Nostalgia, Powdered Sugar, and Family

Chrusciki (hrrooss-CHEE-kee)Traditional Polish confection....more

I love Christmas I hope that like Scrooge people say of me "It was always said of her, that she knew how to keep Christmas well!

My earliest memories are of my love of Christmas and the Holiday Season. Our family tradition growing up was that while we children sleep, Santa came bringing us our presents piled up under the biggest Christmas tree that I ever saw, we had twenty foot ceilings in our home. After we went to bed our parents would work into the early morning decorating our tree and putting together all our toys so that we awoke to a magical Christmas morning.   ...more

Family, Football & Food...

So we are halfway through college football season, which means I have had quite a few football Saturdays to prepare for!  In the south, college football is right there with family, and when you're a family of football fanatics, it works.  We have themed game weekends...well, let me back up...we are big time Alabama fans...can I get a ROLL TIDE???  So being Alabama fans, we obviously root for Alabama and anyone playing Tennessee or Auburn, ha! ...more

Hold Fast

Josh. 24:1-13; Mt. 19:1-12 St. Stephen of Hungary ...more

Why The Poinsettia

Why The Poinsettia?This time of year you can find one plant all over the place. It comes in a variety of colors, and looks like it should be on your grandmother’s kitchen table. The Poinsettia. I am not a fan of this plant at all. It looks fake, and some what tacky I feel. I never understood why people liked them, or why they were so popular around Christmas, until I did some research. The story is kind of neat....more

A Mother's Love Carries On Through Cooking

Julie from Just Jules...more

65th Annual Piper Reunion

65th Annual Piper Reunion  A tree without roots will fall over.  ~unknown...more

Asking A Father's Permission: Romantic or Chauvinist?

Before my ex-husband proposed to me, he met with my mother for dinner to disclose our intentions and ask for my family's blessing. Not too long in the past, this kind of meeting had a very specific purpose -- and not one that I look back on with any sort of nostalgia. Back then, it was not a blessing that was asked of the future bride's family, but permission and it wasn't so much a gesture as it was a negotiation. ...more
Well, if it's important to the bride - just do it. But otherwise... I think it's rather ...more

Memorial Day Tradtition

Memorial Day Tradition Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.  ~Anthony Brandt...more