Father's Day Gift Guide: East Dane.

My dad is a pretty cool dude. He taught me how to ride a bike, was fully supportive of my decision to dig up dinosaur bones in the backyard as a kid, and has since become one of my favorite people to make laugh. He gave me my tenacity, and even though I’ve been taller than him since the 6th grade (Big R is only 5’4), his larger-than-life personality makes him a blast (but don’t tell him, because he can get a little big for his britches)....more

Potato Rosette Cups

Potato Rosette CupsWhat a great way to serve potatoes AND keep your portions under control!!Here’s what you do….Cook your potatoes. (Boil them with the skins on, and the skin just comes off using your hands)Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.Mash the potatoes using a little milk. You can add your favorite ingredients to them…this one has cheese and chives in it…but any thing works well.Use a paper towel with oil to grease your muffin tins, or use a no-stick spray....more

My New Phone

My children gave me a wonderful plant and homemade ceramic gifts for Mothers Day.Today I got a big surprise when they gave me my new phone..A Samsung S4. I'm so excited .Thank you to my wonderful children, Love you! ...more

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad

Yesterday my parents celebrated thier 54th Anniversary. I have been blessed to have such wonderful parents that have been a constant streghth in my life.Clarence and Alice Hofacre:)P.S.My Mom was 8 months pregnant...yep with me!   ...more

Memorial Day

As Memorial Day approaches we all say do not forget about those who sacrificed their lives for those still living. What about those who are suffering from tramuatic injuries to the brain or mental illness such as PTSD?   Those who live have suffered and have sacrificed. We must not forget what they deal with on a daily basis. Many men and women saw very serious battles while in past wars. From the Revloution War to our current war. Women are often forgotten as many are not in combat units. Many of our women are nurses who see the worst of the worst of war....more

4 Tips for Your Healthy Gluten Free Summer Picnic

Backyard barbecues and picnics are nearly synonymous with summertime. After all, who doesn’t enjoy gathering with family and friends, tossing a few burgers and dogs on the grill and chilling out in the backyard?...more

Wet Garlic & Ramp Lasagne with Creamy St. George's Mushrooms & Handmade Fresh Pasta

May in Stockholm has started to yield some gorgeous spring-summer weather, at its very best from the balcony of my new flat with its stunning view over the city and its surroundings....more

Why I'm So "Over" Hosting Big Birthday Parties

My kids have had their last big birthday party: at home, at a park, at a party place....more

Graduation Day Speech

It’s that time of year again. All across the country high school students are putting on those hot gowns, tight caps and marching down the aisle. A few years ago I wrote a speech for a high school graduation. I thought I’d share it with you as a way of honoring the graduates of 2014!The Story of the Ugly Orange Pot...more