Daily Archives: October 30, 2014

Bejeweled Punch

This is a festive drink to take you from Halloween straight into the New Year. If you want to make it alcohol free for your little Goblins replace the alcohol with orange juice.


1 liter chilled gingerale

Thee 12 ounce bags- frozen cherries

3 cups puple grape juice

1 1/2 cups vodka

1/4 cup Cointreau or triple sec

Ice, for serving

Combine, gingerale, cherries ,grape juice, vodka and Cointreau in a punch bowl or large pitcher and stir well. Pou



My father-in-law died suddenly last month…it was sad and shocking and everything death is expected to be. My parents have been gone for years now, and my children never did get the chance to meet my dad.

As I sat this morning with my sweet little 2-year-old girl Lula she said “Mommy, See-Saw” I began to sing and she rocked back and forth ” See saw, knock on the door who’s there?”and Lula said the next word…”Grandpa”. The word startled me…it made me feel so completely sad and empty. Sadder than I was when I found out he passed or at his funeral.

There are no more Grandpa’s left for my children. My 2-year-old will never know him as my older children did. The loving, funny, big, strong Grandpa. The one that had all of the goodies to eat in the house even though Grandma prefered that they remain on the shelf at the store. The man who sang so beautifully to Harry Chapin songs and looked straight into your eyes when you told a story. The heartbeat of our family was gone.

I looked at my little girl and I felt so very sad for her that she would not remember him…we continued on with our rhyme and she giggled and laughed and when we were done she said “Again, mommy again.”

So, again and again, we sang..and each time that we said “Grandpa” It became easier…I could feel the sadness leaving replaced by warmth. The warmth I would feel when I saw his gentle smile and sparkling eyes.

And then I said ” Lula…again?”

Mexican Wedding Cakes


These are actually not cakes at all, but a delectable little cookie. I am requested to make my version each year during the holiday season.


These cookies do not replace the traditional wedding cake in a Mexican wedding reception but they do appear at either the dessert bar or among the buffet. They are made either in a ball or crescent shape.



1/4 pound butter…softened

1 cup flour

1/8 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp powdered sugar

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup chopped pecans

extra powdered sugar to roll cookies in


Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F In a mixer mix all ingredients just until the dough comes together. Put two teaspoons of dough at a time between the palms of your hand and form into balls. Arrange balls on baking sheet, spacing 1/2 inch apart. Bake cookies until golden brown on bottom and pale golden on top. Gently roll warm cookies in powdered sugar and then transfer to cooling rack and cool completely. Store in airtight container. Best if eaten within the week but it is doubtful they will last that long…these are seriously addicting.


Note: My little girl has a dairy and nut allergy I make these for her with Vegan, non-dairy “butter” and I omit the nuts.