It’s All Gravy!

Making gravy for your turkey dinner is simple and a thousand times better than what you can buy in a jar. Using the neck, a part that most people discard – adds flavor to the stock, along with vegetables that you probably already have on hand, such as carrots, celery, onions, and garlic. This really isn’t a set recipe, it’s more of a guideline of what to do with what you have!

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas 2018
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Tuckered Out from the Holidays

Tissue Box Pillow

A tissue box makes a fairly serviceable pillow for Plywood the cat. The hustle and bustle of the holidays has him all worn out.

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South Philly Does Christmas

Part of the magic of South Philly at Christmastime, is how they decorate. An ornate, weathered alley gate is adorned with an evergreen wreath.

This store with a security gate showcases a red ribbon vintage wreath complete with a bell and bunches of grapes that most likely belonged to their Nonna. Down the block, is a gorgeous window box with evergreen branches, holly berries, and stars.

Nativity scenes share large picture windows with Santa Claus, and a small side street is lined on both sides with inflatable characters. Here’s hoping that South Philly remains it’s goofy, gritty, nostalgic, unique self. Merry Christmas!

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Giving the Tree a Trim

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Truck Mascots – The Holiday Edition

The Philadelphia Fire Department gets into the spirit!

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Vanilla Meringues

Last week, I made espresso meringues, and came to the realization that not everyone is a coffee fan. So, it was back to the KitchenAid stand mixer, this time for a pink tinted, vanilla version to add some color to the cookie tins.

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Christmas Ornaments

We got our tree on Sunday, it’s always fun to unpack the ornaments we’ve collected over the years. One of my favorites is the red teapot in the upper left hand corner – it’s handblown, made in Germany. The handmade ornament floundered there after World War I, that’s when Americans mechanized the process.  Ornaments were mass produced, then sent out to other companies to be decorated – the largest being the “Shiny-Brite”.

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Espresso Meringues


Espresso meringues are relatively simple to make – they’re light and airy, and the combination of coffee and chocolate are delicious. Piped through a star icing tip, these cookies will be the perfect addition to your holiday cookie tins!  

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Elf on Montrose Street

South Philly decorates!



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