Thoughts & Reflections

Writing that is based on my life away from the blog.


Southwest Quinoa Salad

By On June 7, 2018

There are a few personal items that I find worth splurging on from time to time.  If I had to pick the item I am particularly passionate about, it would be handbags.… Read More

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Mother’s Day

By On May 10, 2018

Would you believe me if I told you the woman in this photo was just 3 months away from her 76th birthday on the day it was taken? My mother always defied… Read More

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Giving Thanks

By On November 23, 2017

Hello friends, It wasn’t my plan to write a new post this week.  I am not here to advise you on how to use your Thanksgiving leftovers or provide you with a… Read More

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Out on a Limb

By On September 27, 2017

I cannot believe September is over!  Where the heck did the month go?  For me it just seemed to fly by.  How about for you? Do you remember a few posts ago… Read More

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The Promise

By On April 20, 2017

It is a simply glorious morning as I am writing this post.  The sun is shining, the air is cool and crisp and my favorite trees, our Donald Wyman crabapples are starting… Read More

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Letting Go

By On July 21, 2016

You know, I had an idea for this week’s post.  And then I had another idea, and still one more. I plotted and planned how I might execute the two recipes I… Read More

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Photo Friday

By On July 7, 2016

I hope everyone enjoyed their Fourth of July weekend!  I heard from several of you that you made the Sauteed Onion & Yogurt Dip with great success.  As always, I thank you… Read More

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By On November 26, 2015

I hadn't planned to write a post for this week. For the first time since starting the blog almost two years ago, I was going to give myself permission to take… Read More

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Serena, Joan and The Kitchen

By On September 1, 2015

Happy Labor Day Weekend Kitchen Scout readers!  Can you believe it is September?  Where did the summer go? I had a restaurant review ready to go for this week’s post, but I… Read More

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A Time of Transition

By On June 4, 2015

Last weekend, our first born left to spend most of the summer 3,000 miles away from home. Tomorrow, our baby girl graduates from high school and will start college in the Fall.… Read More