Holidays/Celebrations

VALENTINES ISN’T JUST FOR LOVERS

Valentines Day, some say, is a silly day! Buy flowers. Buy candy. Buy love… No, I am not a cynical person, quite the contrary; I am a Lover of Life, and all its many loves. But unless you have something to market, ie sell, on Valentines Day, don’t you think […]

HIS & HER DINNER AT HOME

Not everyone chooses to eat the same type of food, which is why dining out can often be the solution. But what if you are in want of a long leisurely dinner, not wanting to feel rushed to be on your way, but still want different things to eat? I […]

PIZZA KABOBS

What?? Pizza Kabobs? Yep! Think, deconstructed and you’ve got yourself the perfect food for a casual gathering, indoors or out. Ever since my adult kids were little kids I found the easiest way to serve delicious, healthy (shhh), creative food was on a stick. Fruit salad on a stick. Sandwich […]

BIRD SEED & GOOD LUCK

I simply love ethnic traditions and folklore, especially if it brings me Good Luck! This one is about feeding the birds in the dead of winter, particularly just before New Year’s Day, so they will gather good energy hidden in the secrets of nature, and bring them back to you […]

FAMILY REMNANTS

My niece, Lauren Upton, prepared this table. It’s her birthday party. Turning 29 on the 29th of the last days of 2019. She chose the theme for her birthday party, Middle Eastern. Why? because we are a proud remnant family of Safita Syria and everything we do and cook, when […]

A GRANDMOTHER’S CHRISTMAS

“Twas The Night Before Christmas”… The sweets are all dressed. The packages wrapped. The fire is burning the magic still untapped. The night will be long while Christmas will pass fast. Make a wish, give a kiss and let’s let these moments forever last! When I was in my twenties […]

CHRISTMAS CAKE: A WINTER WONDERLAND CENTERPIECE

Cakes, Cookies, Pies, Snow, Horse-drawn carriage fairytales bring a special magic to the holiday season. It brings out the little kid in all of us. And so, I couldn’t let the magic of this season pass without creating my very own Winter Wonderland Cakes, which are now the centerpiece for […]

FUN GIFT GIVING IDEA

If you are a Food Aficionado, Food Blogger or simply someone who loves to dog-ear good recipes, THIS is a fabulously fun way to give gifts. And please, don’t just limit this idea to holiday season. I love to give this gift all year long; birthdays, invitations to a dinner […]

T’WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE…

Laughter is my cheapest anti-aging secret! No matter the season or circumstances life throws my way (and trust me, my life has been a tennis court!), I always find something to lighten my spirit and inspire a good hard laugh! Family and close friends who know me can vouch for […]

PEPPER BACON CORNBREAD

I created this delicious cornbread recipe to go in my Halloween Skull Mold but they are so darn delicious you will want to make these all year, in a muffin tin, loaf pan or sheet tray. These will be served on Halloween night for our family, with a huge cauldron […]