When it is cold and grey-skied and refuses to snow, I decide to bake! Why not, you know. Hubs was gone all day judging brass players in a music district competition, and both sets of my plans cancelled due to illness and unexpected babysitting, so it was, of course, a much better plan to bake than, say, tidy up the house, you know. But what … Continue reading cake doctor or pantry raid, part dos?
This past Saturday, my little Main-Street-USA town hosted its annual Christmas parade. I look forward to this event each year, as it marks the introduction of the holiday season. Hubs was up and at’em early, since he had to gather his band together to march, and I had a few hours in between the parade and my mom and my mother-in-law both joining me for … Continue reading it’s beginning to taste a lot like christmas
I have always wondered why chocolate is never a featured dessert on a Thanksgiving table. Sure, it’s time to celebrate the harvest of pumpkins and apples, but in my world, chocolate is never out of season. My Frazer side of the family celebrated Thanksgiving on Saturday night, and Mom asked specifically if I would bake a non-pumpkin dessert, since my sister-in-law doesn’t like pumpkin. I … Continue reading a cake you can eat without having to put your big-girl pants on
Since July 10, I have been experiencing an identity crisis of sorts. You see, I changed my name when we got married. I didn’t want to drop my middle name, and I didn’t want to lose my maiden name, so I just decided to add Farley on—having four names is a little muffy-buffy for me, I’m sure it’s pretentious, but hey, this is what I … Continue reading baked apple dumplins
This little Yankee girl ventured down to good ole Jefferson City, Tennessee to study English here and, as you might anticipate, met of lot of friends who hailed from the South. My roommate Jenny came from a solid Spartanburg, South Carolina family of six and a mama who sure can cook. When we got a first apartment, I was ecstatic: we could cook and have friends … Continue reading brown sugar + sparkle city
Each year in Bedford County, Virginia, on the third Saturday of October, folks from all around come to Gross’ Orchard for the Apple Valley Harvest Festival. I love this little festival–which is growing bigger by the bushel. From the orchard view one looks upon the rocks at the top of Sharp Top Mountain while sampling cider, local crafts, bluegrass, pulled barbeque, and alpaca petting. One … Continue reading Apple Valley Harvest mmm mmm GOODNESS!