Warm in Winter

Old man winter gets a bad rap sometimes.  Cold weather is often blamed for aches and pains, and depressed moods, especially on rainy, gloomy days.  There is conflicting research about whether weather actually does anything to alter moods, worsen depression or cause arthritis pains.  I think everyone can agree that a cold, rainy, gray day makes one want to curl …

Thanksgiving Memories

Up early this morning to bake sweet potatoes for my casserole, I started thinking about Thanksgiving memories. I always get emotional around the holidays, especially since my family is far away. So I throw myself into making way too much of my Granny’s cornbread dressing, my mama’s sweet potato souffle’ and green bean casserole with beans from my daddy’s garden. …

Who Won the Cookie Contest, and What IS Cherry Bounce, Anyway?

Our “Homemade Happiness” week finished on a high note with our homemade cookie contest and then happy hour featuring homemade Cherry Bounce made by residents . Chef Frank Brigtsen with cooke contest winner, Maria Cangemi Ledet Mrs. Maria Cangemi Ledet won our cookie contest.  Her original recipe, the product of years of trial and error, produced the most amazing chocolate …