Raspberry Preserves {no pectin recipe}

It has been a might busy summer around here. A good busy though. In addition to having a bigger garden and selling at the Farmer’s Market, we found a new church that we are trying, I got into essential oils [okay, that should probably say I became instantly obsessed with essential oils!] and now, any day, we expect to be called suddenly to drive 3 hours south to watch our granddaughter while her little brother gets born! ...more

Lemony Dill Hummus

…with Cucumber Dippers! Hi there! I am picking my head up from the pails that contain our farmer’s market produce to put this fantastic recipe together for you! ...more

Spicy Zucchini “Fries”

We have had a pretty busy summer here at Creekside. I’m not exactly sure how Larry had time to ever go to work before he retired, because it seems like every day is filled to overflowing. Our latest adventure is that we have become vendors at a local market in my hometown ....more

Why I LOVE Essential Oils

It’s very simply, really. Essential oils gave me my life back. That sounds incredibly dramatic, I know ....more

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Summer certainly took it’s time finding us this year. Now that it is here, in all it’s hot, steamy, Upstate New York glory, there is no better time for some Strawberry Cheesecake Ice cream. The strawberries have been really good this year – sweet, juicy and, locally at least, huge ....more

3 Light Summer Salads

I know that I have been scarce here on the blog lately. Lots of you have been regular visitors though, and I am grateful and so pleased that you find good information here, even when I am so often absent. Things are getting better, day by day ....more

Stand Mixer Italian Bread

I have to be honest and tell you that I would love a do-over for this year so far. It’s been a difficult one, to say the least. I’ll get into some of it in posts to come probably ....more

Easy Citrus Jam

I’m a little late getting this recipe posted, but it is definitely not too late to make it yourself! There is still plenty of fresh citrus in the stores this spring, and you can change up what you use to suit what you can find. I wanted to get this posted before I left to spend a week in Arizona with my folks, sister and brothers, but as so often happens, time got away from me and I am not getting to until now ....more

Chicken Fajita Couscous Dinner Bowls

I don’t watch a whole lot of TV, but “Chopped” on the Food Network has always been a favorite of mine. I’ve never had any real desire to actually be on the show, because I like to cook at a much more leisurely pace than would be needed to actually finish in the time allotted. But when Sargento® asked me if I would like to do a recipe for their Chopped at Home promotion, I thought it sounded like a lot of fun, so I happily said yes ....more

Upside Down Grapefruit Cake

You don’t see that many recipes using grapefruits in baking. I guess they don’t have quite the same pizzazz as lemons and limes, and they are not as sweet as most oranges. If you juice them, the flavor isn’t really bold enough to hold up much grapefruit flavor – unless you reduce it, and then it loses a lot of it’s pop because you lose the fresh uncooked flavor ....more