How to make a Pumpkin Spice Frozen Yogurt with a Healthy Twist

I love anything pumpkin spice, but I also love it when sweet treats manage to be a little bit healthy too. Our family loves gelato in the summer time, and I wanted to create a delicious alternative that I could enjoy while still meeting my healthy eating goals. The resulting pumpkin spice frozen yogurt recipe […]

Light & Fresh Black Bean Taco Salad

Light and Fresh Black Bean Taco Salad with cilantro and lime |

Cilantro and lime really give this simple taco salad a delightful burst of southwestern flavor. I invented this recipe for a Christmas party at work.  It needed to be a healthy alternative to the heavy holiday foods that would be served, as well as gluten free for a coworker who might otherwise have very little […]

5 Book Series That Will Inspire Summer Adventures

5 Book Series to inspire summer adventures | Janitors |

I always looked forward to summer vacation as a child.  I looked forward to it even more as a mother of young children. The freedom to explore and experience life with fewer boundaries and time constraints has always made it a little bit special. I tend to bristle a bit when researchers prescribe continued educational exercises over […]

Making Memorial Day a Family Affair

Making Memorial Day a Family Affair |

Since the Decoration Days of the 1860s, Memorial Day in the United States has evolved from a day to honor those who fell in the Civil War, to a celebration of summer.  Some purists want to strip away the traditions that have crept in to overshadow the original purpose, but I think we can do […]

How To Make Stunning Red, White and Blue Berry Cups

Red White and Blue Berry Cups | by

Looking for a delightful addition to summer picnics and barbecues? This variation on an old family favorite is both pretty and delicious.  Light and refreshing as a side dish, Red, White & Blue Berry Cups are sweet enough to serve for dessert, too! I used a dozen (12) half-pint canning jars for individual servings.  And yes, […]

Edible Centerpiece For Your Patio Table

Edible Patio Table Centerpiece |

I’m beginning the week with one of my favorite summer family traditions, an edible centerpiece planter for the patio table.  It’s easy and inexpensive, and lasts through all of your summer barbecues and picnics, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Our first edible centerpiece planter was created as a fun way to teach our children about […]

A Fond Farewell to Summer

Embrace and Cherish | Barbara Anne Williams

The summer is waning and autumn is finally tiptoeing in. The pleasant canyon breeze makes my morning walk to work so much cheerier. Is there anything quite as delightful as the scent of the ripening concord grapes hanging from the backyard pergola, or the flavor of sun-ripened garden tomatoes? Welcome, Autumn.  I’ve missed you. Of course, […]