Biscuit Crust Chicken Pot Pie

When I was a teenager, I got pretty frustrated with my mother and my aunts who just dumped and added things when they cooked.  How was I supposed to know how much “a little bit” of flour was?!    I remember the day I stood by my mother and measured everything for a recipe I liked.  She just added and dumped until it looked right, but since I didn’t know what “looked right” meant, I … Read more

What’s a Cook To Do?!

I don’t know how it is for you, but dinner hour at our house can be quite hectic. Ed Asner says that raising kids is part joy and part guerilla warfare.  I suppose cooking for kids falls under that category as well. What’s a cook to do when the taste buds are as varied as the children?  In my house, the vote is an even 4-4 for margarine or mayonnaise on sandwiches.  On hamburgers, we … Read more

Why Our Kids Didn’t Celebrate Halloween

The land of Halloween – and pretend and make-believe When the clock struck midnight, Cinderella’s chariot turned back into a pumpkin. The white horses became mice again and her lovely dress diminished into rags. In the land of fairy tales, good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people – and the lovers live happily ever after. We know it’s just pretend, but we still enjoy the magic in the land of … Read more

Easy, Best Blueberry Muffins

    I searched high and low for a good, easy blueberry muffin recipe.  I found this one and changed it to fit the size of our family.  They love it, and I do, too. I like it because it makes two dozen muffins and I can put  half in the freezer for another time.  Not only are the muffins scrumptious, they’re easy to mix and pop into the oven. You’ll need the usual ingredients: … Read more

Who I Am When No One Is Around

“It’s just up the road, about half a mile after the church,” my neighbor told me. “The pumpkins are sitting out in the yard. It’s the honor system, you know,” she added. The honor system, I mused. We hear about making the honor roll and about honors given to people for specific accomplishments. Yet this is a different kind of honor. This idea of an honor system speaks of trust. It expects and believes the … Read more