24 April 2020

Tasty Little Meatballs

Even my meat-hating dragon eats these meatballs. They’re super easy and very versatile – add oregano or spicy stuff, minced green olives, onions, etc. There’s tips for going Italian or Asian, including the lil’ dragons’ favorite sesame sauce.

17 April 2020

Fried-ish Rice

This is a super easy recipe that came be easily modified – make it vegetarian, use a different kind of meat, add different veggies, add minced ginger or garlic, substitute peanut sauce for the sesame oil…. It’s also a great recipe for sneaking veggies into otherwise picky lil dragons.

10 April 2020

Banana Bread

Not quite bread, not quite cake, free of non-recyclable wrappers and easy to make and store – banana bread is this Dragonmama’s go-to snack.

03 April 2020

Winter Squash Soup

Forget pumpkin spice, this soup is the quintessential taste of fall for me. From October to March, it’s in heavy rotation at the dragon house. As my grandmother would say, it “sticks to your ribs” but without feeling heavy or greasy.

An image of a little dragon swimming through a shallow, lilypad-filled lake under the watchful eye of sunbathing turtles
10 September 2019

More of a Great Lake

I thought I’d try to do a top down illustration of the little dragons at our local lake. And then summer vacation and our ongoing house construction project intervened and two months later, here it is finally.

An image of an elegant, female water dragon peeking out from gently swaying seaweed
12 July 2019

Lakebottom Baby

Our local lake may not be Great but it’s still pretty great! (har, har…) Read more about it and the lovely dragons who call it home.

An image of a dragon straining purposefully to reach some delicious raspberries just beyond his reach
01 July 2019


I’m not at all sorry for making a horrible pun about what a very berry summer the little dragons are having here in Southern Michigan.

An image of a pair of dragons sitting under a leaf, the younger one reaching for a dewdrop
23 May 2019


Here in southern Michigan, April showers bring May showers and all of us, little dragons included, somehow must find ways to enjoy them.

A drawing of a dragon perched on a toadstool drawn to the scent of a grape hyacinth
07 May 2019


After a long, snowy and cold winter, spring is cautiously taking over. While we’re still a ways from consistent t-shirt weather, spring flowers are popping up everywhere. My daughter brought in a lovely little clump of grape hyacinths and I imagined their delicate scent and lovely little bells would be equally alluring to the little dragons of Southern Michigan.

Image of three dragons and a cardinal relaxing in hot springs
15 January 2019

Hot Springs

Breath of fire with the little dragons of southern Michigan.