Monthly Archives: December 2014

Easy Appetizer

Having a few staples on hand makes life easier during this season of entertaining. Case in point: keeping packages of Fillo Shells (phyllo dough) in the freezer. They defrost in seconds and can be made into instant desserts ( i.e., … Continue reading

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Christmas Dishes

This is a story of Christmas dishes. A cautionary tale. Many years ago, my mother gave my sister-in-law a set of Christmas dishes. Service for eight. I’m sure her intentions were good, but plainly emblazoned on the side of the … Continue reading

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Tree Ornament, 2014

We joke about the fact that Daisy is our gift that keeps on giving. We gave a cute little purebred English Lab puppy to one another for our anniversary seven years ago, and she has been in charge ever since! … Continue reading

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Little Things

sunlight on new snow berries on a holly bush joy in little things

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Bean Dip

Christmas and nostalgia seem to go hand in hand. I found this recipe, handwritten on a scrap of paper, tucked in a corner of my recipe file. Anyone who grew up on the North Shore might remember the old Kernwood … Continue reading

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Week Before Christmas

Sam and I are going to miss this tree. He and I share early morning in the glow of its lights. He takes up his position under its branches, curls into a furry ball and drifts into sleep. I sit, … Continue reading

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Season of Light

Tiny tree suspended on a deck rail. Festoon with lights that defy the darkness. Gather round all birds and squirrels and chipmunks. Feast on the acorns and seeds and crusts of bread scattered beneath the tree. All creatures, big and … Continue reading

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