Delightful Cranberry Muffins


     The rest of my family loves anything made with cranberries. But loving these muffins came as a big surprise to me, the first time my daughter made them.  Reason being, I personally have never cared much for cranberry bread of any kind.  I figured, it was cranberries, period, that I didn’t like. And between you and me, that felt a little wrong, and perhaps a bit of info I should keep to myself, living in an area simply surrounded by cranberry bogs, and in the town that until fairly recently) was the home of Ocean Spray Cranberry World.  You’ll also never hear me say “Pass the cranberry sauce” at the Thanksgiving table, either.Read More

Homemade Bread & Pizza Dough Recipe / "This is the Way We Make Our Bread."

Once upon a time, my ‘Fine Bread Maker’, made all of his bread and pizza dough by hand.

But now we have THE MACHINE….

(…thanks to the huge heart, of a great friend….you may have heard that story I love to tell…).

The recipes are the same as they always were.  They are just a whole lot easier, and a lot less messy now!  The difference between the bread recipe and the pizza dough is minimal, but important.  So let’s take a look at the easy steps, so you too can fill your home with that aroma of a Fresh Bakery Heaven.… Read More

There was more than a smile, in THIS box!

The other day, I got the surprise-of-my-life.  The kind that left me in a daze for the rest of the day.  And into the next day.  OK, seriously……I’m still kind of in a daze about it.  I don’t even know where to start with this little story.  I feel speechless, and yet, you and I both know this post will probably end up ridiculously long, once the words start flowing.

<Deep breathe.>  So, many of you know I had a birthday last Sunday.  My birthday to me is really no big deal, and never has been.  But my family always makes me feel special, and we always spend any of our birthdays together all day, doing something fun or enjoyable.  We did that, and they were all so sweet.  I had a beautiful day with them.… Read More

Vittles: Easter Photo Series

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Paula's Rolls

This wonderful (and I mean wonderful!) roll recipe was sent in by our friend Paula, from A Catholic Harvest. She’s a great gal.  I adore her for so many reasons, but to sum it up, she’s a mixed bag.  I love people who are full of wonderful qualities, but also full of surprises.  For instance, recently I learned that she’s a ‘closet head-banger’.  Inside this sweet, funny, supportive and faithful girl, is an inner rock-n-roll chick!!  It’s true!  Who knew?!

So speaking of rolls…lol….I love this recipe she sent us.  I have a few recipes sent in that I’ll be making, now that I have more time to cook and bake.  But here is one for now.  She sent it, we made it, we photo’d it, and now we’re bloggin’ it!!   I wanted to be sure I posted it at least by today, because really, these are perfect Thanksgiving Day rolls to have on your table!… Read More

St. Michael's Bannock


St. Michael’s Bannock

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Mix together:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Cut in 2 tablespoons butter (not margarine)
  • 1 cup buttermilk or yogurt
  • handful of raisins or currants

On a floured surface, knead the dough until smooth, then pat into an 8 inch round loaf, and bake on a greased cookie sheet for 40 minutes.

For a more festive look, score the dough with crosses.

Cool on a cookie rack.

May be served with butter or jam.  But honestly….we ate it plain, and it was so delicious!… Read More

One Fine Bread Maker!


That’s MY bread maker!

He’s a fine bread maker.

And a fine bread maker, too. lol


The bread we go through is crazy, and it’s seemed one of those things you can’t buy enough of, and it’ll go just as quick.  We’re not ‘white bread’ people either, so what we spend on bread can get….tiresome.  So a few weeks back, my hubby decided he’d try making some. After all, he makes a mean pizza dough.  And he had a good book that his parents let us have. (I think.  I’m afraid we borrowed it, and never returned it, but he says no.)  Anyway, they’re experienced…everything makers.… Read More