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Category: At The Table

Sweet Potato Spice Muffins and My Theory on Recipes

I love the fall! There’s a coolness in the air and the gorgeous but fleeting colors on the trees inspire seasonal changes in the kitchen. This time of year pumpkin spice appears everywhere! I have an alternative to this fall favorite – Sweet Potato Spice Muffins.   I developed this recipe a few years ago when I had a leftover roasted sweet potato and used it in place of pumpkin in a favorite muffin…

Hospitality Grandmother’s Way

  I spent lots of time at my grandmother’s kitchen table. In fact, the table pictured above is her kitchen table.  It now sits in my library.  I recently sat down to plan out my holiday meal and began reminiscing with my mother and aunt about how much we learned  about the heart of hospitality from my grandmother.  Now that I am grown and raising a family of my own, I wish I could…

My Tips for Picky Eaters

With 4 children we have had our challenges with picky eating.  First I had the “no sauce, no touching” child.  He avoided condiments, gravy, or any suspicious relish type concoction.  Then there was the  “no spicy, no bubbles” child.  She didn’t like anything that had even the slightest hint of spice, and until she was in 3rd grade, avoided carbonated drinks because the bubbles were “spicy” in…

The Family Meal

A few weeks ago my son needed to have a classmate over to finish a project for science class.  We had a pretty packed schedule that weekend so I suggested he come over Sunday evening at 6:00 to work on the project and stay for dinner. I had a corned beef in the freezer from a post Saint Patrick’s Day sale, so I threw it in the crock pot.  I opened a…

What Makes It Fancy?

I like nice things.  I like simple things that are pretty and practical. It makes me happy to find just the right pen, a candle I love, cleaning supplies that smell good, or a really good piece of chocolate.  Life is fancier when you use a cloth napkin, a pretty teacup, or wear your favorite necklace.  Simple everyday luxuries are just more fun! I spend time on the daily things.  Daily, is where we live…