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I like my wine dry, my meat well done, my vegtables fresh, and I like my kids. Yes, I really do have 9. Actually my son-in-law makes 10.
Interests: I love the kitchen and all it includes. I really love my closet, in my home, on my plate, and in my garden. But, I am always fond of a little black dress, of course. I enjoy reading recipes new and old, alike. I don't particularly care for designer food or cute food. I enjoy a glass of wine with my dinner and coffee all of the time.
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Ingredients: Pasta: 1 lb. of pasta ( elbow or penne) 1 tsp. olive oil Sauce: 1/2 cup butter ( one cube) 1/2 cup flour 1 onion - chopped 3 cups milk 1 cup heavy whipping cream 4 cups grated cheddar cheese 1 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp. paprika season with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2018 at Bona Vita
You are your children's greatest advocate, cheerleader, fan, and their source of boundless love. As a parent you are also responsible for motivating your children to reach their greatest potential. This involves trying to understand what their potential might be even when they struggle with learning disabilities, handicaps, or developmental... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Bona Vita
Hello, readers of Bona Vita! For those of you who don't know me, I'm Kathy's oldest daughter, Emily, and the author of another blog The Orange Slate. I write a lot about simplicity and organization, two things that affect everyone, from the busy working young professional to the equally busy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at Bona Vita
Hi Andrea! Yes, we were "blog friends" a few years back. I stopped blogging in about 2009 and started again several months ago. The seasons of life insist we be flexible with our activities. I would love to hear what is up in your life. Thanks for stopping by!
Toggle Commented Nov 30, 2013 on Beef Stew with Cabernet at Bona Vita
Hi Lisa! You can make them the night before and just make sure they double in size after bringing them to room temperature. You can actually freeze the rolls, if you like. Thanks for stopping by and I hope this helps. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2013 on For Emily (and Rachel) at Bona Vita
It's ugly cold here. That is the only way I can describe it. The sky is grey. The ground is icky brown. The leaves are gone. The temperature is uncomfortable and yet not cold enough for a beautiful snow cover. It's ugly cold. That's the rule in November in Indiana.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at Bona Vita
You are so wise to get a jump on this testing. I think scheduling a practice PSAT as a 10th grader is such a great idea! I t will really benefit your son. Best to him!
Thank you! The pancakes turned out much better than we expected and were so easy.
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2013 on November Up North And Hotteok at Bona Vita
Thank you, Sam! I've tried to get into the spirit. The early snow fall has helped!
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2013 on November Up North And Hotteok at Bona Vita we are waiting for the snow! Our home is in northern Michigan but we work and complete most of our school in Indiana. We have been up here for a week and I don't think I will get back up to decorate until right before Christmas. So, I needed to get the majority of it done this week. I've been able to do an "ok" job. The kids are happy with it so that is what counts! I think the 1st of December is perfect to start decorating. Have fun spring cleaning! P.S I usually really enjoy decorating. It's just too early.
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2013 on November Up North And Hotteok at Bona Vita
Thank you, Mrs. Smythe. The pancakes were so good. My daughter was in Korea this past summer and she said they are sold all over as "street food" similar to a taco truck here!
Toggle Commented Nov 15, 2013 on November Up North And Hotteok at Bona Vita
It is an easy flavorful dish to serve and so customizable. Thanks for visiting!
I just realized Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away! I think I'll be able to finish decorating now. Thanks for stopping by.
Toggle Commented Nov 15, 2013 on November Up North And Hotteok at Bona Vita
It's November up here in Pure Michigan. Here's a sample of some of our Up North activities. Cadillac's economy seems to be healthier. We enjoyed a great lunch at a new brewery in town, the Clam Lake Beer Company. I loved the new interior design. It even sported really cool... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2013 at Bona Vita
Hi Stephanie, I think we can just be too task oriented!Thanks for stopping by.
Yes, IrishMum, the large griddle is the key! As I said to Emily, egg sandwiches are delish!
Egg sandwiches are delicious! I will make you breakfast soon....
One of my favorite Traverse City restaurants was Mabel's. This family owned and operated cafe served terrific simple fare at very reasonable prices. Mabel's was warm and comfortable, a lovely escape from the TC traffic and parking issues. I would usually visit early in the morning. The booths were filled... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2013 at Bona Vita
Thank you, flmom! I hope you do. It was very easy.
I need to remind myself of this particularly on the long days!
Yes, Irish Mum, it's such a win win practice!
#9 - Encourage your children every day. The fact is as we teach our children at home we might miss the opportunity to be encouraging every day. Let's face it, we spend hours teaching, grading, re-teaching, admonishing, prodding, and lecturing in our attempts to move our kids forward academically. Most... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at Bona Vita
I was hoping for more leftovers. It disappeared so quickly!
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2013 on Creamy Potato Soup at Bona Vita
Mrs. Smythe, Thank you! I went to college at UC Davis so I love Northern California. Of course, I knew all about the fun times at Chico State! The artichoke recipe is really easy and Martha Stewart has that great visual tutorial.
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2013 on You Can Enjoy Artichokes All Year at Bona Vita
Hi Leslie, Thank you for visiting. Soup really does hit the spot when the weather starts to change. Your family is adorable. I hope they enjoy the potato soup if you try it.
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2013 on Creamy Potato Soup at Bona Vita