Hallmark Holidays

Thanksgiving 2009 Recap

In Texas, Thanksgiving weather is anyone’s guess.  There have been some years that we had ice and sleet and other years that were warm enough to go swimming.  This year it was about 70 and sunny and intensely beautiful. Here’s what I will remember of Thanksgiving 2009: – Hanging out at Cousin Jimmy’s place in the country, where we trekked through a winding creekbed and then a pasture of needle grass with Sean playing the part of Bear Grylls and me playing the part of the woman who carries all the cool rocks and leaves that…

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Cooking and Recipes

Frenchy Type Toast

With just three in the family and one us not terribly fond of food, it seems like when I open a can of biscuits, I always end up with one or two left over.  Recently I discovered that left over biscuits make really yummy crunchy French toast, so I started freezing them instead of throwing them out for the birds. Frenchy Type Toast 2 beaten eggs 1/2 cup (more or less) of  Half and Half  (any milk will work as well) 1/4 cup or more of cinnamon and sugar mixture (easiest to use in a container…

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Always Real, Christmas

Big Things

The turkey is not even on the table yet and most of us are already thinking about Christmas.  For the past week or more, the retailers have been relentless in reminding us about Black Friday, the high holy day of materialism.  Getting up at dark thirty and going to a crazy crowded store and fighting over the “it” toy of the season is just not my thing. If it is yours, please have at it. Have my share. Enjoy. Yesterday Sean and I were at the grocery store and we ran into a friend of ours. …

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Hospitality & Manners, Sometimes Tart

Martha, Self-Restraint, Best Business Practices

Whatever your feelings are about Martha Stewart, you have to admit she’s a good business woman. She built a media empire and became a zillionaire in the process, although not entirely by playing by the same rules as the rest of us middle-class schmucks, but that’s another story. So then the other day, I passed through the living room where AD was flipping through the channels and there was Martha on the television speaking to someone in her usual snotty and condescending tone. It didn’t really catch my attention because Martha always speaks that way, even…

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Cooking and Recipes

Pumpkin Dessert

I am not a big fan of pumpkin pie, but I love this pumpkin dessert.  I’ve had this recipe since 1984 and have never once had to put away leftovers. I heard earlier in the week that there is a pumpkin shortage and it may not be possible to get canned pumpkin, so run as fast as you can to the store and pick up a couple of cans. Then again, maybe the pumpkin farmers started that rumor. At any rate, here’s a dessert that is always a big hit. Pumpkin Dessert You will need one…

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Antique Daddy, Parenting Gone Awry, Sometimes Tart

The New Bed

Recently I acquired a twin bed for Sean.  Heretofore, the poor giraffe-legged child had been sleeping in a toddler bed.  Toddler bed, we all know, is code for “crib on the ground”. I know what you are thinking. “What is wrong with y’all? Can you not even manage to get your six-year-old child a decent bed?” And the answer to that is apparently not, at least not in a timely manner. Several times when we’ve had other children at the house, I have overheard them laughing at Sean’s itty bitty bed. And although it didn’t bother…

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Always Real, Faith

The Red Sofa

About 14 years ago, I bought a huge, down-filled, ridiculously expensive Henredon sofa. I had it made in this exquisite blood red damask fabric and it was a vision of beauty for all who laid eyes or butts upon it. Luckily, I bought the sofa before I met AD because he would never authorize that kind of spending.  Not so lucky is that it never occurred to me that once you spend that kind of money on a sofa, you are loath to ever get rid of it. And trust me on this:  There is not…

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Cooking and Recipes

Mexican Chicken Soup

Another soup recipe from my big brown envelope for your fanatabulously awesome weekend ahead. This one is called Mexican Chicken soup. Here’s what you’ll need and how to make it: 2 or 3 grilled chicken breasts, cubed.  You can also use the pre-grilled fajita chicken from the freezer case or you can use baked chicken, whatever works for you.  A lot of times I’ll use left over baked chicken. 1 onion, diced – I like the Mayan Sweets 1 poblano pepper, grilled, steamed and diced 2 T of butter + 1T of olive oil 1 clove…

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Always Real, Aunt Jean, Tuna

An American Hero

Uncle Claude was already in his late 70s when I came into the family about 13 years ago.  He passed away about a year or so before Sean was born.  Many things bring Uncle Claude to mind, but nothing more so than Veteran’s Day. The first time I met him was on a warm November afternoon.  AD had taken me to Tuna to meet the family for the first time and one of the first people he wanted me to meet was his Uncle Claude, the man who had been like a father to him after…

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