2011 – The year of the pie

Apple Pie 5

Are you the kind of person that is able to do things just because you want to, for no apparent reason?  I usually am not a “do it because I want to” kind-a girl.  But this may change in 2011.  I’m starting to feel random again! Take this blog (SRFD) for instance.  Is there a clear reason I like to do this?  I've told myself it's a creative outlet, an opportunity to tell some stories, . . . Continue Reading

Southwestern Spinach Dip


Just in time for your New Year's Eve or football party - this warm dip will complete your menu!  I've made Southwestern Spinach Dip for many years and always receive requests for the recipe. It can be made ahead and refrigerated until time to bake. Add an extra 5-10 minutes baking time or remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to baking.  It won't disappoint! Cream cheese, . . . Continue Reading

Diavolo Sauce with fresh goat cheese


As mentioned in an early blog-life post, up until the spring 2010 I had never read a blog or had any idea how much great information is out there.  Not only can you find blogs on any subject matter you desire, you can also develop a whole new group of blog friends.  Bloggers are truly some of the nicest people I have ever emailed!  I hope to meet some of my favorites one day.  Maybe at a . . . Continue Reading

Spinach-Apple Salad


We had our big family dinner on Christmas Eve.  I didn't get any photos since it was family time.  That sounds a little weird since most people take pictures when they have family to dinner.  What I meant was I didn't take food photos because I was visiting with my children.  We had a great dinner with beef tenderloin, Corn Pudding, seasoned red potatoes, garlic . . . Continue Reading

T’was the Monday after Christmas ….


It's the Monday after Christmas and in a way I'm so glad.  I'm not so glad to go back to work but am thankful to have a good job.  We have snow on the ground and it is blustery cold, but nothing to write home about!We had great family Christmas time together, watching movies, playing a little Wii, cooking, and eating, and eating some more.  I must say that I'm very . . . Continue Reading

Merry Christmas! (Hot Cocoa Recipe)


It's Christmas and I hope you're spending time with loved ones. Even though I've only been blogging a few months, I've enjoyed sharing recipes sprinkled with a few adventures with my family and new friends. I am very grateful you've taken the time to stop by and see what's cooking at my house.  I enjoyed a very nice Christmas Eve dinner with my husband, son, daughter and my son's . . . Continue Reading

Russian Tea Cakes


Merry Christmas! This is the last cookie recipe I'm making for Christmas and the last cookie I'll post for a while.  Seriously, I promise!  I have some other ideas and a plan for 2011 so please check back after Christmas for the SRFD announcement :) Russian Tea Cakes are sometimes called 'Wedding Cookies', 'Snowballs' or just 'Tea Cookies.' This recipe is very old and barely held . . . Continue Reading

On the Eve of Christmas Eve …


It's almost here!  I am absolutely certain Christmas was a lot slower getting here than it is now.  I'm off work today finishing my very last cookie recipe.  These are for traveling husband, his favorite.  I will post Russian Tea Cakes first thing tomorrow!  Today we are scrambling to get it all done.  Husband ran out to do some last minute shopping and . . . Continue Reading

Almond Butter Sticks


Almond Butter Sticks This is a lovely, delicate cookie that I have made only a few times.  I like it but realize it's probably not something the children would grab from the tray of cookies.  I'm attracted to the Almond Extract which is one of my favorite flavors.  Don't get me wrong, these are really good.  They may be best served at a ladies luncheon or cocktail party. As . . . Continue Reading

Peanut Butter Blossoms


This is a very popular cookie recipe and I'm here to tell you, it's popular for good reason.  These are so scrumptious.  What's not to love about peanut butter and chocolate?  One of my brothers (I have three) was in Virginia traveling on business yesterday.  Brother David lives in Atlanta but gets up this way at least twice a year or so.  This is David's favorite Christmas cookie so . . . Continue Reading