For stats, the seeds were planted January 29 and transplanted outside on April 1st. These plants are growing MASSIVE! I really can’t say enough great things about their growth. They are wide, bushy and they just keep growing. So let’s pick some of the first harvest of the season… are you excited?

Remember when the bok choy were just baby seedlings? Oh those were the days…
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Then they started growing…
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Then suddenly they were full force ahead adult bok choy mode!
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You guys just grew up so quick! It feels like just yesterday I was planting your little seeds.First Bok Choy Harvest 2014_1

You used to be small and weak and scared of the wind… and now you’re so strong you can live through tough storms!
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From seed to these massive beauties.  A bok choy selfie is needed!
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But now it’s time to pick the bok choy for dinner!   I’m totally making this noodle dish!   Did you know that if you don’t pick the entire plant but instead just cut off the outside leaves the plant will keep growing?  I know, it’s amazing. That means that you can grow a plant, cut, then keep on growing!  I would highly suggest this method as you’re going to get double the yield.  To do this just cut about 2 inches from the base on the outside leaves.  This is a great video that shows you how to cut it too.
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And go all the way around the plant to cut all the leaves..
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We tend to leave a few leaves inside so the plant won’t freak out but instead will keep  growing.  This is how we left the plant after cutting.
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In just 1 week the plant already looks like this again. Do you see all the new growth around the base and the outside leaves?  
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And then once all your bok choy is cut, start thinking about recipes!
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And continue to be in love with how green and beautiful it is!  Goodness I am in love with you bok choy.
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Good job baby bok choy. Mama and Papa love you.
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Thanks for harvesting with me! 

Have you grown bok choy before?  Do you treat your plants like babies too?

Cats and Reed + Rader

I’m totally going to shock you here… but I love cats! Ok maybe that’s not shocking at all, but it was reason to just yell out “I love cats!”.  I love the entire population of cats! 

We were shooting the entire past weekend and unfortunately there was no cats on set.  You know how much this breaks my heart but don’t worry, there was plenty of cat gushing with friends that we work with!   The shoot was a fashion project we’re working on and that got me thinking about cats in fashion.  You all know I’m already obsessed with cat clothes, but how about we go a step further and investigate cats that roam fashion sets and end up in the final pictures?

Matthew and my own work  features plenty of cats! We’ve done plenty of gifs, videos and interactive projects that put our cat love on full display. Here’s just a few that I’d love to show you guys!  Being inspired by cats is totally my daily fancy!

The most known one is a video we made for Vice Magazine.  The film is called “I Hate Kitties” but don’t get the idea that we hate kitties, that’s not true at all.  The video was done in good spirits but expresses that feeling when cats wake you up at 6AM with a meow to be fed, you get out of bed and run into the wall while stubbing your toe, feed your cat and then head back to bed. Then the cat appears on your belly with a look that says “I didn’t want food. Sucker.”.  

Last year we were approached by the fine folks at Snapple to create a video about cats.  The video was based on their under the lid facts. The fact for our project was Snapple Real Fact #685: Dogs can make about 10 sounds, cats make about 100.  So we decided to go right in and show how brilliant cats are with our spelling bee.    

Don’t you love a behind the scenes look at our Snapple video too featuring Brother Bear?
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For Christmas we did a GIF story for Flair Magazine. One of the shots included a grumpy cat lady.

Then we did a V MAN / Marc Jacobs story that featured some cat rubbing. Don’t be terrified, the cats are happy.

For a interactive piece last year we projection mapped colors on a 3D cat that we created.  The final result was a installation piece called CAT GOD. Meow.  Here’s a look at it during the day when it’s not lit up.. with me on Matthew’s shoulders (he made me do it, I was scared!).

Finally, even a talk we gave in Toronto in April had cats in the title.  Cats, Cats, Cats! Love, Love, Love.
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And what would be a post with our projects be without some snapshots of our cats behind the scenes?  Being loved on set is their daily fancy.  Kitties love lots of attention… especially Xanadu! I really love all the models who have shown Xanadu love over the years…. she tends to always want to jump into the shots!







Hope you guys liked taking a look behind the scenes of our cat happy work! 

What’s your daily fancy? Follow Fancy Feast’s new Tumblr to read the #DailyFancies of fancy cats and passionate cat owners. I’m really loving the interviews they are doing with cat loving bloggers so check it out!

And check out my other cat related post I made today about painting with cats!  It’s cat day Wednesday! 

Painting With Cats

Have you ever tried to paint a wall alongside a cat? How about 4 cats? So the journey begins..

For the past few years we have had a wall unpainted that sits behind my desk. It’s called the bike wall as it houses the bikes on it.  The wall was supposed to be painted right after construction but for some reason that never happened so I have just been looking at a ugly wall for quite some time.  Because I could not put up with it anymore I told myself in May that wall would be painted!  I was pretty excited to do this and thought it would be simple.. but then some furry critters entered the painting day.

First up I wanted to tell you about the paint I chose.  I’ve heard great things about BEHR’s Marquee Interior Paint and Primer as it’s a one coat color that gets results quickly.  It’s paint + primer in one so it means no waiting around.. quick quick quick! What’s even more quicker? It has low VOC in it that allows the paint to dry faster which means you could paint and entertain a room in the same weekend.  Because I knew this was the bike wall I needed a paint that would be able to handle mud and wet stains that bike tires could cause.  With this paint it’s scrubbable which is perfect for the project at hand.  This paint was found at my local Home Depot and you can check your store availability here if you’re interested.  There’s 372 colors to pick from so they pretty much have every shade you are looking for.  We went with Siberian Ice Eggshell which is a icy blue shade.  I have to say that it was pretty dead on perfect with the swatch which is a great positive.  Did you ever buy a paint and it looks nothing like the swatch?  Terrible, I know.  A gallon retails at around $40 which I do find pricey for normal paint but since it has the primer mixed in and is quick drying, the results pay for themselves.  If you don’t need a gallon they also have 8 oz samples.  The paints come in matte, eggshame enamel and semi-gloss enamel.  What I’m saying is this paint rules!  Do-it-yourselfers can visit behr.com/marquee to learn more about the product and access robust how-to information.  

So now on to painting with the cats!
This was the wall to begin with.  It’s color was “natural” as it was never painted. Also I know the Grumpy Cat poster is a great touch.
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In the same afternoon with only one coat of paint I was able to have a already transformed looking wall!
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I really love that color is subtle and not overwhelming.  With my purple wall I wanted something that wouldn’t outdo it.  As the day goes on the shadows get darker in our loft the color gets slightly darker making the icy blue stand out.
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I also painted a canvas with this color to see how it would work with crafts.  We used this canvas for a backdrop for a upcoming project and the color really stuck well to the canvas.   Canvas really soaks up paint so it goes quicker in this way but the color was spot on.
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Now on to the painting…

The afternoon started with some paint and a roller.  I thought everything was going to be great…
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Then I got the ladder out and I knew this was going to be a adventure.  Hi Goblin.. one cat shows up.
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And then once the cats realized there was plastic on the floor Wrestlemania began with the boys.  In this picture Brother and Goblin are both on the plastic while Xanadu lives on her ladder as the referee.  The boys love to roll around and wrestle on the plastic. It’s madness.   They also love seeing how their nails can rip the plastic.  It’s great fun for everyone except me.
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Finally I got them to calm down a bit and they napped on a box.
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Then Xanadu decided that while the paint was drying she was going to head back to the top of the ladder again.  Xanadu has always been a fan of ladders.  She often sleeps on top of them when they are out.
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In the past few weeks Goblin has really been investigating Xanadu’s methods of play.  Xanadu is very active and smart and generally gets into everything so Goblin is very curious about how she does it.  When the moment came where I saw Goblin thinking about climbing the ladder I knew this was going to go bad.  She was teaching him all her tricks.
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So after a bit of figuring out how to get on top of the ladder, Goblin climbed slowly to the top.  Xanadu was not pleased at all and tried to bite his ear off.  After all, it is her ladder.
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But finally Xanadu gave up because Goblin would just not let go of the ladder.  She jumped down and Goblin stayed hanging onto the ladder for the next 3 hours because he has no idea how to get down.  Eventually we had to save him.  Good job Goblin.
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Are your cats curious too?  Tell me stories in the comments!

And check out my other cat related post I made today about cats in our work!  It’s cat day Wednesday! 

Spicy Italian Crushed Tomato Sauce

Doesn’t a big bowl of pasta just fill you up with happiness for dinner?  How about we add a touch of spice with some crushed tomatoes?  Magic, right?

That’s how I feel about this recipe, it’s absolutely magical.  I think most times when we think of tomato sauce it doesn’t have that kick to it, but this Spicy Italian Crushed Tomato Sauce definitely has some spice.   It’s not overly spicy, but there’s enough that gives it a extra zip zap taste.    Also, can we talk about the aroma that that this sauce has?  It’s delicious.  If you give this sauce a shot, just watch your  kitchen start to fill up with people asking when dinner is ready.   Tell them them a few more minutes and kick them out of your kitchen.  Then take a few big spoonfuls of this sauce first. 

Speaking of tomatoes… our tomatoes have adjusted from their transplanting period and are now firm in their containers.  I love seeing them start to add a few inches of height and turn a nice green color.  Expect a big garden update post at the end of this week!  The other fresh star of this recipe is the basil.  I was able to throw in a big bunch of basil chopped up in this sauce and it was a perfect fit (not to mention the smell was amazing!).  Don’t you just love fresh basil?  Mmmm!

Spicy Crushed Tomato Sauce

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You can totally use whatever pasta you want to use.  This was one of those nights where I threw a bunch of quarter filled boxes together for a pasta mix!

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 Now go on and have a great pasta dinner tonight.. enjoy!

Spicy Italian Crushed Tomato Sauce


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes or fresh crushed tomatoes
  • 1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil chopped up
  • 1 small bell pepper chopped up
  • 1 12 ounce package dried pasta of choice


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for 2 minutes.
  2. Add red pepper flakes and saute for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil and pepper.
  4. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring a few times.
  5. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add your pasta of choice and cook as instructed on box. Drain.
  6. Add pasta sauce to pasta and stir.
  7. Serve hot and enjoy.

Mary’s Special Ingredients Box Review

Recently I got to review a box of MARY’s secret ingredients (MSI).  MSI is a limited edition culinary surprise box containing unique gourmet, artisanal ingredients along with small kitchen products.  Each season, a box of surprise goodies will be delivered to your door to enjoy.  If you don’t know what to do with the products, don’t worry as each ingredient in the box will be used in a recipe on the LOVE blog.  

I love box ideas because 1) I really like surprise gifts in the mail.  2) I love to discover new snacks and cooking items.  Getting a new sauce or herb will make me think outside of my regular kitchen box and be creative.      Also I love that 10% of profits get donated to Feed The Children Organization.

If you’re interested sign up at Mary’s Secret Ingredients.  For all the gourmet products I got it’s well worth the $25.95 price tag as I know how much this stuff costs in the store!  Sign up for the Summer box, Autumn box or Winter box or go crazy and treat yourself to all 3.  This makes a awesome gift as well, so think of upcoming foodie friends birthdays or anniversaries!  They will love you for it!  My birthday is October 24, so you know. 😉

Let’s look at the box!  With my 2 helpers.. Xanadu and Goblin!

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First up, it’s wrapped beautifully and very organized!

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I was already oohing and ahhing.  How long did these wafer cookies last in my kitchen? Less than 24 hours.  The next day I went for a wafer cookie and they were GONE.  The packaging was GONE.  I texted Matthew “WHERE ARE THE WAFERS!!!!!”.  He texted me that he ate the rest during the middle of the night.  I was heart broken.  Seriously. 

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These applewood smoked meats were also delicious.  They lasted 2 days I think.  I would totally buy these if I saw them in the store!

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A big jar of fresh oregano that smells as good as you think it does!

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Probably the highlight of the box for me (ok besides the wafer cookies) is this peppermint tea.  Peppermint tea is one of my favs to enjoy and calm down with.

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Even better is that it’s made right here in Brooklyn by Calmer Sutra Teas!

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These were little pieces of cheeses that had a hint of spice to it.  

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This was a delicious brine that has me bursting with ideas! Goblin is pretty excited too.

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So go ahead and put some LOVE in your cooking!

I hope you go ahead and try a box out, I really think you will love it!

Get Your Organizing On Track!

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Does anyone else fear when walking into your garage or opening a closet that basketballs, screw drivers or boxes will fall on you?  I’m glad you can relate!  We have a storage closet at the end of our loft which houses some of Matthew’s tools (boy loves his power tools), sporting equipment, boxes that we can’t part with just yet, garden supplies, photo equipment and props for future/past projects.  It’s not strange to walk into this closet and see tools alongside long beautiful wigs.  Well ok, it’s not strange for me, but the unorganized nature of this drives me crazy.
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When I was browsing the aisles of my beloved Target, I came across The Rubbermaid FastTrack 5 Piece Kit that looked like it would be perfect to put high on our walls for more organized storage. I was hoping this could hold some electrical cords that always get tangled, paint cans, tools, etc.  So I threw it in my cart and off I went to browse around Target because I never leave Target with buying just 1 item.  Goodness, I love that place.
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What I loved about this Kit was right out of the box it was so easy to set up. Matthew literally snapped it together in a minute and by the time I grabbed my camera to take pictures (my way of helping) he already had it screwed into the wall.  The boy moves quick when it comes to setting things up!Target Rubbermaid FastTrack_3

And just like that things were looking better in our storage space!
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And a before and after:
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I really love these kits as you can build your ideal storage system for anything and everything.   This is perfect for garages, garden sheds or closets.   I’m already thinking about building a entire system of these kits for our garden storage on the roof.  Just the idea of getting all of our shovels organized makes me excited!

From May 18, 2014 to May 24, 2014 the FastTrack kit is on sale for $28.99 (regular price $33.99) so I would grab my bag and run to Target as soon as possible!   Are you doing any Spring/Summer time cleaning? 

The Best Collard Greens

I have been saving up this recipe for a few months anxiously awaiting to share it with you guys. The time has come, the best collard greens are here!

My obsession with collards came last year when I had some authentic ones down South. From there I was obsessed.  I came home, got a few bunches of collard greens and promised myself I would try to learn to make them just as good (or at least close!).  The outcome is a major mouth watering recipe.   When I first made this exact recipe there was silence at the dinner table as we just wanted to savor the taste.  Then a few days later they were requested again for dinner.  Then a few days later, again.   I’m at the point where I love these greens so much I would just have them for dinner, nothing else. They are so good.  Just thinking about them gets me all worked up.

I’m kicking myself because we didn’t plant any collard seeds this year.  What were we thinking? Don’t worry though, next season there will be collards.  And lots of them!

Enjoy this delicious recipe and have a great weekend! Are you doing anything fun?

The Best Collard Greens

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Looking for a vegetarian recipe? Try my Vegetarian Collard Greens!


The Best Collard Greens


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 slices turkey bacon or regular
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound collard greens chopped
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat.
  2. Add bacon and cook until crisp. Remove bacon from pot, crumble and return to pot.
  3. Add garlic to pot and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add collard greens and stir until they begin to wilt.
  5. Add chicken broth, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and brown sugar. Stir.
  6. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter and Pickles Sandwich

I’m obsesed with Peanut Butter and Pickles!  I just can’t get enough of this combination!

Pretty much every single day for lunch or a late afternoon snack, I’ve been toasting up one or two slices of bread,   throwing on some peanut butter, throwing on a big pile of pickles and then eating it up with a smile!  Have you ever tried peanut butter and pickles? I love the combo of the sweet and the tart.

And my favorite Peanut Butter for this sandwich? I’m obsessed with Peanut Butter & Co’s The Bee’s Knees right now.   You guys know my love for Peanut Butter & Co, but I am super in love with the sweet addition of the honey in this.  If you’ve tried this kind of Peanut Butter or you have and love it too, then make sure enter the Giveaway down below where you can win 2 jars! 

First up, toast 2 pieces of bread.  I love the Light versions of bread nowadays, 1 slice is 40 calories.  Love it.  What else do I love? This plate that Katie gave me.  Thanks girl!
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The Pepper Plant Seedling That Just Won’t Die

In March we planted bell pepper seeds.  Every single seed came up.
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Because every single seed came up, we had to thin out the double seedlings.  So we pinched them off and pushed them off to the side (and cried because I always do).  Then a few days later we saw that the pepper seedling was not dead, it returned.
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Not just 1, but 2.  These are zombie pepper plants that returned to life.
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We really don’t need this many pepper plants, but what can you do when a pepper plant tries this hard?  We can’t resist.  Ok pepper plant, you win, let’s get you planted.
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And then a few days later, it was transplanted into it’s summer home.  Now it’s living the life it always wanted as a pepper plant.
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When you love your plants so much, it’s hard enough to thin off baby seedlings, but when they try this hard, you just have to let them grow.
Welcome to the family peppers!  Enjoy your Summer!


Tomato Macaroni and Cheese

Delicious Tomato Macaroni and Cheese casserole recipe, ready in less than 1 hour.

If you add tomatoes to macaroni and cheese, that makes it a healthy dish, right?  I’m glad you agree with me!

For this recipe  we are mixing 2 cups of fresh chopped tomatoes with some cheesy macaroni noodles.  If you don’t have fresh, don’t worry I got you covered too.  Instead substitute it with 1 can of diced tomatoes.   I have a entire macaroni and cheese recipe section now and check out how many of them have vegetables in… I really love getting veggies cheesy!   So next time you’re craving some homemade mac and cheese add some tomatoes! Enjoy!
Delicious Tomato Macaroni and Cheese casserole recipe, ready in less than 1 hour.

Delicious Tomato Macaroni and Cheese casserole recipe, ready in less than 1 hour.

Delicious Tomato Macaroni and Cheese casserole recipe, ready in less than 1 hour.

Tomato Macaroni and Cheese


  • 2 cups macaroni noodles
  • 8 oz cheese either cheddar or mozzarella
  • 2 cups fresh diced tomatoes or 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs


  1. In a large pot boil macaroni noodles per directions on box. Drain and put half in a greased casserole dish.
  2. Take half of cheese and add on top of macaroni.
  3. Put remaining half of macaroni noodles on top, then top again with remaining cheese.
  4. Stir together diced tomatoes, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt, thyme and pepper in bowl. Pour over macaroni mixture.
  5. Spread bread crumbs on top of dish.
  6. Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Delicious Tomato Macaroni and Cheese casserole recipe, ready in less than 1 hour.

A Look Into Frances Palmer’s Garden

Peeking is a ongoing series where I peek into other’s gardens and snoop around.   If you’re in the NYC area and have a garden you’d like to share, please email me.  I’d love to see what you are doing and share your garden story!   For more peeking posts click here

Welcome to Frances Palmer’s vegetable garden!

Tell me in the comments if any new ideas spring to mind for your own garden by looking at these.  

Enjoy this visual post, full of garden beauty and inspiration. 



How to Survive Garden Allergies!


I never suffered from allergies until 2 years ago.  Then suddenly they hit.  There are days when I go up to the garden and that same night I’m sniffly and super clogged up.  Because I can’t stay away from my baby, the garden, I needed to find some tips to keep the allergy symptoms away.

My products of choice to always have nearby are a box of tissues (preferably really soft ones with aloe!), some cough drops for sore and dry throats and Nasacort which is a allergy spray that I feel works better and quicker instead of pills.  But my biggest allergy solution is tea!  Did you know that tea is great for allergies? It’s true.  Tea, it just keeps on giving, doesn’t it?    Certain herbs provide natural antihistamaine benefits that can help allergy relief.  The best teas to drink when you have sinus pain and itchy eyes are rooibos, ginger, lemon balm and peppermint.  You totally don’t have to wait for the allergy syptoms to hit either. If you start to drink this tea daily it will help prevent allergy pain.

I’m also obsessed with my new best friend, Poncho.  Poncho is a app that sends you daily text or emails (you choose!) about the daily pollen forecast.  It also tells you the temperature and daily forecast.  What I especially love about this service is that it’s customized to your schedule.   Because I don’t want it to send me texts while I’m sleeping or too early, it informs me almost right on the dot of the time I told it to which is when I leave the house.  This tells me if I need to pack a umbrella or not! You also tell it when you leave for work, so if a upcoming storm is going to hit, it’s going to alert you so you don’t get 2 blocks from work and it starts pouring!  It’s like the best friend a girl can have to keep her hair dry from rain!  Poncho has been getting some great press so check out the Forbes and Tech Crunch articles. 

Also because I love great UI design, I have to say how beautiful their website is.  Here’s one of the pages when setting up my customized options.  Isn’t it pretty?

Everyday it sends me a text that gives a visual link as well.  Here you can see what the temperature will be and the pollen count. It’s pretty high right now so better get my tissues ready!

Here’s the actual text I get.  Some days when pollen is high it even sends me a coupon.  Also I want to give a shout out to this because Nasacort was 23.99.  With my Duane Reade rewards card it was on sale for 17.99.  Then with this coupon it was 14.99.  What a deal, right?  Even the checkout cashier was like “You go girl!”.

So stop by your local Duane Reade and stock up all your allergy tools!  

Happy garden season!
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Mexican Black Bean and Corn Salsa

MEXICAN BLACK BEAN and CORN SALSA that takes 2 MINUTES to make! This easy homemade salsa recipe is full of fresh Mexican flavor! Eat this healthy dip with chips or serve as a salad.

We love this Mexican Black Bean and Corn Salsa because it only takes 2 minutes to make and can easily be served as a dip with tortilla chips or as side salad.   I find that I can make this recipe in the hot Summer months for picnics, or in the cold Snowy months with slow cooker tacos and we love it equally.

MEXICAN BLACK BEAN and CORN SALSA that takes 2 MINUTES to make! This easy homemade salsa recipe is full of fresh Mexican flavor! Eat this healthy dip with chips or serve as a salad.

We eat Mexican food very often in our house so this salsa is a perfect fit! I see so many tasty taco recipes from bloggers but recently I came across a book that I fell in love with it. It’s “The Taco Revolution” and features over 100 recipes to “Master America’s New Favorite Food”.    It’s not often that Matthew and I both have to fight over a cookbook but when he saw this on my desk his eyes nearly popped out of his head. “Tacos!” he exclaimed.  “Tacos!” I exclaimed.   In this cookbook there’s a section devoted to one of my favorite foods – salsa!  

MEXICAN BLACK BEAN and CORN SALSA that takes 2 MINUTES to make! This easy homemade salsa recipe is full of fresh Mexican flavor! Eat this healthy dip with chips or serve as a salad.

From slow cooker tacos, to salsa, to cornbread, I love it all. In fact check out my Mexican recipe selection here for lots of other recipes!  Make this salsa and serve it with your next Mexican dish!

Looking for more salsa recipes?  Check out:

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Canned Tomato Salsa


MEXICAN BLACK BEAN and CORN SALSA that takes 2 MINUTES to make! This easy homemade salsa recipe is full of fresh Mexican flavor! Eat this healthy dip with chips or serve as a salad.


Mexican Black Bean and Corn Salsa


  • 1 can of corn drained
  • 1 can of black beans drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 lime or 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Cilantro to garnish optional


  1. Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Make sure to refrigerate leftovers.

Adapted from The Taco Revolution: Over 100 Traditional and Innovative Recipes to Master America's New Favorite Food by Brandon Schultz

MEXICAN BLACK BEAN and CORN SALSA that takes 2 MINUTES to make! This easy homemade salsa recipe is full of fresh Mexican flavor! Eat this healthy dip with chips or serve as a salad.

Walk The Aisles To Keep The Wrinkles Away


When RoC Brand invited me to learn more about how to prevent wrinkles I was pretty excited!   I wanted to share all these great tips with you guys because as I found out, it’s never too early to start.

I’m 30 years old and I have a battle with my skin.   I’ve battled with acne and dry skin for pretty much my entire life.  During these many years I have moisturized the heck out of skin, lathering it twice a daily, which has resulted in at least one positive thing: lack of wrinkles.  I know lots of people deal with dark circles, puffiness, age lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet and I know the time will come for me as well, so that’s why I was interested in learning about more ways in how to prevent this.

Like lots of other beauty products in my life, it’s a good idea to use them before you need them.   Have you ever dried to get rid of a scar?  It’s hard. Have you ever tried to remove eye wrinkles? Very hard.  But if you start to use products before they form then you’re not going to have to deal with getting rid of them.

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I met up with some other ladies at Duane Reade on Wall Street to discuss RoC product benefits and anti-aging/skin care with top NYC dermatologist Debra Jaliman and health experts. There we got to ask all our questions we always wanted to know:
When do I have to start to worry about wrinkles?
What is retinol?
Do I have to wear moisturizer?
Is there a thing as too much sunscreen? (Answer, NO!)
How much lotion should I really put on my face?
Is this product going to break me out?

One of the tips that really stuck with me that night is this “More is not better, use small amounts”.  I know you’ve read a bottle before and it says to put a pea amount so you do that and then you put 6x more dots because more means it will work better, right?  Wrong!   A little goes a long way!  So don’t go crazy with application, keep it light.

I also learned that Retinol is the most popular ingredient recommended by dermatologists.  Retinol is a form of Vitamin A which reduces pore size and reduces fine lines.

Always wash with a very gentle mild cleanser.  Most times you don’t need anything fancy, most cleaners found at your local drugstore will do the job.

SPF 30 is great to use.  If you are using a retinol always use a sunscreen, but you should always use a sunscreen anyways.. even when it’s rainy out!  Do you use a moisturizer that has SPF in it? Do you use SPF them on top of that? Then does your makeup have SPF in it too? It’s totally ok, there’s no such thing as too much sunscreen. 

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RoC gave us great giveaway bags that included everything from sunglasses (protect those eyes) to eye masks to Debra Jaliman’s book “Skin Rules” which I read that night in bed from front to back.    They also gave us a ton of skincare products as everyone has different skin tones, sensitivity and needs different things.   The two items that I have been using for a week straight now are the Deep Wrinkle Serum and the Anti-Aging for Retinol-Sensitive Skin.  I have extremely sensitive skin that can be so easily irritated so I love that they have products for my quick to become red skin.  When I dotted this eye cream around my eyes the first few nights I definitely felt the retinol tingling but per package that’s to be expected.  The deep wrinkle serum stimulates your skin’s renewal process and is clinically proven to visibly reduce both fine lines and deep wrinkles.  I also read a ton of reviews that said that the serum really helped with acne so I decided to give this a shot as well.   With anything I have to be patient and give it time to work. The serum takes 12 weeks to notice a difference so I am going to continue to put it on at bed time and then lather my favorite moisturizer on top. 

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To leave with, I just had to snap these pictures too.  The event was lots of fun but it was also delicious  There were tons of great catered sandwiches, macaroons and vegetables to snack away on.
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The macaroons were covered in gold and were a highlight item that everyone was throwing on Instagram. 
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Don’t ask me how many I ate.. hehehe.  Don’t! 😉
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 Tell me, what are you doing for your skin? What is your routine?  Do you have to deal with eye wrinkles?  If so, what do you use? If not,  are you starting to prevent them?

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