So Happy Together – Succulents and Antiques in Lancaster County 

Friends that live in Lancaster County have told me about this place. Guests that visit Lancaster County have told me about this place. Well, I finally made it!  And took my camera.  OOO LA LA If you like succulents OR if you like antiques, County Lane does a great job of reusing and combining the […]

Rhubarb Pecan Muffins 

Rhubarb Pecan Muffins Rhubarb - what a wonderful, old-fashioned vegetable. While it looks like celery, its lemon-like tartness leads most folks to treat it like a fruit.  And so it gets cooked up in pies, tarts and desserts. If you can't find rhubarb near you, check a farmer's market or head to Lancaster County. Most […]

Sooooo, I was driving down the back roads of Lancaster County 

Sooooo, I was driving down the back roads of Lancaster County and came across this sign. Well, I just had to stop.  And I was so glad that I did.  Cocalico Creek Greenhouse has a lovely variety of plants, but their displays make everything fun.... From the entrance, on the outside,   to the inside, […]

Here’s how to tell that it’s Spring in Lancaster County 

Here's how to tell that it's Spring in Lancaster County: 1.  Our local greenhouses are open and bursting with color 2.  The locals have switched to their straw hats. 3.  Mud sales are held almost every weekend 4. Farmers are plowing their fields 5.  Mom and Lucy are back in their summer places on the porch […]

Tis the Season to be Baking 

Tis the Season to be Baking! Here's a recipe for one of my favorite childhood cookies. These cookies bring back many memories...when I was really young, my mom would bake them and let me dip the cookie in chocolate and then nuts.  Even with that limited chore, I would make a mess! But it is […]

“I’m Not Catchin’ A Cold This Winter” Soup 

"I'm Not Catchin' A Cold This Winter" Soup   It's winter.  Here in Pennsylvania the news is filled each day with folks dying from the flu, battling colds, getting sick.  It's enough to make you a bit leery about heading out in public. So I set out to create something to arm us with enough […]

Beep Beep Beep Goes My Kitchen 

Much like “The Trolley Song” that Judy Garland made famous, my kitchen is as noisy as that trolley she sang about. The stove beeps with every press of my finger, then it beeps three times when it’s preheated, and gives an extended, annoyed beep if I dare to open the door while the broiler […]

Scootin’ in the Coupe 

Innkeeping is such a stressful job....all that cookie baking, talking to guests and fluffing of pillows  can wear you out.  Luckily, my friend Lynne, fellow innkeeper at The Australian Walkabout, had the solution.  She suggested that we check out the new coupes at Strasburg Scooters. Great idea! And, since Lynne is a four-wheelin' kind of gal, I got […]

One Potato, Two Potato…..Heck with Three; Gimme More! 

It's hard to find another vegetable so versatile as potatoes.  Serve them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  Fry them, bake them, broil them or boil! Cut them into all kinds of shapes and slather them with a variety of toppings.  Face it, Americans are in love with potatoes.  Whether they are white, yellow, red, blue, sweet, new, russet or fingerlings; there are certainly enough […]