Mother's Day Coffee Cake

Mother's Day Coffee Cake

Ah, Mother’s Day. While most families have brunch and shower Mom with gifts, my mom and I do things a little differently. When I was little, we would spend a day out in the garden. As a teen, my gifts consisted of farm chores like mucking horse stalls and cleaning water troughs. Now that I am fully fledged, it’s not much different. I still get her gift certificates for the nursery and help out on the farm. This year, dusting the chickens for mites is at the top of Mom’s list (yucky for me, happy for the chickens), but as I get older, I get the urge to spoil my mother in the more traditional ways: pedicures, shoe shopping, and breakfast.

Cozy Butternut Squash Soup

Cozy Butternut Squash Soup

When the days are clear and the nights are crisp, and you start to get the hankering for hot lattes and cozy sweaters, this is the soup recipe you dust off and get simmering. It's my absolute favorite autumn dinner. It's a take-your-time soup for lazy Saturdays (or work-from-home weekdays), when the cats are sleeping in the last patches of sunlight and your bra is nowhere to be found.