Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds - Smoky and Sultry

Autumn is a great time to enjoy the harvest
Have you ever wondered what to do with all of those pumpkin seeds when you and your family carve pumpkins? Here is a salty smoky version of Roasted Pumpkin Seeds guaranteed to please. Follow this link for tips and the step by step instructions.

Click on this link for the recipe and tips: Sultry Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Add some sweet treats and you will have a delicious snack that will make everyone happy. From my table to yours...enjoy.
Put these delicious roasted pumpkin seeds out and watch them disappear

Thursday, October 8, 2015

A Fun Family Favorite - Pickle Roll-ups

Kosher dill pickles rolled with cream cheese and dried beef
A fun family favorite


The kids love to make these and the guests love to eat them. Easy fun and entertaining - all of the component that make for a great appetizer...enjoy...to learn about how you can make these delicious delights and find out about alternatives, elevating the dish and great ideas for substitutes...click on the link (it will take you to my Hubpages recipe site)

Pickle-Roll-ups Recipe

Please let me know how you have enjoyed this family tradition - I love to hear the stories. And, if you created a new variation or experimented with alternative ingredients - let me know - I'm always up to try something new.

From my kitchen to yours - Mama Caruso

Thursday, August 13, 2015

All Aboard...Next Stop - Re-Feathering Your Nest

Take the train and relax on your way to the Rocky Mountains
This is one of my favorite ways to travel and the way I first traveled to Colorado. There is something so magical and mesmerizing about being on a train and when you can truly enjoy the views and not have to worry about traffic, or getting tired or weather - I am in! So when I was asked to put together some information for a group that is conducting an empty-nesters retreat in the Rocky Mountains in October for people who may not want to fly or drive - I jumped on the opportunity. Enjoy and maybe I'll see you in Winter Park in October or the next time I jump on the Zephyr...

All Aboard The California Zephyr…Next Stop – Re-feathering Your Nest in the Rockies
Thinking about “Re-feathering Your Nest”/ in the Rocky Mountains in October and just don’t want to drive or fly? You might want to consider adding some ease, adventure and scenic views to your travel experience and take a train. Amtrak’s California Zephyr offers some of the most spectacular views which you can enjoy from your coach, sleeper or dining car. Here’s some information about the trip and the sights you will see along the way…http://www.amtrak.com/california-zephyr-train. The Zephyr will drop you off and pick you up only a few miles from Snow Mountain Ranch  at the Fraser train station and we will make arrangements to transport you from the train station and back.

The retreat will include time to
spend enjoying the scenery
From Amtrak's site - "Experienced travelers say the California Zephyr is one of the most beautiful train trips in all of North 
America. As you climb through the heart of the Rockies, and further west through the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas, you may find it hard to disagree.

The Zephyr runs daily between Chicago and San Francisco, coursing through the plains of Nebraska to Denver, across the Rockies to Salt Lake City, and then through Reno and Sacramento into Emeryville/San Francisco.

There are so many ways to enjoy the views
Reserve a spacious coach seat for your journey or, for a more luxurious experience, reserve a roomette or bedroom in one of the Superliner Sleeping Cars."


Whether you are planning to fly, drive or take the train, we look forward to seeing you in the Rocky Mountains in October as we celebrate this next phase of your marriage, re-feathering your nest. Follow this link for retreat and registration information Re-feather Your Nest We'll see you there!