Orange Pound Cake (taken from Barefoot Contessa)

1/2 pound unsalted butter at room temp 2 1/2 cups sugar,divided 4 extra large eggs at room temperature 1/3 cup grated orange zest (about 6 oranges) 3 cups flour 1/2 teas baking powder 1/2 teas baking soda 1 teas kosher salt 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice,divided 3/4 cup buttermilk at room temperature 1 teas … Continue reading

California Cuisine & Table Talk

We are visiting friends here in California, where we lived for 3 years before moving to Texas. We stay with several different couples, not wanting to ruin out our welcome (which we probably did a long time ago, but they are way to nice to say anything) The memories that are made here seem to … Continue reading

Brownies for Two

Once again, taken from Desserts for Two by Christina Lane, probably brownies are one of those “cravings” that attack more than any other. Just finished baking the Mini Sour Cream Pound Cakes and they are delicious. Randy is ready to be the official tester for all her recipes that I will be making. Some days, … Continue reading

Dessert For Two

My son, Cameron and daughter-in-law, Mandy, gave me a great cookbook called Dessert for Two, by Christina Lane. It is wonderful and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves dessert as much as we do, but hates the thought of baking 4 dozen cookies, knowing that unless you give them away, you would eat the … Continue reading

House Hunters

Having lunch with one of our kids today brought back memories of when I sold real estate. As we talked about house hunting and what they would look for in the next house, I thought it might be interesting to share a few tips.  This has nothing to do with food, but thought it might … Continue reading

Faith & Failures

Last week my mom, age 92 passed away. Very peacefully, with no suffering. Knowing that I wanted to write about her life, I had to give it some thought as to what to say. Being an only child, my growing up years were filled with lots of memories of people coming to live with us. … Continue reading

Shrimp Salad

Yesterday I wrote that I would post the Shrimp salad if the ladies liked it. It was a success. In fact, it really was such a hit that one of the ladies took the rest of it home. I ended up serving it in hollowed out avocado and it was such a refreshing summer salad. … Continue reading

Slips & Salads

Being responsible for lunch today for a ladies Bible study, I decided to make shrimp salad and tomato mozzarella salad. At the last minute, I decided instead of making shrimp pasta salad, I would stuff avacados with the shrimp, so ran up to Kroger to buy avacados about 9:30 this morning. Being sure that I … Continue reading

Princess On The Porch

It has happened. Princess On The Porch has been published by Westbow, a division of Thomas Nelson. It is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and available for Kindle. There are several precious friends who helped make this a reality. Amy and Kathy Duncan (mother and daughter), Peggy Stodola & Cora Wilkinson, I owe you so much … Continue reading