Category Archives: Holidays & Memorable Occasions

Almond Butter Toffee

Made from scratch at home, there’s nothing that compares to homemade Almond Butter Toffee. I’ve had this recipe for many, many years and I can’t recall from where it originated. I used to make it every holiday season when my … Continue reading

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Cranberry Hazelnut Turkey Wellington

RockRecipes.com has the distinction of being Recipe and Blog of the Month. Their recipe for Cranberry Hazelnut Turkey Wellington is a winner for the holidays. It’s mouth wateringly delicious with a stunning presentation. I made it last week in preparation … Continue reading

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Holiday Savings

The holidays will be here before we know it and I’m offering hard copies of Pork Chops & Applesauce and Sweet Apple Temptations early in the season at only $10.00 each. The Chicken Soup for the Soul books that I’m published in … Continue reading

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A Birthday Pinch

“They pinched me on my birthday!” cried my brother, Randy, as he plopped down onto our living room sofa. He folded his arms tightly across his chest, and glared blindly at a Rin Tin Tin re-run not even noticing the … Continue reading

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Brining and Roasting a Turkey

Everyone has their own theory on what works best for cooking the Thanksgiving bird, and I’ve tried most preparation methods. Frankly, I prefer to keep things simple and I’ve found that brining the turkey prior to roasting has put the … Continue reading

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Cupid Made Me Do It

Cupid Made Me Do It is a story I wrote back in 2002 just after my husband, Ed, had triple by-pass surgery. That’s been a lot of years ago and I’m pleased to say his health couldn’t be better, something … Continue reading

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A Universal Gasp

Awash in adrenaline, my heart beat like an out of control train, and my stomach seized into itself.  I sat stiffly in the molded plastic chair on the stage of my high school in a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C.  … Continue reading

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Harvest Haunts

“Yow, what is that thing? It touched me! Oh, I think…it’s a person…a dead person!” “Let me out of here!” Children and adults yelled as they jumped from the hay wagon and scattered into the fields like frightened mice. As … Continue reading

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Savory Turkey Crepes

It was Thanksgiving weekend and my friend, Bobbi and I decided to spend a quiet, four-day holiday near the ocean in Ocean Shores, Washington. On Wednesday afternoon before Turkey Day we loaded-up my Honda with all the food we needed … Continue reading

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Grandma B’s Fruitcake

When I was growing up, fruitcake was enjoyed mostly by grown ups around the holidays. It seemed to be an adult treat; a desire for the fruit-filled doorstop escaped me entirely. My mom, her friends and my aunts looked forward … Continue reading

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