The Danish word smørrebrød loosely translates to “butter and bread” and is a classic sandwich in Denmark.  A thick slice of sour dough rye bread is spread with butter, topped with a protein (usually meat or fish), and then finished off with visually appealing accents like fresh herbs or caviar. This beauty is the shrimp and egg smørrebrød at […]

When spring arrives, I find myself feverishly looking for nests to photograph, either with eggs or newly hatched birds.  So far this year, I’ve come up empty handed, but I did find this house finch egg while tearing down the rest of the old fence to repurpose the wood into the new one. On Today’s […]

Better Half is one of the most creative, thoughtful gift givers I know, especially because the gifts he gives me focus more on experiences than stuff. For example, you might remember that last year’s birthday present was a dinner on the Napa Valley Wine Train. This year, for Valentine’s Day, we had dinner at Table […]

Even if it’s still colder than I’d like outside, Spring has at least arrived on the calendar.  I had a fun time making these eggshell candles for our kitchen table centerpiece, and I thought I’d share. It started with a dozen eggs.  Between breakfast, baking, and other kitchen adventures, we usually go through two dozen […]

Last year I looked high and low, near and far, to find a bird’s nest with eggs.  As luck would have it, after all of my efforts, I discovered a nest right under my nose in the tree in my front yard. History repeated itself this year, only this time the nest I found was […]

Rule #14 of  The Skinny Rules is to eat a real breakfast.  Nothing seems to stick to my ribs and keep me feeling full until lunch like an egg for breakfast.  Usually I eat them hard boiled, but today I splurged and used just a touch of olive oil in a non-stick pan to make this […]

Although we have no Italian heritage, we love Italian meatballs and Italian wedding soup.  I often make the meatballs in advance, like over a weekend when I have a bit more time, and then pull them out of the freezer when it’s time to make soup.  I always make a double batch because we eat […]