I've been preparing the same basic, traditional Thanksgiving menu for almost 35 years now. But in the past few years, our children have grown up, married and now have families of their own. Our tastes have changed, and our lives are more hectic. So what's a Diva to do? I've decided to create a new family Thanksgiving tradition with a schedule and menu that fits our lifestyle ... and you can, too!
We're a granola-eating family. When the tall jar in our pantry reads almost empty, it's time to stir up and bake a new batch. It's never a chore, because the fresh homemade taste of heart-healthy oats with nuts and dried fruit always satisfies, whether combined with yogurt and berries at breakfast, or sprinkled over a scoop of ice cream for an evening dessert.
This has been a beautiful fall in our part of Missouri. And a bonus is coming! According to local meteorologists, we’re going to have a spectacular display of color from the leaves above. That is, if we don’t get a hard-killing freeze first. One thing is for sure. Summer’s shady canopy is ab…
Halloween can trace its origins to Ireland and is based on the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, during which people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off spirits. Halloween has since become a day to play pranks and don costumes while going door-to-door seeking treats from neighbors.
What's better this fall than taking leisurely family walks to grab some fresh air and enjoy the stimulation of the outdoors? While everyone might recognize houses and neighbors, and get caught up in collecting fallen leaves along the way, this time can also draw everyone's attention to new discoveries ... like taking a closer look at the bark on trees. Is it knobbly and cracked? Talk about the colors and shapes. Some might even look like pieces to a puzzle. How does bark from an oak look different from that of a maple?
Kids can’t celebrate Halloween without asking neighbors, “Trick or treat?” Pranks might be part and parcel of Halloween, but treats are what many goblins and ghouls anticipate the most come Oct. 31.
I'm already bracing for cold and flu season. I've taken all the preventive steps that my doctor recommended. I've also decided to work on natural ways to boost my immune system.
Halloween is a great time to indulge in horror movie marathons. There are plenty of classic films to enjoy, but this year has also provided some new material for the scary movie lexicon. The following are the flicks causing scares and screams for 2019.
Festive Halloween treats can be easily concocted with a little imagination. Crafting a homemade chocolate and candy bark is one way to incorporate many of the candies and other treats synonymous with Halloween in a single delicious bite.
Nutrition and Halloween do not necessarily go hand in hand. While many parents may go to great lengths to ensure their youngsters’ Halloween treats offer at least a little nutritional value, the bulk of costumed kids’ hauls still tends to be candy.
For years, it was an October tradition in our neighborhood to drop in at my friend's preholiday arts and crafts sale. Opening the heavy front door of her turn-of-the-century home, we were drawn in from the outdoor chill by the aroma of warm, freshly baked pumpkin bread served on trays in the…
Whenever I'm thinking about ways to add variety to chicken recipes, my spice rack always provides inspiration. Freshly ground peppercorns add a much-needed boost to the mild flavors of chicken, pork and fish. They come in a variety of shades, including white, green, pink, red and black. The …
There is an area in Italy, located at the foothills of the Alps, called Alto Adige that is the total antithesis of Italy, the Italian character and even Italian wine.