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    Fastnacht Essentials

    February 12, 2018

    Tomorrow is Fastnacht day!!! Fastnachts are a doughnut consumed in Pennsylvania on Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday). This year it falls on Feb. 13. People order them by the dozens. It’s one of those foods you can’t ignore. After all, they are available for only a few days every year. Fastnacht is a German word meaning “night before the fast.”  These baked goods were originally created to use up the lard, sugar, butter, eggs and other rich foods…

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  • Advent food holidays

    Third Sunday in Advent

    this post contains an affiliate link In the weeks before Christmas, we make plum pudding! My dear friend (of over 20 years), Kathy and I gather at her home to make it. Kathy and…

    December 20, 2017
  • food

    Peach Hand Pies

    Once in a while, you have a thrift store find that is exceptional. I found this Sunbeam mini pie maker for five dollars at my local thrift store. It was unopened and in the…

    September 3, 2017
  • food For the home

    Spice Rack

    I love to use spices in my cooking, but I’m not a fan of organizing them. The bottles come in different sizes, and they are all randomly shaped. My biggest pet peeve with spice…

    August 21, 2017
  • food

    Dinner Party Macaroni Au Gratin

    Sometimes just an ordinary dish won’t do for a fancy dinner. Everyone loves macaroni and cheese, but this dish takes it to an elegant level. When I was pregnant with my first set of…

    May 8, 2017
  • food

    Kolache! Try a Taste of Texas

    A must stop on the Texas I-35 route between Dallas and Austin is the town of West, Texas. The town is not much to look at, but you would never know it by the…

    April 3, 2017
  • food holidays

    Hot Cross Buns (A Lenten Tradition)

    Lent is not a time for rejoicing in food. In my tradition (Episcopal) we often think of Lenten discipline and things that we give up for Lent (as opposed to the things we look…

    March 13, 2017
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