Puerto Morelos, Mexico

When our dear friends, Chris A.K.A “Peter” and Alyssa, asked us to attend their destination wedding in Mexico, we gladly accepted. Jeremiah had never been to Mexico…I’d been before, but not coastal Mexico, and so we decided to make it our 2018 vacation destination. The bride had chosen Dreams Riviera Resort & Spa as the…

Smoky Artichoke Dip

Recipes do not get easier than this one.  5 ingredients, 5 minutes, one bowl, DONE! Simple, refreshing, no-cooking required…and abundant in flavor. Can it get any better? For all those Gluten-free folks out there, grab your favorite seed crackers and sit down with this dip for a delightful snack session. You can thank me later….

Pad Thai (Vegan)

When I am off adventuring somewhere new I, more often than not, find inspiration in cooking.  I love to try local foods, made my local people, using local traditions and sharing a good story behind the meal (the local vegetarian food truck in St. Lucia was one of the best, with a friendly local behind…

Pad Thai Sauce

My husband has a habit of coming home from work and telling me that he would like to make a “little” dietary change.  It all started 2 years ago, when we decided to go from total omnivores to vegetarians. Fast forward to today and we are now fully vegan.  As if being vegan, and cooking…

Country Bread

It’s no secret that baking has never been my forte.  I have always loved to cook, and have developed my skills in the kitchen to go along with our changing dietary needs, but baking remains a huge challenge for me. Bread, especially, has always been an extremely intimidating recipe.  The idea of using yeast, kneading,…

Road Trippin’…Into the WILD

If ever you’ve had the thought: “I’d like to go to Alaska someday”…make that someday, today! I think a lot of people overlook a vacation in Alaska because of the expense, or the limited warmer weather, or maybe they think that an Alaskan cruise is the only way one can see enough of the state…

Beer Battered Onion Rings

Oooooo, Onion Rings….Just saying those two words brings a smile to my face.  Those bite sized, crispy, golden brown and absolutely delicious little rings of joy are a “once in a while” indulgent treat that my husband and I like to eat. Now…these arent just any old onion rings though…our favorite decadent snack is BEER…

Aunt Pam’s Eggplant Bacon

Recently, my Aunt Pam asked me to come over and help her start a blog for her upcoming trip.  She is leaving at the end of December to go on a TRIP AROUND THE WORLD and wants to document her travels so that those of us who are curious about the many countries she will…

Sweet Potato Salad

When I think of side salads like potato, pasta, orzo, or macaroni salad, I think of Summer and outdoor BBQ’s.  Usually, I would say that sweet potato salad would also be classified as a summertime side dish, but on the Homestead, anything goes. Currently, there are about 6-8 inches of snow blanketing the Homestead and…

Vegetable Stir-Fry (Vegan)

It was Sunday night and my refrigerator was nearly empty.  At least according to my husband, who almost never looks in the vegetable drawers. He was hungry and wanted something to eat, but as he stood in front of the refrigerator with a grumbling tummy, he declared: “There is nothing to eat!” I knew there…

Chinese Brown Sauce (Vegan)

This recipe makes enough brown sauce for approx. three different dishes. When we make our veggie stir-fry, we use 1/3 of this brown sauce recipe in the stir-fry and we freeze the remaining portion for use later. If you try out this recipe, or any other recipe from our blog, please send us a note…

Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

  I fell in love with the oatmeal raisin cookie back in 2009 while my husband was working for a Financial Investment Firm in Latham, NY.   The firm had a cafeteria, and he would frequent it for mid-morning snacks, or on days that I did not pack him a lunch.  I am not sure when he…