Category: winter

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Stamped Holiday Spice Cookies

The Western New York Winter has blown in early this season. I didn’t finish all of my fall chores. The hickory tree still has lots of leaves that won’t get raked. A handful of garden beds look unruly, but the wildlife will be thankful for the shelter and perchance some scrumptious vegetation to munch on during the cold month.  I’m thankful for the snow … Read More Stamped Holiday Spice Cookies

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts on the Stalk

During the season, Bruce and I go less and less to the local grocery stores and focus most of our shopping in our own garden or the great farmer’s markets around us. We live smack in the middle of three such markets, Anderson’s Produce, Carlberg Farmstand and Peterson’s. Anderson’s last week had Brussels sprouts on the stalk for $3.00. I was incapable of walking … Read More Roasted Brussels Sprouts on the Stalk

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Semlor

Semlor are Swedish Cream Buns which normally are served on Fat Tuesday. A sweet enriched flour flavored with Cardamom Seeds and stuffed with an Almond Filling. This was a recipe my family never made nor have I ever tried before. I’ve always wanted to but felt a little intimated. Since watching the British Bake Off during pandemic, I feel like I could tackle this … Read More Semlor

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Heartfelt Brownies

The way to my family’s heart is chocolate and especially my grandfather’s heart. Saturday, I spent the morning baking away in the kitchen while Bruce tackled taxes in the office. I did use Bruce’s brownie recipe to create these sweet rich chocolate treats. I wish I was out in the greenhouse preparing seeds but it’s frigid and cold. I’m hoping for next week. He’s … Read More Heartfelt Brownies

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Bouquets from Store Bought Roses

In my younger years, I had a hard fast rule. The rule was don’t buy me red roses to all my boyfriends. Bruce knows this rule and does very well buying me orchids and this year I know I’m getting Dahlia bulbs. Red roses are fine if that’s your thing. To me they’re so over done. I much prefer pastel roses or light pink … Read More Bouquets from Store Bought Roses

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The Meatball

There is something holy about a meatball. It reflects the person who rolls that ball of love out. If I truly love you, I will make you Spaghetti and Meatballs. It’s the holy grail of all that is good in the food universe. I’m not saying my family recipe is the best meatball recipe in the world but to my family it is the … Read More The Meatball

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Red Wine Prime Rib

One of Bruce’s thankful clients gave us a great deal on a Prime Rib. Look at this enormous slab of Prime Rib. We stowed away the prime rib in the freezer long enough waiting for the “right” time to share it with the world. We brought it out for Saturday cocktail hour. A big holiday wasn’t in the cards for this beauty but the … Read More Red Wine Prime Rib

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Gumbo

In the mid 1990’s I was fortunate enough to have traveled to New Orleans twice. They were both high school trips for, I hate to admit, marching band which I played the clarinet (quit laughing). We were a small school band that was able to march in a couple of the Mardi Gras parades including the largest, The Krewe of Endymion. I think the … Read More Gumbo

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Swiss Romanesco Quiche

Quiches brighten up any morning INGREDIENTS 1 prepared pie shell Six eggs 1 cup Swiss cheese shredded 1 cup cream 1 tbsp butter 1 cup Romanesco chopped ¼ cup chopped onion Borsari Savory Seasoning Parmesan Cheese DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350 Chop onion and Romanesco. Sauté with butter until onions are tender. Prepare 8-9” pie plate with shell Beat six eggs and cream. Add … Read More Swiss Romanesco Quiche

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Apple Trees

I love apple trees. Is any garden complete without an apple tree? The spring blooms in the summer can look like a cloud of white. When I was young, I would buy an apple tree for my dad at the local General Tractor for father’s day or his birthday. He’s always loved apple trees. One of the main reasons it brings wildlife into the … Read More Apple Trees

Winter Solstace Tree

Bruce planted our winter solstice tree yesterday. Our goal is to plant one every year (maybe in the fall haha). Continuing the tradition passed down from my parents. They always had balled Christmas trees that they planted after Christmas. Our twist is planting one outdoors and decorating it on the winter solstice with edibles for the wildlife.

Brown Paper Packages Tied up with String

85% of the Christmas presents are wrapped. I always wrap in brown paper because brown paper packages tied up in string are the best for Christmas! This year I used antique book prints that I printed with winter and Christmas themes glued on card stock with a dash of snow glitter and a sprig of greens and a dash of a black Christmas stamp. … Read More Brown Paper Packages Tied up with String