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You can find these recipes in a variety of places, I suppose, but the stories…well that’s part of the recipe too

Appetizers

1st Day of Christmas

A Partridge in a Pear Brie

Today, I begin my own version of the 12 days of Christmas.  I struggled a bit trying to decide when to start my 12 days.  Technically, I think that the … Read More »

Man Dip

Man Dip

Last week, I decided it was time to purge the bookshelf in my project room to make space for the piles of books I had scattered throughout the house. I … Read More »

Butterfly Day – Recipe – Pretzel Butterflies: Healthy Version

As a strategy, I would suggest making the Celery Butterflies before you make the Candy Butterflies.  You will have a much better response.  I promise. RECIPE:  PRETZEL BUTTERFLIES – HEALTHY … Read More »

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Beverages

Day 8 - Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Eight Trays of Milk Drinks

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…..eight trays of milk drinks. I live in Wisconsin. The Dairy State. This post could have gone a different … Read More »

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Tom and Jerry (not the cat and mouse)

I do love Tom ‘n Jerry cartoons. Do you remember when Jerry turned on all the faucets in the kitchen and then froze the floor with lines from the refrigerator? … Read More »

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Breads

Pineapple Bread - Coconut

Coconut Pineapple Bread

I have always liked pineapple upside down cake, but I always felt that the cake part was unnecessary.   I would eat the sweet, syrupy pineapple (and the even sweeter … Read More »

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Breakfast

Scotch Egg - Serve up

Scotch Eggs

I suppose I could have featured a fancy-dancy Easter basket, or a unique way of decorating an egg.  Perhaps a new attempt at making my own Peeps. But, it’s still … Read More »

Baileys Croissant - Final

Croissant a’la Baileys

  Quick, it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day.  Gather up some crescent rolls, cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar. Oh, and let me introduce you to my little friend … Baileys Original … Read More »

Recipe: Overnight French Toast

When we first started visiting our cottage (about 20 years ago) we had about 900 square feet in total and generally about 20 people per visit. That gave everyone about … Read More »

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Candy

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Treats for the Elves

A few weeks ago, I received an email from Sainsbury’s (a large grocery chain in the UK). They asked if they could include my Leprechaun donut box idea from last year … Read More »

Sprinkles featured

Home Made Sprinkles for St. Patrick’s Day

I made home-made sprinkles yesterday. But, I’m not crazy. I didn’t have any green sprinkles in my cupboard. I had pink pigs, brown cows and yellow flowers, but no green … Read More »

White Christmas Pie

White Christmas Pie

I’m going to share a family recipe with you.  Just you alone, so don’t tell anyone.  It’s a secret. White Christmas Pie.  Ahhhh.  The defining food of our family’s Christmas … Read More »

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Canning

How to can tomatoes with duct tape

I came out of my office yesterday morning, and was greeted by a glorious sight. Mr. H. was canning tomatoes… With duct tape. Before I get to the duct tape, … Read More »

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Cookin' with the kids

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Aelplermagronen (Alpine Macaroni or Swiss Macaroni)

The weather in Chicago is colder than the weather on the top of the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps. The Midwest is entrenched in freezy, frigid, frosty, frigerific winter weather. … Read More »

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Treats for the Elves

A few weeks ago, I received an email from Sainsbury’s (a large grocery chain in the UK). They asked if they could include my Leprechaun donut box idea from last year … Read More »

Leprechaun Traps Compared to real donut

How to Bait a Leprechaun Trap? – With tiny doughnuts!

St. Patrick’s Day will soon be here, and Leprechauns will be running amuck. I have it on good authority (my grand-kids) that these little Irish miscreants will soon be playing … Read More »

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Desserts

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Swedish Giftas

Last year, our good friend Peggy told me about a family favorite they make for Thanksgiving. Giftas (pronounced Yiftas) I had never heard of Giftas before, but in the spirit of … Read More »

Pineapple Bread - Coconut

Coconut Pineapple Bread

I have always liked pineapple upside down cake, but I always felt that the cake part was unnecessary.   I would eat the sweet, syrupy pineapple (and the even sweeter … Read More »

Five Molded Rings

Crrrrranberries in the Snow (it is especially pleasing if you roll your R’s when you say it). This salad is such a pretty addition to your Holiday table (really, any … Read More »

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Cakes

Pineapple Bread - Coconut

Coconut Pineapple Bread

I have always liked pineapple upside down cake, but I always felt that the cake part was unnecessary.   I would eat the sweet, syrupy pineapple (and the even sweeter … Read More »

Garbage Dump Cake

Garbage Dump Cake In the day, we just called this Dump Cake (lots of dumping going on), and I’ve seen reference to Garbage Cake as well…so…Garbage Dump Cake seems very … Read More »

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Cookies

Caramel Apple Cookies Finished

Caramel Apple Cookies

Remember when it was okay for neighbors to make a tray of caramel apples for Halloween?  Remember when it was okay for us to accept one and eat it…right on … Read More »

Thanksgiving Pretzel Turkeys - Final

Thanksgiving Turkey Pretzels

My apologies to anyone who might have wanted this fun little recipe before … let’s say … Thanksgiving. Sometimes life intervenes. Just as I was getting ready to post, I … Read More »

Pilgrim Hat Cookie - Final

Pilgrim Hat Cookies

How lucky we are that my brother and his family come early for Thanksgiving week.  There is nothing better than the “dinner was great, let’s get in our jammies and … Read More »

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Other Treats

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Swedish Giftas

Last year, our good friend Peggy told me about a family favorite they make for Thanksgiving. Giftas (pronounced Yiftas) I had never heard of Giftas before, but in the spirit of … Read More »

Pineapple Bread - Coconut

Coconut Pineapple Bread

I have always liked pineapple upside down cake, but I always felt that the cake part was unnecessary.   I would eat the sweet, syrupy pineapple (and the even sweeter … Read More »

Five Molded Rings

Crrrrranberries in the Snow (it is especially pleasing if you roll your R’s when you say it). This salad is such a pretty addition to your Holiday table (really, any … Read More »

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Pies and Tarts

White Christmas Pie

White Christmas Pie

I’m going to share a family recipe with you.  Just you alone, so don’t tell anyone.  It’s a secret. White Christmas Pie.  Ahhhh.  The defining food of our family’s Christmas … Read More »

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Jams, Jellies, Sauces and Pickles

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Recipe: Piccalilli (Chow Chow)

About a year after Mr. H. and I bought our summer home (900 square feet packed with family), a new neighbor moved in. Eddie. Eddie was from Louisiana; and when I say … Read More »

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Main Dish

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Aelplermagronen (Alpine Macaroni or Swiss Macaroni)

The weather in Chicago is colder than the weather on the top of the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps. The Midwest is entrenched in freezy, frigid, frosty, frigerific winter weather. … Read More »

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Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy – Camp #2 – Camp Begins

Generally, Camp consists of a gaggle of cousins, but sometimes we are able to try something new.   We have had Camp by age group. We have had a Girls … Read More »

What mom calls spaghetti in kitchen

What Mom Calls Spaghetti

Today would have been our Mom’s 86th birthday, so in her honor I made a large batch of  spaghetti using her recipe.  It’s a recipe I have titled “What Mom … Read More »

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Pasta

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Aelplermagronen (Alpine Macaroni or Swiss Macaroni)

The weather in Chicago is colder than the weather on the top of the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps. The Midwest is entrenched in freezy, frigid, frosty, frigerific winter weather. … Read More »

What mom calls spaghetti in kitchen

What Mom Calls Spaghetti

Today would have been our Mom’s 86th birthday, so in her honor I made a large batch of  spaghetti using her recipe.  It’s a recipe I have titled “What Mom … Read More »

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Salads

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Swedish Giftas

Last year, our good friend Peggy told me about a family favorite they make for Thanksgiving. Giftas (pronounced Yiftas) I had never heard of Giftas before, but in the spirit of … Read More »

Five Molded Rings

Crrrrranberries in the Snow (it is especially pleasing if you roll your R’s when you say it). This salad is such a pretty addition to your Holiday table (really, any … Read More »

Recipe: Rujak – Sumatran Pungent Fruit Salad

On the first Sunday in August, many countries celebrate World Friendship Day.  Unfortunately, here in the U.S., this celebration has largely been forgotten.  Okay, okay, I get it.  Just another … Read More »

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Soups and Stews

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Recipe: The Best Black Eyed Pea Recipe. Ever.

Every New Year’s Day since I can remember I have had Black Eyed Peas for New Year’s Day Dinner.   Not just Black Eyed Peas, but Black Eyed Peas with … Read More »

Recipe: Curried Carrot Soup

In my mind, I am completely organized for Easter. Reality is not my friend. I did, however, make a huge pot of Carrot Soup.  We’ll have this on Saturday with … Read More »

Recipe: Curried Kwanzaa Stew

I cannot imagine a vegetable soup or stew that tastes better than Kwanzaa Stew. I made it for the first time years ago (at least 12 years ago!) for my … Read More »

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Vegetables

Black Eyed Peas Finish

Recipe: The Best Black Eyed Pea Recipe. Ever.

Every New Year’s Day since I can remember I have had Black Eyed Peas for New Year’s Day Dinner.   Not just Black Eyed Peas, but Black Eyed Peas with … Read More »

Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower with Parsley Sauce

Mr. H. and I have decided that the couple who cooks together…well…they get to eat more things than spaghetti, pizza and hamburger patties together.   And…it’s fun….(as long as he … Read More »

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