Cranberry Ginger Whole Wheat Quick Bread

I had grandiose ideas.

Yes, I had done the The Twelve Days of Christmas for 2010 and I had done fourteen Christmas gift posts last year.

This year promised to bring posts on “Gifts from the Kitchen 2012.”   I had even written many drafts, some  as far back as January 2012.   I had lots of things . . . → Read More: Cranberry Ginger Whole Wheat Quick Bread

Sock monkeys for adults

Remember the perennial sock monkey?

I still have a vintage one that mom made me back in the day.   (I will not tell you how long ago that was.)

When the nieces and nephews were babies, I attempted to make some sock monkeys and even some sock elephants.

I think the elephant is still waiting, . . . → Read More: Sock monkeys for adults

A gift for the birds

Hopefully the family won’t think this gift is “for the birds!” . . . → Read More: A gift for the birds

Family Cookbooks: Food, traditions, customs and love

It may be too late to put one together this year for your family, but this is a great year ’round project. . . . → Read More: Family Cookbooks: Food, traditions, customs and love

I’m dreaming of a white chili.

I’m dreaming of a white chili…..Just like the ones I used to know.

Every once in a while, our local paper will publish cherished recipes from long ago closed restaurants.    St. Michael’s Alley white chili must have been a much loved favorite because it is featured quite often.   I made this same recipe about five . . . → Read More: I’m dreaming of a white chili.

Pepper Jelly Jewel Thumbprint Cookies

Finally, another Gift from the actual Kitchen!

And finally, another use for pepper jelly.   I can only make so much cream cheese dip.

I saw this cookie at the BHG site.   For the original recipe, click here.    I decided I had to make it.

These cookies are similar to a short bread cookie with the . . . → Read More: Pepper Jelly Jewel Thumbprint Cookies

More Christmas Gifts

OK.

Forgive me.

I have not been in the kitchen all week.

I am hoping that my name wasn’t up on the board to bring holiday treats tomorrow.

It ain’t happenin’.

I have just not felt like cooking much lately.    Work has been über stressful.

Enough said.

I am waiting for Christmas break and I . . . → Read More: More Christmas Gifts

Advent Calendar: Making paper bells

This isn’t a Gift from the Kitchen, but we did make it in the kitchen.   That counts, right?

When the in-laws were here for Thanksgiving, my mother-in-law and I got so bored with the 24/7 football that was blaring in the living room, we found a project.    She was wanting to make paper ornaments for . . . → Read More: Advent Calendar: Making paper bells

The Gifts from the Kitchen Kick-Off: Cheese Ball Kits

The first year that I was invited to spend Christmas with The Hubs’ family (my future in-laws), I was thrilled.     We had been dating a long time and I had only met the parents once.

It was to be a momentous occasion to be sure.

His family always celebrated on Christmas Eve with an appetizer/sandwich/snack . . . → Read More: The Gifts from the Kitchen Kick-Off: Cheese Ball Kits

My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Naked
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
My Life in France
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The Liars' Club
Code Name Verity
The Paris Wife
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel
Brother of the More Famous Jack
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls


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