Celebrate Life: Martin Luther King Day

"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, January 16, 2017 is Martin Luther King Day. I'm sending out this post a few days early to give you the opportunity to plan some things to do to celebrate this day. Maybe a Soul Food Dinner, or watch a video of one of his speeches. Maybe use this as an opportunity to teach the younger generation about Dr. King's life and his work to bring people together. Our country desperately needs that at this point in our history. I hope as you look over the information in this post, you will find some things to implement for your family. And, in all, celebrate the day with your loved ones. Celebrate Life: Martin Luther King Day Each year … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Mama, and “To Mama with Love”

(L to R) Back Row--Candace, Jeri, Jason, Trey Front Row--Amber, Me, Mama) Today is Mama's 93rd Birthday!!! Mama is 93 years old today! She's been saying for six months that she's "93", but in reality, she did not cross that marker until today, January 6th:) Because of the threat of a winter storm coming to central Arkansas, we decided on Wednesday (Jan. 4) that we would get together instead of waiting until today. And, just as the weather forecasts had indicated, we did get snow this morning. We began planning on Tuesday. I baked the white birthday cake, and Victoria frosted it. Didn't she do a great job? It was a hit for sure! We ALL loved it! And, all the girls at Candace's shop signed a card for Mama:) She was so touched by that! … [Read more...]

Christmas Ambrosia for the holidays!

Christmas Ambrosia, an updated recipe for this generation! Christmas Ambrosia . . . it brings back SO many memories from my childhood. My Grandmama Hall made her wonderful ambrosia every Christmas. It was one of my favorite dishes for the holidays. She was so particular in making hers . . . the coconut had to be fresh . . . the oranges had to be peeled and all the pith removed. I made her ambrosia not too long ago for Lynn and myself, using the fresh oranges, but I did not try to crack a fresh coconut and go to all the trouble to extract the "meat". Today, we have so many more options in making many of the traditional holiday recipes. I found this recipe for Ambrosia by Alton Brown (Food Network). It was similar to another fruit salad I … [Read more...]

Christmas Chex Mix for a Christmas snack!

Christmas Chex Mix for a Christmas snack! This year, for our family Christmas get together with my children and grandchildren, we decided to have a Breakfast for Dinner menu featuring Grandmama Hall's Buttermilk Pancakes and her Buttermilk Biscuits. In years past, I have always made our traditional Christmas menu: Huntington Chicken, Potato Casserole, and a multitude of other dishes and desserts. So, when we chose to have breakfast instead, then some questions arose: What kind of snack foods do you have with a breakfast menu?  Candace suggested a Christmas Chex Mix, which would be a savory snack. Then the next question was, what about dessert? The answer: NONE! I found a recipe for a Christmas Eve Chex Mix on a new blog, Half Baked … [Read more...]

Breakfast for Dinner for Christmas 2016

Breakfast for Dinner for our Family Christmas Celebration! This year was different . . . instead of the traditional Christmas dinner I usually make, we decided to have a Breakfast for Dinner celebration! The traditional dinner consists of Huntington Chicken Casserole, Hash Brown Casserole, Mama's Holiday Gravy, salads, a variety of other vegetables and casserole, and of course, LOTS of desserts! Where the traditional dinner takes me 2-3 days to prepare all the food, the Breakfast for Dinner was done in just a few hours! You might ask, "How is that done???" The answer is . . . because it's Breakfast!!! Making the foods for our Breakfast for Dinner Christmas! We decided Tuesday morning that we would meet at Candace's house, instead of … [Read more...]