Cucumber Salad

Summer is the season for salad. This is one of my favorites! Lettuce doesn’t always need to be the center of attention. This Cucumber Salad is cool, refreshing and full of flavor. Fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, salty feta and a tangy Italian dressing make a wonderful salad. It’s the perfect start to any meal and takes no time at all to put together....more

On birthdays and brain mortgages

"How old are you going to be this year?""34?""34? Are you sure? How old am I again?""What year is it?"Yeah, those are snippets of actual conversations from around the Redden abode as my June birthday approached. Apparently we've lost all track of our middlin', non-milestone ages as of late....more

Grilled Summer Corn with Lime Butter & Cheese

Corn equals summer. It is certainly nostalgic for me. But when I was younger I usually ate corn that was boiled in a bath of salty water and then rubbed with warm butter and salt. These days I prefer my kernels grilled or charred for that extra depth…either on the grill on toasted over the stove top.This recipe is festive and adds spark for summer entertaining!...more

10 Summer Favorites in the Finger Lakes

For this month's 10 on the 10th (again, I'm sorry I missed last month!) I'm sharing some of my favorite things to do in the Finger Lakes in the Summertime! And since it is also Friday and I love sharing my Favorites on LifeInLeggings I'm also joining Heather's link up this week!Join in the link up below if you'd like!...more

A Beach Party in the Hamptons

Part of my weekend in the Hamptons was an invitation to a beach party organized by our weekend hosts.  This was a low key way for folks to get together and begin to meet one another in a casual way.  We followed the directions our GPS gave us and ended up at a lovely beach, albeit one where huge chunks of concrete were hidden in the sand on the way through the dunes to the beach.  OUCH!  Yes, both hubby and I stubbed our toes on those. ...more

Wild Blackberry & Rhubarb Pie

Summer. Prickly berry bushes. Hot. Stained Hands. Sweet & Tart. These are all things that embody this pie. Blackberry & Rhubarb are two items that are an essential part of our summer treats. This pie is so very special to me. It features my mom's "Never Fail Pie Crust" and a slightly modified family favorite recipe for the perfect berry filling. I love the time and care that goes into making the perfect pie for someone special. This is typically featured on Father's Day or Independence Day, although we try to gather enough berries to freeze for a winter treat too!...more
Looks delish!more

What's On the Menu: Summer BBQs

We decided to host a Fourth of July BBQ this year, instead of our annual Memorial Day shindig.  My husband will man the grill, cooking hot dogs, burgers, and sausage. I’ll stick to making the appetizers and some side dishes. Luckily, I have some great appetizer and side dish recipes up my sleeve (or rather, saved on my Pinterest boards!)We are having around 25-30 people (including a couple of small children) and I want to make sure we have enough food to go around! Check out my menu for our Fourth of July BBQ this year!...more

Avoid learning loss this summer

Summer is here – that glorious time of year when parents and children take a break from life to concentrate on each other.But after the first morning ends in a bitter, half-hour argument about whetherFamily Guy is inappropriate or high-quality humor, then what?How about some math and reading?...more
And The Teacher Says Agreed! Glad it helps. :-)more

What to Eat When It's HOT Outside and You Have NO Appetite

If you’ve got a job or exercise that keeps you outdoors in the summer, trying to keep weight on in the summer can be difficult. Weight loss in the summer can be a real problem for those who work on a daily basis in the heat or participate in extreme sports in the summer. My husband worked in humid heat outdoors for more than five years. The heat was excrutiating and often took a huge toll on his body. We would purchase any product that came along that advertised that it kept you cool in the summer. We stocked electrolyte drinks by the case full....more

4th of July Fruit Skewers

“Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” — Benjamin Franklin...more