Archive for the ‘Holidays’ Category

Overnight Breakfast Casserole. What’s better  than a “go to” dish that can be prepared the day before? That’s my kind of meal. Simple and no fuss. It’s included in my Holiday Planning Post  Grocery List of ingredients for food shopping – my secret to stress free holidays. INGREDIENTS 12 slices whole wheat bread, crust removed 1 […]

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Feel like having a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of the holidays? Admit it. Wouldn’t a few days at “Wynn’s Tis the Season”  be a great way to pamper yourself and be slightly indulgent? Of course, Wynn Resort Las Vegas is famous for being over the top. There’s a reason the hotel keeps earning […]

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Homemade croissants. Who doesn’t love the smell of croissants and breads emanating from ovens in a French bakery? Let me share the secret for bringing these intoxicating aromas of freshly baked, French style croissants into your kitchen without the slightest fuss. Williams Sonoma has the answer. Hand made by Master Pastry French Chef, Jean-Yves Charon, […]

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So, does it drive you crazy trying to keep gravy hot during Thanksgiving, Christmas or any holiday turkey dinner? Nothing worse than cold gravy on stuffing, right? I finally decided I would put away all my fancy gravy boats and get a couple of inexpensive thermal ones seen in the photo below – one for […]

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Can it be time for Thanksgiving already? Whether it’s a holiday meal with friends and family, food culminating with a turkey dinner is a colossal undertaking. Try some of my shortcuts to make this day a little easier. Anything I can do to simplify the day works for me. Since the meal is traditional and […]

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Every year, the “Blue Baker” and I decorate cupcakes for Halloween. It’s been a tradition watching my granddaughter become more accomplished in her pastry decorative skills. I have a drawer full of pastry tubes, tips, sprinkles and tubes of food coloring in my kitchen that I can no longer close, because we’ve crammed so much […]

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July 4th is here. Friends and family gather from all over the country – New York, Los Angeles, Nevada, Florida and the Pacific Northwest. The day starts early, with kids getting excited about the parade. Everyone rushes to be on time for the tugboat ride to a little city in Blaine, Washington. It’s an old […]

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  Holidays are always a fun time to connect with family and friends. July 4th is no exception. We have friends from Florida, Nevada and California who join us every year, and of course, the Blue Baker,  granddaughter, is the first off the plane. Mr. Baker is beautiful today and we have a great weekend […]

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Leave it to the Four Seasons George V,  Paris to become a winter wonderland of white lights, exquisite flowers and a showcase for Swarovski crystals. Jeff Leatham, perhaps the most talented artistic director/floral genius anywhere, has transformed the hotel lobby into a forest of Christmas trees hung with crystal curtains made to order for the George […]

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  Christmas and Thanksgiving don’t need to be chaotic. Here’s my secret to a relaxed holiday season. In addition to the list included in my “Christmas Grocery List” post, I swear by my general “To Do” checklist. /p> I print it at the beginning of the holiday season and it helps me navigate the days […]

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