Picnic by the Lake

Having lunch by the lake is so relaxing! especially after two weeks of non-stop house renovations.......I bought along my book and sunglasses and just sat.....Have you done that lately? you know, nothing........ It's an awesome way to spend an afternoon! I live within a mile from Beltzville Lake here in northeast Pennsylvania......The lake is bordered by Beltzville State Park, almost 3,000 square acres and the lake has twenty miles of shoreline. During the week its just local folk, on the weekends we get quite a crowd coming up from the city. But during the week is my favorite  time to … [Read more...]

Spanakopita Bites…..

One of my favorite appetizers to make is Barefoot Contessa's Dinner spanakopitas.....but if you don't have the time here is my solution..... I used Fillo Shells instead of sheets to cut my time in half....works beautifully! they are already made and all you do is stuff them and heat! Ingredients: 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil 1 small onion, chopped 3 green onions, chopped 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach. thawed and squeezed dry 4 to 6 ounces domestic feta cheese, crumbled 1 cup ricotta cheese 1 egg Salt and pepper to taste 2-3 Boxes Frozen Fillo Shells 8 tablespoons butter (1 … [Read more...]

Cupcakes!

Ever wonder how that drink your having  would taste in a cupcake?  wonder no more!  At your next party offer dessert right along side the cocktail hour! I have found several famous drinks AKA as dessert! Enjoy this weekend...........party style.......... Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes sugar and snapshots is a wonderful blog I found! visit them for a delightful story and great recipes and blogging info! The name of these cupcakes alone makes me want to PARTY!  If you are not familiar with this shot that inspired this amazing confection let me give you a brief rundown. You get a small … [Read more...]

Cook’s Corner Weekend #3

Well the weekend is finally here! Thought it would never come after the week I've had.......Feeling better, after yesterday's scare with, well you can read about my "Freaky Friday" here...and please by all means laugh as hard as like! I did last night once my medicine head cleared! For this weekend's Cook's Corner, where I share some of my favorite cookbook's that sit in my own kitchen corner, I had to go with my girl Martha......I am the original Martha Stewart Groupie! yup! I have been following her since her magazine's first issue came out (Of which I have!) and all her DVD's, her … [Read more...]

Cook’s Corner Weekend # 2

Another weekend is here and I have another great cookbook from my collection to share with you......Yes, another favorite! Well, they are all my favorites!          BUT this one is full of beautiful table settings and recipes.......this is my "Go To" book for easy recipes and idea's for the table...... Author: Patty Roper Cookbook: Easy Does It / Winners & Favorites   Visit Patty roper's pinterest site......here are a few of her favorites.....making these for Easter! www.kissmekate.net.au/portfolio_item/alice-in-wonderland/ I found these on Pinterest … [Read more...]

Cook’s Corner

I thought weekends are a perfect time, at least for me, to try a new recipe.... a new cookie or a chicken dish.....maybe a quick grilled burger with fresh salsa.... So I came up with a new segment for Pineridge Hills... I would share some of my favorite cookbooks and cooks with you on the weekend! I have this obsession - I love to collect cookbooks.....yup, I finally admitted it.....my husband has been noticing that my collection is constantly growing....I keep them all in the little nook at the end of the counter in my kitchen (And on one of the bookshelves in the office!).....Some are … [Read more...]

It’s Tuesday…

  Yup, that's as far as I got............                                      ........... No explanations............ ..........no drama induced burnt Eggs Benedict caused it............ I just woke up and realized that today I got nothin'..............to write about...........that would spark an interest.......or get your creative juices running...........no inspiration..........no DIY on how to convert the dishwasher into a flatscreen TV so you could see how all that Mac n' Cheese from last night washes away .......No cute way of taking a box of 8,685 Q-tips and turning it into … [Read more...]

Breakfast at pineridge Hills

Good Morning! I know its been a few days.....I was in that Metamorphosis mode, you know, when your still living through one stage but mentally preparing for the next one? Like winter into Spring?......Too early for such thinking? ummm, your right...... So the heck with all that morphosising stuff....Spring is coming......lets get to what is important......... A Sweet Tooth Breakfast! Today Pineridge Hills had a very special guest for Breakfast........I was very nervous serving him.....not sure what he would like so I went with baked goods! Hot corn muffins with whipped … [Read more...]

Sweet Fridays….

  Although its warm here in Northeast Pennsylvania, its misty, foggy and just plain dismal .....                                                              ......sigh........ So I decided to bake something........ Sour Cream coffee cake.......but with a bit of a twist........instead of using my big angel-food-cake pan I decided to make smaller versions, so I used my multi-angel food cake pan...worked great!  and tasted wonderful! I also made " Easy apple Cobbler"........you can substitute with either pears or peaches ....same recipe ..... I know these are spring and … [Read more...]

A New Take on Old Favorites

Tired of the same old recipes? Sometimes I open my cookbooks and flip though the pages and get very excited about some new dish, and then the day's chores take over and before I know it the clock is laughing at me....I realize I didn't make the time for those wonderful new dishes......so let's see what's in the fridge......Boring! So I decided to go on a quest for taking the same old dishes and turning them up a notch....I found some great new idea's for those comforting old favorites......give them a try! Mini Italian Shepard's pies Turkey, Mushroom and Bacon Puff Pastry … [Read more...]