Sustenance

Good and Simple Coffeemaking

Good and Simple Coffeemaking

Until recently, I would have considered that an oxymoron. I grew up in a family that was really into coffee and its attendant paraphernalia.  My parents were ahead of their time and owned a restaurant coffee maker. When I was a teen, they obtained a commercial espresso machine. Later came a coffee bean roaster. As … more

A Minimalist Beauty Routine

A Minimalist Beauty Routine

I don’t know if there’s anything more overwhelming than shopping the vast beauty industry. At least for me. When I was younger, it seemed like every other girl had a natural knowledge of skincare, haircare, and makeup that I lacked. I floundered for awhile, then was swallowed into the super-conservative world for several years. Faces … more

Yogurt

Yogurt

I owned a copy of Nourishing Traditions before it became a popular lifestyle and have often fantasized of being a Real-Foodie. How I would love to have all that organic, home-grown, home-brewed, home-cooked food served at every meal. But alas, I despise the kitchen, and that does not bode well for a Nourishing Traditions menu. (It is a great … more

Simple Granola

Simple Granola

Everyone needs a good granola recipe. I spent years making fancy granolas with every embellishment conceivable. They were pretty and healthy, but expensive to make and appealed to a very small sampling of people who happened to like that particular blend of seeds, coconut, and dried fruit (i.e., not my kids). I was introduced to this granola … more

Fresh Tomato Soup

Fresh Tomato Soup

If you have tomatoes and don’t feel like canning, you must try this soup. Fresh tomato soup is unlike any tomato soup you’ve ever had. If you have an immersion blender, it’s a cinch to make. We get this treat only a couple times a year. It makes a perfect September supper with dipped bread, … more

The Salad Garden

The Salad Garden

As summer winds down, the garden is in its glory. Huge fuchsia zinnias are blooming their hearts out, little orange pumpkins are glowing under their vines, and the tired-looking tomato plants are finally yielding their heavy, luscious beefsteaks. Here in Wisconsin, we only get about a month of tomatoes before the frost claims the vines, … more

Our Summer Drink

Our Summer Drink

Cold drinks and summer sure go together, and this is the go-to beverage at our house. Unfortunately I am not much of a water-drinker but I do love a good iced tea.  I’ve been making this simple light tea for a few years now and try to keep a pitcher of it in the fridge during the … more