Finding Life in the Darkness- A Journey thru the Pain

I think its time for me to tell you my story. I’ve put it off for a number of months, maybe wondering what you would think. Perhaps feeling its too good to be true. But I want to share because you know me and love me, and you want to know. And I want to share…

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Smashed Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potatoes were always my favorite side.  I know I might be in the minority on this one. I love the contrast of sweet and savory, and the sugary crunch of the brown sugar topping.  And who doesn’t love that beautiful orange color? I found these years ago from Ina Garten, of Barefoot Contessa Fame.…

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How to Cook a Turkey and a Recipe for Orange Glazed Turkey

I roasted my first turkey in 2000.  I’ve made about 20 turkeys since then, using a variety of recipes and methods.  But I keep coming back to the one I used that very first Thanksgiving. I had no idea what I was doing, and figured out what to do from a magazine and an old…

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Homemade Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce

Cranberry sauce is a misunderstood condiment.  Too many of us have experienced the jelly-like canned variety, with its lines from living inside that can too long.  But the real thing, it is incredible! First of all, it is the least fussy thing you will make this Thanksgiving.  You basically throw it into a pot and…

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Starbucks Pumpkin Scones

My kids don’t eat vegetables.  I mean not at all.  Pumpkin and the occasional zucchini, both snuck into breads and pancakes, are our only hope. So, when Julia fell in love with Starbuck’s Pumpkin Scones, I knew I had to learn to make these at home.  We’ve tried a number of variations, and this one…

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