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Grandma’s Corn Pudding

November 22, 2012

Grandma’s corn pudding was infamous. I remember just thinking about her coming over with it wrapped up in a flour sack towel to keep it warm, then unwrapping it to see the crumbled up Townhouse crackers on top – it takes me back just retelling this to Thanksgiving Day as a child. Nothing could be […]


Kitchen Sink Deep-dish cookies

April 3, 2012

Well, what can I say 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature1 c. sugar2/3 c. brown sugar1 egg1 tsp. vanilla-bean paste1 1/3 c. flour1/2 tsp baking soda1 tsp. salt3/4 c. chocolate chips1/2 c. butterscotch chips1/3 c. old-fashioned oats3 tsp. ground coffee1 oz. sea salt & black pepper kettle chips1 oz. pretzlesPLUS1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs mixed […]

Cherpumple Cake

December 14, 2012

This cake is fairly unusual and I have to be honest, I decided to tackle it simply because of it seems so eccentric.  A cake where an entire pie is baked into each layer – how wild is that?! When I read directions online, I found them to be fairly basic yet when I actually […]

Buttery Roasted Potatoes

April 11, 2013

So the fundamental idea behind this recipe was to create a buttery potato that has a crunchy, golden brown exterior. You will need to use potatoes that are roughly 2″-3″ in diameter, I use Yukon Golds. This does require a large pan, although you could easily half this recipe and use a smaller pan as […]

Brazilian Corn Salad

May 13, 2009

28 oz. yellow corn ½ cup olive oil 1 cup red onion, minced 2 tsp. chili powder 1 tsp. ground cumin 1 red bell pepper – seeded and minced 1 green pepper – seeded and minced 1 ½ cups tomatoes – seeded and diced 3 tbsp. sherry vinegar Place corn on towel to soak up […]

Recap of first day on our road trip across America

May 7, 2010

First off, I am going to post my favorite picture from each day on these posts – this was my absolute favorite photo from the day.  This massive faux buck was found in Black River Falls, Wisconsin just a few stones from a 15-foot Orange Moose – go figure!  I thought it would be fun […]

Cooking Barley

January 4, 2015

SHOP – Faux Bois Baubles Collection

December 6, 2010

Our new faux bois baubles collection is meant to be great for men and women alike.

Spice Rack

February 3, 2010

For those of you that enjoy going over the top, here is a day to feel in good company. I have owned this notorious spice rack for several years (they used to cost an arm and leg, and are now no longer available). I have filled it with spices from Dean and Deluca, all with […]

Pizza Dip

October 22, 2011

4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 1/4 cup sour cream 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup mozzarella, grated 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated 1 cup pizza sauce 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded/grated 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated 2 ounces pepperoni, sliced 2 tablespoons green pepper, sliced 2 tablespoons black olives, sliced Directions Mix the cream […]

The Best Flour Sack Towels – May – Lily of the Valley

May 10, 2010

I spent embroidering over the weekend, one of my favorite past times.  I worked on this flower of the month flour sack towel.  I chose pink lily of the valley because it is not commonly known you can get this color and I love the smell of them.  I took roughly an afternoon from start […]

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January 3, 2010

  Have you ever wondered how to make granola? It’s so easy and versatile, you can accommodate various tastes with just one recipe. I threw this together over at my sister’s house and she calls me every day to tell me how much she enjoys it. Even my daughter loves this over vanilla-yogurt in the […]

Maple Syrup Cake with Maple Syrup Buttercream

November 8, 2011

This cake is good at any time of the year, yet especially appropriate during the cold-seasoned months.  Rich, decadent maple syrup (I prefer Burton’s) 8 tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted butter – room temperature3 cups all-purpose flour3 eggs1 tbsp. baking powder1/2 tsp. salt1 tsp. ground ginger2 cups maple syrup2 tsp. vanilla-bean paste1 cup chopped walnuts In […]

Roasted Tomatoes

March 11, 2010

With summer planting on the way, I want to be able to show you all the ways you can use that bounty that will begin. The abundance of tomatoes, peppers, onions, zucchini and eggplant can be overwhelming. Here I roasted roma tomatoes with garlic. Simply remove the stem or core and slice them in half. […]

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Unicorn Poop Cookies

April 16, 2013

Let’s not pretend unicorns don’t exist – we all know that they do. I have been telling my niece Gretchen for years that my pet unicorn, aptly named ‘Unicorny’ is the reason my side mirror was cracked on a previous vehicle I owned. I told her he was galloping up beside me to say goodbye […]

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Linens – Fiber Quality

August 17, 2009

So you are out looking for new sheets for your bed and I would venture to guess that one of the first things you thought about was the thread count. Sure thread count matters, but there are several things aside from thread count to consider when you are buying linens for your home. I am […]

Vanilla Bean Crumb Cakes for 2

April 29, 2013

I love taking traditional things and making them into miniature which is easy to do with the help of the mini Lodge Cast iron pans. I simply divided my vanilla-bean crumb cake recipe between six of these, making each skillet enough for two – or one I guess if you are that hungry. Even more […]

Best Pizza Sauce Recipe

September 6, 2010

Why go out and buy a prepared pizza sauce that is full of preservatives and things you don’t want, when you can make it yourself.  Preparation is super easy and the flavor is out of this world.  All it takes is some time to let it steep and believe me, you will be glad you […]

Salted Caramel Shortbread Bars

November 24, 2011

10 tbsp unsalted butter, melted 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1 egg yolk, whisked 1 2/3 cups AP flour 1 cup unsalted butter 1 cup light brown sugar 12 tbsp light corn syrup 2 tsp sea salt 4 tbsp sugar 4 tbsp heavy cream 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract Sea salt flakes Instructions […]

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Soft Sugar Cutout Cookies

January 25, 2013

What better way to show your sweets that you are sweet on them, than with my soft sugar cutout cookies? 1/2 c. butter-flavored vegetable shortening 1 c. sugar 2 eggs 1/4 c. heavy cream 1 tbsp. vanilla-bean paste + 1 tbsp. vanilla extract OR 2 tbsp. vanilla extract 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. baking […]

Waffle Pancakes

May 4, 2009

It’s a waffle – no, it’s a pancake. This pan combines them both in a seamless manner. When I first saw this I thought – ‘What a great idea.’ Then later I started thinking, ‘How do you flip those pancakes?’ Turns out is was easier than you can imagine. Wooden/Bamboo skewers do the work for […]


Gilt Funkin

November 16, 2009

Here I gilded a funkin for Thanksgiving. This craft was easy and it provides a lot of wow factor with minimal effort. My daughter and I did this together and it turned into a fun family craft. I used Gold Leaf, sizing and finshing spray from Houston Art/Mona Lisa Products. I found these at Michaels. […]

Mini Autumn Butter Pecan Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Bean, Nutmeg Filling

November 23, 2010

What a fun way to celebrate Autumn than with these fun, embossed miniature whoopie pies.  Butter pecan batter baked into little autumnal cakelets in the shapes of walnuts, pinecones, pumpkins and acorns.  Filled with a decadent mixture of creamy butter, vanilla-bean paste and nutmeg to complete this remixed version of the classic whoopie pie into scaled-down […]

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Chocolate Waffle Cookies

October 31, 2009

>I remember when my grandmother used to make these. It was so interesting to me because the concept of making a cookie in a waffle iron seemed unusual the first time. Her recipe makes the most delicious waffle cookies and I love the fact that I get another use out of my waffle iron. You […]

The Best Flour Sack Towels – Vegetables

July 12, 2009

Here is a set of seven flour sack towels with hand-embroidered vegetable motifs on them. This set sells for $49.

Gluten-free, Nut-free Honey Granola

March 5, 2013

I have so many friends that have gluten and nut allergies that it was time for me to start creating recipes with them in mind. I love crunchy, granola-topped Greek yogurt drizzled with honey, so I wanted to make granola using Savannah Bee honey my favorite. This granola is made using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free […]

Claddagh Martini

March 9, 2010

St.Patrick’s Day is coming and I needed to inspire the leprechans to come out of hiding so I could get their pot o’ gold, so I created the Claddagh Martini. 1- 3 parts Bushmills, 1 part spiced-sugar syrup. 2- Pour in a shaker with ice, shake to chill3- Strain into a martini glass. 4- Wait […]