Art is the Handmaid of Human Good

Life in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA


Bourbon Brown Sugar Banana Bread

Banana Bread

I love banana bread. I love brown sugar. I love bourbon. I love this recipe. Oh, and it’s really, I mean really, easy to make. Continue reading


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Honestly the best thing to ever come out of my kitchen…

Peanut Butter Pie

I made this pie for Gist’s birthday because she loves peanut butter.  Loves it, loves it, loves it.  Peanut Butter Pie is her favorite dessert and when we go out to eat it’s usually her pick.  Continue reading


Tortellini & Green Pea Salad + Chocolate Peanut Butter Blondies

Tortellini & Green Pea Salad + Chocolate Peanut Butter Blondies

First, a fair warning – this post is going to be long and a bit of a hodgepodge. I have some recipes, some grocery lists and some general life updates. I’ll be writing about them in that order, so feel free to skip whatever you want 😉 Continue reading


Wacky Cupcakes

Wacky Cake

Wacky Cake, also known as Crazy Cake, was either developed during the Depression or during World War II.  It was developed by home cooks who either couldn’t afford eggs and butter during the Depression, or couldn’t get eggs and butter during WWII because of rationing.  Either way, it’s a frugal cake.  It’s also mighty delicious and one of my favorites.  These particular cupcakes were made for two purposes, as my contribution to dinner at Amanda’s and as a way to use up the leftover cream cheese frosting from Saturday’s Cullen Cakes.  Waste not, want not. Continue reading