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Today I am sharing an awesome graphic from a fellow blogger, Susan Conley who blogs over at Cook The Stone, a food blog worth checking out!


After you check out the info graphic be sure to stop by Susan’s blog and check out her posts. She covers everything from recipes to gadgets and tools!

I was asked to bring a dessert to a potluck this week and decided to bring my husband’s grandmother’s recipe for Angel Pie.Angel Pie When I first met Alma she served me this pie and I thought it was amazing. When my husband and I got married my mother-in-law included this recipe in a collection of family recipes she gave me. I’ve been making this pie for almost 40 years! It’s easy to make and always a big hit. Since I am now getting ripe strawberries from our garden I decided to serve the Angel Pie with fresh strawberries. It’s been a while since I’ve made this pie, but it was a big hit.Angel Pie


Angle Pie




¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp cream of tartar

4 egg whites

1 cup sugar

½ tsp vanilla

½ pint heavy cream




Add the salt and cream of tartar to the egg whites. Beat the egg whites until stiff. Beat in the sugar. Adding just a spoonful at a time. Beat in the vanilla. Spread the mixture in a well-buttered 9” pie plate. Spread the mixture a little higher around the edges to create a rim. Bake for one hour at 275, or until the meringue is dry and firm to the touch but not browned. Let cool.Angel Pie


While the Angle Pie is cooking whip the heavy cream. When the pie is cool spread with the whipped cream.


I cored some strawberries and cut them in half to serve with the pie. Once you have a bite of this delicious Angel Pie you will understand the name! So light and delicious!Angel Pie


I love serving recipes that have been in the family for generations. Alma, my husband’s grandmother was such a good cook that after she passed away we made a cookbook of her recipes. It has been shared with many family members and is well loved in our kitchen! It’s always a good sign when everyone cleans their plate!Angel Pie


Do you have a favorite family recipe?

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Close to where I live in Vermont is a 40-acre sanctuary, called Eshqua Bog, jointly owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy and the New England Wild Flower Society.lady's slippers The New England Wild Flower society declared Eshqua Blog, “a treasure of Vermont flora.” A place with “exceptional aesthetic, educational and scientific value.” This bog has hundred’s of Showy Lady’s Slippers that bloom in the spring.lady's slippers


There is a wooden boardwalk that meanders through the bog, which is fully accessible for people of all ages and abilities. The boardwalk allows people to take a closer look at the wonderful plant life in the bog while protecting the bog from trampling.lady's slippers


The wild orchids are merely the most acclaimed wildflowers of this rich wetland. The bog and surrounding wetlands host the annual blooming of marsh marigolds, painted trillium, great white trillium, bloodroot, starflower, white turtlehead, blue-bead lily, trout lily, mayflower, blue cohosh and many other spectacular and subtle flowers.


The Bog is actually a fen and was protected to permanently preserve the diverse community of wetland plants like Labrador tea, cotton grass and pitcher plants. Fens are less acidic and fed by groundwater that carries important plant nutrients like calcium and magnesium from the surrounding bedrock. True bogs are typically dominated by sphagnum mosses while fens are characterized by an abundance of sedges and non-sphagnum mosses.


There are a number of orchids growing in the bog including the white bog orchis, green bog orchis, and yellow lady’s slippers.lady's slippers


In addition, hundreds of showy lady’s slippers bloom in early summer.lady's slippers


I have been to this bog several times but never have I seen so many Showy Lady Slippers in bloom. They were just magnificent. Known by naturalists for more than a century Eshqua Bog attracts wildflower lovers from around the nation.lady's slippers


If you are ever in the Woodstock, Vermont area take the time to explore this wonderful natural area. The paths are well marked and there is a small parking lot. You can explore the bog and there are also paths to enjoy the surrounding forest. If you have never seen Lady’s Slippers in the wild you are in for an amazing treat.lady's slippers

It goes without saying that it’s fairly inconvenient when your toilet lets you down and clogs up. Calling a good plumber is another task and expense that you have to face. However if you are brave enough you don’t need to rely on a plumber, and who doesn’t love a good bathroom hack?
Unclog a toilet


In some cases all you need to do is flush few time and poke with your handy dandy toilet brush. However if you are having bad day, this won’t do the trick and you will have to rely on few tricks of the trade.unclogging your toilet


If you are going to jump in and try to unclog your toilet yourself, the first thing you need isn’t far away, you need a good dish soap (if you don’t have one you can rely on your shampoo) and medium sized bucket to hold hot water. Two of these would be great as it will save you the effort to refill them again.


Now first you will have to pour in the dish soap into the toilet and let it be for the next 30 minutes or so. The dish soap or the shampoo acts as a lubricant and helps all the stuff to get moving. After 25 minutes you can start pouring the hot water in the flush. It will help in unclogging the flush.


We found that the above method works in the majority of cases, unless you have a more serious toilet malfunction. But if it didn’t work for you then don’t worry we have more great tricks of the trade for you to try before resorting to calling out the plumber.


So if you are still looking for more ideas to unclog your toilet then you can go through this great infographic by DIY experts Legendary Home Services.


Summer is the time for barbecues, salads and family picnics… and not spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Today I thought I would share some of my favorite summer recipes. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do in our family!


Pasta Spinach Salad
I’m always looking for light summer pasta salads and this is one of those recipes! We enjoy it so much I usually double the recipe!summer recipes

Kale Salad
This is such a simple salad, delicious and so easy to make!salad, summer recipes

Beer Can Chicken
As the summer heats up try this delicious grilling recipe for beer can chicken. It’s always a hit!chicken, summer recipes

Pizza On The Grill
We have a wonderful attachment for our Weber grill that turns it into a pizza oven! It makes the best pizza!summer recipes

Garlic Scape Scampi
Wondering what to do with the garlic scapes? Try making this yummy garlic scape scampi. The combination of the garlic and shrimp is delicious!summer recipes

Maple Glazed Grilled Salmon
One of our favorite ways to cook salmon is this wonderful recipe that coats the fish with a maple glaze. We can enjoy the maple syrup that Vermont has to offer with the wonderful taste of salmon, truly a winning, recipe box, summer recipes

Minty Watermelon Salad
Light and refreshing salad. Perfect for your next summer party.summer recipes

Coleslaw Chicken Wraps
The chicken is grilled but could be done ahead of time; the wrap is as good hot or cold. Which means if you have any leftovers they would make a perfect lunch the next day!summer recipes

Chicken Orzo Salad
This is one of those recipes that has been passed around between my mother and my mother-in-law and enjoyed by all. I think it is one of those perfect spring or summer salads. Easy to make and delicious! I’ve even made it without the grapes as we didn’t have any in the house and instead I added a bit of leftover corn! Not only was it colorful but it was still delicious!

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!summer recipes


Summer Gazpacho
I love the abundance of fresh vegetables in the summer. This is one of my favorite summer soups, perfect on a hot day!Summer Gazpacho, summer recipes

Easy Veggie Pasta
As our garden begins to produce fresh vegetables one of my favorite meals is a Veggie Pasta dish. The original recipe came from a Weight Watchers recipe. I have just made a few changes. This is a flexible recipe, use what you have on hand and enjoy!summer recipes

Mexican Turkey Salad
As the weather becomes more summer-like we often enjoy salads for dinner. I enjoy a meal that I can make early in the day and then it’s ready for whenever we want to eat dinner. I hope you enjoy this salad as much as we do!Mexican Turkey Salad, summer recipes

Summertime Tuna Salad
I love cold salads on a hot summer day. This salad is easy to make and is a perfect light dinner or  a great lunch to take to the office.Summertime Tuna Salad, summer recipes


Asian Shrimp and Rice Bowl
Looking for a light summer dinner idea? This recipe is a perfect choice. I had some shrimp in the freezer I wanted to use up and this dinner came together in no time at all.summer recipes

Shrimp and Shells Salad
I have mentioned before how much I enjoy shrimp. For me this salad is one of those perfect summertime salads, it can be served as a light dinner with some fresh homemade bread or you can enjoy it for lunch. To make it lighter use fat-free mayonnaise. By all means use fresh ingredients from your garden if possible! This easy salad makes about 9 servings.Shrimp 'n Shells Salad, summer recipes

Light Lemon Pound Cake
This is a delicious cake that brings a taste of summer to your table!Light Lemon Pound Cake, summer recipes

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