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Mama Steph’s pumpkin pie pancakes

Rainy weekend mornings inspire me to create something warm and comforting for breakfast. I love to allow the scent of something delicious cooking in the kitchen lure my sons from their beds in the morning.   I figured out a great way to do that this morning: pumpkin pie pancakes, sizzling gently in my skillet.… Continue reading Mama Steph’s pumpkin pie pancakes

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Chewy peanut butter-cereal treats

  There are so many things to enjoy about fall: cooler weather, football games, colorful soft scarves, warm comfort foods, and the anticipation of all the holidays that occur from October through December.  I love it all! I love pumpkins, scarecrows, mums, and apple cider. What a comfortable, cozy time of year. Here’s a snack… Continue reading Chewy peanut butter-cereal treats

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Tortellini-vegetable soup – quick, comforting, good for you!

I think I’ve found a soup recipe that is pretty close to perfect, and I am excited to share it with you! As some of you know,  I’m a person who will eat soup even when it’s 100 degrees outside. In fact, it IS 100 degrees in East Texas today. Ugh. (Cooler weather is on… Continue reading Tortellini-vegetable soup – quick, comforting, good for you!

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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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Candy acorns, children, and remembering to look.

“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child.  There are seven million.”  ~Walt Streightiff I remember acorns from my childhood very clearly.  There was a huge oak tree in our yard in Charlotte when I was a little girl, and I used to pick its acorns up to play with them.… Continue reading Candy acorns, children, and remembering to look.

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No-bake peanut butter-white chocolate chip bars

Fall baking: the prospect of it makes me cheerful.  It’s one of the pleasures of the season, for me; it reminds me of my growing-up years, and the comfort there was sitting on the big oval braided rug in the living room in our home in N.C., watching Sesame Street or Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, while… Continue reading No-bake peanut butter-white chocolate chip bars

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Clever & tasty ideas for your November Table

Some of us have acquired lots of lovely things with which to set our Thanksgiving tables over the years. If you’ve been married more than, say, ten years, you likely have closets and cabinets overflowing with things to pull out and make a gorgeous, even formal, table for special dinners.  Whether it’s been received from… Continue reading Clever & tasty ideas for your November Table

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It’s Time for Apples

As I walked into the produce section of my grocery store a few days ago,  I got a warm, happy, “welcome-home!” feeling. Bins and crates of pumpkins and apples were everywhere! I love this time of year; autumn, when the weather cools down, leaves put on their brightest and best attire,  and porches are transformed… Continue reading It’s Time for Apples

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Let’s Talk (Speckled) Turkey (Chili)!

I’m sitting in my kitchen right now, at the bar, and am completely content.  Two of my sons are playing a game together. The other one is taking an afternoon nap, as are the dog, Abby, and cat, Moose.  I have chicken boiling on the stove in a big, shiny pot full of onions and… Continue reading Let’s Talk (Speckled) Turkey (Chili)!