Memories and healthy recipes for your dinner table.

Month: November 2010

St. Francis of Assisi Day of the Creche

Saint Francis of Assisi, Italy (1182-1226) was the son of a wealthy cloth merchant. Francis was not a studious boy. During his youth he was most riotous and witty delighting in the pleasures of drinking, women and showy attire. In the year 1202 when Francis […]

Turkey Tetrazzini

Every year it is the same dilemma, “what to do with the left over turkey!” We always have turkey soup on Sunday. Then there is cranberry stuffed turkey rolls with left over stuffing and turkey pot pie. Turkey Tetrazzini is another comfort food favorite. I […]

Family Togetherness: Friday Night Family Slumber Party

Art: The Children Were Nestled by Pat White

I remember as a girl when my dad went out of town for work related conferences my mom would let us sleep with her in her room. We wished we could have slumber parties all the time. I shared a room with my sisters so it was not that we were afraid of being alone. There was something comforting about being with mom.

My young kids share my own enthusiasm for slumber parties. We often find one of the kids lying on the floor in the hall by our room or at the bottom of the stairs waiting for us to go to bed. When dad is out of town the kids and I camp out in the family room or in my bed. We tell stories, sing but mostly they giggle. I know it is going to be a late night because they are so excited it is hard to calm them down. That is why slumber parties are usually reserved for Friday nights when there is no school the next day. We do not have them every week. The kids have to earn them by going to bed when asked every night. Friday night is also movie night so it makes for a fun filled evening of family togetherness. We watch a movie, serve up popcorn and the kids get to eat a small treat.

Camping is a fun option for a family slumber party if you have older children. Roast marshmallows over the fire. Tell scary ghost stories. Camping is fun both in the summer as well as in the winter. You can even set the tent up inside or out in the back yard. Some families have a family slumber party once a year on Christmas Eve. Everyone sleeps in the family room around the Christmas tree. Tell spirited Christmas stories while sipping on a warm cup of hot chocolate.

Family slumber parties are great fun and a budget friendly way of getting the team together for family time.

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

My sister-n-law Jennifer suggested this recipe for Pumpkin Crunch Cake. If you liked the Texas Dump Cake recipe then you will enjoy this one. It is the same concept using pumpkin rather than fruit. 1 (29oz) can pumpkin 3 eggs 1 can Evaporated Milk 1 […]

Recycled Trash Into Treasures

If you are still not sure what to gift this upcoming holiday season take a look at all the things you can make from recycling items you may already have at home. and is home to some really great quick last minutes gift […]

Fall Spiced Apricot Cider

The weather here has been playing hide-n-seek. One day it is cool the next day back to warm weather. We have so longed for a change from the drastic heat that prevails here in the valley but now that my toes are chilled I wish for warmer weather. All is well though. I have my toasty woolen socks and my favorite fall cider to keep me comfortable. I remember growing up my mom would steal my dad’s warm socks to keep her feet warm. Now she has slippers but the charade was a fun jest to usher in the winter.

Source: Connie Cummings
2 cans apricot nectar
2 cups water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar
2 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks

In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients; mix well. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours or until cider reaches desired temperature. Remove cloves and cinnamon sticks before serving.

November Resolution Expressing Gratitude

Background Pumpkin Photo: By Allison Boham Gratitude, is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. (Cicero) I have much to be thankful for this season. Sure my life is not perfect by any means nor is it how I envisioned […]

Honey Stir-fry Chicken with Peanuts

The history of American stir-fry begins in the mid-1800’s when when Chinese immigrants began settling in California. In the 1920’s Asian cuisines piqued the interest of a growing group of modern socialites because it was considered exotic. It wasn’t until after World War II that […]

November Website Review: Living in the Woods and Making Stuff

Photo: The Cabin in the Fall, Property of Living in the Woods and Making Stuff

Living in the Woods is one of my favorite websites because every time I read a post I feel like I am right there in the woods with Torrey cooking okra or roasting chestnuts. I admire most her simple down to earth rustic style. A small cabin in the woods. A fruitful harvest to make lovely scrumptious meals from. I especially enjoy the recipes she puts together using ingredients I would not readily know what to do with. It is similar to my other favorite website the Good Mood Food Blog that uses all fresh seasonal vegetables. Time seems to slow down when I am in the kitchen with Torrey. It is like reading a good book and getting lost in the adventure. Curl up in a snugly warm blanket and enjoy the flavors of Fall on Living in the Woods and Making Stuff.