"The Afternoon Nap"

"The Afternoon Nap" is a collection of seasonal short stories about winter holiday magic, simple recipes to savor for enjoying the season’s moments and thoughtful gift ideas to share with friends and family. Last month I realized that I was not going to have this ready in full for this holiday season so I decided to share some of the stories with you for feedback to help shape the book and to use the season to feed my creative process so that I can complete my book....more

Making Lunch Fun: Valentine's Day

How was your Valentine's Day? And your Thanksgiving? Christmas?...more

Harvest Salad with Cider Vinaigrette and Warm Goat Cheese Cakes

Harvest Salad with Cider Vinaigrette and Warm Goat Cheese CakesThis crisp salad is made special with a simple homemade vinaigrette and a creamy goat cheese cake.Click to view recipe: http://www.thesensuist.com/Harvest_Salad.html...more

Breakfast Bread Pudding


Spiced Pumpkin Soup

Spiced Pumpkin SoupThis soup has a warm complex flavor. This would be a great starter for any holiday meal.  Click here to view the recipe: http://www.thesensuist.com/Spiced_Pumkpkin_Soup.html...more

Easy Cashew "Cheese"

I am the first person to admit I may have a minor obsession with cheese.  To my dismay (extreme, extreme dismay...), the last few years have been gracious enough to bring me lactose intolerance.  Yes, I've cried.  Not only would I have to cut out one of the greatest food groups, what the heck would substitute it??  I figured it would be for the best, anyway, as Bubba and Hubby were already on the c...more

Foraging Hippie Makes Dirt Gravy

So yesterday Cransky and I went tromping through the woods with baskets and knives (along with the Crocodile Dundee of mushroom hunters. We'll call him Mark.) Markodile Dundee made sure we didn't eat anything that would make us barf. Very kind of him. Also, I saw a chipmunk. We emerged with more chanterelles and hedgehogs than I could have hoped for: ...more

Eggnog Muffins

I want to take a moment to express my condolences to the innocent victims, families and all others who were affected by the tragedy yesterday at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I can't begin to imagine what the families and community are going through but my thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of them.**Eggnog Muffins...more

Recipe Monday - Easiest Fudge Ever

If you need a holiday snack and you've got no time to prepare, this fudge is for you. RECIPE:...more