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Van Gogh self-portrait in straw hat done in 1889

Van Gogh in America: You Should Gogh to Detroit

I was surprised at how extensive the show is, and how well-oiled the procedures are at the museum. You have ample time and space to view everything for as long as you like.

Updating a 1960’s Garden: Flower Borders Poolside

My gardening efforts have focused on updating the flower beds around the backyard swimming pool and fence. These beds haven’t been changed since the pool was added.

Red clapboard and a white picket fence surround the candy shop

Miss Candy and The Red Berry Candy Shop in Madison, Ohio: A Sweet Stop off Interstate 90

My brother was amazed at the selection of candies on display. He swore that any candy you could think of from our childhood was in stock. Bottle Caps, Runts, Lemonheads, Mallo Cups, Garbage Pail Kids, Bazooka bubble gum – you name it, Miss Candy had it.

You Can Transplant Spring-blooming Bulbs Year Round

Transplanting spring-blooming bulbs at any time of year is possible. Although we’ve been trained by mail-order greenhouses to plant bulbs in the fall, I have found that digging up and …

purple, yellow, pink, and blue watercolor painting of Easter eggs

Egg Hunts for Easter That Are Fun and Free

As Kara got older, her creativity blossomed. She devised an egg hunt where coupons redeemable for specific prizes were in the eggs instead of the prizes themselves.

Such a smart girl!

Roasted vegetables served over rice and drizzled with sunflower butter dressing

Roasted Vegetables and Rice Is a MIND Diet Home Run

Roasted vegetables and rice for dinner fits with one of our 2022 goals: Eat More Plants. MIND Diet guidelines incorporate the best parts of the  Mediterranean and DASH diets to …

A covered casserole dish is perfect for beef pot roast.

Braised Meats on the Winter Menu

The meat is cooked in the liquid in a covered casserole dish or Dutch oven under low heat for several hours. As the liquid is absorbed by the meat and reduced, you end up with a succulent dish with complex flavors.

A gingerbread man ornament appears to be running away from the cookie cutter

Do You Need A Break From Another Hallmark Christmas?

Here are a few picks that will liven up your holiday viewing without giving you that sickly sweet feeling in your stomach or general numbness in your brain.

Caramelizing the chicken pieces with the chopped onions and carrots

Chicken in a Pot with Turmeric and Lemon

Fall weather brings with it the desire to cozy up and eat something warm and delicious. Chicken in a Pot is one of those dishes that seems perfect for the occasion.

crumbled feta tops the fresh peach and corn

Fresh Peach and Corn Salad with Lemony Vinaigrette

Both the fresh peach and corn added to the salad are raw and that may surprise you – it surprised me. But the combo tastes fantastic.

A New Start, A New Garden

If you’ve never tried gardening but are curious about it, I encourage you to give it a go. Yes, it can be a lot of work. But it’s also good exercise, meditative, and personally satisfying.

This potato salad is best served at room temperature

German Potato Salad Makes Perfect Picnic Fare

Give the potatoes time to soak up some of the dressing before serving at room temperature. Don’t worry about storage – there won’t be any leftovers!