GRANDMA NELLIE’S WICKED-GOOD CRANBERRY RELISH

With Thanksgiving approaching, I am currently knee-deep in menu planning. Our extended family Thanksgiving, that often includes friends as well, is always celebrated at our home in Lake Arrowhead where we recognize many traditions year-after-year.  One tradition we never fail to carry out is the annual indulgence in Grandma Nellie’s Cranberry Relish. It is delicious […]

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SWEET & SPICY ROASTED MIXED NUTS

Happy Fall:) Thanksgiving is knockin’ on my door and I’m jazzed.  I really like this time of year because fall is in the air big time up here in these here hills. Before moving to Lake Arrowhead, I had never experienced living in the 4 seasons.   As a California native, and as what us […]

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SUPER MOIST & DELICIOUS BRINE-CURED ROAST TURKEY

I LOVE turkey!! I cook turkey on a regular basis, but usually only prepare the whole bird once a year for Thanksgiving dinner.  I really should think about cookin’ the whole kit & caboodle more often though, don’t ya think?  It’s nutritious and low fat and delicious and really quite a lovely thing.  And I […]

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DECORATING FOR FALL WITH HOMEMADE CLOTH PUMPKINS

Happy Fall! Several years ago while visiting my friend Lisa in Arizona, we went to a store that was selling darling pumpkins cut from cloth, filled with rice or beans, and topped off with a natural pumpkin stem.  Lisa had purchased several and had them beautifully displayed under glass domes in her kitchen. The pumpkins […]

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EXPLORING BIG BEAR CALIFORNIA

Hi There! If you’ve been following along, you already know my husband and I bought this little fixer-upper cottage in nearby Big Bear Lake, California. After 6 long months of renovation, the cottage now looks like this in the summer…… And, like this in winter. Our cottage is located about 25 beautiful miles away from Lake […]

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