So I’m still trying to find my way into what I want to blog about. It’s a good thing I added the category “cooking.” Otherwise this would have to go under “posts to keep me from giving advice to random people in stores.” 🙂 I just hate to see someone an inferior product. I know they would really like for me to share my advice. I just know it….
Looking for a last minute Valentine’s Day snack or even a light but festive meal? Here’s a recipe for quick heart-shaped thin and crispy mini-pizzas. You make the crust out of flour tortillas so you won’t even have to mix the dough!…
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! I don’t know about you, but every year I have plans to channel my inner-Martha Stewart and make heart shaped sugar cookies and decorate them with royal icing. Or maybe Pecan Linzer Cookies with Cherry Filling! Yes! They are gorgeous and I bet they taste even better. And I’ll make my own marshmallows and cut them in the shape of hearts and float them on top of hot-chocolate made with real milk on top of the stove!
Sadly, I disappoint myself often. Sometimes, life just gets in the way. I need to remind myself that it doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing approach!
So, here’s an idea for those of you who ran out of time or are always more realistic in your expectations! 🙂 These are super easy. And they have fresh strawberries and so they’re healthy. Okay, maybe just healthi-er….
Even little kids have fun making their own Valentines! But I was never one to want to put paint all over their hands for making handprint hearts and the like. Too messy! This idea is no muss no fuss….
One of my pet peeves is the articles in magazines that to advise you to let go of the stress of the holidays don’t do anything to make your dinner special. Just use paper plates and eat frozen pizza!
Really? I mean, I know all about stress at the holidays. Just ask my hubby, I can definitely set out to tackle too much.
But you can make some concessions without out going as far as paper plates and plastic forks that break. The secret? Everything possible goes in the dishwasher!…
Okay, so it’s not really roast beast, but roast beef instead. Like I said, I decided I was tired of having turkey twice in a row every year and wanted to mix it up a bit for Christmas dinners.
So I know you’re asking, what does your Christmas dinner have to do with books, writing, and getting kids to read?
Or maybe you aren’t.
For my own peace of mind, I’m going to justify it anyway. (There needs to be some sort of structure to this blog, doesn’t there?)
The first time Miri met the Queen in Miri Attwater and the Ocean’s Secret it was at a fancy, schmancy dinner. Sadly, the Queen wasn’t wearing a tiara. (Don’t worry! A crown is coming in Book 2 – All that Glitters.) But there was plenty of sparkling china, crystal, and silver that Miri had to worry about not knocking off the table!
What are the rules for dining with the Queen?…
Growing up, we always had turkey and dressing for Christmas dinner. Turkey for Thanksgiving, turkey for Christmas.
Not only that, it was always the exact same menu: turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes with pineapple, ambrosia, cherry coke salad, peas and asparagus casserole. For dessert we had pecan pie and pumpkin pie with perhaps a another dessert added like chocolate pie. Yes, we were heavy on the pies! Is there another dessert? Oh wait, at Christmas we had Christmas cookies if there were any left by the time the 25th rolled around. (There were six kids.)
It was all foods I absolutely loved, or grew to love. I certain I didn’t love the asparagus when I was five. I do know I started eating it just for the buttered toast drenched in cream of mushroom soup that was on top!
It was the only time of year we had most of those dishes, but a bit repetitive. So when I finally got the chance to host my own Christmas, I decided I wanted to do something different for dinner. I’ve changed the menu every year since, but a beef roast is often featured….
I made this for Dizzy’s 5th grade class party and it was a big hit! …