Grilled Apple Crisp

The first time I tasted this old-fashioned apple crisp, I couldn't believe it was made on the grill. Topped with a scoop of ice cream, the warm heartwarming dessert will earn you rave reviews. Perfect for camping or tailgating, a grilled apple crisp in a foil pack is a deliciously simple and portable version of the classic. I want to love camping.  I really do. I love the idea of settling in around a blazing fire, toasting a couple of marshmallows on the perfect stick until gooey and ...

FREE Printable Halloween Door Signs

Lately I've got Halloween on my mind, and it's no wonder Halloween is just a few weeks away! Halloween is one of our most favorite holidays, surpassed only by Christmas!  It marks the start of the busiest time of year for us when 4 major holidays seem to run right into each other.  It sure makes the last quarter of every year go by fast! We started our Halloween/Fall crafts and decorating back in late August and still aren't ready!  We've made a few wreaths and jars, but we're still ...

DIY Halloween Party Ideas

Our family loves Halloween.  We have so much fun decorating, making costumes, and best of all throwing a Halloween Party for friends and family. When Halloween falls on a weekend, like it does this year, it's extra fun.  We like to host a Halloween party in the afternoon then take everyone out to trick or treat when the sun goes down, with a quick costume change of course.  (When Halloween falls on a weekday we usually throw the party the weekend before) Here are some ideas to inspire ...

Market Day In Italian Towns

Europe is famous for Market Day.  It's one of my favorite things about Europe!  I love wandering thru open markets where ever they may be. Like all the other European countries Italy has Market Day in just about every little town.  In fact some towns like Vicenza have a schedule of Market Days where different vendors rotate through out the week.  For instance Thursdays are usually a Market Day for food vendors to sell fresh fruits and veggies not to mention cheeses, deli meats, seafood, ...

Teriyaki Chicken

This Teriyaki Chicken recipe will quickly become a new favorite! In this one pan recipe, bite size chicken breasts pieces are sautéed in a skillet then coated with an easy and delicious teriyaki sauce. This tastes just like your favorite Chinese take-out but you can have this ready faster than the time it would take to go pick up take-out! I’ve made other teriyaki chicken recipes but this hands down beats the prep and cook time on any other teriyaki chicken I’ve tried. And yet ...

The Best Sloppy Joes

The Best Sloppy Joes are easy to make, so delicious, and ready in 30 minutes or less! Triple or quadruple the recipe for parties, backyard barbecues, and giant family vacations. I can’t think of another meal that’s more evocative than the Sloppy Joe, an American staple. For me, eating one takes me back to cool summers at my family’s cabin in northern Wisconsin. My mom would make a huge batch, freeze it for the car ride up, and the whole family, kids and all would sit down and ...

“You’ve Been Booed” – Neighborhood Game – FREE PRINTABLES

It's Halloween time again!  Yay!  It's my favorite holiday right after Christmas. One of the things I love about Halloween is that I get to give treats, and not just to kids.  That's why I love this neighborhood game I learned while visiting my daughter in Arizona a few years ago. It's called "You've Been Booed!".   The idea is to anonymously gift 2 neighbors a basket of treats, they in turn will gift 2 others, and the game goes on. My grandsons have a great time helping put gift ...

6 October Kid’s Party Themes

October is a fun month to have a birthday party. There are so many themes to choose from it will be hard to decide which one you want to use. Bright fall colors make eye popping decorations.  Take advantage of the bounty of fresh fruits and veggies fall offers and serve healthy party food like zucchini pizza!     Here are 6 party themes for your October born child. Halloween Party! For late October birthdays there's nothing wrong with combining the birthday party with a ...

DIY Infused Water The Perfect Way to Stay Hydrated

Infused Water, sounds fancy right?  I know it sounds like some expensive water found only at spas and trendy cafés.  But seriously it's not! Infused water is simply put plain old water flavored with fruit, veggies, herbs, or a combination of the three.  It's also so easy to make at home, all you need is water, your flavoring, and a container. We've been making and serving infused water at many of our events for years.  They're so pretty to look at and adds a flavor twist to water.  Now ...

Grape Harvest Festivals in Italy

When I hear grape stomping and grape harvest this picture of Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball of the I Love Lucy show) always comes to mind.  Of course I grew up watching re-runs of this famous  1950's TV sitcom.  I don't recall the story line but I do remember Lucy stomping grapes in Italy and getting into a food fight with the Italian lady.  Whatever it was probably one of the reasons Italy was on my bucket list. Of course many of us don't exactly travel to Italy to stomp grapes, but if you ...