Popcorn: Economical – and Healthy – Snacking!

Popcorn

Holiday Eating is Over…Popcorn to the Rescue!

My holidays were filled with family and friends…and lots of food. Good food. Food that I don’t eat as an everyday thing. Cookies, Fruitcake, Candy…Eggnog, a variety of breads, lots of cheeses and other rich cream-based goodies. There were potlucks and formal sit down dinners. All filled with things I don’t eat on a normal basis. And this is where popcorn enters the picture… Continue reading

Baby Steps: Small Acts…Big Results

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Baby Steps

In my last post I mentioned the organizing I’ve been up to in my kitchen. I am a fairly organized person anyway, so it rarely gets too out of control here. When it does it’s more of a paperwork thing than anything else. Usually. However, sometimes things do pile up. When that happens I’ve learned it’s best to tackle those piles one small step at a time. Baby steps.

It used to overwhelm me when we’d have parties or get-togethers and the counters would be overflowing with dirty dishes and spills and crumbs. I loved having friends gather here, but hated the clean up that followed.

A Simpler Approach

Sometime in the early 2000’s I discovered Continue reading

Organized Fun: My Happy Space

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A New Year, an Organized Pantry

Not sure what it is about January that makes me want to get organized, but I have been in that mode since we returned from our [very long!] drive the other day. I began by cleaning out my kitchen fridge that very morning. Today I started to de-clutter my pantry and cabinets. My son is home on his break from college, and we have been going through items I can hand down to him from my kitchen. In the process I am creating space. I should Continue reading

Chicken Soup and a Manhattan: Soul Food by the Fire

Manhattan by a cozy wood fire
Manhattan by a cozy wood fire

Cozy fires, Chicken Soup and a Manhattan

Today is my favorite kind of day. Texas has been hit with another cold spell, cold enough to have a wood fire burning in our fireplace. And so we do. To go with that cozy fire is my traditional Manhattan. I’m not sure how long I have been pairing the two, but somehow when I think of a roaring fire, a Manhattan* [see recipe below] goes along with it.

What else pairs with a cold, wintery day besides a toasty fire and a nice cocktail? Continue reading