Making the Perfect Chili

The perfect chili will depend on your own person preferences…beans, not beans…beef of chicken…plain or served as chili dogs… burgers topped with chili… (usually without beans)….chili fries…chili mac…or Frito pie and flavored to perfection…(more on this later)… As we all probably know by now, especially if you live in Texas, chili is a type of spicyContinue reading “Making the Perfect Chili”

Soup’s On

Having these nightly meals requires planning and thinking ahead…more so when you find our that your significant other has type 2 diabetes…the main thing I have learned this last year. Fortunately this is also the time of year for one of my favorite things… SOUP… Soup is definitely the ultimate comfort food—both nourishing and warmingContinue reading “Soup’s On”

Purely Pure Pumpkin Puree

Since this year I have tried to stay away from processed and prepackaged foods, I decided that it would be fun to take advantage of the millions and billions of pumpkins that are available this time of year. I had read that there was something different about the texture and flavor of pumpkin pies andContinue reading “Purely Pure Pumpkin Puree”

Pumpkin, Pumpkin…Good for Your Skin

I’m sure that I’m not the only one disappointed that Pumpkin Season has alreadty come and gone… Soon to be replaced with Turkey Season and Peppermint Season… Not to mention deer season, right?!…or make that Deer Season Widow season for many of us… But anyway, what’s a woman to do while her husband is outContinue reading “Pumpkin, Pumpkin…Good for Your Skin”

Making the Perfect Cobbler

The perfect cobber is perfectly juicy, and sweet and has a¬†perfectly crisp and tender top crust….served with a huge scoop of the perfect…(Blue Bell, perhaps)…vanilla ice cream…served straight out of the oven. But perhaps the best thing about cobbler is that it’s just so darn easy to make. Not only that, you can use¬†whatever fruitContinue reading “Making the Perfect Cobbler”

Books, Books, Books Galore

As far as your friends and family that absolutely can’t put a book down and would much rather be holding a leather bound book than a brand new cell phone or Ipad, here are some great sources for book suggestions as to which book to buy for what person… Blogs can be excellent sources ofContinue reading “Books, Books, Books Galore”

Creative Gifts for Creative Minds

We all have creative people in our lives—those “avid do-it-yourselfers who love the challenge of changing “cheap:” dollar store and thrift shop finds into brilliant pieces of art—the wanna be Joanna Gaines… So what are non-creative people like me supposed to get a creative idea as to what to get these people when we can’tContinue reading “Creative Gifts for Creative Minds”

Holiday Baking-Gingerbread

Hard to believe that National Gingerbread Day is celebrated in June instead of December, but since today is National Gingerbread Day, I thought that this would be a great day to re-publish this previous post about Torunskie pierniki. Torun, Poland…a medieval city on the banks of the Vistula River, and one of the few citiesContinue reading “Holiday Baking-Gingerbread”

Holiday Baking—Candy

Before the Industrial Revolution in the late 1800s making candy was only done at home during the holidays or by professional candy makers in small specialized shops. Candy was very expensive and considered quite a luxury. During and after the Industrial Revolution, candy became affordable and more readily available. Competition became fierce, and large advertisingContinue reading “Holiday Baking—Candy”

Holiday Desserts—Cakes

When I was growing up, my Mom made wedding cakes for almost every wedding in Notth Mississippi…our house constantly smelled like powdered sugar…the whirr of a KitchenAid mixer could be heard constantly…and there were always cake….My Dad and I used to race for the layer of cake that she levelled off the top of theContinue reading “Holiday Desserts—Cakes”