Dear Family, I will miss you this Christmas…

I have never been away from home for Christmas. I know, for many, that is more comon than not. I have always listened to the words “I’ll be home for Christmas, you can plan on me…” And felt sorrow for those who cannot be with their loved ones. Service men and women and people who…

I was raised half religious

My grandmothers were extremely influential in my life. If you follow my blog, you have heard me speak of both a multitude of times. They were also, both devoutly religious. My parents weren’t, though. In fact, I have never attended a church service with either of them. My grandma paid for me to attend a…

Vegetable Broth for FREE

I know store bought stock is not a great expense, but organic is $3 or more per carton and if you could get it for free, would you? Of course you would! Don’t be silly! I want to share this super simple, waste not want not, easy peasy, save yo dollars vegetable broth.  I started…

Ox Tail Stew and “I’ll shoot your cow!”

This recipe is a thing of the past. I know people still make it here and there but it’s not common, for sure. I remember being about ten or eleven and we were going to my grandma’s house for dinner. She announced that we were having ox tail stew… I was horrified. It seemed crazy…

Mushroom Sage Risotto

I LOVE a good risotto! Creamy and rich with the perfect bite to the rice. I don’t make it often because it requires undevided attention and I’m kind of all over the place! If I see it on the menu at a restaurant, it’s almost always a consideration… But, make no mistake, I will send…

Let’s cook together!

I am thoroughly enjoying all of the questions I am getting about my recipes! Questions about substitutions and subtle nuances that I may not have included in the recipes… Questions about plating and serving too! This is SO fun for me and I am completely thrilled to be getting these questions because that , means…

Frosted Cauliflower

Frosted??? I know! Crazy talk, right? Ummm… WRONG! This right here is legit AF! Once upon a time, my mom decided that the holiday menu needed jazzing up… She actually tried to remove this from the list! My brother Andrew and I were NOT having that. Not even a tiny bit! This is our favorite!…

Honey Orange Green Beans

This may be unpopular for me to say, but I despise green bean casserole. Seriously not into it at all. I love green beans, though! If you want a lighter, non-casserole green bean dish for your holiday table, this might be the answer! This recipe will work with any variety of fresh green bean, but…

Paper Treasure

I have found great joy in things of little value. My grandmother’s buttons, my other grandma’s biscuit and cookie cutters, my best friend’s belt… These things might be cast aside as junk by some and truly, they may in fact, be junk. However, to me they are immersed in memories and an ethereal joy that…

Dear Refugee Mother

Dear Refugee Mother, I can only imagine what you must be thinking. Seriously, who puts their children at risk the way you have? I mean, you had to see that poor excuse for a boat before you put your children on it, right? You had to think that her sea worthiness surely couldn’t hold that…

Dear Diary, I was sad today…

Dear Diary, I was sad today and I decided that it was ok.  Ok, you aren’t my diary and most of you probably don’t care too terribly much about my mood, but I’m certain of one thing… You’ve all been sad. Chances are, you’ve also been told “cheer up!” Or “don’t be sad!”. Don’t be…

The Fattest Girl in the Room

What’s it like to be the fattest girl in the room… like, every room… all the time. Well, I guess it would be devastating for some. Maybe it would make some girls become introverts. Maybe in some cases, it would make a girl become a recluse. In my case, I often forget that I am,…