You have your grandmother’s eyes.
Feb04

You have your grandmother’s eyes.

That is what everyone used to say. My grandma Margaret (my dad’s mom), that is. I don’t think I looked like her at all, but we spent a lot of time together, summers, and every chance I got. Eccentric. That is how people described her. Bold, creative, risk-taker, that is how I saw her. She has been gone for over 30 years, but she is with me every day. Margaret was a trailblazer. She owned a bar, was a seamstress who...

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We all scream for SNOW ICE CREAM
Jan17

We all scream for SNOW ICE CREAM

We have all been stuck indoors for too long, and I’m sure you think you are running out of creative ideas for yourself or your family to do on a freezing afternoon, plus I think there is another snowstorm coming this way sooo it might be time to make quite possibly one of the best treats you have had in a while. Yep, snow ice cream. My grandmother used to make it for us kids, easy for anyone to make. Yummy for everyone to eat. •...

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COFFEE SOUP
Jan13

COFFEE SOUP

I think this old-fashioned recipe should be the next big thing. It does have some rather odd ingredients like butter, sugar, coffee, and crackers, but I just tried it again and it was delish! My Mom and Grandma Martha would make coffee soup for me on weekends or if I was sick or I think when we had nothing else. I totally forgot about it, then the other day I was thinking about my mom and the funny things she did like make coffee soup...

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You Gotta Ricotta Cake
Nov01

You Gotta Ricotta Cake

This cake is both elegant enough for company and easy enough for a weeknight. I think the secret to making this cake (or cookie) great is to mix the ricotta into the wet ingredients really well, that’s what makes it light. Also, I swapped out a bit of the flour for fine cornmeal and that is in this recipe, you don’t have to. Oh! I was looking for a simple way to apply a powdered sugar design for the top when Dave said he...

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Wait for it
Oct16

Wait for it

Everyone loves flower arrangements. Buds and fresh blooms are beautiful, but we toss them as soon as the first leaf wilts or drops. I say watch every phase of nature’s beauty. If you let the water dry from the vase your arrangement will take on a dried flower look, with deeper colors and an almost magical feel. Wait for it, you won’t be...

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Kill Your Mum
Sep10

Kill Your Mum

Mums. They’re everywhere from grocery stores to flea markets this time of year and we are programed to sit them around and then try to plant it for next year (mine mostly die). With an average cost of $5 why not rethink your approach. Mums are beautiful, they come in awesome colors, have nice sturdy stems and the plant almost always has a nice variety of buds and flower size. Perfect for an artful arrangement. All you need is a...

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