Jack O’ Lantern, Peat Bogs and Irish Lore

Who was the original Jack O’ Lantern and what does he have in common with peat bogs and Irish lore? Halloween, as you may know, has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The festival is still vibrant in Scotland and it is also celebrated in Ireland. In Scotland, I learned that traditional Jack O’ Lanterns […]

more »

Eating Wildly: How To Spice Up A Family Hike And Your Dinner Table

Eating wildly is the new food frontier. If you could forage wild foods on your next family hike and make them part of your evening dinner, wouldn’t it be an absolute hoot? My friend Heather and I have lots of passions in common, not the least being good food and knowing where your food comes from. In […]

more »
At the old haunted house

Halloween Picture Books For Kids

This Hallowen, get your hands on these fun picture books for kids and read about a few messy monsters, odd creatures and scary pumpkins. Yes, it’s that time of the year when witches and vampires become children’s most popular friends and when monsters and pumpkins get all the fun. Do you have a Halloween costume yet? Are you ready […]

more »

From Trail To Table: Wild Blackberry Jam Recipe

Every summer, my girls know that we are going to get in the car, drive to a back-country trail next to my dad’s house, carry baskets and boxes, and get down to business: picking blackberries! Once we’re home, I make wild blackberry jam the way my dad has taught me ever since I was a child. Here is the simplest and most delicious recipe to make your own wild blackberry jam.

more »
Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina

Meeting Anna Karenina at Ham House

The movie Anna Karenina may be set in St. Petersburg but it was mostly shot in England. Luckily we live an hour away from the house that was used as Count Vronsky’s apartments in the movie, the National Trust 17th century property Ham House. When I read about an exhibition featuring costumes from the movie, […]

more »