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I love food and cooking, but I’m a mom … a wife … an educator … a geek … a history buff.  I wear many hats and like to write about each just as much as I like to write about food and cooking. Below you’ll find a variety of posts about my life from dogs to kids to travel and beyond. 

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 ...

Rene Carpenter, Mercury Seven Astronaut Wife

One of my character flaws as a hobby genealogists is my desire to learn everything I can about certain eras in history and the people who lived during them. I'm fascinated by the Jacobite uprising in Scotland, 16th century English royalty, Colonial America, flappers of the 1920s, and anything from the 1950s and early 60s. Especially food and Pyrex. Fortunately, for me, there is a plethora of media - TV shows specifically - available to satisfy this craving. My new found love is the Astronaut ...

Why all kids should create a family tree

When I was a junior in high school, my French teacher had us create a family tree. It was a fun assignment for someone like me ... I was already a history nerd, but had never really thought about tracing my own family history to any great extent.  My dad was ecstatic because he was able to introduce me to his family bible. My mom told stories about how "we" arrived in New Orleans in the early 1800s and walked the length of the Mighty Mississippi to southwestern Illinois where the family ...

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 ...

The Old Black Goat

Week 20 of the 52 ancestors challenge is themed "black sheep". I come from a family of doctors, politicians, preachers, and a lot of farmers. I've not found a black sheep among them. Okay, the politicians might be questionable. So, instead of writing about skeletons in closets or general bad behavior of black sheep ancestors, I'm sharing a story about a black goat that my great-grandfather, George Melvin Moore, had when my dad was a kid. It didn't like my dad ... and here's what ...

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 ...