Christmas Tree Cookies

This recipe is the secret to my brother’s famous “Christmas Tree Cookies”. It’s an easy recipe, the cookies taste great and the shape makes them so festive…they’re the perfect Christmas Cookie. My little brother Rick loves everything about Christmas. He is so enthusiastic about all things Christmas, including the movies, that he named his son Bailey after (you guessed it)…

The Perfect Tree

Yesterday marked our annual tradition of the Tree Hunt. We are tree traditionalists. A fake tree shall not cross the threshold of our nest. Therefore we are, like so many other like minded people, always in search of the perfect tree. My husband says that I declare each tree, every year, to be The One. Perhaps he is right but I’m sticking to my guns on this year’s find. It is as perfect as Christmas…

The Nutcracker

My daughter Tori performed in The Nutcracker every Christmas starting when she was just 5 years old. That first year she was an angel and I still remember the beginning of what became an annual tradition in our house. It wasn’t Christmas until I was driving my little ballerina back and forth to auditions, rehearsals and finally the actual performances. Auditions began in October…

Let’s Remember Our Troops

I’m going to take a little detour from food this morning and focus instead on our troops. My daughter, Tori, was deployed that holiday season and my heart was feeling a little broken. The troops were lucky to have a 5 Star General and his wife visiting that year and Tori was chosen to sit next to the General’s wife at the Thanksgiving table. I remember feeling such gratitude to this woman…

Kahlua Pecan Brie

It would be absolutely impossible to even guestimate how many times I’ve made Kahlua Pecan Brie. This is my “go to” appetizer for any time of the year and the number one request when someone asks me to bring an appetizer to a party or an event. Nothing could be quicker or easier than throwing together a Kahlua brie. Keep a big bottle of Kahlua in your liquor cabinet…

Chicken & Noodle Soup

Kids always love this chicken & noodle soup recipe – it’s not heavy on spices and seasonings. The noodles are hearty enough to fill both children and adults and the broth is warm and comforting. Mom made her noodles from scratch. I’m lazy when it comes to physical labor so that doesn’t work out for me very well at all. I like to use a package of chicken thighs with a whole fryer…