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Online Reypenaer Cheese Tasting

My Dad wanted a fun social distancing activity for us so he ordered cheese from Amsterdam for an online cheese tasting. It took 3 weeks to arrive because mail is not as good these days but the cheese arrived! We … Continue reading

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Virtual Easter Meal

I am social distancing due to the Coronavirus. It was my first year to be alone for Easter. I was still able to enjoy good food and company while celebrating the holiday. I even set my table and wore a … Continue reading

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Garganelli Pasta Dinner

A week ago, I made a pasta dinner for my companion Ken to celebrate his birthday. When I asked for his request, he said homemade pasta with asparagus. I was excited to try making garganelli with my gnocchi board. It … Continue reading

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Vegetable Wellington Birthday Dinner

Last Friday was Carol’s birthday. Instead of going to a restaurant, I offered to make dinner for her at my home. I made the Vegetable Wellington from Thanksgiving 2018 that she loved. Note: Since this dinner was on a Friday … Continue reading

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Eggplant and Garlic Toast Dinner

My friend Renae came over for dinner on a night that her family was out of town. Since we both like eggplant and a lot of people don’t, it seemed like the perfect choice for dinner. This meal was mostly … Continue reading

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Rose Ravioli Dinner

I made this Rose themed meal for my parents and friend Renae’s family the weekend they went to my parent’s Lake House. Renae’s daughters were very helpful with making enough cute ravioli for 7 people. Rose Ravioli – I found … Continue reading

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Dia de los Muertos Meal

Awhile ago, I hosted a Day of the Dead themed taco meal for my friend Renae, her family, and my friend Mark. It was mostly a gluten free and vegan meal. This was actually my first time making this theme! … Continue reading

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Vegan Thanksgiving

This year was my first Friendsgiving. My friends Mark and Carol and companion Ken joined me for a 4-course Vegan autumn themed meal. It was the first time for each of them to meet each other but I think that … Continue reading

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Sheep Themed Birthday Meal

Today is my birthday! I was fortunate to be able to take the day off from work and have my parents and my friend Mark over for a sheep themed meal. A co-worker thought it was strange that I was … Continue reading

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Sleeping Beauty Dinner

Last month, my friend Carol and I went to see the Rochester City Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty. I made a themed dinner for us to enjoy before the performance. Carol made the cute woodland themed arrangement from flowers in her garden. … Continue reading

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Vegetarian Easter Dinner

While my friends were visiting from Japan, I wanted to give them some cultural experiences so I decided to celebrate the secular side of Easter with them. The 7 year old Anna helped set the table.  In the photos, you … Continue reading

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Favorite Non-Lunch Posts from 2018

A majority of my posts in 2018 featured lunch but I am proud of some of my non-lunch content. These are my favorites from 2018. My friend Carol and I are still talking about this dinner I made before we … Continue reading

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7 Continents Dinner

This year I decided to host a 7 Continents Dinner on Christmas Day. The theme was A Culinary Trip with Santa Around the World. Adults can enjoy the spirit of Santa with kindness and food from around the world. My … Continue reading

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Christmas Breakfast 2018

My family says that I seldom make the same food again (not true!). I have a traditional Christmas breakfast that is enjoyed by all. In 2016, I was too emotional to make my traditional breakfast the first Christmas without my … Continue reading

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving

My Mom and I prepared a Vegetarian Thanksgiving this year in Delmar, NY. It had been awhile since we did this and is my first time to share it here. My Mom outdid herself with the gorgeous decorations and table. … Continue reading

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Halloween Dinner 2018

My friend Carol and I enjoyed this Halloween dinner. She made the beautiful arrangement. Ghost Salad – I turned this into a ghost salad by cutting apples with a small ghost cookie cutter, this salad with maple dressing is a … Continue reading

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Beets and Cauliflower for Dinner

I had my friend Carol over for dinner and since she will actually eat beets, I was excited to make a new beet recipe I found. It was easy, attractive, delicious, and filling. A definite keeper! Beet Tower Salad – … Continue reading

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USA Potato Vegetable Salad Lunch

I made this potato and vegetable themed potato salad for myself to celebrate 4th of July on this blog. Yes, my flag stripes are a little bit wonky but I am guessing that this meal will end up being one … Continue reading

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Fresh Honeydew Melon Cake

My 19 year old niece and I made this gorgeous fresh honeydew melon cake. I knew I wanted to try another melon cake since this one was so much fun and delicious. For our honeydew melon cake I was inspired … Continue reading

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Roses for Dinner

My 19 year old niece and I made this beautiful and delicious dinner. My family likes to say that I don’t make the same thing twice, but I am guessing that I will make this meal again. Of course it … Continue reading

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Onion Ring Day

Happy Onion Ring Day! I love my Dad’s onion rings. I call them my Dad’s but I think that my Mom often makes the batter. We had them as part of a meal at their Lake House.

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Crepe Dinner and Dessert

My niece and I made and enjoyed a crepe dinner. She also took photos while I made the crepes with my electric crepe maker – see below. I was excited to make and eat mini individual crepe cakes for dessert. … Continue reading

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Groot Themed Dinner

I had my friend Renae and her family over for a Groot themed meal. They brought over their baby Groot to use as a centerpiece. This theme was something I talked about for awhile and we finally did it. I … Continue reading

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Welcome Spring Dinner

A week ago, I invited my friend Carol over for dinner and Scrabble. I am bad at Scrabble but enjoy playing it as long as my opponent does not mind that I am not tough competition. Carol offered to bring … Continue reading

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Stuffed Eggplant Dinner

I made this for my friend Carol. I enjoy having her over for dinner since she eats a wide variety of food and the conversation flows.  It was a memorable meal – delicious! I served the dessert from the refrigerator … Continue reading

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Cinderella Themed Dinner

Over a week ago, my friend Carol and I went to see the Rochester City Ballet perform Cinderella at Nazareth College. The ballet was amazing, it was my favorite ballet experience. The performance had humor, special effects, visual interest, and … Continue reading

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Trees in the Snowy Woods Dinner

A few days before Christmas, I hosted this easy meal for my friend, her husband, her two daughters (12 & 9), my parents, and myself. It was a fun evening! I put Reese’s White Chocolate Trees at each place. Menu … Continue reading

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Space Themed Pizza Lunches

I am interested in space and have a reasonably sized space themed cookie cutter collection. When viewing my collection I decided to make several space themed pizza lunches. My nephews helped me out by eating these meals. This is my … Continue reading

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3D Gingerbread Table Decorations

A few weeks ago, my garden club was involved in a holiday house tour. Garden clubs each decorated a house for Thanksgiving or Christmas and members of the community paid to tour the houses. Since making arrangements is not my … Continue reading

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Cat Birthday Party

I was thrilled to help my friend create cute food for her daughters 11th birthday party. We made cat themed ice cream sandwiches, cat shaped cinnamon tortilla chips with fruit salsa, giant cat cookies and decorated paper plates to look … Continue reading

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Graduation Themed Food

When I make themed food for an occasion the food becomes part of the memories of that event. I am thrilled when I have new occasions to plan for and create cute food. My niece graduated from high school and … Continue reading

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Fresh Watermelon Birthday Cake

Two of my nephews, my niece and I made this fresh fruit cake to serve with dinner on their Mom’s birthday. My sister-in-law is a fan of fruit so it seemed like the perfect time to make this cake (it … Continue reading

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Easy Yoda Ice Cream

As part of our 50 things to do this summer, my nephew and I made this ice cream treat. It is supposed to be Yoda but maybe it looks like a strange monster. Last year we tried to make Yoda … Continue reading

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50 Summer Activities

Last year my nephews and I completed 100 Summer Activities. This year it was requested that we only do 50. I was surprised but it might end up being easier for me. Some of these activities are repeats from last … Continue reading

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Christmas Cookies 2015

I actually made 6 different types of Christmas cookies this year!  I am calling this year “The Year of the Frosted Cookie” because my husband requested 3 frosted cookies! But I am glad that he was able to come up … Continue reading

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Baptism Food

My youngest niece was baptized in the Catholic church on Sunday. I took the opportunity to make some Christian themed food. I focused on the cross, dove, and church. It was fun to make something different and the party guests … Continue reading

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Lego Day

On our list of 100 summer activities, we had many Lego activities. My 11 year old nephew is a huge Lego fan so we decided to have a Lego day on his birthday. On Lego day of course I made … Continue reading

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Constellation Dinner

My niece and some nephews joined me for a constellation themed dinner. This dinner featured Strawberry & Kiwi Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips, Star Salad, Big Dipper Baked Pasta, and Orion Brownies. I also taught each of them their zodiac sign … Continue reading

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100 Summer Activities for Tween and Teen Boys

Update: See the end of this post for an update on the changes we made to the list. We completed 100 activities but we did make many changes along the way. This summer I will have my nearly 11 year … Continue reading

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Gardening Trivia Game

I created this Garden Themed Trivia game similar to my Tea Party Trivia Game. You can  print (cut and glue or tape) these and use them at a party. There are 59 cards in this set. The photo on the … Continue reading

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Ultimate Tea Party

For the second year in a row I hosted a tea party for my garden club (I am their president). I was pleased to receive so many kind comments. I took advantage of freezer recipes and my large chest freezer … Continue reading

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Shark Watermelon

I made this shark watermelon for my nephews 6th birthday party. I followed the directions from watermelon.org for this shark. I only made a few changes. I did not cut the watermelon pieces into triangles and I put blueberries at … Continue reading

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How to Train Your Dragon Dinner and a Movie

I love the idea of a themed homemade dinner and a movie. A few weeks ago I asked my niece and nephews for movie ideas and they said, “How to Train Your Dragon 2”. We worked together to plan this … Continue reading

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Garden Club Tea Party

Last week I hosted a tea for my garden club. It was my first time hosting this event. In addition to eating a variety of attractive food we also played my Tea Party Trivia Game. A member of my club … Continue reading

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Paris Themed Birthday Party

My niece had a Paris themed birthday party for her 15th birthday party with family. The party colors were purple and white with some black accents. The birthday girl’s favorite color is purple. 25 family members attended the party and … Continue reading

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Celebrate the Harvest Vegetarian Dinner

Recently in my area I have seen advertisements for community Celebrate the Harvest dinners. They all feature meat as the main part of the meal. When I think of harvest I think of fruit and vegetables. I decided to have … Continue reading

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Tanabata Party

Tanabata is a Japanese star festival. According to a folktale, Hikoboshi (star Altair) and Orihime (star Vega) were lovers and separated by the Milky Way to only meet once a year. Typically people celebrate on July 7. Since I was … Continue reading

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Nest Themed Dinner

My 16 year old nephew and 14 year old niece came over for a nest themed dinner. It was enjoyable to have them help me cook and the food was delicious. Menu Salad with bird crouton. I mostly followed this … Continue reading

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Around the World Birthday Party

I hosted an Around the World birthday party for my husband’s birthday. I invited his family and friends. My husband picked the countries based on the food he wanted to eat. Our countries were: Mexico, Italy, and Thailand. Decorations: I … Continue reading

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Hinamatsuri Dinner Party

I had some young relatives and a neighbor over for a Hinamatsuri (Girl’s Day) themed dinner. Click here to find out more about this Japanese holiday. I made a vegetarian meal tailored for American kids to eat. Music: I played … Continue reading

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