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First solo Thanksgiving dinner? Here’s how to pull it off without losing your mind or temper!

Just you and the dog this year? Don't hide from the challenge. You can still eat well! "Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence." Erma Bombeck, American humor writer A recent survey suggested that – because of various COVID restrictions --… Continue reading First solo Thanksgiving dinner? Here’s how to pull it off without losing your mind or temper!

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Candied Ginger

"I've got sunshine on a cloudy day." The Temptations Some recipes are more fun than others. This is one of the fun ones -- and the result is sugary bits of gold that are effectively candied sunshine. Sunshine in a jar! You can enjoy it all winter long -- minced on top of baked goods,… Continue reading Candied Ginger

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Water soup, power bowls and other ways to stay out of the grocery store

“Plenty sit still. Hunger is a wanderer.” Zulu proverb When the COVID apocalypse began, our kitchen was still well stocked from a mega-shop done on March 4. At that early date, shelves were full and it was possible to go places and buy things -- lots of things. Fast forward a month and our cabinets… Continue reading Water soup, power bowls and other ways to stay out of the grocery store

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How to stock up without overstocking

"There's no harm in hoping for the best as long as you're prepared for the worst." Stephen King When my husband and I first got married, we lived in a very old house perched on a hill that was 42 steps above where we parked our cars. Yet, there was still more hill above us.… Continue reading How to stock up without overstocking

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Two ways with Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread is good for St. Patrick's day, to be sure. But, this bread is such a wonderful complement to soup (particularly vegetable, tomato or split pea) that it is a Saturday staple at our home all winter long. With dairy, or without, this version of Irish Soda Bread is the perfect complement to… Continue reading Two ways with Irish Soda Bread