Appalachian Thursday–The Best, Last Thanksgiving

I like Thanksgiving almost as much as Easter. It combines gratitude with amazing food and those are two of my favorite things. And Thanksgiving at our family farm has long held a special place in my heart. When I was a kid, Thanksgiving most years centered on my Mom’s family. My grandparents, my aunt andContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–The Best, Last Thanksgiving”

Celebrate Autumn with Apple Crumb Pie

A friend from church used to bring the most amazing apple crumb pies to potluck dinners. I took pride in my homemade pie crust and had to confess, her’s was better. Not to mention those melting apple slices and sweet sugar topping! So I broke down and asked Marilyn what her secret was. She lookedContinue reading “Celebrate Autumn with Apple Crumb Pie”

Happy WV Day (two days late)

Saturday was West Virginia Day. Don’t worry, gifts aren’t expected. (Although one of those little black bears carved out of coal is always nice.) We had friends over for dinner and served food seasoned with WV sea salt (no, it’s not a joke–check out JG Dickinson Salt Works.). There was a bouquet of rhododendron (theContinue reading “Happy WV Day (two days late)”

Appalachian Thursday–Better with Butter!

Until the Harvest officially released this week. To celebrate, my publisher put together a fabulous giveaway that I couldn’t have designed any better myself. Food is such an important part of my books. Families gather around the table. Friends carry food to loved ones in times of crisis. Feasts are prepared in celebration. Just asContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Better with Butter!”

Appalachian Thursday – Ramps!

It’s ramp season in Appalachia. Back in WV, April has long been the month for ramp suppers usually featuring a “mess” of the pungent onion/garlic/leeks alongside beans, cornbread, ham, and potatoes. Dessert can be assumed. We didn’t much go to ramp suppers. LOTS of people didn’t go. Because, well, lots of people don’t much likeContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Ramps!”

Appalachian Thursday–Seed Catalogs

I still have to work hard to resist them. The catalogs filled with beautiful, full-color images of corn and strawberries and squash and green beans . . . I don’t even have a garden. Oh, I sometimes grow a pot of tomatoes on the porch or plant some herbs in the flower bed, but IContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Seed Catalogs”

Appalachian Thursday–New Year’s Greens

Although pork and cabbage is a more traditional New Year’s Day meal back in West Virginia, I’ve adapted to the south with its collard greens and black-eyed peas. Tradition dictates that you eat greens (whether cabbage, collards, or some other kind) to represent folding money. Black-eyed peas represent coins. Pork is traditional because pigs rootContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–New Year’s Greens”

My letter to Santa

What do you want for Christmas? I’ve probably posed that question to every child I know and I’ve been asked it by several friends and family members. It’s the, “Hi, how are you?” of the season. So how does one answer such a question? Kids are great–they want real baby dragons, and red hair ribbons,Continue reading “My letter to Santa”

Appalachian Thursday–Great Gifts from WV

Have you finished your shopping yet? I’m just about done and I’ve even wrapped everything and shipped the gifts that need to go to family I won’t see this holiday season. Which means I have time to help YOU shop! And what would I recommend but some great gifts from West Virginia? CONSUMABLES As IContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Great Gifts from WV”

Appalachian Thursday–Christmas Countdown

Guess what? It’s 21 days ’til Christmas! Yup, Christmas is just three weeks away. Are you ready? Are you counting down with joy and anticipation? Or is there a little how-will-I-get-everything-done dread mixed in there? When I was little, we had a count-down to Christmas wall hanging my mom made. It was in the shape ofContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Christmas Countdown”