CHRISTMAS 2018

When I was a little girl, Christmas always felt so magical. But now as a mom, and a grandma, Christmas IS magical!

As a little girl, I can remember feeling somewhat sad on Christmas day. Maybe it was the letdown that the sparkle of the month of December was, not only over, and a fairy had not come down to literally light the top of my Christmas tree, but there was the awareness at a young age that Santa didn’t really put all those gifts under our tree. The awareness also, that my parents struggled to make ends meet throughout the year. This robbed me of the thrill of presents, and the worry wondering how they were able to over-indulge my three sisters and me on this one day of the year.

But then, I grew up, had four children of my own, and now three grandchildren, and Christmas has taken on an entirely new magic, and it isn’t for just one day! It is every day of the year leading up to, and beyond the magic of Christmas day. They, are the magic, the wonder, excitement and joy of each of my days.

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Food,became the centerpiece of all family celebrations. Not so much as to what we ate, but the excitement of the days leading up to a gathering, what we would cook, how we would present it, and the thrill of family hanging out in the kitchen preparing various dishes together. It reminded me, as it does to this day, much of the excitement that use to thrill me as a child leading up to Christmas day.

Cooking, for me, is more than just the food. It’s about the people that eat it, the laughter and stories that happen over a plate of fabulous food in alluring settings. This is what Celebration Magic is all about for me. For this reason, I created:

WHISK AND DINE, for all the recipes and food experience I have, and will continue to have. Whisk&DineBanner

PEAS AND CARROTS, for all the stories, laughter, people, and alluring settings I share through filmmaking.

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I am grateful to all who have shared in my journey of Whisk and Dine, and when I launch my first mini-series of 8 episodes of Peas and Carrots, I am fully expecting it to become the fairy that flitters around the top of my Christmas tree and lights up my Life!!

Wishing you a Happy Christmas and an Exciting New Year!!

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