Peppermint Bark Recipe

One of the things I love most about the holiday time of year is the baking! I don’t normally eat sweets that contain a boatload of sugar or dairy, but I do enjoy making them for others. Peppermint bark is an exception. While I like to make the bark with only dark chocolate just for... Continue Reading →

Message in a Feather

Last week when I got run over by the grief bus, thinking about my mom’s last days, I did what I’ve been doing every day since her passing—begging her to give me a sign that she’s still here, still with me. Since last week was an especially low point (hello, grief and major depression!), I... Continue Reading →

How to Make Limoncello

I’ve always loved the taste of lemons—lemon ice, lemonade, lemon tart, lemon cookies. You get the idea. Maybe that’s why I enjoy limoncello. It’s light, sweet and very refreshing, and especially welcome at the end of a hot summer day. The lemon liqueur originated in southern Italy nearly a hundred years ago. Then, it was customary... Continue Reading →

Doggy Day Hikes: 4 Things to Pack

For the last few weeks, the weather here on Long Island has fluctuated from being comfortable to extremely humid. On very humid days, Emma refuses to walk anywhere, and I don’t blame her. I’m not a fan of the humidity or higher temps either, unless of course I’m doing hot yoga. So, whenever the weather... Continue Reading →

Doggy Day Trips—Old Westbury Gardens

Old Westbury Gardens has always been my absolute favorite escape on Long Island. It is the perfect place to unwind, relax and enjoy nature. As a child, I would go off exploring all that the Gardens has to offer—the thatched cottage, East Lake, the Walled Garden, nature paths and everything else in between—pretending that I... Continue Reading →

Hearty Split Pea Soup

In the winter, I love making a variety of soups. Not only are they filling, they are loaded with vitamins and nutrients that your body needs to get you through the cold winter. Over the years, I’ve experimented with different ingredients in my soups, along with the different types of split peas. I used to... Continue Reading →

Healthy Treats for Your Dog

When Emma first came into the family, she was a tiny four-pound bundle of white fluff. I wanted to be a good pet-parent and feed her a healthy diet, so she would live longer. But I didn't want this to be limited to just her meals; I wanted her to have healthy snacks, as well.... Continue Reading →

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