chocolate · holidays

Chocolate cupcakes: What’s not to love?

I happen to love chocolate. I don’t eat a lot of it,  because I don’t eat a lot of sugar, but when I do eat it, I usually go for chocolate! During the Valentine’s Day season, chocolate becomes a nationwide obsession, practically. Heart-shaped boxes of chocolate show up in drugstores and grocery stores, magazine covers… Continue reading Chocolate cupcakes: What’s not to love?

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Mama Steph’s Top Cookie Recipes, part 2

Christmas is a busy time of year; we are all decorating our homes, trying to buy gifts for everyone, going to holiday gatherings and events, all the while still trying to work and keep things together at home! How do we do it?  🙂 If you are still pondering what to get certain people on… Continue reading Mama Steph’s Top Cookie Recipes, part 2

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Caramel apple snack cake for back-to-school

There has always been a lot of buzz about apples. (No, not the Steve Jobs kind…the fruit.)   An apple a day keeps the doctor away. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. An apple for teacher. You’re the apple of my eye. And there’s that whole Garden of Eden thing….   How did… Continue reading Caramel apple snack cake for back-to-school

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A room full of grace at Bethesda Medical Alliance

On Tuesday, December 20,  I had the honor of speaking to the ladies of the Bethesda Alliance at one of my very favorite restaurants, The Potpourri House in Tyler. What a wonderful group of women they are, and they have a great purpose: to support  the ministry of Bethesda Health Clinic, a clinic that exists “… to provide… Continue reading A room full of grace at Bethesda Medical Alliance

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“Grandma, Is That You?” (Lemon Icebox Dessert)

Some desserts are so reminiscent of  “the good ol’ days” that they are skipped over when some bakers are skimming through cook books because they’re considered  passé.  They’re the forte of the Aunt Bees and grandmas of the world, not the stylish baker of today. However, I am of the opinion that old things are still… Continue reading “Grandma, Is That You?” (Lemon Icebox Dessert)

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Apples and Gratefulness

I have been blessed in many ways in my lifetime.  I mean, really,  haven’t we all?  We’ve all had difficulties and even tragedies, as we’ve witnessed in recent days and weeks in many tornado-stricken parts of the U.S.  I see the beauty rising from the debris already, though. It’s always breath-taking to see what happens… Continue reading Apples and Gratefulness

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars and reflections on graduating kids

What a busy weekend I just had; my oldest son graduated from high school, and all the things that go along with that kept us running from here to there on Friday and Saturday.  What a blessing to be his mom and see him growing into such a great young man.   I am so… Continue reading Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars and reflections on graduating kids