Perfect Stuffing Recipe for your Thanksgiving Table

When I think of the perfect stuffing recipe for a Thanksgiving turkey my Uncle Johnny’s sausage and thyme recipe immediately comes to mind. We grew up in Brooklyn, so every Thanksgiving my Uncle would travel from Poughkeepsie, New York on a train to our home in Brooklyn. When he arrived he would have a giant brown bag filled with the following: 2 packages of Jimmy …

November Awakens Nostalga

       You are cordially invited to reminisce!  Let’s indulge in the enjoyable recollection of past events and allow the sentimental longing for yesterday a space at the table.  November, with Thanksgiving in the lead role seems a perfect time to allow  thoughts to meander as aimlessly as falling autumn leaves.  Let your world slow down, keep pace with the setting amber sun as it sinks …

All American Apple Pie Recipe

It’s time for the all American Apple Pie Recipe to be shared with all our friends. Hopefully you have had time to go apple picking, but if not no worries just visit your local fruit market and gather up some of your favorite apples, tart seem to work the best. I’m sure you have your favorite recipe, maybe it was handed down from your Mom …

A June Bride

A June Bride “Oh, they say when you marry in June, you’re a bride all your life; and the bridegroom who marries in June gets a sweetheart for a wife.” This line from the 1954 musical, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” reinforces the tradition of being a “June Bride.”  June nuptials are practical in that the season of summer is ideal for beautiful outdoor ceremonies …

Breaking Bread

“I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food.” -W.C. Fields We give food a lot of power. From holiday get-togethers to casual gatherings many of our favorite memories involve food. Breaking bread with others boosts our spirits and hopefully always be part of human story.  In certain settings sharing a meal with others provides the ability to forge relationships and celebrate, …

May Day – A Time To Plant Mental Motivational Seeds

In ancient times, people in the Northern hemisphere, set aside May 1st to celebrate spring. The earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times with the festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers.  May 1st was then considered the first day of summer. As Europe became Christianized, the pagan holidays lost their religious character and May Day changed into a popular secular celebration. Perhaps the …

Blooms As A Mood Supplement

Research conducted at Rutgers  has proven that flowers have a positive impact on emotional health.  Was there ever any doubt?  Women have known this forever, and science found a way to prove the theory.  Simply being in the presence of flowers was found to elevate mood.  Flower power is a real and it is potent.  Not only do flowers elicit an immediate positive reaction, the elevated mood …

The Healing Power of March’s Aquamarine

March March roars in like a lion, usually, here in the Midwest, and is a month of considerable frustration.  Weather is quickly changeable and sometime violent.  Each bud and blade of grass vies for our attention yet we duck our heads and run as we seek shelter. It is a rugged month. Rarely calm and never serene like the beautiful blue green stone of aquamarine. Aquamarine History …

President’s Day ~ Lesser Known Facts

We are about to celebrate another Presidents’ Day on the third Monday in February (the 20th this year). This occasion was originally celebrated in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington. It is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. While it was first celebrated on February 22, Washington’s actual day of birth, the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it …