12 Desperation Dinners for When You Don’t Feel Like Cooking

Dear friends,

Do you ever have nights when you really, really aren’t in the mood to cook?

I write cookbooks, so I do lots of recipe developing and tinkering as part of my day job. I truly enjoy being in the kitchen and preparing food, usually.

Except when I don’t.

Some nights, I could more easily endure a root canal without anesthesia than figure out . . . → Read More: 12 Desperation Dinners for When You Don’t Feel Like Cooking

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Easy Strawberry Mini Cheesecakes Recipe

 

I LOVE dessert, but sometimes a petite treat is just right after a big dinner. These mini cheesecakes are among my favorite bite-sized desserts, and the recipe is so simple. I made them with strawberries, but you can prepare them with whatever berries you have on hand such as raspberries, blackberries or blueberries.

For this variation, I used mini muffin tins and . . . → Read More: Easy Strawberry Mini Cheesecakes Recipe

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

A New Season

 

Our garden is awakening here in Colorado. The first crocus bloomed yesterday!

The daffodils are budding, and the tulips are emerging.

 

 

It’s sunny and mild, too, so I’ve been puttering and doing a little cleaning up in the yard.

I know better than to clear away the leaves that are still protecting tender young plants and shoots, because our springtime weather is always . . . → Read More: A New Season

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

7 Ways to Manage a Conflicted Case of Spring Fever

Here in Colorado, the meteorologists like to remind us that March is historically our snowiest month. (We hate when they say that.) They are apparently bound by some sort of Colorado meteorologists’ ethical code which obliges them to always (always) follow up that statement by reminding us that April is the second-snowiest month. I respond to these two helpful . . . → Read More: 7 Ways to Manage a Conflicted Case of Spring Fever

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

What is My One Thing? and Other Questions on a Winter Walk

 

I visited a friend in the Colorado mountain town of Evergreen earlier this month, and decided to take the scenic route instead of the highway. What a good decision that turned out to be. As I wound through Indian Hills and came around the bend to Mount Falcon Park, I entered a wonderland where a blanket of frost . . . → Read More: What is My One Thing? and Other Questions on a Winter Walk

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

10 Simple, Budget-Friendly Gifts You Can Give That Aren’t Lame

 

A reader wrote during last month’s January Money Diet and said that she was trying to be frugal but had several birthdays to celebrate. “How do you balance wanting to give generous presents while still sticking to a budget?” she wrote.

Good question! I suspect many of us are similarly challenged. We want to bless our friends and family and . . . → Read More: 10 Simple, Budget-Friendly Gifts You Can Give That Aren’t Lame

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.