Tag: Family

ROAD TRIP: A DETOUR IN LIFE

Rarely in life does a mom get the opportunity to spend quality time with her adult children, especially those with bustling families of their own. But I am about to do just that! Having raised four amazing children as a single mom, life moved so fast from one phase of […]

EVERY MEAL TELLS A STORY

Stories are often shared over a good meal. The gathering place for food, family and friends is remembered through photographs and social media venues, yet the stories shared over the meal are what legacies are built on. Food and its preparation has a way of connecting us to our cultural […]

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 […]

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 […]

LIFESTYLE AFICIONADO

Elegance and Fairy Tales don’t just happen. They are created in the mind of an artist and then shared with those of us that need a little magic in our lives. Such an artist as this deserves to celebrated. And so we did! This celebration was in honor of my […]

HOME COOKING: THE WORLD ON MY PLATE

THE KITCHEN! It feels good just to say it! Why? Well, for a gazillion different reasons. Memories are made there. Traditions are created and passed on from there. Our senses are stimulated there. It’a a gathering place. It’s a comfort place. Why? Because we COOK there! Home Cooking was always […]

SWEET BREAD

Since I was a young teen, I have made this bread every year for Easter. Why? TRADITION! Roasting whole lamb on an outside spit with groups of family willing to rotate basting, while laughing and drinking throughout the night. Red (only) eggs dyed with a concentrated powder as dark as […]

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 […]

DINING WITH PANACHE

Dining is meant to be a time to slow the clock down, share special moments with people you enjoy, and find gratification in the meals that not only sustain you but pleasure you as well. Dining with Panache is a time to throw the dang clock out the window and […]