Naturally Northeast USA

For the next few Thursdays we’re going to take a tour around the USA and find some of the great recipes that we remember as classics and traditionally American.  We’re starting this week with the Northeast USA.

Bread and Breakfast

Boston brown bread

Maine sourdough waffles

Pittsburgh’s pancakes

Sides and Starters

New England clam chowder

Manhattan clam chowder

Boston baked beans

Black pepper mussels


Northern fried chicken

Maryland fried chicken with creamy gravy

Philadelphia style cheesesteak sandwiches

Maine lobster roll

Vermont burger

Lobster shepherd’s pie

Maryland crab cake

Dessert and Drinks

Boston cream pie

Brooklyn style cheesecake

Washington cream pie

Pennsylvania Dutch shoefly pie

New England cranberry duff

Whoopie pies

Cape Codder

Green mountain cooler

What are your favorite Northeast USA recipes?

Making Merry with Macaroni

For something a little different today I thought we’d use some dried macaroni to make some fun crafts.

Christmas Elf


Colorful can


Pretty tree

Dyeing with Kool Aid

Colorful monsters

Christmas ornaments

Butterflies and angels

Rainbow raindrops

Golden noodle topiary


Colorful beads

6 more fun pasta crafts

What fun have you had with pasta?

Fun for the Fourth

The Fourth of July, the USA’s celebration of Independence Day is just a few days away!  So today I’ve got some crafts that you can make to celebrate and share your patriotic spirit.


Star medallions

Pillow covers

Cloth decoupage tray

Paper lantern makeover

Holiday lanterns

Patriotic doormat

Red, white and blue ribbon stars

Easy patriotic sand candles

Patriotic bandana tablecloth

Star spangled wavers

Vertical flag garland

Patriotic paper chain

Patriotic punch cups

Patriotic appliques

Flag centerpiece

How are you planning to celebrate the 4th?