What is it about a toaster oven that makes everyone smile? Is it our childhood memories of our first tiny childhood ovens that cooked a cupcake with a light bulb? Do you have memories of being allowed to use it before you were allowed to use the “real” oven? Maybe it is just the fact that it is small and we love small things!!! One of the first things I really remember making in a toaster oven were crabmeat melts. Besides they fact that they were super easy to prepare, our old toaster oven was a perfect size to cook a small batch. It neverRead More →

So I’ve been 45 for one full week now and have spent some time being introspective.   At this number (that I consider middle age), I have decided to make two lists. One of my lists would be my good qualities that are just perfect and don’t need any adjustment. (Wow! This is a very long list. Apparently, I like me very much.) My other is a list of things I could work on. Like being a bit more humble and maybe some more humility. (Example… reread my first paragraph.) One of the things I would like to work on is my hostessing skills. For someRead More →

Saturday morning and you are the first one up….what do you do? Do you make yourself a cup of coffee, flip on the TV and then find yourself watching a 30-minute infomercial? I do. I get mesmerized by the way things are presented and the food always looks so good. So this past month, I was given the challenge of trying a T-fal OptiGrill to review.  (It is also available at Wal-Mart.) I don’t normally do reviews but this is one of those products that caught my eye on a Saturday morning. If you haven’t heard of it (or if you actually sleep in onRead More →