Candy Corn

  I've never been a fan of Candy Corn–There just isn't anything sophisticated or enticing about them. And, If I had to describe the way those tricolored cones tasted, I would say they were nothing more than chewy globs of sugar and high fructose corn-syrup. My daughter seemed to think we could ... [Read More]

Forbidden Fall Cider

  My pumpkins make their grand appearance out of the attic in August, and by September the house smells of cinnamon and apple pie. It doesn't matter that Florida is the stepchild to every season– every season but one, "Sweltering Summer"– my family and I have become quite good at bringing ... [Read More]

Patriotic Parfait (no bake)

  Ingredients: 1 Premade angel cake, cut into 1" cubes 1 Tub cool whip 1 Package instant cheese cake pudding 1 Pint Blueberries 1 Pint Strawberries sliced Trifle bowl (or bowl equally as deep) Directions: This recipe is all about the layers. And because it's no bake and extremely ... [Read More]

The Best Iced-Coffee Ever

  Coffee: A drink made from the roasted and ground beanlike seeds of a tropical shrub; served hot or iced.  The very definition of this miracle beverage undermines all that it does for people across the world.  I mean, this stuff saves lives in my home, Every... Single... Day! And to ... [Read More]

Delicious Mexican Rice

Ingredients: 2 medium vine-ripened tomatoes or 4 Roma tomatoes cored and quartered 1 onion peeled and quartered 1/3 cup vegetable oil 2 cups long-grain 4 cloves garlic minced 1/2 green pepper (or 2 jalapeno seeded) 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth(or vegetable broth) 1 ... [Read More]

Crema Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients: 5 chicken breasts (not split) 2 tsp paprika 2 tsp cumin 2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 of a chicken bouillion cube 2 garlic cloves, minced. 1 small onion, chopped 1 lime 2 1/2 cup chicken broth 15  small flour tortillas 2  cups mild cheddar cheese 1  tomato chopped 1/2 cup ... [Read More]

September 13th, 1999…..

Tomorrow my first born will be eighteen years old. As I type those words, I almost feel as if it isn't true. Where did the days go?  It's been eighteen whole years since the first moment I found love. Eighteen years from the day my life would change forever. Goodness, it's difficult to take myself ... [Read More]

Finding Purpose in the Simple Things

    It's funny how the insignificant things surrounding us can have such significance. While every morning is a new beginning, I pretty much know what my day holds– there will be tantrums wrapped in a two year old body, meals will be prepared (several times a day), tears will roll down little ... [Read More]

My Reflection

This week was one for the books in The Modlin Homestead. For the first time, our hens hatched a pair of chicks. All of my children were completely smitten with these babies and the entire experience. Even the two year old, we've affectionately named The Jalonator,  couldn't stop the ooohs and aaahs. ... [Read More]