Recipes, Photography, Musings

Category: Reflections (Page 1 of 3)

Ode to the Fruits of Summer

sweet cherriesraspberriesThe past few days, my cooking and baking has been at a minimum.  With all the fresh produce available this time of year, we have been eating lots of salads and raw fruits, because when food is this fresh, it tastes so good in its most natural state.  Raspberries, blueberries, and cherries are in season right now, and they are some of the most flavorful fruits! This is the time of year to be outside as much as possible, and to let go of the schedule as much as possible.  Sometimes the best recipe is no recipe at all, but just eating raspberries right from the bush, or stopping along the road at a stand that says “washed sweet cherries,” and eating the sweet, juicy cherries right there in the car.

water reflectionsSometimes the best photo is the one you didn’t take, the one that shimmers in your memory like water in a lake.

sunset along the pierSometimes you just want to laugh a little longer and hug your loved ones a little tighter,  stay up a little later, and drink a strong cup of coffee in the morning.

sunset at the beachSometimes the best stories are the ones you cannot possibly put into words, but remain in your heart forever.

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer, and I will be back soon with a recipe to share! I have been working on my favorite pico de gallo recipe, but it still needs some work, much to my son’s and husband’s pleasure in testing each batch.

Dragonflyhome Is Now Dragonfly Home Recipes!

pretty tableSpring is a great time for new beginnings.  I have not posted in awhile, because I have been busy working behind the scenes, making a new home for my blog,  now called Dragonfly Home Recipes, at   I decided to take the leap to a self-hosted site, in order to give my blog more flexibility, more space to grow, and a name all its own.  It is still very much the same blog, but with more options available to me.

There have been some definite technical challenges to overcome, and there are still some minor technical glitches to work out, but with the help of one of my tech-savvy brothers and WordPress technical support, I am ready to call my new space home.  I have transferred my followers to my new blog address, so if you were already following via email, you will continue to get emails when there are new posts.  If you were following dragonflyhome via, my new posts will still appear in your reader.

I look forward to sharing more delicious recipes, musing about savoring the beauty of life through food, and connecting with all of you at  Thank you to all of you for continuing to make this blogging adventure so much fun!


Our lilac bushes are now in full bloom. These are perhaps my favorite spring flower. They hold so many good memories for me. The most potent lilac memories come from Sackets Harbor, New York. We had several huge lilac bushes outside of our apartment building there, and a dear friend who lived below me shared my love of lilacs. Winters were really long and hard in Sackets Harbor, so when the lilacs finally bloomed, it was a celebration. My friend and I kept fresh, deliciously scented bunches in our apartments as long as the lilacs were flowering. Our husbands were often gone on deployments with the army, so the simple pleasures like lilacs would cheer us up. I also remember that the stiff winds coming off of Lake Ontario would blow the magical scent into our windows. That was a special place, and I’m sure I will write more about it in later posts. For now, here is a photo of some lilacs I brought in from our lovely yard.



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