Roasted Asparagus with Goat Cheese

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I was thinking recently about how often I find myself saying something to my children that would sound so  ridiculous to anyone else but makes perfect sense to me. Things like, "Hey guys, we're not going to pretend to be cheetahs while we're at church, OK?" And then there are those times when you're having a simple conversation with your child, innocently answering their questions, never realizing that those answers could come back up sometime later. Usually this involves embarrassment, … [Read more...]

Birds Nest Mason Jar Cupcakes

Spring in a Mason Jar Collage

There's nothing more scary for a car owner. You're traveling down the road and you hear an ambiguous noise. You know the one. The noise that happens intermittently as your driving blissfully along, the one that strikes fear in your heart and then you don't hear it for days.  And just as your lulled into a sense of complacency, it happens again. You start to think you are hearing things.  You ask your daughter, "Did you hear that weird "pinking" noise?!" She did, so you know you're not losing … [Read more...]

$100 Visa Gift Card and Pepperidge Farm® Milano® Cookies​

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I always find it fascinating how many different interpretations there are of the word 'fancy'. What seems 'fancy' to one person might just be an everyday occurrence to the next. For example, I'll never forget when I started buying what I think of as the 'fancy' napkins. No, they aren't the ones with the pretty designs on them or the ones that cost $10 for a pack of 5. Those would be the really 'fancy' napkins. We don't want to go too crazy here people! … [Read more...]

Our Best Holiday Recipes

Favorite holiday recipe collection from atthepicketfence.com

Does anyone else find themselves feeling so smug as you get everything checked off your grocery list for upcoming holiday meals only to get home and realize that while you may have the ingredients for a grand meal in a few days, somehow you've managed to make it home from the store without putting anything in your cart for the dinners you are expected to prepare leading up to that day! … [Read more...]

Original Fantasy Fudge Recipe … a sweet treat!

the original fantasy fudge

There are a million fudge recipes out there but I love the  original Fantasy Fudge recipe. This is the recipe that calls for marshmallow creme. Yep marshmallow creme. You know that ooey gooey stuff you get in the little jar. Kraft has a fantasy fudge recipe on the back of their Jet Puff jar. Don't use that one. It's a newfangled one. It's not near as good as the original fantasy fudge recipe with marshmallow creme. Why do manufacturers insist on screwing with the original recipes? Just leave … [Read more...]

Christmas in the Kitchen

Christmas brunch or breakfast tablescape

 "For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when it's mighty Founder was a child Himself."  ~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol This past weekend was one of those weekends that you remember for years to come. Not because anything especially spectacular happened. In fact, it felt so incredibly ordinary. And yet there was also something extraordinary about it. What would seem like a lot of 'nothing' to some, felt like a whole lot of 'something' to us. … [Read more...]

The Best and Easiest Cranberry Sauce Ever!

Cranberry Orange Sauce recipe from atthepicketfence.com

Do you remember that scene in the movie 'A Christmas Story' where the neighbors crazy dogs somehow manage to get into the kitchen and totally destroy the Thanksgiving meal? The family stands there in shock as their turkey dreams are shattered along with all of the visions of leftovers. "The heavenly aroma still hung in the house. But it was gone, all gone! No turkey! No turkey sandwiches! No turkey salad! No turkey gravy! Turkey Hash! Turkey a la King! Or gallons of turkey soup! Gone, ALL … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Waffles

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If there were ever a time when we needed smell-a-vision, this would be it! Friends, if you knew how AMAZING these gingerbread waffles make your house smell you would run right into your kitchen and start gathering ingredients! But, please finish reading this...because you actually need the recipe in order to make them so that your house can smell AMAZING! ;-) … [Read more...]

Hot Apple Pie… A Low Calorie Cocktail

Low Calorie Hot Apple Pie Cocktail

  “The ripe, the golden month has come again, and in Virginia the chinkapins are falling. Frost sharps the middle music of the seasons, and all things living on the earth turn home again... the fields are cut, the granaries are full, the bins are loaded to the brim with fatness, and from the cider-press the rich brown oozings of the York Imperials run. The bee bores to the belly of the grape, the fly gets old and fat and blue, he buzzes loud, crawls slow, creeps heavily to death on … [Read more...]