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Finding My “Fa-la-la-la-la” Feelings

Holidays By November 17, 2018 Tags: , , , , No Comments

I debated with myself for days about doing this post. I try really hard not to complain a lot, although I’ve been told I have plenty to complain about. But I thought if I could write about my experience, maybe other folks won’t feel like they are going through this alone, and I’ll feel better getting some stuff off my chest. 


Mini Ginger Cakes w/ Egg Nog Glaze

Holidays By December 22, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Recently I got the yen for some baked goodies, so I had to power through the after effects of a (very) recent chemo treatment and get back in the kitchen. Something about turning on that oven makes me want to experiment, and it’s just not Christmas to me without at least one batch of gingerbread. Due to my present state of feeling like I got run over by a reindeer, I went the very easy route and use a boxed gingerbread mix. It tasted just as good and took about a third the time of going from scratch. So here they are in all their store-bought glory, another edition of the From My Kitchen series, little warm spiced Christmas bombs.


Five Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Her

Holidays, Lifestyle By December 19, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

And just like that, Christmas is here. Well, very close anyway. And many of us may still be looking for a few last-minute gift ideas. So I thought I would throw a few easy options down for you if you’ve got any female friends or family that you need to check off your list. Some of these may seem like no-brainers, but in the stressful rush that is the holiday season, even the simplest ideas can fly right out of your head. Whether it’s a stocking stuffer, a hostess gift for a holiday party or just a little extra something, these five gift ideas are sure to bring a smile to the faces of the ladies in your life.


Season’s Drinkings – Holiday Fireside

Beverages, Holidays By December 1, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

Well here it is everyone; Christmas, staring us right in the face. It definitely caught me off guard, and my holiday schedule – shopping, decorating, cooking, and oh yeah, cancer – is just as full as ever. And in the middle of all the hubbub, hard work, and holly-jollyness, I think we deserve a little treat. I don’t think I’ve ever done a post about cocktails, but I do think it’s high time that I did. So contained herein is a recipe for a big ol’ glass of Christmas cheer, courtesy of our friends at Bulleit Bourbon (P.S. this is not a sponsored post. I just happened to have some Bulleit around the house). And it’s snazzy without being too complicated, so you can mix this up for two people or twenty without sweating in your Santa hat. Enjoy!A holiday cocktail idea with Bulleit Bourbon


Giving the Gift of Caffeine

Holidays By December 15, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Welcome back gang! The holiday season is chugging right along, and mine has been extra busy. But I’ve been able to mix it up with family, friends, and even squeezed in a little “me time” here and there, so overall, I can’t complain. For those of you still trying to come up with some nearly-last-minute gift ideas, I thought I’d throw in another DIY-ish food gift. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll appreciate that it’s all about the black gold, or as some folks call it, coffee.pkgdwn1


Infusing the Holidays With Flavor

Holidays By December 8, 2016 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Season’s greetings! I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday so far. Mine has been, in a word, busy. Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, my “free time” goes down to almost zero, and I’m sure plenty of you out there are having the same experience. Thankfully I have lots of that classic holiday spirit to keep me motivated and my stress level fairly low. Somehow, stress isn’t as “stressful” when you’re enjoying yourself! So this month I wanted to talk a little about gift ideas that are food-related. Food gifts can be a good idea for a few reasons: they can be inexpensive to acquire, they can be good for someone you don’t know very well (such as a co-worker), and there are a variety of options available, which can make it easy to suit the tastes of someone you do know well. I thought this week I might talk about one that has loads of flavor possibilities and is an easy DIY, although pre-made ones are also available here and here. finalb1


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