year : 2015 35 results

The First Christmas Day

On December 20, 1815, the Kings Mountain Herald newspaper in Kings Mountain, North Carolina published the following story from the New York Press about the first Christmas day. It is a reminder that Christmas isn't about getting ... or even giving ... gifts, but celebrating the life of a man many consider their Savior.  It reads as follows:  The First Christmas Day Told for the littlest children Listen dear little children and you shall hear about the very first Christ...

Christmas Granola Recipe

Every year at Christmas time, I try to give something homemade to my "mirror", Steph. Steph and I exchange yummy goodies all year long, so it's becoming a tad difficult to find new treats. This year, however, I decided to make granola from scratch. I've never made it, but this recipe is definitely going on the annual treat making list!  I became hooked on muesli during my first trip to Germany a few years ago. The hotel we were staying in served it for breakfast ...

Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree

Christmas morning is a madhouse ... it certainly was when I was a kid and it still is now that I have a kid ... and dogs! The last thing a mom wants to deal with is breakfast. Okay, at least this mom. Try this easy Christmas tree made from cinnamon rolls to make the morning feeding a little easier! The Davis Cinnamon Roll Tradition   We always had cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas morning. They're easy ... either make them a day ahead or cheat and buy the kind in a can or ...

The Story of Family

Between 2006 and 2011, we lost my mom’s parents and my dad. It seemed just as we were moving forward from the loss of one, we would lose another. I was 36 when Daddy died. Noodle was 4. I have vivid memories of the last conversation I had with each of them. Grandma, who had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for year, had a conversation with me about babies … I would be a mother for three more weeks and she wouldn’t have known that then. As I was leaving, she said “I love ...

Banana Cake with Buttery Almonds

  My grandma's 1963 Good Housekeeping Cookbook is my cooking bible ... it has been since I received it as a wedding present. I have adapted my favorite banana bread recipe into a moist banana cake. Nearly every woman in my family has received a copy of this cookbook ... not all got the 1963 version, though! I grew up with this cookbook, and I made my first banana bread recipe from this cookbook. Albeit, I am much better at it today than I was at age 11.  Every time I have ...

Bacon and Caramelized Onion Marmalade

So ... I jumped on the bacon jam bandwagon ... finally ... and at the request of one of my best friends. He loves bacon. I mean really loves bacon. He kept sending me text messages with recipes of bacon jam. Many text messages that said things like "I just ran across this again," and "this looks interesting." I took the hint and spent a few hours in the kitchen test driving a few bacon marmalade recipes. I wasn't exactly sure what we would use it for ... spread in on crackers? eat it with ...

Chili’s Favorite Hot Chili

  Chili has been a staple in my life for as long as I can remember. Every September, as soon as the temperature hit the mid 60s, my dad would whip up a big batch. We'd eat chili all autumn and winter long. We'd feed it to the Pumpkin Patrol and our town's police officers on Halloween Trick-or-Treat night ... always made in the very large fish fryer in the driveway! We went through a lot of chili ... chili pie ... chili mac ... chili and corn bread.  When I fix chili, I ...

Chili’s Hot Chili

This is a simple chili recipe that will feed a crowd, or family with some leftover!