March 2014: The Children Are Tender

Caregiving, teaching little kids to read, and riding in the pickup with Farmer John; I tweet, pin, and blog, from my home in rural Kansas. If you've landed here looking for information about my books, visit my author's page by clicking this link: A. Born. Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Christmas Collage

We had an uncommonly low-key and peaceful Christmas, even with two 2-year-olds on site!

Most of the recipes I made this year were traditional ones for our family: biscuits and gravy, two kinds of cinnamon rolls, and corn pancakes for our Christmas day brunch (yes, corn pancakes). But the star of the show this year was the hot spiced fruit.  I always have made a version of this but found one that is much superior to my old recipe.  You can find it here: Home for Christmas Fruit Bake Recipe!

I don't know how corn pancakes became traditional holiday fare at our house.  My kids loved them growing up and now they are a part of our annual brunch--and there is no recorded recipe.  We usually combine a box of Jiffy corn muffin mix, a can of creamed corn, and about 1 tablespoon vegetable oil for the corncake batter. If there are no egg allergies at your house you can add an egg and omit the oil.

Here are some Christmas photos from our various celebrations (note the photo of that yummy and easy to make fruit bake).  Praying that you and yours have a safe and happy 2018! 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

From November ...

I'm surprised to see I didn't post during November. It was a busy month as we hosted Thanksgiving at our house.  I spent it cooking, cleaning, and cooking some more.  And, I would like to tell anyone who cares to try it for themselves, baking and carving the turkey ahead of time and then freezing it in well-seasoned broth works great!  It was moist and delicious, and I don't think anyone would have suspected if I hadn't told them.  I brought it from the freezer on Thanksgiving morning and then heated it gently until it was hot through.

Here are three of favorite photos from my leisurely, healing, November walks around the driveway: