Wow, I loved the pork chops prepared this way. They were so good, quick and really easy to make with wonderful results. The pork was perfect, tender and juicy with a lovely apple glaze. The apple glaze was so good; I’ll be making this again and again, can’t wait to try it on chicken. Thank you for another wonderful meal.


Grilled Pork Chops with Apple Brown Sugar Sauce

These are definitely 5-star!! These are my grand son’s favorite cookies and he told me repeatedly that these were the best snickerdoodles that I’ve ever made. Thanks for making me a hero at home, Karen. This is now my go-to recipe and is already added to my Best of 2017 cookbook.


Snickerdoodle Cookies

Poppy Seed Cookies

These cookies make a shortbread type of cookie. As a child, my Great Aunt Lil would make these for our Channukah cookie tray. They were my brother's favorite cookies. They aren't as sweet as many other cookies, and may appeal more to adults than the kids....

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BBQ Hamburgers

My mom did a great job of feeding a family of 6 on a budget. BBQ'd burgers was a regular dish during grilling season. She made the ground beef go farther by making it a bit more like meatloaf, then my dad would slather on the BBQ sauce on the grill. The...

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Salmon Salad

A while ago, I bought some smoked salmon, not the lox style cured fish, but a section of the fish that had been smoked as one piece. After eating some of it plain, I decided to turn the rest of it into salmon salad and it was wonderful. You need to use hot...

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Road Trip with Dogs – Choosing Pet Friendly Hotels

When I decided to take a road trip with dogs a few months ago, the first thing I focused on was finding dog friendly hotels. This vacation was my first trip with dogs and we stayed in 6 hotels over the 2 week trip. I learned a lot about what worked and what didn't on...

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Vacations and Lighthouses

When I travel, I like to go beyond the basic tourist destinations. One of the best ways to do this is to set some goals for things to see or do on a trip. On my last road trip, I was traveling with 2 dogs. Finding restaurants with patios and dog parks definitely took...

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St. Louis Road Trip ~ Johnson’s Shut-Ins (VIDEO)

I first discovered Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park about 30 years ago. In the 1980s and 1990s, I spent many afternoons climbing on the rocks, letting water crash down on my head and sunning on the rocks. Then I made a career change in 2001, becoming a real estate agent,...

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Everything Else:

Cooking with Karen (November 2017)

A couple of months ago I shared that I'm back into cooking and plan to share my favorite discoveries on the blog. So far, I'm doing that monthly at the beginning of each month. None of these recipes are mine, though I tend to tweak every recipe I make. The pictures...

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Cooking with Karen (October 2017)

Last month I shard that I'm back into cooking and plan to share my favorite discoveries. None of these recipes are mine, though I tend to tweak every recipe I make. The pictures are mine and I'll link to the original recipe to give the blogger or chef credit. And so...

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Cooking with Karen (September 2017)

I know it's been a long time since I blogged on this site. I've gotten back into cooking after a busy spring and summer of real estate (my day job), and am newly motivated to share my discoveries. In addition to posting my own recipes, I'm going to start sharing some...

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