Southern Style Banana Pudding

“When my dad used to make this… he’d be in the kitchen for at least half a day.  Making sure everyone knows what he’s doing.  Every move was slow.  Deliberate.  And calculated… He’d make me think I’ve done something good… and for it… I’m being rewarded…” My husband would often this whenever I make this…

Apple Crumble with Browned Butter

This recipe was inspired by my friend Theresa.  She made this for Thanksgiving and posted an inviting photo on her Multiply page.  She was kind enough to share her recipe.  And gave me permission to share it with you here.  Thank you Tess! I altered her recipe just a little bit.  Instead of using margarine. …

Seductively Smooth Cheesecake

I was amazed.  Shocked.  Mesmerized.  And seduced! Seduced! I can’t believe it.  I didn’t know a cheesecake had the power to seduce me! I made this cheesecake for Thanksgiving. This cheesecake was unbelievably good.  Smooth.  Creamy.  Perfect balance of sweetness and a hint of tartness from the lemon juice. It was addictively good.  Seductively smooth.…

Blowing Wednesday

A mass of dust, world’s momentary slave, Is man, in state of our old Adam made, Soon born to die, soon flourishing to fade (Barnabe Barnes, English Poet) Today is Wednesday.  Again, I am awakened by the blower outside.  A loud, ear shattering, machine running sound.  That’s the leaf blower.  Instead of it sucking the…

Mrs. Terror – Teacher from Hell

Last night I was reading a book about an animal scientist – a woman who thinks in pictures.  She was born autistic and did not speak even at age two.  She credits her family, teachers and mentors for “surviving in the social jungle.” As I was reading the first few pages of her book, I…

All By Himself

Nothing compares to the homemade pies made from scratch. Nothing. Well, OK… Fine. I will admit to one brand.  Edward’s Lemon Meringue Pie. Edward’s Lemon Meringue Pie is my husband’s favorite pie.  His face radiates with excitement like a little boy receiving his favorite treat each time there’s a slice of Edward’s Lemon Meringue Pie…

Cherry Cheesecake

It’s Wednesday, a hump day. I think we all need to take a small break with a huge treat to get us through the rest of the week.  I decided on a cheesecake, with Oreo cookies crust and topped with cherry pie filling.  My son is going to love this too. Cheesecake is one of…