From St. Nick to Santa: How it all began

The Man Behind the Story of Father Christmas/Santa Claus Each week I chat with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show about Bible foods and herbs. Keeping with December’s advent theme, today we chatted about St. Nicholas. I found the most interesting information on the site and with just a teeny bit of editing, I’m sharing that information here. Do check out their site, … Continue reading From St. Nick to Santa: How it all began

Edible Peppermint Candy Tray, Bowls, Ornaments

Carrie Clements remembered this fun craft from a column I wrote last year and couldn’t find the recipe, so here it is. This year we’ll be making peppermint trays and candy canes out of round hard candy mints again. It is so much fun and a great craft to make with the little ones.  Also makes a nice gift from the kitchen, with your favorite … Continue reading Edible Peppermint Candy Tray, Bowls, Ornaments

Turkey/Chicken & No Peek Dumplings

Here on my little patch of heaven, the day has turned bitter cold with winds and a squall of snow. Since I have turkey left over from Thanksgiving, I’m going to make some turkey & dumplings (chicken would work, too). No kidding, this is one tummy warming, satisfying meal. All in one bowl! And if you’ve never made dumplings, no worries. My detailed recipe guarantees … Continue reading Turkey/Chicken & No Peek Dumplings

Welcome Back!

Well, it’s been a while, hasn’t it, since my original site, having had a successful and interactive run for over a decade, decided to “vanish” into cyberspace. Yes, I’m being simplistic about what happened, since I’m about as low tech as you can get. First, a bit of history as to how began its creative life….my friend John Wall, approached me way back … Continue reading Welcome Back!

Ham: Labeling, Cuts and Buying Ham

Thanks to the “loyal reader” who shared this information (edited slightly by me) from an on-line article about ham. This information is really timely – so much so that I encourage you to copy and clip for your files. What kind to buy? Bone-in or boneless; half or whole; spiral sliced or unsliced. Water content varies greatly. Prices on hams brief widely – the least … Continue reading Ham: Labeling, Cuts and Buying Ham

Cranberry Celebration Salad

My readers are the best! Recently, when I asked readers for help finding and developing cranberry celebration salad recipe for a reader similar to one sold at Kroger Super Market. Many grocery stores sell a similar cranberry salad in their prepared food sections. I was amazed that so many of you responded. But I wasn’t surprised at all by how good the cranberry celebration salad recipes … Continue reading Cranberry Celebration Salad

Bible Foods: Cheese

This week on the Son Rise Morning Show, I chatted with Matt Swaim about cheese. Yes, cheese has an ancient Biblical history.  IN 2 Samuel 17:29 David was offered cheese, among other foods, after his foray for many days into the wilderness. Even during Bible times people were making use of what they called curdled milk to make into cheese. It was very important as a … Continue reading Bible Foods: Cheese

Stainless Steel Cookware is a Staple in Great Kitchens

Summary: Stainless steel cookware comes in a variety of grades and varied quality. This range leads many to ask, “Can I use my stainless steel cookware in the oven? What other tips should I know to keep my stainless steel pans looking good?” Dear Rita: I was watching your video on making filet mignon. Like a lot of recipes I see for meat or fish, it calls … Continue reading Stainless Steel Cookware is a Staple in Great Kitchens

Best Vegetarian Black Bean Burritos

It has been another interesting, busy week here on my little patch of heaven. We are still finding gourds, but not in the pumpkin patch. The volunteer gourds sprouted near the elderberry bushes next to the pumpkins. No kidding, those gourds are hanging like orange, white and green ornaments in the elderberries. It has been fun watching the little ones discover them and claim what … Continue reading Best Vegetarian Black Bean Burritos