My posts this month that have had the greatest amount of traffic and feedback have been my recipes. I've found it rewarding to share the yummy baked goods that bring family, friends and co-workers joy during the holidays. The fact they have elicited some happy memories for you who read these posts, is a bonus! Tonight, it's not that I … Continue reading Blondes Have Got to Stick Together
For those who know me, you might be surprised to find out that there was a time when, yes, I would burn cookies--not on purpose, naturally. It was not an everyday occurrence, but when it happened there could be an episode or two of throwing the odd cookie sheet across the kitchen with the charred … Continue reading Silpat, This Baker’s Best Friend
This will be the final recipe in this series of posts, and you can thank my Mom for just about all of them. This one, Flaky Pineapple Squares, was found by her in the Boston Sunday Globe magazine. When, I'm not sure, but I'm told it was at the same time as the Minty-wiches recipe. … Continue reading Flaky Pineapple Squares – Holiday Recipe #7
About 14 years ago I made my first biscotti. It was also the point at which I bought my can't-live-without Kitchen Aid stand mixer (the big one)--it's still going strong and I've only had to replace with whipping attachment once! At this point in my life I was dating an Italian chef, so I was … Continue reading An Irish Girl Can Make Biscotti – Holiday Recipe #4
York Steak House at the Warwick Mall had been my part-time job for two years. Four days after I graduated from high school, as I was working at this job I'd imagined was going to pay for my books and incidentals when I got to college in Vermont later that summer. It was fairly early in … Continue reading In the Blink of An Eye
Looking at Facebook has become a part of my daily before dinner routine. I like to see what's going on with friends and family. I typically find out some tidbit of news, see a picture to make me smile, or find someone's posted a quote that gives me pause. I count myself among the lucky … Continue reading Nieces and Nephews
We've lived in our neighborhood for four years. There was no welcome wagon, no neighbor showing up to say hello with a pie. We did however meet one neighbor the day we moved in, but only because our toilet got backed up and we needed a plunger. That neighbor moved away the next weekend, before … Continue reading Hi, Neighbor, Can I Borrow Your Rototiller?
Baking, as you may have read previously, is a hobby I enjoy. Even more than enjoy I find baking to be an almost spiritual experience. During stressful times in my life I've found the simple processes of measuring, pouring, mixing, rolling, cutting, and then inhaling the tantalizing smells of the final product as it comes … Continue reading BEST. PIE. EVER!
My niece messaged today that she's moving, again. She's in her twenties so moving seems like the normal course of events to me. From the time I graduated college until I turned thirty (about 6 years) I had 8 different addresses; and from thirty to forty it was another six moves. My friend Lynne finally … Continue reading Roommates: The Good, the Bad, the One Who Eats [Raw] Potatoes Like They’re Apples
My mom raised some pretty independent kids. We have all had success in our various professions and we've all had our share of challenges and heart breaks. We know how to be kind, caring, supportive, and hard-working. One of the things that I didn't necessarily learn as part of this independence was how to ask … Continue reading Chip: He’s One of the Good Ones!