Grilled Steak with a Cherry Port Sauce

This June, Lesley and I missed our first monthly dinner. We both had it marked in our planners, but somehow the day came and went without either of us noticing. It wasn’t until we were planning for vacation that we noticed our error. The horror! Luckily, it was vacation month, and we got plenty of together time. We also had some great food on vacation–some of which was inspired by the plentiful Michigan cherry fields. So, when it came time for dinner this month, I thought we might as well reminisce a bit and take a taste trip back to Michigan. (more…)

A Girl and Her Grandpa

I am very conscientious about raising Story to be an independent, compassionate, and self-confident woman — and modeling that for her. But as a single mom, I don’t often think much about the importance of having a good male role model for her. As usual, Story taught me another lesson, though not directly. She and a friend were talking about fishing. Neither knew how to do it, but Story said without hesitation, “Peepaw will teach me.” (more…)

Basil and Mint Pesto

It is summertime, and the garden is in full swing! This year, I added a raised bed to my deck. It is has officially replaced the random collections of pots on my deck that never successfully grew anything. The new raised bed on the otherhand is an herb master. Or it was until Charlie figured out that she can jump into it and tear plants out. Crazy puppy! (more…)