Flax – Ancient Biblical Seed and Gluten, Grain Free Granola Bars (No baking required!)

FLAX An important seed mentioned in the Bible in Proverbs. “She seeketh wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands”. What are flaxseeds?   Flaxseeds, sometimes called linseeds, are small, brown, tan or golden-colored seeds. In fact, linseed or “flax seed” are different names for the same seed. Flaxseeds are a great source of dietary fiber, minerals, plant protein and one of the best … Continue reading Flax – Ancient Biblical Seed and Gluten, Grain Free Granola Bars (No baking required!)

Mary Gardens and Frittata with Herbs for Mom

Today Matt Swaim of the Sunrise Morning Show/Sacred Heart Radio, chatted about Mother’s Day. I love to give container gardens for the special moms on my list which feature herbs and flowers with Biblical significance. Mary Gardens were started during medieval times and were usually gardens that were enclosed, often in monasteries.  I have always felt that an herb garden needs a statue of Mary, even … Continue reading Mary Gardens and Frittata with Herbs for Mom

Hot Cross Buns and Quick Cherry Coffee Cake

This week on the Sonrise Morning Show I chatted with Matt Swaim about eggs and their significance in the Bible, especially during Easter. The 2 recipes, one for hot cross buns and the other for a quick cherry coffee cake are family favorites, and good baking projects while we’re all sheltering in place. I hope each of you celebrate these holy days and remember, it’s … Continue reading Hot Cross Buns and Quick Cherry Coffee Cake

Streusel Coffee Cake, Deviled Eggs for Easter

As I write this column, we are still sheltering in place. And thinking about Easter. Maybe you are, too. Instead of our annual Easter brunch and egg hunt, we’ll be celebrating on a smaller scale.  Yet there’s still much to feel blessed about. Just take a walk outside. Check out the beautiful wild violets and blooming forsythia. (They both make lovely jellies.) Trees are bursting … Continue reading Streusel Coffee Cake, Deviled Eggs for Easter

An Ancient Biblical Nut, Pistachios Star in Granola Bars and Maple Granola

I love talking to Matt Swaim each week on the Sunrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio about Bible foods and herbs. Check out his blog – it never fails to give me a chuckle, while educating me, as well. Today we talked about pistachios. Here’s a bit of trivia, along with 2 of the best recipes for granola (yes, another granola, but so simple) and … Continue reading An Ancient Biblical Nut, Pistachios Star in Granola Bars and Maple Granola

Heirloom Coffee Cake

There it was, buried in the bottom of our large bin where holiday decorations are stored. A Good Housekeeping magazine from November 1984. Now here’s the query: why was it there? It took me a few minutes to remember.  As a young mom, I was fascinated with holiday baking, and the cover photo, though faded, shows a beautifully decorated gingerbread house. “Make our cozy gingerbread … Continue reading Heirloom Coffee Cake

Olive Oil Visiting Cake

Today when Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show and I chatted about olives I mentioned that, during Bible times, olive trees were so prolific that they turned up in various places in the Bible. (Think of Jesus in the Agony in the Garden on the Mount of Olives).  In fact, olives were not only used as food but the oil was used in bread … Continue reading Olive Oil Visiting Cake

You need to make Bet’s Apple Cake w Caramel Topping

Some of the cakes that look ordinary turn out to be the best tasting. Take the apple cake recipe with caramel topping I’m sharing. From friend and expert baker, Betty Howell, this is the cake you should make during apple season. Betty, a Clermont County reader, has a home based business called Bet’s Sweet &Treats (bettyhowell@hotmail.com) and has over the years won bests of shows … Continue reading You need to make Bet’s Apple Cake w Caramel Topping

1 Hour Yeast Rolls – Yes You Can!

I was getting ingredients out of the pantry to make a batch of one hour yeast rolls for dinner, when Oliver Phillips, my 10 year old neighbor, called. Oliver wanted to come over and “make something”. So he and I made the rolls together. I let Oliver do the measuring and mixing. “Does this seem hard to you?” I asked. “Not at all,” he said. … Continue reading 1 Hour Yeast Rolls – Yes You Can!