At the End of 2016: Something Truly New

I enjoy a good, (caffeine-fueled) New Year’s celebration and all the clocks, cabbages, and kisses. Oh, and I love resolutions; though, only last year did I ever begin to keep one. I think it’s the freshness–the beginning–of which I’m so fond. It’s the official clean slate of adulthood. I’ve already dusted away the holiday dazzle, […]

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Punch Bowl Cake

From a child’s perspective, Punch Bowl Cake signified very special occasions in our home.  I remember thinking how grand it appeared on our dining room table when my mother would host ladies for this or that.  Then for whatever reason, we quit making PBC for awhile.  Years later, when we dusted off the crystal and […]

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Cinnamon Rolls and Proclamations

I made the bold proclamation last year that I would make homemade cinnamon rolls every Christmas morning as a family tradition.  Doesn’t sound that bold?  Well, please consider that I had never made them before last year…. and that I had to google two of the recipe terms. Life on the edge, right? Don’t worry– […]

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My Christmas List

“What do you want for Christmas?” Two front teeth? Check…. (I’m quite thankful for that, by the way). A white Christmas? Stunning, but likely a commuter’s nightmare. A hippopotamus? The thought of housetraining Mr. Hefty leads to me to perhaps my answer: a long winter’s nap sounds divine. Who isn’t run ragged by the end […]

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Salmon Patties… A Million Reasons

Salmon Patties: because sometimes you don’t live in a town that gets fresh seafood delivered daily…. Or you’re looking to add more omega-threes to your diet… Or you need a more affordable option for supper…. Or it is a comfort food from childhood… Or it’s all you have in your pantry…. Or you are dead-set […]

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Mothers and Moms-To-Be: Don’t Buy This

My first Christmas as Mom, I exhaustedly rocked a chunky newborn boy who was stuffed like a Butterball turkey in cutesy reindeer pajamas. I stared at the hypnotizing lights of the Christmas tree, hardly breathed for fear he’d wake, and I knew my life would never be the same. I prayed a prayer of thanks […]

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Aunt Laura’s Chess Pie & Pie Safes

Before I married my husband six years ago this week, I had never really heard of chess pie. Ever since our first Thanksgiving together, it has been my mission to conquer the difficult art of his favorite childhood dessert: chess pie. The women in Wade’s family who whip out beautiful and delicious desserts faster than […]

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Lost in the Valley

While roaming the Appalachia foothills, I’m sure the Cherokees and Shawnees must have searched the sky for a star or the sun’s position to track their path. I like to think I did the same, but instead of being a Native American child of the 1800s, I was just a little hillbilly gal firmly rooted […]

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