Ahhh, the holidays!

We are in full Christmas mode at our house!  Traditionally, the tree and decorations go up on Black Friday.  I refuse to go out that day and just stay home enjoying some nice Christmas music, some strong coffee and putting all these beautiful decorations up.  Every year I tend to forget what I did the year […]

Cajun Cornbread Dressing

I lived in Texas for most of my young adult life (not by choice, merely by circumstances) and while I respect all my Texan friends’ love of the state, the best thing about it for me was it’s proximity to Louisiana and my introduction to incredible Cajun food.  My copy of the Chef Paul Prudhomme’s […]

Make Ahead Turkey Gravy

I always hated those hectic moments when the turkey was finally done roasting, I was trying to time the baking of the cornbread dressing with the sweet potato dish, rolls, etc., and in the middle of all that, trying to make gravy from the turkey pan drippings and then somehow manage to serve everything hot. […]

Sweet Potato Bread Pudding

Today I’m making a double batch of this recipe, which I’ve made for Thanksgiving since 2004 when I found it in the fall edition of Cuisine at Home.  Although entitled a pudding, this dish is my go-to sweet potato side dish for holiday meals.  Everything we’ve ever made from the pages of Cuisine at Home has […]

Charming Frames to Make!

With my granddaughter’s first birthday party last week, things were hectic around here to say the least!  My best friend, who usually does all the cakes in our family, recently had surgery and was not well enough to complete the task.  I was handed that hat and also had plans to make something for her […]

A Fireplace Remodel

When we moved into our home, it wasn’t the most beautiful.  The openness and basic bones were great, the views were incredible and all the space was sublime.  However, the builder had a thing for beige everything, orangey hardwood floors (still something I want to change), ugly formica countertops trimmed in wood, and hideous light […]