I love Christmas! I love the colors, the food, the music, the message, the smells, and even the terrible movies! My house does usually start to don our gay apparel the day after Thanksgiving because my girls just can’t help themselves. I typically re-style some of their handiwork but without fail by the Monday after Thanksgiving, Christmas is in full swing and with that comes cookies!!!
One of the things I was really looking forward to when we moved to MN was the farm fresh produce available and the eventual garden of my own.
I got my first taste of this fresh bounty on a recent Friday night. My grandma called to tell me that Sam’s Produce in Arkansaw, WI had strawberries ready for picking for the next few weeks. Well, that Sunday was Father’s Day and the next weekend we were going to Southern MN for a birthday party so Saturday morning was the only option. Continue reading Strawberries!
Some of you may have noticed a bit of radio silence these last few weeks. I apologize for the break but my family and I were taking a much needed vacation. Now I am back, feeling recharged, and ready to cook.
Today, as I write, it’s my dad’s 65th birthday so naturally, he must have a cake; but what cake? This isn’t a question that has ever been asked because he’s had this same cake every year for the last 65: The Toasted Butter Pecan Cake. Continue reading Toasted Butter Pecan Cake
This time around you’re getting a two-for-one special. This story started about 16 months ago when I decided to use the leftover basil-lime simple syrup from a fruit salad as inspiration for a cocktail. It was knock-your-socks-off fabulous and wouldn’t you know, I can’t for the life of me remember what it was. I can’t even remember the liquor. If I were someone with a drinking problem I’d suspect that I had one too many, blacked out and upon regaining consciousness the recipe had escaped along with drunken hallucinations and memories of total and utter humiliation. But like I said, I don’t have said drinking problem. Continue reading Coconut Creamscicle