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TAG : Kitchen

Kitchen Resolutions for the New Year

I have just finished preparing a four-day feast for my family, and now the farmhouse kitchen is somewhat tidy. I still have tins of shortbread cookies and five types of cakes strategically placed and easy to reach. I wanted to write a few kitchen resolutions for next year. As someone who ...

My Iron Pan Treasures

I've had just about every kind of cookware imaginable. Why, I even demonstrated Tefal French non-stick cookware in Macy's when I was young. (Teflon! Pure PTFE coating, folks!) My great aunt once gave me a Lifetime brand stainless steel cook pot that I still have. But the piece de resistance of ...

Where the Coffee is Always On

Jim and I had the offer we made on a house accepted this week. It’s an exciting time for us, as I’m sure you can imagine. We’ve been renting for nearly seven years and look forward to owning our own home.The kitchen and the neighborhood are what sold us on the house. The kitchen is big, ...

Your New Kitchen For 2015

Today is January 3, 2015. It is the start of a new year and new kitchen adventures. This morning, as I was making coffee, I l started to empty the dishwasher and I discovered I had no room for glasses in my crowded cupboard. I decided to take action. I wanted to have time to get outside and ...

Hot Cross Buns

For as long as I can remember my grandma made Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday. I was raised being a part of the process and having them to eat – lots of them! My grandma didn't just make a few either. She made bunches and bunches of them. She would have trays set aside with little notes on ...

Grandma’s Medical Treatment Consisted of Natural Remedies

When my father was called to fight in World War II, he left my sister and me in the tender, loving and capable hands of our grandparents, who lived in Woodward, Oklahoma. Grandma had a natural remedy for all of life’s uncertainties.For a chest congestion, she treated us with a warm ...

Sassafras Tea Used to Cleanse the Blood

When my maternal grandparents migrated from the North Carolina mountains to the Illinois prairie in the 19th century, they brought with them many home remedies. Living in the mountains, far from a doctor, home remedies were necessary for a family’s survival.Those old-time cure-alls were ...

Family Makes Made-From-Scratch Drawing Salve

My family still uses one of the best salves ever made to draw out infections. I’m not sure how long the salve recipe has been in the family, but I know my grandmother made and used it while my mother was growing up.The drawing salve is made by placing an ample amount of buds from a balm of ...

Mamie Had Homemade Remedies for All Ailments

My Grandmother Crabtree, or Mamie as we called her, made Granny on The Beverly Hillbillies look tame. Mamie had homemade remedies for just about any ailment we grandchildren came up with. Growing up in the 1930s, I didn’t know anyone who actually went to a doctor — except my oldest sister ...

Mom Was Ready With Tried and True Treatments

It was many years ago when Mom used her homemade remedies for my childhood ailments. Mom’s tried-and-true treatments consisted of a mustard plaster and a milk poultice, which were used frequently since we very rarely visited a doctor.The mustard plaster was applied to treat a chest cold or ...

Gardening: Garden tools don’t have to be expensive

Why go and spend a fortune at the nursery on new tools, when there is probably a wealth of unused stuff tucked away in your kitchen that will do the job. Just make sure that anything taken from the kitchen really is not wanted. Such stuff should make a one-way permanent trip out to the garden ...