Fig and Goat Cheese Pizza

This was a recipe Alyssa made us for Tuesday night dinner one tuesday this summer. When Joe, Erik and I were having a pizza bake off, I decided to make this pizza. I knew what was on it but didn’t have a recipe so I did it my own way. The problem with this pizza is it tastes SO GOOD. But the ingredients are SO expensive.



1 Tbl butter

Figs ( I used figs in their juice from stop and shop)

Goat Cheese

Mozzarella Shredded Cheese

Nan Bread (plain)


You can switch up the ingredients but this is what I used. First caramelize the onions, with butter and bit of brown sugar.

Spread onions over Nan bread, along with fig, and fig sauce,  crumble goat cheese and sprinkle that over pizza. Finish with mozzarella in any empty spots. Throw into oven until everything is melted.

Makes a good app or a meal! It tastes so good!

Apple Crisp

Easy Apple Crisp,I mean so easy.  Since enrolling in a local CSA I have been trying to use fresh vegetables in fruits in different recipes. I wanted to make an Apple Crisp, only had Macintosh Apples, Even though the recipe says that it tastes great if you use a mix, and next time I will definitely do that.


  • 6 medium (6 cups) apples, peeled, cored, sliced
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup uncooked old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup cold Land O Lakes® Butter


Heat oven to 375°F.

Place apples into ungreased 8-inch square baking pan.

Combine brown sugar, oats, flour and cinnamon in bowl; cut in butter with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle sugar mixture over apples. Bake 25-35 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is golden brown.

Serve warm with ice cream, if desired.

Owl Costume DIY

Last Halloween, I made Amy D. an owl costume! She loved it! I used this website. It was so helpful. I ran to the store and bought fabric squares at Jo Ann Fabric and it was more than enough. I liked the tweed one and the different textures. I didn’t put it on a tee shirt, but on a long sleeve black shirt. as I looked at the picture longer I realized they glued it on a tee shirt and cut off the sleeves. Either way it works!! I also quickly made Little Adam a Charlie Brown costume out of a yellow tee shirt and black zig zag. It couldn’t be cuter!!!

-dark colored tee
-fabric scraps (50-60 feathers)
-thread and sewing machine (or permanent fabric glue)
-card stock
-craft knife
-children’s sunglasses
1. Cut out the feathers from fabric scraps using the template below.
2. Begin pinning and sewing in rows from the bottom (or just line them up and glue).
3. Continue until you reach the top and then form a circle around the neckline.
4. Print out the owl mask and cut it out. With a craft knife, cut out the center eye holes.
5. Attach the mask to the sunglasses with tape. Hoot!
Click here to download the template for mask and feathers: Download file



Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies

These I paired with Sangria, for 3rd Annual Cookies and Cocktails. The recipe came from Bloom Designs Online. I didn’t use the caramel glaze because lack of ingredients, I just used basic caramel sauce. The cookies have the consistency of a oatmeal rather than a crunchy cookie. Which bothered some people.

You need

  • 2 3/4 quick cooking oats
  • 1 1/4 flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 salt
  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 apples peeled and finely diced (fuji or granny smith work well)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 tablespoons caramel sauce

Preheat oven to 350. Mix together first six ingredients and set aside.  In a standing mixer with a paddle attachment, cream butter and brown sugar.  Add egg, vanilla and milk.  Mix until combined. Add oats mixture and blend until just incorporated.  Mix in apples.  Drop by the tablespoon onto parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 11 minutes until lightly browned.  Let sit on cookie sheet until cooled.

For the glaze, whisk together powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon milk and caramel sauce until smooth.  Add more milk if necessary.

Once cooled, drizzle caramel mix over cookies.

Caramel Apple Sangria

I used this recipe for 3rd Annual Cookies and Cocktails! Another great cookies and cocktails success!!   Thanks Food Family Finds I did not use Mirassou Wine and it came out just as good! They also paired perfectly with Caramel Apple Cookies.
  • 1 750 mL bottle of Mirassou Moscato (I used any old Moscato I had)
  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup carbonated lemon-lime soda
  • ⅓ cup caramel flavored vodka
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 sweet apples (any varieties), diced
  • 1 pear (any variety), diced
  • ½ cup green grapes, halved
  1. Add the apples, pear and grapes to a large pitcher.
  2. Slowly poor in the Moscato, cider, vodka and cinnamon.
  3. Gently stir.
  4. Refrigerate for one hour.
  5. Before serving, add the lemon-lime soda and stir gently.

INSPIRE- My classroom Project

I saw an idea on Pinterest, where somebody took the letters “READ.” and covered them with pages from a Dr. Suess book. This got me thinking, how could I apply this idea to my classroom? I had a big window sil where I could place the letters, I just had to pick a word. Since I am a speech pathologist assistant, I knew READ wouldn’t be appropriate, and SPEAK was pretty silly. haha. So I immediately thought of The book “Ohh the Places You’ll Go.” Which was book that my mom gave me for high school graduation. Then I read it to my brother on the day of high school graduation, and again on my college graduation.

The book Inspires me, so I thought what a great word to have covered in pages of Dr. Suess. This would serve as a daily reminder that my life has come full circle, I am now teaching Dartmouth children, when I myself was a product of Dartmouth Schools. It would inspire me to give the children I service the tools to succeed. 98 % and 3/4 Guaranteed.

Block Letters
Dr. Suess Book
Modge Podge
Paint Brush
Razor blade

I began with buying block letters that could stand on their own from They were 1.88 a letter, I couldn’t beat the price. I bought a used copy of the book off

I decided to go in order of the book. The first letter “I” is the title of the book, and the last letter is one of the last pages of the book.

To begin, I ripped out the page, from there I flipped over the letter and traced the letter onto the page. I cut out the letter and applied modge podge onto the letter and carefully placed book page onto letter. I repeated for the next letters.

Then I noticed some edges were not lined up perfectly, the page would go over the letter. This is when I took the razor blade and trimmed the edges. Then I modge podged over the top, to make a smooth protector coat.

It came out wonderfully! People have already asked to make me letters for them!
There are so many combinations to do this project, maybe you can use multiple Dr. Suess books, or any books at all!