It has been a full week. December is here. It's nearing the end of the academic semester – wrapping up classes and grading and grading and grading. We decorated for Christmas. I did some baking. We went to Knoxville for a quick trip last weekend for me to speak at a Women's Brunch at the … Continue reading Plum Spice Cake & Advent
Is "dinner" the evening meal or is it the mid-day meal? Or is the BIG meal, regardless of what time the meal is served? At our house, dinner is the evening meal, and although it is not formal, it is the larger, hot meal of the day. I guess you can call that supper. … Continue reading Party Chicken and Rice – Easter Main Dish
This wednesday is Ash Wednesday in the Christian calendar. It marks the beginning of the 40 days of Lent, which end with Easter. I didn’t grow up in a denomination that celebrated or honored Lent. We just by-passed all of that and focused on Easter. We bought new, fancy, spring dresses and white shoes (or sandals) … Continue reading Anticipating Easter: Lent and Sweet Potato Biscuits
It's Valentine's Week and I love it. (Or as my little Lucy sometimes calls it, Valen-times). It can be a really fun day: so pink and filled with sugar and love. I know some people can't stand it. They revolt, wearing black and are anti-Valentine's. But I've never felt that way. And I was even … Continue reading It’s Valen-Time!
I love New Year's Eve! Not because I get dressed up and go out on the town ringing in the new year. (If you know me or my life circumstances, then you know that is not the case. When you have 3 young kids, and are a homebody, this is not what New Year's … Continue reading Pizza Rolls for New Year’s Fun!
Sitting by the fire is a favorite Christmas tradition in my house Christmas is full of all kinds of traditions that people cherish. They are diverse and unique, but can mean so much to the people who hold them. According to the dictionary a tradition is: a continuing pattern of … Continue reading Christmas Breakfast & the Love of Traditions
Sometimes you can predict how good a recipe is just by taking a look at the list of ingredients. This recipe, for Cranberry Pear Cake Bars, that I make in December, is case in point. Just check out some of the ingredients included in the recipe: butter –always a good sign cinnamon- festive light brown … Continue reading Cranberry-Pear Cake Bars
Thanksgiving menus are being planned, emails and phone calls this week are filled with discussions about "What should be on the Thanksgiving table?" and "Who's bringing what?". Our family loves to eat and Thanksgiving is our chance to make a lot of tasty dishes. There are times in life that the saying "less is more" … Continue reading Cheesy Potatoes & Thankfulness
This week the Target Holiday Gift catalog came in the mail. You know what that means...the kids started taking turns with pens and post-its to mark their "wishes" in the catalog. I told them, "dream on"! It reminds me of the years in my childhood when my grandmother would pull out the Sears Catalog and … Continue reading Kitchen Wish List
I'm on my second lap. It's year 2 for my blog and I have posted through each season. I like to write about seasonally inspired foods and since I began my blog last August, I posted some of my perennial fall favorites lastSeptember and October. In the next couple of weeks, I plan to … Continue reading Fall Favorites