Sugar ‘n Spice for Breakfast


If you are ever around the Cincinnati area and want a different breakfast experience, give Sugar ‘n Spice a try!


They have been delighting customers since 1941 with the whimsical side of human nature (is the cook kicking that pan and egg or is the egg fighting back?), but also delightful wispy thin pancakes and truly fluffy omelettes!

To end you meal, you (or the kids with you) can choose a rubber ducky as a keepsake.



A New Cafe in Town


There is a new cafe in the small Indiana town of Hagerstown. It is worth the trip if you enjoy local fare and learning about Indiana heritage.

The Sidewalk Cafe – located in an historic building and open 11-3 daily, 7 days a week.

Along with the cafe, there is a lovely Christmas store attached called Every Day is Christmas. You can also step across the street to the Museum (open 1-6pm Thurs./Fri./Sat.).

Go out and explore the small towns in Indiana – they can hide some wonderful treasures!

Feel free to visit my food blog where I wrote more about the cafe food.

Travel Theme: Sweet

IMG_8708I have a friend. Everyone should have a friend like her. She can cook! However, she rarely takes on desserts, so she decided to challenge herself with St. Elmo’s Blueberry Bread Pudding. Being an off-the-cuff chef, she did not think to reduce the original recipe (now that she was actually following one) so we have bread pudding coming out the wazoo! But who’s complaining? We shared… and shared… and enjoyed. Now that is one sweet friend!IMG_8709

You can find more Travel Theme: Sweet posts on Ailsa’s blog post this week.

The Ruby Pear


Find yourself a cup of tea; the teapot is behind you.  Now tell me about hundreds of things.  ~Saki

The Ruby Pear is a lovely tea parlor located in an authentic Victorian house. It is conveniently located on the main street that runs through downtown Noblesville (Conner Street/US32).

This was my first experience of a Victorian Tea and I am now hooked. The Velvet Chicken soup was excellent, the chicken salad sandwich had the perfect blend of flavors and textures, and the scones a delightful complement to the selected teas.

Call ahead and don’t be in a hurry. This is meant to be a time of contented companionship.

Not quite the way grandma made it – hot chocolate

Brew it Keurig strong, add a dollop of cream, toss in a few mini marshmallows and you’re ready to go — in seconds.

It may not be grandma’s hot chocolate, with the milk slowly warmed on the stove and the chocolate patiently stirred, but dip a thick slab of toasted homemade bread (from your handy bread machine) in it and let the memories flow.

Remember the fun mug! That is half the magic.