Brown Sugar & Orange Glazed Sweet Potatoes

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I’m not waiting another whole year.

Maybe I won’t gorge myself next Thanksgiving if I treat myself between now and then to a delicious fancy dish like glazed sweet potatoes. I mean sweet potatoes and yams are available at the grocery store all year long.

And so are marshmallows and orange zest.

I know, right?

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Well, initially I squiggled my nose at the thought of zest on my yams… but now I prefer them this way.

Just ask my brother-in-law who gushed over them this past holiday. He told me about the time he bought a Continue reading

Petite Silver Bell Wreath

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Dean Martin was my grandma’s boyfriend.

That’s what she said every time he came on the television when I was a kid.

Of course she was teasing me, but to her Dino was the cat’s meow. She thought he was handsome and funny and she loved all of his movies.

I don’t think it hurt that he had a velvety singing voice either.

But, what I remember fondly about Dean Martin is his Christmas album.

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Amazing Cranberry Salad

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Did I mention how amazing this salad is?

I wish you could come over now and try a spoonful because I just made it for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow.

My husband gave it a taste test and he said it’s perfect! He’s the one I like to please the most since he raves… and I like when he does that.

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The Perfect Apple Crisp

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She was pregnant when she shook that tree.

I was almost 10 and can still remember.

It was a hot summer’s night when Mom had a craving so we hopped in the car.

We travelled to the other side of town… to an orchard on this vacant lot.

It was dark and just a little scary but we did stuff like that in the 1970s.

Well my sister and I, we weren’t very tall and the tree’s branches were out of our reach. Continue reading

Simply The Best Sugar Cookies

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Sometimes all the holiday bustle makes me lose my mind and I forget things…

… like, Whose gift did I just wrap?

Now my sons… they know how to help me with this.

They give the best reminders…

like lists with gift ideas and corresponding store aisle…

…and hello ello lo echoes into the empty cookie jar.

They’re really into traditions, too…

… like tree trimming and Christmas carols and Butterball turkeys (well, one prefers grandma’s Dearborn ham spiked with Vernors ginger ale) and as many cookies as can be frosted.

Do you like traditions and frosted sugar cookies, too? 

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