• Cinnamon Spice cake
    Desserts,  Entertaining at Home,  Main Course,  Pork,  Vegetables

    Creating a Dinner Party Strategy

    My hubby and I are getting settled into our dream house and after three months, we decided to host our very first dinner party, which means creating a dinner party strategy. He has a rather large family, spread out between several states; therefore, all of us only gather twice or so, each year. Because Christmas is so crazy, this clan celebrates Christmas in January. Creating Your Dinner Party Strategy In the past, hosting a large party would totally stress me out for weeks!  However, for this event, I was gonna make sure things were different. I want to share with you a few things which made my life, so much…

  • Desserts,  Recipes

    Lemon Meringue Pie

    As you might know, my husband is in the horticulture business. A couple of weeks ago, he brought home some lemons. Not ordinary lemons.  These lemons were bigger than my fist. Celebrating Thanksgiving a weekend early, I decided to attempt my first Lemon Meringue Pie.  I searched several recipe books, most of which only used a few tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. Having these enormous lemons, I needed a recipe requiring a significant amount of juice. Cook’s County to the rescue. Beautiful Lemon Meringue Pie Their recipe for Mile-High Lemon Meringue Pie requires an entire cup of freshly squeezed juice, plus some lemon zest. After some research, I discovered Lemon…

  • Beverages,  Desserts,  Recipes

    History of the delicious, creamy milkshake

    So today, I am not feeling very well.  Fighting a sinus infection.  So, what do I discover…it is CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE DAY and it is my favorite food in the world! I have long since thought, sinus issues and drinking milk were a big “no-no.”  However, as I found in this article, researched published in “The American Review of Respiratory Disease,” disputes this as myth; finding no correlation with milk consumption and the increase of sinus mucus. Milk and other dairy products are often blamed for additional production of mucus that can cause sinus problems but this may by a myth. A study published in “The American Review of Respiratory Disease”…

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    Desserts,  Edible Gardening,  Recipes

    Summertime Strawberries

    Summertime and hot temperatures are just around the corner, so that means strawberries are perfect for picking. My wonderful neighbor was so kind by sharing some strawberries with us, her mother picked that same morning. So fresh and sweet, my husband flashed his beautiful brown eyes and asked for my own, Summertime Strawberry Cake, which I was happy to oblige. What is a Strawberry? Strawberries are a red, sweet, juicy fruit consumed in everything from preserves to milkshakes. Synonymous with summertime, but able to withstand shipping and storage, small berries tend to taste better than that are larger varieties since larger ones tend to be more watery. Peak season is…