January’s Ultimate Blog Challenge

Happy 2017!!
Happy 2017!!

The Ultimate Blog Challenge is back!

The Ultimate Blog Challenge runs every 3 months, and January is the latest one. I have committed to write 31 posts in 31 days for the entire month. With the holidays fondly behind us, I am eager to jump in and get started!

You might remember that I first participated in this challenge this past July. It’s been around for some time; however, I had not learned of it before then. It really helped jump start my blog writing, so I decided to sign up this month and am planning to rev things up once again. I am curious to see what other things I am able do with my blog…what new ideas I’ll pick up from this month’s challenge and where I can take them.

I’m not sure what new adventures this month will bring, but I welcome new [and old] readers to travel along. And I invite you to offer any insights, comments, and questions you might have.

Oh, and it’s January 1st so Happy New Year! Hope you all enjoyed a safe, happy and healthy holiday season!

Fruitcake Season Has Arrived!

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Emeril’s Creole Christmas Fruitcake

The scene: Playing in the background is my favorite Christmas music compilation with “Merry Christmas, Baby” specifically being belted out at the moment (an amazing rendition sung by me and B.B. King); Soon-to-be-in-my-oven: a dozen individual fruitcakes!

December has arrived!

Welcome to the holiday season and all the stress, anxiety, eating, and fun that comes with it! Once you throw in a spritz of Cousin Joe’s dysfunctional family you are now ready to set up your January therapy appointments!!

This is the time of year I often pass along home-baked goodies to my friends and family. Some of my favorite handouts Continue reading

Stocking Up for the Holidays – Stock Two Ways

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The vegetables for my vegetable stock pre dicing and slicing

On Monday my entire house smelled like Thanksgiving! There were not one, but two  stocks simmering away on my stove for much of the day. I prepared a vegetable version and a turkey version. I bought turkey thighs and legs and roasted them in the oven for the base of my turkey stock…that alone was enough to send Turkey Day aromas wafting throughout. While I waited Continue reading