Christmas Lights

  “What are you makin,’” the Home Depot employee said, “‘cuz I know you ain’t plumbin’.” Busted on Christmas Eve. Are there no middle-aged female plumbers in this land? Or were my mom jeans a dead give-away? I was standing in front of racks of copper pipes, juggling a five-foot length of 3/4-inch pipe between my hands,…

Thanksgiving 2015

  I’m in that sweet spot of holiday mayhem: done with the cooking, happy with the memories made, and giving the evil eye to the odd ceramic dish or two that still must be handwashed. The leftovers got tossed today. I’d make everything again, except with less rum in the pumpkin pie and more cayenne…

Sausage Rolls II (In Case You Missed It)

Champagne and hot sausage rolls, a capital way to begin a festive holiday. ♦ ♦ ♦ My mother guffawed when, at 17, I told her I was in the running for an award from the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Teachers did the nominating, and I was happy to be considered….

Sausage Rolls

Regiments of Sausage Rolls, ready for the oven ♦ ♦ ♦ I don’t like surprises. I do like apple pies. My husband is an avowed, unrepentant, sour-face-making apple-hater, so, to avoid the calorie intake involved in eating an entire apple pie by myself, I satisfy my apple pie craving with a weekly purchase of the single-serving version…

(Fresh) Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Four hundred twenty-six trick-or-treaters pulling one’s bell rope can make a witch grumpy. At my cottage, we can’t beat ’em, so we join ’em! Halloween 2012, by the numbers: 25 pounds of fun-size candy bars, the good kind (Snickers, Twix, Heath Bars, et cetera) for the hordes of costumed children who descended on my patch…

Pumpkin Brownies

If you had a chance to shop for chrysanthemums with a chihuahua riding shotgun in a flower pot, wouldn’t you do it? I did. It’s fun. And if you could dig into a luscious pumpkin brownie crowned with orange-flavored cream cheese frosting, wouldn’t you do that? You should. It’s delicious. That’s not such a stretch…