traditional cinnamon rolls

Happy New Year 2017 Today is about doing absolutely nothing. Well…watching college football and serving up the traditional food of love that is all prepared and waiting in the freezer. For me that equates to “nothing.” It’s surprising how simple the preparations are, too. Our traditional New Year’s Day breakfast has always been: One Hour Cinnamon…

too much buttermilk

A few days ago, as we were doing out weekly grocery shopping, I overheard a young homemaker say, “A half gallon of buttermilk! Are you kidding me? I’d never use that much buttermilk. I’ll just make something else.” Since my new motto is “Just be a good listener…your ears will never get you in trouble.” I…

best ever burgers

First I want to say, “I’ve been a really good girl for the past 90 days!” I’ve been eating fresh fruits, fresh veggies and proteins. No carbs to speak of, almost no fat [mayo, butter and the like] and very little sugar. It’s paid off. Big time!  My jeans bag along behind me like they belong to someone…

baby back ribs

Bar-B-Q Ribs and Corn on the Cob. Does that epitomize summer or what? Well…that’s supper tonight and just because it’s so.o.o delish, I’m gonna share the way we fix ’em with you. Our method has been perfected over a few decades, and even though it may sound a bit braggadocios, I gotta tell you, I’ve never…

kitchen collage

Lunch is ready. Can’t believe it’s that time already. Mr. Lebsock brought a shopping bag full of tomatoes in from the garden earlier, so I’ve been busy this morning. Plan on some time just sittin’ and readin’ this afternoon Three o’clock and all’s well, even though my plan to sit and read this afternoon turned…

better ‘n brownies

Yesterday was a blustery, cold day here. And what better way to celebrate such a day than with cookies? Chocolate- chocolate chip cookies! What else?  These are… Better ‘n Brownies Preheat the oven to 355° F. Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter (room temperature) 1/2 cup Crisco 1 cup light brown sugar (packed) 1 cup white sugar…

kitchen memories

“In the childhood memories of every good cook there’s a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot and a mom (or a grandmother).” _Barbara Costikyan (& me) In our kitchen there are memories aplenty. The crock Dick’s Grandmother Lebsock used for pies, cakes, bread, Kraut Runza,and ever so many other wonderful treats is a daily…

hamburger buns

Tonight it’s burgers for supper.  And, that means homemade hamburger buns. Wonderful, and so easy 1 cup warm water 1 egg 2 Tablespoons butter 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour 1/4 cup sugar 2 teaspoons salt 3 teaspoons active dry yeast Dissolve the yeast & 1 Tablespoon of the sugar in 1/3 of the warm water.…

baking cookies

dont’ mess with perfection

If it ain’t broke…. Well…you know the rest. Don’t try to fix perfection. There are lots of recipes in my cookbook. A few of ’em are considered perfection by those who enjoy home made treats. Nana’s famous Chocolate chip cookies head the list. But I’ve been watching The Food Network quite a bit lately and so…

calzone – crazy man!

Thursday D’s night to cook. Football and calzone. Crazy man! Love the man. Love football. And love his calzone. Super easy and Oh so yummy…yes both the cook and his creation. Here’s how: Put the pizza stone in the oven and crank up the temp. to 520° F.  Yes, it’s hot, but to get pizzeria…

perfect laundry

little laundry

We’ve lived in a small space (750 sq.ft.) since ’96. We’ve used a small washer dryer stack during most of that time. The “little laundry” lived between the end of the counter and the fridge. It has been a great comfort to me over the years as it keeps me from having to sit for hours…