California Winter Fruit Salad – a recipe

For a recent church potluck I came up with a yummy fruit salad from what I had fresh and on hand in my fridge. Someone mentioned wanting the recipe–someone else said it tasted like dessert!  Music to a cook’s ears, right? No doubt this could be pulled together year-round here in California, and it ISContinue reading “California Winter Fruit Salad – a recipe”

Team Retreat Fun

Hey ladies.  We’re having a blast over in Cayucos as we plan for our upcoming year. We wanted to share some of our fun and great food with you! The quiche was amazing … as you see we ate it all (we’ll add that recipe later). For now though we’re sharing our recipe for theContinue reading “Team Retreat Fun”

Focaccia with Rosemary and Grapes

If you’ve been going to Heart to Heart then you probably had an opportunity to taste this amazing bread Mari Jo baked for us. Here is the recipe in case you want to try it out yourself. Ingredients: 1 pound pizza dough (she bought hers at Trader Joe’s) 2 tblsp. extra virgin olive oil Coarse sea saltContinue reading “Focaccia with Rosemary and Grapes”

Recipes from ‘Stories of Christmas’

10 Bean Soup                           Serves 12 1/4 cup each of the following beans: Black eyed peas                       Pinto beans Black beans                               Lentils Great northern beans            Red beans Small lima beans                    Navy beans Split green peas                       Pearl barley   Wash beans thoroughly, place in large container, cover with water and 2 Tblsp salt – soak overnight.  Next day, drain, put intoContinue reading “Recipes from ‘Stories of Christmas’”

Chicken With Herbed Cranberry

Another wonderful winter recipe, perfect for Valentines Day. This one from Heather Morrell. She served it for our Counsel Appreciation Dinner in December. Enjoy! Chicken With Herbed Cranberry 4 servings 4 boneless chicken breast halves 3 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup minced shallots or green onions 1 large bay leaf, broken into 2 pieces 1/4 cupContinue reading “Chicken With Herbed Cranberry”


6-7 ounces elbow macaroni  2 tablespoons minced onion 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 3 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese (it can be regular cheddar too, or you can get creative with special cheeses) 2 cups thin white sauce [see below] 1 tablespoon butter or margarine [Thin white sauce:2 tablespoons butter or margarine 2 tablespoonsContinue reading “OLD-FASHIONED MACARONI AND CHEESE”

Check in With Susan Branch

Susan Branch creates the seasons in my heart through her warm art and recipes. I miss her Heart of the Home store in old Arroyo Grande, the village of my childhood. But her website is almost as good since she keeps it up to date with fun and wonderful drawings, books, and recipes. She isContinue reading “Check in With Susan Branch”