Homemade Fruit and Nut Trail Mix --makes a great travel snack or salad addition

Store trail mix in a vacuum-packed Mason jar for long-lasting freshness.

It was the Thanksgiving of a lifetime. Our whole family flew from Texas to NYC to celebrate with my youngest son and family who are living there temporarily for three years.

Brett and Amanda only live half a block from the parade route, so watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade in person instead of on the flat screen was at the top of our to-do list Thursday morning. The cold air gave us a hearty appetite for a dinner prepared in the tiniest of kitchens. It didn’t matter. The food was plentiful and scrumptious. We ate in the living room of their small but comfortable apartment. After dinner, we observed a Rhodes tradition and watched the Cowboys on TV while the kids kept busy with projects, toys, and enjoying each other. It was the perfect Thanksgiving….except the Cowboys lost. Oh, well.

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On Friday we joined a Food Tour in Greenwich Village. Click here to read more and get the recipe


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Challah you can mix and knead the easy way in your bread machine. Form and bake in a conventional oven.

Happy Day-After-Thanksgiving to you all.

Challah is said to hold rich symbolism in regards to the daily manna God provided for the Israelites in the desert. Personally, I am reminded how God sent Jesus to be the bread of life that truly satisfies.

This is a shout-out to all my fellow BSF’ers (Bible Study Fellowship) who have been studying Moses this year. Wouldn’t it be awesome to bake this bread and talk with your family about the way God faithfully took care of His people as recorded in Exodus and continues to do the same today? Click here to see the recipe and more…


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Crispy Egg and Sausage Breakfast Flautas--Roll scrambled eggs, sausage, and cheese inside flour tortillas for a special breakfast. Can be assembled the night before.

If you have overnight house guests in the plans, what’s for breakfast? Since I always eat the same thing every morning (fruit, homemade yogurt, and a weird cereal combination), I don’t have many options in my breakfast recipe repertoire. But I need some because I’m pretty sure most people don’t want to start their day eating what I do.

I’m weary of rich breakfast casseroles, and the usual pancakes, waffles, and cinnamon rolls can be sugar overload in the morning. Regular eggs and bacon would make my husband happy but not me. However, these crispy and spicy baked flautas packed with eggs, sausage, and pepper jack cheese will make everybody smile. They’re especially good for the occasional breakfast-for-supper night. Click here for the recipe and more…


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Herb and Garlic Dinner Rolls


I will never forget the year my mom decided to fix Chop Suey for Thanksgiving dinner. She invited the preacher and his family to join us since they were far from home. At the time, I was only thinking how much I missed homemade noodles. I can only imagine how surprised Mr. and Mrs. Preacher were when they showed up to celebrate with us that day.

Food at Thanksgiving seems to be all about tradition, doesn’t it. Either you dutifully prepare the expected turkey and dressing, or you rebel and do something entirely off the wall and possibly even non-turkey….just because you can…or maybe because fajitas are your unique family tradition.

I have adopted my own Thanksgiving tradition on this blog and that is to share a new dinner roll recipe with you appropriate for your holiday dinner. If you are serving Chop Suey, maybe not. Of course, it will be mixed up in a bread machine. If these don’t pique your interest, may I suggest Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls,  Browned Butter and Rosemary Dinner Rolls, My Favorite Dinner Rolls (for the purists), or our all-time family favorite, Helen Corbitt’s Monkey Bread (Not the cinnamon-sugar kind. This one is all butter!) In all these recipes except for the Monkey Bread, I make simple round balls out of the dough and place them into round pans. Check out my video for an easy way to do this. Click here for the recipe and more.


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Browned Butter Pecan Mini-Tarts
My dad used to say, “The higher they go, the farther they fall.”  He was typically referring to somebody super excited about something one minute and lower than a snake soon thereafter.

I had a similar up-one-minute-down-the-next problem with these lovely little tarts. See picture below. Like a normal pecan pie, the filling would puff up while baking akin to a marshmallow in a Mason jar when vacuum-packed. (By the way, that’s a cool little science experiment to amuse the kids the next time they’re bored.) Unfortunately, as the tarts cooled and the filling deflated, they looked like an alien had nibbled out of the middle. The same thing happens to full-size pecan pies, too, but the effect is more pronounced in a small tart.

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This picture is for my friends who think everything I make turns out perfectly. NOT SO!

Just in time for Thanksgiving, I figured out a solution!! Click here for the recipe and more…


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