Chili Fever

Recipes - A Cup of Kathy

Though I’m not wishing away any last vestiges of summer, I had a serious hankering for chili on Tuesday.

Plus, I had spent the morning doing housework, so my tummy grumbles inspired me to prepare a hearty meal that wasn’t labor intensive – and that suited me perfectly.

I browned one pound of 93% lean ground turkey. I mixed two cans of no salt added petite diced tomatoes, one undrained can of red kidney beans, and two packets of Stop & Shop Chili Seasoning into a large bowl. I’ve been making chili for some years, and have tried most of the chili seasonings on the market. Because no one in my family likes spicy goods, the Stop & Shop Chili Seasoning works best for us. Continue reading

Everything Old Is New Again

My Favorite Things - A Cup of Kathy

Until my oh so thoughtful husband presented me with a Luncheon Set for my birthday, I didn’t know what one was, and I didn’t know I needed one. And now, (much like my husband), it’s indispensable. I can’t imagine how I got along without it (or him).

I have a collection of bone china teacups and saucers in a variety of styles and patterns – and using them has inspired me to throw a tea party or three. Continue reading

Organizing and Simplifying My Life

Shopping - A Cup of Kathy

I always enjoy thumbing through the Bed Bath and Beyond (BBB) fliers I get in the mail. Sometimes I even get a little giddy when I see items that inspire me to organize my home or make my life easier. Such was the case with the most recent BBB flier I received.

I was so inspired, in fact, that I grabbed my credit card, as well as my BBB coupons (including the $10.00 one from the back of the most recent flier, and some expired coupons that BBB gladly accepts) and headed out earlier today. Continue reading

The Dinner Conundrum

Recipes - A Cup of Kathy

It’s hot. I know, summer has a habit of being hot. I had the air conditioners and fans going, so lighting the oven or spending a lot of time working the stove certainly didn’t appeal to me today. But I did need to make dinner for my family.

What to make…what to make…the age-old question. I stuck my head in the fridge, rummaged around a bit, cooled off a bit, and hoped for some inspiration. Continue reading

Bah Humbug

Shopping - A Cup of Kathy

I’m about to cry uncle, but I don’t think it will help.

My mailbox, my email, and my Facebook feed have blown up with stories, ideas, and sales to herald Back To School, Autumn, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and, gasp, Christmas.

Please don’t think I’m a Scrooge. I thoroughly enjoy the holidays. I just don’t want to be thinking about Christmas a full five months ahead. Continue reading

Oh My Aching…

A Cup of Kathy - Health and Beauty

Most people can easily fill that blank in with a body part or two that gives them grief. After having carpal tunnel surgery on both wrists about 15 years ago, and being a writer who spends a good deal of time sitting and working at a computer, I make every effort to protect my hands, wrists, and back.

I’ve taken care to set up my home office to be as ergonomically efficient as possible and it all starts with my workstation. The 24-inch monitor is positioned at the correct height to ensure I don’t strain my neck or eyes while working. Continue reading

King’s Hawaiian Sliders

Recipes - A Cup of Kathy
Looking for a versatile, easy-to-make recipe that’s sure to please your family?

Then I’ve got three words for you – King’s Hawaiian Sliders.

My cousin Carol introduced Dave and me to the classic King’s Hawaiian Ham and Swiss Sliders recipe, when we eagerly accepted her invitation to lunch. She’s quite a cook, so we knew we were in for a treat. Carol accompanied the sliders with a colorful, crisp garden salad, making them a perfect summer lunch pairing. Continue reading

A Touch Of Whimsy

My Favorite Things - A Cup of Kathy

I celebrated a milestone birthday recently…and no, my lips are sealed…damn that sticky lip gloss…

To mark this special occasion, I decided to treat myself to a gift. I had no idea what it would be, but I knew when I saw it, it would inspire me, it would hit me like an Aston Martin DB10 traveling full tilt, bowl me over, and my mission would be complete. Continue reading

Summer Panache

Fashion - A Cup of Kathy

I love scarves. They’re a timeless and easy way to add a flourish to most outfits. They’re also a quick way to accessorize and enhance your style with an effortless touch of flair and an added dash of color.

The choices are endless – square, infinity, oblong, done in silk, chiffon, cotton, jersey, cashmere, wool, poly blend, linen – for casual, classic, business, and sophisticated wear. And oh the colors and prints. So many colors and prints. Continue reading