In appreciation that Friday has finally arrived I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies.  I try not to buy cookies and store baked goods because they are too convenient.  So, if I really want (NEED) chocolate, I have to get up off the couch and make something.  Sometimes the couch wins, but most of the time my craving does.  I followed the recipe that was on the chocolate chip bag.  They are mighty good.   TGIF!     

Lemon Meringue Pie



The day before Easter this year, I needed a little baking therapy.  Not to mention I needed an Easter dinner dessert.  So, to kill two birds with one stone I picked out something a little more challenging.  I’ve made a lot of pies, but never made a lemon meringue pie – probably because I wasn’t a very big fan of them.  But now, something has changed and I like lemon pie.   After searching for a recipe I settled on one from Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book – Souvenir Edition.  Making the pie was a bit time-consuming but I liked the way everything seemed to come together.         



I used a store-bought freezer crust.  Typically, I would make my own but I had one on hand and decided since I was attempting a new, and time-consuming recipe, I’d cheat a little.            

Baked Pie Crust


 I used a fresh lemon for zest and juice.       

Lemon Zest


Lemon Juice
Lemon Juice


Cooked Pie Filling


Peaked Meringue


The meringue was a lot easier to make than I had anticipated.  Turned out great – wouldn’t hesitate to make it again.         

And, here is the finished product… Not bad for a newbie!          It was a hit!        

The Finished Pie

My first cookbook came from


Grandma S


My sister and I recently received some cookbooks that belonged to my grandmother. As I was going through the books and her recipe cards, memories flooded my mind and impelled me to take a closer look at my first cookbook. 


From what I can tell, my first cookbook was a gift from, none other than, my grandmother. She gave it to me when I was fourteen, she passed away when I was eighteen. Fortunately for me, she inscribed the date in the book she gave me giving me a way to verify my claim. The book was The Joy of Cooking Vol. 2., specializing in appetizers, desserts & baked goods. The Joy of Cooking has some pretty extravagant recipes in it, and it reminds me of the eloquent side of my grandmother.  


What amazes me is how on target she was when she gave me my first cookbook. I love baking and desserts, and I love to make appetizers. I relate both to of the art of entertaining, something she also seemed very interested in.   

I believe appetizers should get your attention. They‘re an introduction to the good things yet to come. Desserts on the other hand should offer a grand finale, a big bang ending, leaving you with a lasting impression you’re not soon to forget, just like the memories I have of my grandmother.