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Food connects our generations, according to Rachael Ray!

I have been off work for a couple weeks recovering from carpal tunnel surgery, and have had more time than usual to watch my favorite morning TV shows. This week in particular, I noticed more food TV personalities sharing memories of the food they ate during their childhood. The Chew aired an entire show about 'grandma's greatest hits', and each host shared a memory of their own childhood. On her morning show, Rachael Ray shared her grandpa's favorite recipe for 'garlic and oil ...

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 ...

Memorial Day 2015

I wanted to share a few photos from the Memorial Day ceremony at Woodlawn Cemetery in Carbondale, Illinois. Woodlawn is our oldest cemetery and is where all of the founding fathers were laid to rest. Our ceremony includes laying wreathes on their graves, along with other veterans. Next year will mark the 150th anniversary of the first Decoration Day observance in Carbondale which was held in APril of 1866.  Uncle Harvey gave the keynote address, urging people to get involved ...

Kiss Me, I’m almost Irish

The week 11 theme for the 2015 52 Ancestors Challenge is "Luck of the Irish". I don't really have an ancestor that fits the theme ... we're of Scottish and German heritage and, while the Celtic route would still sort of fit, I decided to focus in on family tradition this week in light of St. Patrick's Day.  For as long as I can remember, we've celebrated St. Patrick's Day with corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, cake, and some sort of green drink. The basis of the menu is always ...

Walker Dog and Stormy Judy

Stormy Weather is an apropos theme for the Week 10 52 Ancestors Challenge. It’s March and, in southern Illinois, we would normally be headed into spring and well on our way to “tornado season”. Not this year … our only two snow storms of the winter have happened in the last two weeks. They’ve been doozies. I’m ready to open my back deck and swimming pool, and mix up a pitcher of sangria to share with friends! Spring is one of my favorite times of year … when everything ...

The Christmas Heart

Over the weekend, a friend from college posted a Christmas memory on Facebook about being "dirt poor" ... his words ... as a child and how that impacted Christmas for him and his seven siblings. Christmas stockings were filled not with trinkets and "stuffers", but with fresh fruit and hard candy, both being treats for his family in those days. Comments that followed reminded me how being raised with limited funds and receiving gifts when there was barely money to buy them puts things in ...

Pumpkin Picking

September in Southern Illinois can be hot or cold ... or both on the same day! Autumn approaches, regardless, and pumpkins and apples are ripe for the picking. Noodle, Grandma Debbie, and I went pumpkin picking today. We mostly picked from the piles of already picked pumpkins ... but I'm okay with that!  These are pretty pink pumpkins in honor of breast cancer awareness. They actually start out blue, then turn pink. These will continue to "pinken" as they sit.  This is ...