Great Allegheny Passage Trail Youghiogheny River 2017

May 30, 2017

The Great Allegheny Passage Trail, from Whitsett to Cedar Creek park (about 10 miles this section), is quiet and peaceful with spring wildflowers making a showy trail in Fayette county.

Feta Tomato Dip Recipe ~ Serve with Baguettes

January 10, 2017


2 tbsp. + 2 tsp olive oil
2 tbsp. + 2 tsp Smart Balance cooking oil
1/3 cup spinach chopped fine
2 cloves garlic chopped fine
2 green onions, sliced thinly
4 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
8 ounce feta cheese, crumbled.
1 1/2 teaspoons of Mt Mediterranean Greek Herb Blend
Balsamic vinegar for drizzling (optional)

Baughman Trail Loop Ohio Pyle, Pa

January 4, 2017

My family and I hiked the Baughman Trail Loop. What a magical journey! The trail loop is about 7 miles with steep valleys and jutting rocks. Fungi and fern grow in patches all along the forest floor. 

Bowman Family Nemacolin Castle in Brownsville, Pennslyvania Christmas Tour 2016

December 16, 2016

Christmas decorations fill the primitive and fancy rooms of the Nemacolin Castle, once built and occupied by Jacob and Isabella Bowman and their nine children. The castle started out as a small trading post in the mid to later 1780's. 

An Interview with Donna Castor, Owner of 'Queen Anne's Lace' Vintage Home Design Shop

November 28, 2016

Copyright Lisa Scherer

 Last week I had the opportunity to interview Donna Castor, the owner of ‘Queen Anne’s Lace’ vintage design shop in New Eagle, Pa. My favorite place to shop!  Queen Anne’s Lace offers a variety of items from vintage to up-cycled to French to Shabby. This unique upscale shop is a must stop when I am in the area. I never leave empty-handed. And quite frankly, I find it hard to leave at all. The setting is peaceful, beautiful, and inviting. And with chandelier prisms casting glowing shapes on the wall, perfect color palettes pleasing to the eye, and lace overflowing from drawers, I can’t help but think others feel the same way the moment they walk in.