In the Beginning. . . honoring my Grandmama Hall

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My Journey. . . My journey in my love of cooking began with visits to my Grandmama Hall's house as a child. I would stand and watch her cook the most wonderful Southern foods. Grandmama would let me measure some of the dry ingredients for a cake she was making, telling me each time, "Now, get a … [Read more...]

Aunt Faye’s Chocolate Pie a la Chef Candace!

Aunt Ann's Chocolate Pie with Oreos

Aunt Faye's Chocolate Pie. . . Aunt Faye Allison was my daddy's sister. She would from time to time bring us one of her chocolate pies, and it has become a family favorite! My mother then would fix the pie for Daddy because he was a "chocolate freak":) In fact, he so LOVED chocolate, there had to … [Read more...]

Mama’s Granola Bars. . .

Me,  Mama, Jeri

Spring Break . . . Spring Break, for me, means a week off from school with time spent cleaning my house and catching up on things I have been behind on. I have been VERY busy. . . spring cleaning!!! So, I haven't spent much time in the kitchen cooking! However, tomorrow and Wednesday I am taking … [Read more...]

Banana Pudding Recipe. . .

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Banana Pudding! Spring will spring forth tomorrow (or is it Friday???)! Anyway, if you want a light, but delicious, dessert to celebrate the arrival of soon-to-be-warmer weather, try this Banana Pudding! It has become one of our family favorites! My daughter makes it for family dinners. And, my … [Read more...]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


It is the evening of St. Patrick's Day. It's been a fun day for the kids! My profession is a K-4 music teacher for a public school in a neighboring town. Let's say, it was a GREEN day for sure! The students had on, not only green clothing, but also, green sunglasses, green beads around their necks, … [Read more...]

An “Old-Fashioned Dinner”. . .

Purim Dinner--resized

"Old-Fashioned" Dinner. . . Last night I fixed my husband an "old-fashioned" dinner. . .you know, the home cooked one like your mother and his mother used to make? Ours was roast beef with gravy, white rice (topped with gravy, of course), green beans, Waldorf Salad, and sugar cookies. He thought he … [Read more...]

Coconut Pie for Pi Day!

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Homemade Coconut Pie for Pi day! There's not much that we like better than homemade Coconut Pie! This recipe came out in some magazine years ago when my I was still in High School. My Grandmama Hall found it and gave it to me. I have been making it over 40 years! After I got married, it became … [Read more...]

Grasshopper Pie Recipe!


It's St. Patrick's Day week! I love St. Patrick's Day! I love wearing green, I love the foods, I love the possibility of having friends or family over for a St. Patrick's Day Dinner! And, I love the music, I love the shamrock plant,  and the stories! What a wonderful opportunity to have a party! … [Read more...]


Shamrock Plant--cropped

Celebrating special occasions. . . The purpose of my recent e-book series, both the "If You Could Host One Awesome Spring Dinner", and the "Sweets for your Sweetie", is to help bring families back together in a meaningful way. . . to spend time together celebrating special … [Read more...]

Irish Soda Bread Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day!

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Today felt like spring! Today felt like spring! I looked at the temperature on the dash of my car and it was 75! Wow! Just last Monday we were "iced" in for two days! So, now that the temperatures are warmer, it's time to start planning some special dinners for your friends or family!  St. … [Read more...]