Dutchman’s Breeches: member of the bleeding heart family
Appropriately named Sweet White Violet

Trout Lily: The first flowers of 2019
Bloodroot: Poppy family and has medicinal uses.
Carolina Spring Beauty

The official tally of snow cover in Marquette was 165 days this winter. I suspect it was even longer at Old Overgrown. But now that most of the snow has melted (most of it – see photo below), the forest is finally coming to life!

And yet, she persisted. Snow on May 13, 2019 at Old Overgrown



There is just something so comforting and flavorful about a great Chicken Marsala recipe – rich, deep flavors that can be a feast for the eyes as well.

Marsala sauces utilize Marsala wine, which is a sweet fortified wine from Sicily (other fortified wines are Sherry and Port). If you can, use an actual Sicilian Marsala, but if you can’t find one (or don’t use it often enough), you can find Holland House Cooking Marsala in most grocery stores. Continue Reading


Sometimes slowly developed, rich flavors over pasta is the perfect comforting dish on a snowy winter day. This dish is a riff on a recipe on Epicurious, modified to have some richer, bolder flavors and also a smaller portion size. This will serve about four. Continue Reading