Orange, Carrot, Cranberry Juice! Made in my Blender.

My cousin has a blog. Orelia Mae For the Love of Beautiful Things.I love her.She was my best friend when we were kids, we were supposed to go to college together, but we didn’t.I say she was my best friend, she totally was in my mind. And whenever I saw her. . . . which, come to think of it, really wasn’t that much, we’d giggle till our stomachs ached. We sang much too much Boy George and she taught me all her favorite country songs.We rode wet log rides in the Louisiana heat.We sat on the front Read more […]

German Chocolate Cake Trifle and Christmas Memories

Christmas at my house. . . .I’m taking a picture of my kid taking a picture of food. I’m so proud.I should be ashamed of myself.I yelled A LOT on Christmas Eve.I’m not even sure why I was so grumpy.Nana baked the cookies with the girls.The neighbor took the kids carolling.But I had been on my feet for like 3 days.And I was getting bitter.And I tend to get the grumpy bug anytime I feel overworked.Uuuggghh.Cry me a river.It is, what it is.When we were getting ready to go to midnight mass I took one Read more […]

Last Minute Gifts! A BOOK FOR THE COOK. . . .My new fave Cookbook List!

Not So Humble Pies ( An Iconic Dessert, All Dressed Up) by Kelly JaggersPIE.  It is the beginning and the end for me. An entire book dedicated to pies that are anything but humble, well . . . .please excuse me while I thank my lucky stars.Sweet, savory, fancy or rustic, the word evokes warmth, and love, with pillows of whipped cream or nuggets of savory jewels that melt into a buttery crust. For many of us, it has always been (and will always be) PIE. Which is why, if you know someone like me, Read more […]

Nigella Lawson’s Sticky Gingerbread and Sticky, Sticky Situations

We were driving 50 mph on the interstate accelerating . . . . . .30 mph, 40 mph, 50 mph. And then nothing.The car just stopped.There was this low thud. Like the gears were trying to change but they wouldn’t. My heart fell out of my chest. Onto the dirty floor mat. The one with the blue slush stain. It stayed there for about 30 seconds as I gulped for air. . . .panicking.I looked over at him.He smiled.And it wasn’t a nervous smile either.His eyes were glimmering,  “Looks like the transmission just Read more […]

Sweet Potato Casserole

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Mama Lett’s German Chocolate Cake

Currently, I’m going through a bit of a metamorphosis.Which is actually quite apropos, since it’s Spring Break around these parts.I’m looking around my house and thinking I need to shed this old skin.I need to start making my house look like what it looks like in my head.I need to clean out my laundry room and paint, paint, paint!Maybe something blue like I saw on Pintrest.I’m thinking these wicker baskets should line the shelves to hide all the ugly cleaning supplies and mosquito repellent.And Read more […]

Cut Out Sugar Cookies and the Easiest Sugar Cookie Icing

Waiting for Nana and Santa’s arrival.  The kids made up Nana’s bed with fresh sheets, pillows topped with chocolates. A bottle of water and sweet notes with drawings were placed on her bedside table.If you look really close, there is a Shelf Elf crammed into the center of the chandelier. How in the world did he get in there? Probably spying on the 11 and 5 year old. It was a little dicey there for awhile.Making cookies at 9 pm on Christmas Eves’s Eve.  Bad idea.That’s my stocking. Not sure Read more […]

How to Steam Clean Your Microwave Lickety Split with Vinegar and Water

I looked into her eyes, and there was sadness.”What’s wrong?” I whispered.Nothing but a blank stare. She looked pale, her eyes droopy. In the ten seconds before it happened she just kept shaking her head signaling, no.no.no.I leaned over to hold her face, to beg her to tell me what was making her so gloomy. Then.. . . .She threw up.1, 2, 3, 4, 5. . . . .no I think it was 6 times. . .all over the gym floor. All over her cute little jump suit. Inside of my favorite red leather purse.In front of  . Read more […]

Simple Corn Salad with Tomatoes and Bacon

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Holiday Cooking: The Very Best Homemade Green Bean Casserole

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