food, recipes

Hot Cross Buns

So much tastier than store bought ones -- try it for yourself! There's still time to make something special for Good Friday and Easter. These pastries were easy to find when I lived near Chicago. In Appalachia, it's easier to make them myself. The link includes a recipe and a bit of cross-pastry history. :)… Continue reading Hot Cross Buns

food, recipes

C’est bon! Truffles a Valentine do

Delicious and vegan! But, I will use less cocoa powder for dusting the next time around. 🙂 A recent interview with a now-local pâtissier from France inspired me to try my hand at homemade truffles. This vegan version includes a bit of berry puree, which he said is commonly used for French Valentine treats. There… Continue reading C’est bon! Truffles a Valentine do

community, outdoors

Winter weary? Take cue from wild things

Even if you don't have a feeder at home -- and, why not? -- you can watch birds living their best winter lives online. Many nature centers have a live feed from a feeding station. These are New Yorker birds at Cornell University. In Appalachia, we finally have plenty of snow -- and enough cold… Continue reading Winter weary? Take cue from wild things

food

Roasty, toasty winter magic

A tiny door in the Victorian-era roaster, allowed a sample of coffee beans to be checked continually. This scoop was just short of French roast. If you love coffee, this story that I did for New Year's weekend's combined Wheeling Intelligencer and News Register is for you. I simply cannot describe how wonderful that roasting… Continue reading Roasty, toasty winter magic