Decorating the Table for a Thanksgiving Celebration

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, so decorating the table for a Thanksgiving celebration is a labor of love.  With less decorating all around, plus no exchange of gifts, this long holiday weekend is a perfect blend of family, food, friendship and gratefulness. My Thanksgiving holiday decorations are a quirky combination of things in shades of […]

How to Replace a Wick in a Pillar Candle

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Sometimes I get a hair brain idea on how to make something, fix something or cook something.  How to Replace a Wick in a Pillar Candle morphed into one of those hair brain ideas!  I like to think that I’m a creative person, capable of coming up with both creative ideas and solutions, so when […]

42 Things to be Thankful for on Thanksgiving Day

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I’m thankful for my family.  Friends rate high up there on the list, too.  I can’t imagine my life without both. As Thanksgiving Day approaches, I thought I’d do a list of 42 Things to be Thankful for on Thanksgiving Day and make it all about me {grin}!  But, then, on second thought, I thought […]

Sweet Potato Casserole

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Sweet Potato Casserole is one of my family’s favorite classic Thanksgiving dishes.  Many versions are out there, all delicious.  And, I’ve made many different versions over the years. But, this Sweet Potato Casserole recipe is one of the easiest. One of the easiest because you just bake the potatoes in the oven, mash them with a […]

Snowstorm: are you Ready?

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Guess what happened today?  A snowstorm blanketed upstate (AKA Western) New York with more that 6 feet of snow!  Known as a “lake-effect storm”, Buffalo residents were caught off guard by this early-season storm.  So, I ask you – Snowstorm:  are you Ready? You’re probably wondering why a Southern California girl (me) is writing about a snowstorm […]

Green Bean and Mushroom Casserole

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Green Bean and Mushroom Casserole is my version of a holiday classic.  A well-loved, traditional Thanksgiving recipe since 1955, the classic version is made with canned green beans.  I’m not a huge fan of canned green beans, so I substitute them with frozen green beans.  Plus, since I love mushrooms, I add extra! Even with […]

Open Hands

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So the Google bots can read what is written on my beautiful sunrise photo above, I’m repeating it below: Everything in life is most fundamentally a gift. And you receive it best and you live it best by holding it with very open hands. – Leo O’Donovan   Tiffany and her husband, Chris, helped me […]

42 Items for Your Thanksgiving Dinner Shopping List

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Americans tend to stick to tradition when in comes to Thanksgiving Dinner.  The first Thanksgiving Dinner, celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621, included a myriad of dishes including wild turkey.  Since that time, Thanksgiving Dinner has symbolized a feast of platter after platter, bowl after serving bowl of fabulous side dishes with a turkey taking center […]

Salted Caramel Icebox Cheesecake

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Is your mouth watering yet?  Salted Caramel Icebox Cheesecake covers a multitude of cravings:  caramel, chocolate, cheesecake, ice cream and salt! I actually made Salted Caramel Icebox Cheesecake over the summer.  As I served it to my guests, I thought to myself, “this recipe could be an autumn recipe, too!”  My thought process was based […]

You Be Bitches

My mother, Jo, circa 1950 - You Be Bitches

“You be bitches,” I say softly, my voice cracking from my roiling emotions.  Tears well up in my eyes as I look across our dining room table at 3 of my beloved nieces, the remnants of our Thanksgiving feast spread before us.  Ranging in age from 21 to 34, this is a pivotal moment in their […]

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