Summer Fruit Dips

I'm amazed that some of my friends have kids who have already gone back to school. To me, summer is finally in full bloom.  Due to the harsh winter, none of our flowers even showed signs of budding until the end of July.  The corn stalks are finally as high as high as an elephants' eye.  The farmer's stands are BURSTING with a plethora of colorful fruits and veggies that it's hard not to stop and simply take in their visual beauty and splendor. From August through Labor Day, my kitchen is usually stocked with  fresh fruits and vegetables  so … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Yogurt Fruit Dip

  Today is my birthday. But, my birthdays will never be the same. Mom’s phone call used to be the first one I’d receive every year on my birthday. I miss her cheerful raspy voice on the other end of the line telling me how much she loves me and how proud she is of me and how she can’t believe I’m growing up.  I miss that comforting feeling knowing she was there, no matter what. So I guess birthdays for me are bittersweet.  I’m happy to be alive and healthy and raising a family but, I’m always reminded of that huge void in my … [Read more...]