I can’t believe we are more than halfway through September. Today is the first wet day we have seen in weeks. If it wasn’t for the earlier sunsets I would guess we were still fully ensconced in July. I totally forgot to mention celebrating Scoop’s first birthday at the end of August!
Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Teach him how to make fish sticks and he can impress the heck out of his kids. My dad is an outdoorsy guy. His favorite way to relax
The FTC would like you to know: Bob’s Red Mill has generously provided all the grain featured in the Going with the Grain series. Thank you Bob’s Red Mill! You can find all the grains from the series in the Second Helpings Shop. Scroll past the recipe to find out how to snag a
Back-to-school time puts me in the mood to collect some new family friendly food ideas. If you are also looking to jazz up your recipe box I’ve got a good one for you. We eat this for lunch be it would also make a terrific after school snack, you could even toast a few
Noxious, thorny, and destructive Himalayan Blackberry vines are everywhere. For most of the year they are the bane of gardeners, property owners, and even pedestrians whose ankles have been attacked strolling past a vacant lot or hillside. People have gone to dramatic, and even deadly lengths to eradicate this persistent weed but to no
Last week Mr. introduced me to a new word: procrastibaking. I feel the word alone says it all but just in case you are wondering, the Urban Dictionary has provided a definition, “the practice of baking something in order to put off doing something else you need to do.” This Peach-Raspberry Galette is pure
Last week my friends at Farmstr slipped me a box of peaches. (They have more stone fruit – get yours before they are gone!) Each velvety peach was perfectly ripe. Nested in their shallow box they looked like an August sunset. I knew right away what to do with the first few,
If you have ever looked for a “diet” cookie you know the options, though varied, are often disappointing. I have found that if you are yearning for an ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookie you should just go ahead and have one. ONE. Make a date to visit a bakery, select a drool worthy
You know how sometimes you find a cookie recipe that you really like and you get into a phase of finding the littlest excuse to make said cookies? Well, these are those cookies. The problem is I sort of fell for the version I shared a few weeks ago. The ones with whole
This winter I have been changing up the flavor of our breakfast foods by using molasses in place of other forms of sugar. I used to keep a bottle of the thick dark syrup in the back of the cabinet (where it always seems sticky) for the very occasional batch of gingerbread.
The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play… Actually it was raining sideways and Mr. Second Helpings had to go out and prop up part of our aging back fence with a spare 2×4. The fence was not the only thing that needed attention. The Little Helping was awash
Our social calendar is wall to wall Christmas parties this month. Each invitation came with a request to bring a dish. To keep myself from getting bored I have volunteered to bring something different to all of them. In retrospect I probably should have tried to make the same thing across the