Thankful for Creative Cooking

Every year for the past 6 years that we’ve been married my husband and I have alternated celebrating Thanksgiving with my family in Virginia or his in St. Louis.  And each year I have to figure what to make to add to the meal.  Not that folks require me to bring a dish, I just…

Apple Butter!

A few posts back I wrote a short entry on apple picking and apple butter, asking for a good recipe. Well thanks to Calandra (good lookin out cuz!) a recipe was sent, which I tried out a few weeks back. It’s a slow-cooker recipe and when they say slow cook, they mean slow cook! It…

Gadgets Gone Wild!

I learned to appreciate good home cooking from my dad. He cooked dinner about 4 times a week, pancakes on a weekday and a full Sunday dinner. He also had a couple of fun cooking gadgets like a cookie press. He recieved a bread machine one year & everyone got bread the following Christmas. I…

A New Look for This and That With Calandra!

Have you noticed anything different about This and That? Yes, we’ve redesigned our blog! We said goodbye to the dark background and HELLO to a bright, fresh page, complete with a banner and new slogan – “Be Beautiful…Be Healthy…Be You!” Feel free to let us know how you like the new look! NEW FEATURES! –…

Sometimes all it takes…

is apples.  Last weekend my family went apple-picking.  Being a fan of food and where it comes from I wanted my daughter to learn that apples come from trees, just like we showed her in May that strawberries can be picked off of low bushes.  But apples brought me back to North Carolina, where my…