Thanksgiving meh

I know that my role in this family is to make holidays happen. Not because they are holidays, but to create traditions for framing memories and celebrations to avoid getting lost in the mundane. I honestly don’t enjoy Thanksgiving. It’s a meal as a family. We eat meals as a family every day. Some of […]


Everything that I love and hate about our kitchen in 45 seconds. Bonus points if you can identify two East Tennessee iconic businesses whose products are visible in the video. Double bonus if you know which child flashes a peace sign near the beginning of the video.

marching bands grow grapefruit

“Our Christmas grapefruit is here!” “How do you know that it’s grapefruit? It could be oranges or pears.” “Oranges and pears come from the grocery. Grapefruit comes in a box from UPS.” Maybe we should buy grapefruit more often.

Supertween is a super snacker

“I’m putting the leftovers out for dinner. Where are the green olives?” “I ate them.” “Where are the shrimp?” “I ate them.” “Where are the black olives?” “I ate them.” “Do you want me to fix you a plate of meat and vegetables?” “No. I’m not hungry.”

Last minute Thanksgiving

The plan was simple. We would cook the meats and dessert. Granny would bring the sides. After spending Tuesday shopping for and purchasing our assigned groceries, we returned home in the evening to discover that Granny had purchased ham and turkey. Now, we have lots of meat and zero side dishes. What kind of lazy […]

Frozen Cherry Salad

When I was about 11 or 12, my grandmother took me to Miss Daisy’s Tea Room in Jackson, TN. I was less than pleased with the absence of burgers and fries on the menu, so my grandmother was thrilled when I finally found something on the menu that I enjoyed. I enjoyed it so much […]

Meal Pie

1 cup white sugar 1 cup brown sugar 3 eggs, beaten 1 tablespoon cornmeal 1 tablespoon flour 1/2 cup milk 1/4 cup butter 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 cup chopped nuts pastry for single pie crust Mix sugars, corn meal and flour. Add eggs, milk, vanilla, nuts and butter (sliced thin or melted). Mix and beat […]

Sweet Potato Casserole

3 cups mashed sweet potatoes – Peel and cut 4-5 raw sweet potatoes. Cook in water until fork tender. Mash. 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup butter (melted) 1 Tablespoon vanilla 2 eggs Mix together and pour into oven safe bakeware. 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 cup chopped pecans 1/3 cup flour 1/3 cup butter […]

questions without answers

In an attempt to create a grocery list for Thursday, I have been looking through cookbooks and my pile of hand written family recipes. In an even greater attempt to procrastinate from actually making progress on Thanksgiving plans, I have been geezing. Remembering. Pondering. While she was a woman of many talents, cooking was my […]