yule log

Originally a Nordic tradition, Yule is the name of the old Winter Solstice festivals of Scandinavia, and other parts of Northern Europe, such as Germany.  The Yule log is a specially selected log burnt on a hearth as a Christmas tradition. My Yule log was gifted to me on Christmas Eve by my brother-in-law.  He had made one for their dining room table out of … Continue reading yule log

a Christmas treat

I haven’t been doing any baking for the office lately, and with a broken bone in my right hand, I haven’t attempted making any Christmas cookies either.  Most of our office works from home, but there is about a dozen of us who come into the office on a daily basis, and I wanted to do something to surprise them for Christmas. Since its getting … Continue reading a Christmas treat

an easy one pot meal

If you’re looking for a hearty winter meal, made all in one pan, and that will feed a family . . . then this is it.  I found this recipe on A Family Feast blog, where there are hundreds of delicious looking meals, all in one convenient place.  This recipe is found under the “Easy Meals” tab, and is called “One Pot Tex-Mex Pasta”. Not only will … Continue reading an easy one pot meal

a diy winter wall decor

A few weeks ago I found this poster size reproduction botanical print at Elm & Iron, a local store which carries a unique and lovely collection of home decor.   I love the detail on this print and knew it would go nicely in my living room/dining room area which is decorated in greens, beige, and wood tones.   I started by cutting a piece of … Continue reading a diy winter wall decor

this week’s bake – sugar cookies (and my first attempt at royal icing)

Well, it is Sunday, and time to bake again.  I’ve had this almond-flavored sugar cookie recipe for years and it’s always been a favorite.  It came with an icing recipe, but I wanted to try my hand at Royal Icing. This recipe says to chill the dough for 1 hour after making before rolling it out.  Since I didn’t make up the dough until Saturday … Continue reading this week’s bake – sugar cookies (and my first attempt at royal icing)

this week’s bake – macaroon angel cakes

I’ve decided to start a new weekly series to carry me through winter, until the flowers are blooming again, and I can continue with “this week’s bouquet”.  When winter hits with a “punch”, I need something to entertain myself until I can garden again.  Plus, the oven warms the house and the aromas are heavenly. So . . . to start the series, I’m making … Continue reading this week’s bake – macaroon angel cakes

a drippy, dreary day

Drippy and dreary are the best words to describe the weather around here lately.  Until the snow comes to brighten the scenery, Ohio weather is not only drippy and dreary, but some people find it downright depressing. The  sun hasn’t been out much this winter and the cloudy days go on endlessly.  While some people experience winter onset SAD (Seasonal affective disorder), I mostly just … Continue reading a drippy, dreary day