Family, Friends, & Heritage Food: Pecan Puffs, Peanut Clusters, Fudge, Scotch-a-roos

Last week I was given the gift of spending time with my niece Crystal and her family.  After 6 years of classes, while raising three children and still working part of that time, Crystal realized a life-long dream of becoming a registered nurse.  We attended her graduation and then the pinning ceremony later that day. … Read more

Grandma’s Sweets Shared By Her Grandsons

My Grandma Paulsen was a lovely, gentle, funny lady. No matter who or when someone stopped by her home there were always cookies.  And sandwiches and treats.  And so much more.  My Grandfather was a Nebraska farmer and some of my best childhood memories took place romping wildly with my cousins through the barn, the … Read more

Deep-Dish Chocolate Chip Pizookie

When some of our California kids were here this summer the dinner conversation turned to Pizookies.  At first when my step-son Bryan said Pizookie I wasn’t sure what I heard him say.  I said, “will you spell that for me?”  He did one better and Googled it for me.  This is a pizza cookie all rolled into … Read more

Aunt Jamie’s Cookies from the Home of P. Allen Smith

Recently my friend Charlene was traveling through Arkansas with girlfriends. I didn’t realize this, but the home of P. Allen Smith is located just 30 minutes outside of Little Rock.  The Garden Home at Moss Mountain Farm sits on top of a ridge overlooking the Arkansas River Valley.    Paul Allen Smith is a television … Read more

Sugar Cookies In A Fun Bouquet

My sous chef dish-washing mom and I belong to a garden club. By the very nature of “garden” club one might think we are gardeners.  That would be wrong.  We like plants, we have both toyed with growing a flowering plant or two, but gardeners we are not. We do have this little garden close … Read more

Whole-Wheat Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies

Have you ever heard the term “you can’t out give a giver?”  That saying totally describes my neighbor and friend Gaye. Isn’t she beautiful?  Imagine this — she is even more beautiful “inside” and her love of God is unsurpassed. Recently I baked some fresh strawberry cupcakes (recipe coming soon) and couldn’t wait to take … Read more

Peppermint Patties

Jet-Puffed JUMBO Peppermint Mallows are back!  Why is this important to you? Because if you want to be the hit of the Christmas goodie parade you are going to want to use these super-charged, JUMBO peppermint-infused marshmallows to make some awesome Peppermint Patties! In December 2011 I stumbled upon these mallows while shopping for groceries that … Read more

Key Lime Cookies or What Goes Around Comes Around!

Once upon a time we were sitting at a big oval table festively decorated for Thanksgiving.  The honored guests that day included friends and family.  After eating ourselves silly with roasted turkey, baked, ham, and all the trimmings I proudly began to serve the homemade pies that my sous-chef dish-washing mom had lovingly slaved over … Read more