Taking Back My Kitchen

I remember it like it was yesterday, the day Randy retired. Sure it sounded like a great idea at the time. We had plans to take cooking classes together, drive in to Sonic every afternoon at 3 to get a buy one-get one free-cherry cola, watch movies until midnight, all cuddled up eating popcorn and … Continue reading

Cinnamon Roll Cake

This recipe was on Face Book the other day and just had to try it.  Tastes just like cinnamon rolls. 3 cups flour 1/4 teas salt 1 cup sugar 4 teas baking powder 1 1/2 cups milk 2 eggs 2 teas vanilla 1/2 cup butter, melted Topping 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup brown sugar … Continue reading

Chocolate Tart With Glazed Berries

Recipe is in this issue of Paula Deen Magazine. It would be so easy to just open the pages and take a recipe from each page. This makes a beautiful July 4th dish. I truly love her recipes and they have never disappointed me. 1 pie crust (if using refrigerated pie crusts, you will only … Continue reading

Bacon-Cheddar-Ranch Meat Loaf

What a great morning. My new Paula Deen magazine just arrived and thumbing through it, I immediately spotted a recipe that I am making for dinner this week. Last night, we had family over for pork roast with mashed potatoes and carrots, gravy, salad and green beans. It was a late invite so when I … Continue reading


I had said a couple of weeks ago that I would be posting a poem taken from a book of poems by my daughter, Jodi Dupree. Because we were out of town on Fri and I hadn’t thought to take the poem book with me, I failed to post one. So a few days late, … Continue reading

Chocolate Monkey Bread

I guess you can tell from the latest posts that I am in a chocolate mode. We are just getting back from Corpus Christi where we go a few times a year to see my mom, who is 91. One of the first things I pack is the bag of peanut M&M’s, the bag of … Continue reading

Chocolate Cherry Creme Cake

Last weekend had me making several cherry pies to help celebrate our son, Cameron’s 30th. He is a cherry pie addict. I guess I had really never noticed recipes on the backs of Oregon Fruit Product Pitted dark sweet cherries in heavy syrup but for some reason, last Saturday I did. This recipe was written … Continue reading

Your Will Be Done

This morning as we were having a quiet moment before jumping up and making breakfast, I glanced over the coffee table and the book of poetry that Jodi, my daughter wrote, just seemed to be saying, “pick me up”. So I did and leafing through I began to really take to heart some of the … Continue reading

Sweet & Salty Caramel-Chocolate Cupcakes

On our last trip out to California a couple of weeks ago, some friends and I celebrated a good friend’s birthday at a well-known restaurant in downtown Pasadena called, La Orange, where they have platters of the best(and free, which I know you are suppose to only take one, but since I don’t live there … Continue reading