Favorite Christmas Movies

My all-time favorite Animated Christmas Movie is Charlie Brown Christmas. That movie is my childhood, including the Hostess commercials in between, but here’s a list of are my favorite non-animated Christmas movies. I love watching one of these movies, while wrapping Christmas presents, thus multi-tasking through the holiday season. Every time a bell rings, anContinue reading “Favorite Christmas Movies”

Babysitting and Birthday Lunches

I watched Wyatt and Phoenix last week, as their parents were out of town. Wyatt arrived dressed in his school uniform, but had been sick all night, so stayed home from school with me. I ran between my bedroom, where I gave him Gatorade while he watched T.V. and my den, where I was writingContinue reading “Babysitting and Birthday Lunches”

Mom’s Famous Deviled Eggs

When I asked my Mom for her Deviled Egg recipe for the Serve It Up! cookbook, she really had to think about it. She said something about why you don’t ask old people for recipes, but it’s actually exactly why you should! She had nothing written down, it was all in her head and ifContinue reading “Mom’s Famous Deviled Eggs”

Apple Pecan Cake

I first made this cake for my son Christopher on his second birthday and, I must say, it’s a keeper. It’s from The New York Times Magazine, October 8th, 1989 and is redolent of the flavors and tastes of Fall. It really isn’t a very hard recipe (as my sister Kelley notes: “So says FoodieContinue reading “Apple Pecan Cake”

3 Steps to make Berries Last Longer

Berries are one of the healthiest foods we can add to our diet. Full of antioxidants, nutrients and fiber, they fill our plate with the rainbow of colors nutritionists advise us to aim for. Berries are also very expensive, so it’s discouraging to spend a small fortune in the produce aisle, only to discover they’veContinue reading “3 Steps to make Berries Last Longer”

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Maple Cookies

I recently made these cookies, from the Lenox Bakery recipe (viarunamokmaple.com) and found them quite delicious, full of maple and autumn flavors. The original recipe was titled Monster Maple Cookies and were made with sugar eyeballs (I found at Winn Dixie), however, I put a toasted pecan atop one of them and that was AutumnContinue reading “Melt-in-Your-Mouth Maple Cookies”

An Invisible Thread

Well, the Scope cure didn’t last long. Zeke is back to snoring! I guess the menthol shock to his tonsils worked temporarily but apparently they adjusted, and the buzz saw is back to work. One thing that did last a long time was my stomach flu, which I had for a full six days! TheContinue reading “An Invisible Thread”

Amal Restaurant Review

How pretty is this? I remarked to my sister, when I walked into Amal, a Modern Lebanese restaurant in Coconut Grove. Walking into this space was like a breath of fresh air, with its high, lofty ceilings, neutral hues, wicker furniture, blue velvet chairs and white washed terra cotta pots filled with greenery. The graduatedContinue reading “Amal Restaurant Review”