These Peanut Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfect to add to your holiday baking list.cookies, peanut butter, toffee bits, choc chips

I try to come up with a few new cookie recipes each year.  This one was actually created after I went through my pantry and wanted to use a few chocolate chips and toffee bits that I had leftover.  There was a big jar of peanut butter looking at me, so the idea came to me instantly.  The cookies have big flavor, so they had to have a big name.  Peanut Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies! Continue reading PEANUT BUTTER TOFFEE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES


A Christmas visit from the Clauses is really a perfect, memorable event to share with your children or grandchildren.Christmas, Santa Claus, parties 

When one of my grandsons was younger, he lived Christmas every day.  When he was playing with other children, he always wanted them to play matter the time of the year.  His birthday is in November, but when he was turning 4, my daughter decided the theme for his party would be a Santa Claus party.  It  developed into “A Christmas Visit from the Clauses”.

Christmas, parties, Santa ClausShe was able to hire a Mr. and Mrs. Claus that were wonderful when they came to the house.  Continue reading A CHRISTMAS VISIT FROM THE CLAUSES


Sharing my holiday breakfast-brunch recipe collection today, sweet and savory, just in time for all of the upcoming holidays. Breakfast-Brunch recipe collection perfect to serve to your family or guests in this busy holiday season. breakfast, brunch, holiday breakfast, french toast  

November and December are always busy and many times it involves hosting overnight guests.   Sometimes you just want to fix a special breakfast for your family.  Hosting a holiday breakfast-brunch is also tradition for many people.  Continue reading HOLIDAY BREAKFAST-BRUNCH RECIPE COLLECTION


I am so excited to be sharing a recipe that I created for the Cape Cod Select Holiday Blogger Recipe Challenge. 

cape cod select, dessert, cobbler, frozen cranberries, A delicious cobbler roll recipe created for the Cape Cod Select Holiday Blogger Recipe Challenge I made this Rustic Cranberry-Orange-Pecan Cobbler Roll for my entry.

dessert, cape cod, frozen cranberries, cobbler roll, orange, pecans, holiday bakingThis blogger challenge requires creating a recipe using Cape Cod Select Premium Frozen Cranberries.  I received these in the mail last week and could not wait to open them.  Every cranberry in the bag was perfect and such a vibrant color.cape cod frozen cranberries, dessert, cobbler roll, holiday baking, cape cod select blogger challenge  



Traditions are defined as  the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation.  Our Thanksgiving traditions are created from memories and gatherings of people sharing their blessings. Thanksgiving traditions

When I was growing up, I remember that my mother cooked and baked for days preparing foods for Thanksgiving.  I believe that I can still feel the warmth in our home and experience  the wonderful smells coming from the kitchen.  One of the Thanksgiving traditions our family observed was that everyone came to our house to eat.  This included grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends.  Continue reading THANKSGIVING TRADITIONS SHARED BY GRANDPARENTS


Thanksgiving dinner can be a  very difficult time for empty nesters. 

I would like to share some ideas for a Thanksgiving dinner for empty nesters. My husband and I have a blended family consisting of 8 children, their spouses/fiances, and 13 grandchildren.  The first 10 years of our marriage, 7 of the 8 children lived with us so every meal was a feast and Thanksgiving always involved days of baking and cooking.  They are now grown and have their own homes so we are  rarely able to all be together for Thanksgiving. 

The Thanksgiving dinner should still feel like a special meal of the year.  My husband is a hunter and Thanksgiving week is the highlight of hunting time in WV.  He hunts until around mid-morning and then comes in for a few hours.

Thanksgiving ideas for empty nesters.I try to make it special by using fresh flowers, candles, and linen napkins.  The foods do look a little strange to me served in such small dishes, but if you fix your plates and carry them to the table, it will feel like you are not missing a thing.  (It is a bit more quiet though than with the family here)    Continue reading EMPTY NESTERS THANKSGIVING IDEAS

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