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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. 

Thanksgiving Day Menu

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays ... and it is, of course, all about the food! Okay, it's not totally about the food.  Our family has a lot to be thankful for and we celebrate that on this holiday by coming together and taking time out just to be with each other. There will be no shopping for us! In actuality, we have two Thanksgivings ... the Thursday holiday will be spent at my house this year with my mom and then we travel over the weekend to MPG's family.   Traditi...

Prime Rib with Fresh Horseradish

When I think of all the food my daddy loved best, “one-potters” and steak, specifically prime rib, are at the top. Daddy first introduced me to prime rib when I was about 8 years old.  This wasn't something we had very often because of the expense, so it was a true treat when we’d have it at home.  I have ordered prime rib from steak house menus all over the country for as long as I can remember, but nothing has ever come close to the smell that wafted through our house when a ...

How to use and store fresh Horseradish

Horseradish has nothing to do with horses and it isn't a radish ... just through I should clarify!  What we consume is a root; the plant is actually related to mustard, which makes it cousins to the milder flavored cabbage, kale and broccoli. The “horse” refers to the size and coarseness of the root and the “radish” is from a Latin variation meaning “root”. Horseradish has a history that spans over 3,000 years.  It made it’s way to America with early settlers and was ...

Happy Halloween Party!

Or, rather ... Happy HOWLoween party! Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday ... I get it honestly. My Daddy always loved Halloween and loved seeing all the neighborhood kiddos all dressed up in their costumes. Of course Trick-or-Treating was awesome, but when I outgrew that, Daddy started cooking chili in the driveway so all my friends and the neighborhood Pumpkin Patrol (safety crew) could stop by and grab some dinner. He'd breakout the fish fryer and hook up the gas tank from the grill ...

5 Great Apple Desserts!

I'm knee deep in apples right now, so I decided to do a quick round-up of some of my favorite apple dessert recipes from around the Web. Now, maybe I can use up all these apples! Enjoy! Dutch Apple Pie with Oatmeal Streusel from Ginny at allrecipes.com This is the perfect cross between apple pie and apple crisp. Who doesn't love that?! Apple Pie Bars from i heart nap time I love anything that makes apple pie simple and still delicious!   Apple Fritters from Family ...

Family Traditions Rooted in Apples

The Apple Festival is a long time tradition in the small town of Murphysboro, Illinois.  It is the oldest and largest festival in Southern Illinois and the Grand Parade is considered to be one of the best ... it's certainly the longest.  I know ... I've marched it many times in my life, most recently as a helper with Noodle's Pom team! The Apple Festival is also a long time tradition in my family.  My Grandpa Raines' side of my family has roots in and around Murphysboro that date to ...

5 Great Blogs About Real Food

I read a lot of food blogs, but these are ones I keep going back to again and again. Enjoy!   Back to Her Roots       All about getting back to basics with food and personal health. A combination of clean recipes and wellness expressed by a very funky and fun author. Everything is simple and you can print planners to help you stay motivated!   The Gracious Pantry           A ...