Cranberry Relish or Cranberry Sauce Which is It? This is my version

Cranberry Relish or Cranberry Sauce which is it? And how are they defined? Hell if I knew.. hahaha.. You see my Mom's husband Ken likes Cranberry relish and I always thought it was cranberry sauce that he liked because admittedly, I didn't know that there was a difference. I thought they all looked like this pretty red, sort of liquid berry sauce on the Thanksgiving table. So each year, I find myself calling him and asking him which one he likes and trying to make some version that makes his face smile. He says , I am sure like he [...]

By |2022-11-30T16:33:34+00:00November 30, 2022|Food, Holidays, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Cranberry Relish or Cranberry Sauce Which is It? This is my version

The Easter Season

Oh, how I love the Easter Season. It's such a sacred time for me. It represents a time of renewal and rebirth in nature, but it also signifies the same for those folks that have a Christian background. Christ has risen. A rebirth, a renewal of faith. A celebration of all that is sacred. It brings memories back of those times I spent in the Baptist church as a child.  Every Sunday (twice), every Wednesday, youth group meetings and special church outings. Those roots run deep in my soul despite my years of experiencing and exploring other faiths and my [...]

By |2022-03-27T14:28:40+00:00March 27, 2022|Holidays, Inspiration, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Easter Season

My secret coffee recipe

.So many of my Airbnb guests and friends ask me "what is my secret coffee recipe?" In those early morning hours, they awake, walk into the kitchen and take a deep inhale to smell the aroma of that freshly brewed cup of coffee. I had them a special mug for whatever season we are in (Christmas, Easter, Fall) and pour. Their hands wrap themselves around the mug and feel the warmth. They raise the mug to smell and t They really enjoy the rich flavor that has a bit of a sweet, yet grounded, spicy kick. This is derived from [...]

By |2022-01-04T02:18:07+00:00January 3, 2022|AirBnB, Airbnb host, Food, Holidays, Uncategorized|Comments Off on My secret coffee recipe

Breakfast Brioche French Toast

I have always wanted to make Breakfast Brioche French Toast and never seemed to get around to it. This year, I was determined! Tuesday would be the last full day of my sister's visit this Holiday Season, so I wanted us to savor each moment. I searched online for recipes, found one I liked and headed to the store Monday evening. While searching the aisles, I couldn't locate the exact type of brioche bread I needed, but instead, found something called Challah bread at the bakery.  The woman working behind the bakery counter recommended this to me. It is   made [...]

By |2022-01-03T19:01:40+00:00December 30, 2021|Food, Holidays, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Breakfast Brioche French Toast

The Holy Mystery of Christmas

The Holy Mystery of Christmas is a phrase I read in one of my favorite books, Simple Abundance by Sara Ban Breathnach. When she spoke of Christmas in this way, it totally resonated with me. Because you see, it truly is a mystery to me.  Christmas and the birth of Christ is a sacred time when many of us around the world, stop to celebrate the birth of a child that had such a huge impact to our world centuries ago and yet, the impact is still felt today. What is the Holy Mystery of Christmas for you? The answer [...]

By |2021-12-26T03:25:34+00:00December 26, 2021|Holidays|Comments Off on The Holy Mystery of Christmas

Celebrating The Winter Solstice

It's December 21st, a day many of us are celebrating the Winter Solstice. How do you celebrate this day? As I write this, the sun is shining and it is about 28 degrees where I live, in Buffalo, NY. I can't think of more perfect weather to celebrate this day! This is the shortest day of the year and longest night. It celebrates a rebirth of sorts - interesting how it comes a few days before we celebrate the birth of Christ. I don't know much about this celebration, but what I do know is that for me and for [...]

By |2021-12-21T20:21:52+00:00December 21, 2021|Holidays, Inspiration, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Celebrating The Winter Solstice

Cherishing Good Friday Traditions at the Broadway Market with Camillia’s and Chrusciki’s Bakery

 I love Good Friday! Some years back, my Mom, her husband and I started a tradition of going to the Broadway Market on Good Friday. Those who live in Western New York would say we were out of our minds. It is the busiest day of the year at the market. There were always tons of people , hard to move around, smells of meat, baked goods, roasted nuts, chocolate, hyacinth and homemade soaps.Yet, it always triggered the beginning of Spring for me. And we went, every year. Our bags full of placek, poppy seed roll, a butter lamb, hyacinth [...]

By |2021-11-06T15:50:21+00:00April 3, 2021|Blog, Food, Holidays|Comments Off on Cherishing Good Friday Traditions at the Broadway Market with Camillia’s and Chrusciki’s Bakery

Celebrate Everything You Have Done For You this Weekend! Love Yourself

 I was listening to one of my favorite Motivational authors/speakers , Lisa Nichols this morning and she was talking about the first love relationship is one that you have with yourself. Funny, how we are never taught that as we grow up and out into the world. It's always about finding love from some external source, our parents, our friends, boyfriends, husbands, wives. As I listened, Lisa said, this weekend, sit down and write all those things that you have done in your life that should be celebrated. I started to write and there are several things that I am [...]

By |2021-11-06T15:50:43+00:00February 12, 2021|Blog, Holidays, Inspiration|Comments Off on Celebrate Everything You Have Done For You this Weekend! Love Yourself

A Valentines Day Celebration this weekend in Williamsville NY -ROVE Boutique

 I couldn't resist the urge to take a picture of this Christmas/Valentines Day tree at this adorable little shop in my hometown. I stumbled upon this shop during Christmas time this year and I am totally hooked! The name of the shop is ROVE and the owner and staff are the nicest people! The clothes are unique and they also have scarfs, gloves , purses , jewelry and home accessories/specialty items.I happened to walk in the shop two weekends ago and saw the tree all decorated for Valentines Day with these adorable heart ornaments! I love it!  Doesn't it feel [...]

By |2021-11-06T15:51:37+00:00February 11, 2021|Blog, Holidays|Comments Off on A Valentines Day Celebration this weekend in Williamsville NY -ROVE Boutique

The Thanksgiving Meal – A Gift to My Family

 This is one of my favorite Holidays of the year. Why? Because it's a time when we pause to give Gratitude it's rightful place. Yes, we all need to have Gratitude as part of our daily prayers and thoughts, but setting aside one day out of our busy lives to reflect  is so needed right now.This Holiday, to me also starts the season of giving and what better way to do that than with food. This tradition in my family has always started on Wednesday day/night , as my Mom and my Grandmother would get together to make the pies [...]

By |2021-11-06T15:52:04+00:00November 26, 2020|Blog, Food, Holidays|Comments Off on The Thanksgiving Meal – A Gift to My Family
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