Holidays

Valentine’s Day Breakfast Hearts

Valentine’s Day Breakfast Hearts

  I saw something the other day on Pinterest, which reminded me that I have a silicone heart muffin mold. I’ve always made a semi-big deal about Valentine’s Day with the kids.  I’d decorate the table and get them all a book.  One time I […]

Louise Belcher Cupcakes

Louise Belcher Cupcakes

  Remind me not to quit my day job and become a baker (I don’t have a day job, but that’s beside the point!) My granddaughter has this thing for a cartoon called “Bob’s Burgers” and loves the character, Louise Belcher.  Never heard of either. […]

Polish My Halo Spinach and Chicken Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Polish My Halo Spinach and Chicken Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

  I finally finished packing the 13 bins that hold all of our Christmas decorations.  I always dread that task, but I finally managed to get it done, at least. Last night’s soft homemade chicken taco dinner sort of went south. Bill was supposed to […]

Pork Tenderloin with Red Wine and Dijon

Pork Tenderloin with Red Wine and Dijon

  I have discovered that the more I want to put off some disagreeable chore (like working out), the more things around the house cry out for my attention.  I remember in college, wanting to postpone the arduous task of studying for finals.  My room […]

Chicken Lo Mein

Chicken Lo Mein

  Sometimes I think it’s a downright miracle that I EVER manage to get anything accomplished.  Take this morning, for instance. I wanted to sleep in but the pain in my back wasn’t having it.  So, I got up, let Leo and the dogs out […]

Breakfast Burritos for Dinner

Breakfast Burritos for Dinner

  Just for the record, I wrote this way before Christmas, when our bacon lovin’ vegetarian granddaughter was visiting and I was stumped as to what to make for her!  So, no, I haven’t given up on my healthy New Year’s goals! This breakfast burrito […]

Mentally Preparing for Healthy

Mentally Preparing for Healthy

  My daughter gave me a FitBit for Christmas and I’m pretty darned tickled. I’ve had this blog for about 3 months so far and I wonder what all that sitting and typing has done to the size of my rear end.  Thankfully, I can’t […]

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

  I was setting the table for our Christmas Eve dinner today and I put new tapers in the Santa candle holders.  Of course, I lit the wicks first and then blew them out and trimmed them to 1/4 inch. My mother always told me […]

Black Forest Ham and Cheddar Quiche

Black Forest Ham and Cheddar Quiche

  No cutesy decorations on this baby.  I am pooped.  I don’t know exactly when I started cooking for Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Brunch, but it feels like a month ago.  My achin’ back. But I’m done, done, done.  It was a freezer soup […]

How to Teach the Kids “The 12 Days of Christmas”

How to Teach the Kids “The 12 Days of Christmas”

  Here’s a quick post with an idea on how to teach your kids “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” My granddaughter is “5 ½ and ¾,” which is pretty close to the truth.  She’ll be 6 in a month.   Anyway, way back in the […]

Lemon Poppyseed Cake with Lemon Sugar Drizzle

Lemon Poppyseed Cake with Lemon Sugar Drizzle

  Looks like these guys all want a slice. I thought I was really on a roll today.  Sort of. My damned oven will not stay at 350°.  If I set it at 355°, it goes to 325°.  If I make that 375°, it goes […]

No Bake, Make Ahead Chocolate Peppermint Torte

No Bake, Make Ahead Chocolate Peppermint Torte

  This is the nicest dessert for your Christmas or Christmas Eve Dinner.  You can make it a few days ahead of time, wrap it lightly with foil (non-stick foil is best — not plastic wrap, which would stick to it), and store in the […]

A Spaghetti Sauce Worthy of Christmas Dinner

A Spaghetti Sauce Worthy of Christmas Dinner

  My granddaughter was here for four nights and the silence right now is kind of deafening. Don’t get me wrong – we loved every minute.  But this morning I had to peel her off the walls, she is so hyped up about Christmas. This […]

Parmesan Chicken Nuggets

Parmesan Chicken Nuggets

  My granddaughter, who is “5 ½ and 3/4,” is one of the pickiest eaters I’ve ever met.  That usually doesn’t affect me, since she doesn’t visit very often, but her pickiness does make life rather difficult, when I’m trying to figure out meals. She […]

Spritz Cookie Recipe

Spritz Cookie Recipe

  My granddaughter is down the hill with Boompa, so I’ve got a minute to myself. By noon, I think I had used every baking utensil in the house.  And for me, that’s saying a LOT.  I have more utensils, tools, pots and pans and […]

Ground Beef or Chicken Tostadas

Ground Beef or Chicken Tostadas

  Bill will finally get his tostadas tonight.  I’m having chicken, but he’s getting good old ground beef with taco seasoning.  My stomach is just not up to that tonight! Our 5 year old granddaughter is here for 4 nights.  She keeps us laughing, with […]

Hey!  It’s Still Better Than McDonalds!

Hey! It’s Still Better Than McDonalds!

  We were invited to the neighbor’s Open House tonight.  I spent about an hour getting ready, trying to cram myself into my “good jeans,” that fit really well, 10 pounds ago.  It took an hour because, as someone once said (Nora Ephron?) it takes […]

Mail-able Brownies

Mail-able Brownies

  I found this recipe called “Bake-Sale Brownies” in one of my very favorite cookbooks, which is called “The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook.”  (here’s a link, if you’re interested:  http://amzn.to/2CICv7k ).  This book has a zillion really reliable and good recipes. It was given to me […]

Homemade Snowman Parts

Homemade Snowman Parts

  It took me 5 ½ hours to drive into Portland and back yesterday.  I had a last visit with my wonderful (retiring) knee and hip surgeon.  I have said in the past that no one should be forced into dealing with a specialist who […]

Chickens in the Country

Chickens in the Country

  Yesterday was one of those days.  I woke up late and groggy, having spent several middle-of-the-night hours up, in back pain and unable to sleep. I had a cup of coffee, which helped.  The weather was beautiful, cold, clear and sunny, which helped, too.  […]

Imperfectly Perfect

Imperfectly Perfect

  It took me most of the day to decorate the big tree in our main room. I have been re-reading “Slowing Down in a Speeded Up World.”  I have owned it for many years and I have absolutely no idea where I got it.  […]

Grief is Our Souls’ Way of Letting Us Know We Love

Grief is Our Souls’ Way of Letting Us Know We Love

  The Christmas Blues hit me tonight.  I wasn’t particularly looking forward to doing the tree and the house, because my back has been killing me. But that isn’t an option, of course.  I’m not about to miss decorating for one more holiday, after we […]

The Insomnia Post

The Insomnia Post

  This is an Insomnia Post.  No doubt my husband, who is gently snoring upstairs in our loft (along with Bo and Molly, the dogs, and Leo, the kitty), will wake up because of my absence, come downstairs and demand to know what the hell […]

When NOT to Leave Your Warming Quiche to Throw on Some Mascara

When NOT to Leave Your Warming Quiche to Throw on Some Mascara

  Yep, this is a good example of what NOT to do when you are re-warming your quiche, the morning after your holiday dinner. My oven has been acting up for a week or more (great timing, right??), vascillating between 325° and 475°, while I’m […]

Creamy Chicken and Bacon with Angel Hair Pasta

Creamy Chicken and Bacon with Angel Hair Pasta

  It’s Saturday and we are finally getting a few of the kids out tonight for our Thanksgiving dinner. I spent most of yesterday in the kitchen, fretting over my oven, which is causing me to tear my hair out. When set on 350°, it […]

Save that Turkey Broth for Next Year’s Gravy!

Save that Turkey Broth for Next Year’s Gravy!

  Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday, as far as I’m concerned.  It’s all about food, family and celebration, without the stress of all that endless nervous fidgeting about What-to-Get-Whoever.  Ugh. That being said, hosting Thanksgiving and the next day is a LOT of work.  My […]

Links for the Best 10 Gardening Tools

Links for the Best 10 Gardening Tools

  I hope this list of gifts will give you some inspiration and will save you a boatload of time.  Below I have listed my favorite gardening tools, as well as links to the Amazon site and prices. Some of these are very inexpensive and, […]

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

  Ok, obviously, this is a no-brainer. But my 20 year old is hosting her own Thanksgiving dinner tonight and she called up, wanting directions to make homemade cranberry sauce from fresh or frozen cranberries. Here’s to you, honey! Cranberry Sauce One 12 ounce bag […]

Artisan French Bread for the Best Turkey Sandwiches, Ever!

Artisan French Bread for the Best Turkey Sandwiches, Ever!

  I feel like bread baking, because it’s cold and rainy and it’s that kind of day.  I added up the actual hands-on time with this bread, and it came to less than 15 minutes over two days.  It’s no big deal, seriously! The day […]

Fast and Easy Chicken Marsala

Fast and Easy Chicken Marsala

  As far as I’m concerned, there is no such thing as too many recipes for dinners that only take a few minutes to throw together, especially during the holidays. I made a rare, “last minute” shopping trip for a dozen items today.  It’s only […]

Turkey Tetrazzini with Sherry

Turkey Tetrazzini with Sherry

  Ode to my dishwasher:  I believe I own the most gentle-hearted dishwasher in creation. Most dishwashers blast their unsuspecting contents with punishing blasts of scalding water, fiercely pummeling every scrap, crumb and smear from their trapped victims.  And as if that weren’t enough, your […]

Two Brunch Make Aheads – Sweet Apple Hand-Pies and Bacon

Two Brunch Make Aheads – Sweet Apple Hand-Pies and Bacon

  I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.  I think, during a really exciting year, we’d have maybe a temperature range of somewhere around 30°. I was enamored with the notion of living where there were seasons.  Look at the beautiful snow they […]

Too-Tired-to-Care Turkey Pot Pie

Too-Tired-to-Care Turkey Pot Pie

  I never quite made my Goal-of-the-Day, which was to get a shower before Bill got home.  My blog and Thanksgiving prep were keeping me chained to the kitchen. I went so far as to lay out real clothes in the bathroom, complete with 2 […]

Easy Step by Step French Bread Rolls

Easy Step by Step French Bread Rolls

  My phone gave up the ghost 11 days, 6 hours and 23 minutes ago.  But who’s counting? When your phone is broken and you live in an empty nest which is 8 miles from your small town, with only the company of two labs […]

Fool Proof Pie Crust Tips for the Pastry Impaired

Fool Proof Pie Crust Tips for the Pastry Impaired

  This photo comes from my breakfast table.  When my granddaughter was about 3 or so, she was sitting there, munching away and quietly contemplating this weirdly dressed couple.  After a few minutes, she turned to us and said, “Whoz deez guys?”  It cracks us […]



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