Homemade Peppermint Bark Famous Clone and Gingerbread Playdough

This week Matt Swaim, Sonrise Morning Show on Sacred Heart Radio, talked about the 3 wise men who are depicted in our manger scenes bringing gifts to Baby Jesus. Here’s some “legends” about them: They are often depicted as representing 3 races, 3 ages of adult men and 3 different areas. There are lots of different accounts as to who’s who. The first was called … Continue reading Homemade Peppermint Bark Famous Clone and Gingerbread Playdough

I’m on a Roll with Pumpkin Roll

We’re segueing nicely into the holiday season, and that means lots of food, family and friends gathering around the table.  How about a seasonal, yummy, easy to serve dessert that’s do ahead, keeps refrigerated  more than a few days or freezes up to several months? I’m talking about pumpkin roll, that vintage dessert that can stand alone or included in your dessert buffet. My first … Continue reading I’m on a Roll with Pumpkin Roll

Totable Cakes for Celebrating

We’re heading into Labor Day, the last hurrah. Celebrate an outdoor gathering with what I call “totable picnic cakes.”  Start with a box cake mix and a little imagination.  The creamsicle cake has been shared so many times it’s in my recipe hall of fame.  The cupcakes look fancy but are simple to make with a boxed mix and your own special touches. Creamsicle picnic … Continue reading Totable Cakes for Celebrating

Cherry Crisp for Presidents’ Day

Here’s a really easy, and yummy, cherry crisp. It actually tastes better the next day! CHERRY CRISPIngredients 1 can cherry pie filling (buy the can that has “more cherries”) Squeeze or 2 of lemon (opt) 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup flour 1/2 cup oats 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (opt) 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/3 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup chopped toasted or … Continue reading Cherry Crisp for Presidents’ Day

Perrin’s No Fail Pie Crust and Pecan Pie

For years it was like a gray  “culinary” cloud over my head.  I called it pie crust envy. My mom was the first to try to teach me to make a flaky and tender pie crust.  “Just don’t overwork the dough, use a light hand” she told me.  At the time I read something in a cookbook that said “work the shortening into the flour … Continue reading Perrin’s No Fail Pie Crust and Pecan Pie


Today Matt Swaim, Sonrise Morning Show, and I chatted about butter and its significance during Bible days. BUTTERProverbs 30:33: “As the churning of cream yields butter, and a blow to the nose causes bleeding, so anger causes quarrels.” Butter was churned by hand between two poles with a skin suspended between filled with cream. It was shaken back and forth and viola: Butter! What’s the … Continue reading NIEMAN MARCUS COOKIES

Chocolate Zucchini Bread and Classic Z Bread

Whenever I mention sharing my “best of” recipes – the seasonal ones that have become cult favorites, there are several that get requested this time of year. Rated high on the list are zucchini bread recipes (after all, ’tis the season…) In particular double chocolate zucchini bread and classic zucchini bread. So I’m sharing both for you. The first recipe is for “chocolate zucchini bread/cake.”  … Continue reading Chocolate Zucchini Bread and Classic Z Bread

Blackberry Buckle

Chatting with Matt Swaim of Sonrise Morning Show/Sacred Heart Radio today, the subject was berries/brambles. Blackberries were growing wild during Bible days but they weren’t the plump, thornless kind you can have today. Smaller, thornier but worth it. Here’s a buckle recipe that we like very much. Now some buckles mix some of the fruit and batter together. This one doesn’t but the topping does … Continue reading Blackberry Buckle

Citrus Cake with Secret Glaze and 7 Up Cake Memorial Day Desserts

Many of you know each week I chat with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio. Today we talked about the miracles with food that were performed during Bible days. For example, water turned into wine at Cana. Another example: 1 Kings 17, the prophet Elijah visits the home of a poor widow and her son. He says to her, “Make me … Continue reading Citrus Cake with Secret Glaze and 7 Up Cake Memorial Day Desserts