Coconut Macaroons

This is the cookie for coconut lovers, toasty on the outside, chewy on the inside, and so easy to make. You can dip them in melted chocolate like a Mounds bar – but I prefer them as is. Your call.  Continue reading

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Cannoli Cookies

I spent a big chunk of time baking yesterday. The great part about stockpiling cookie dough in the freezer, when you’re ready for a bake-a-thon – you can produce four or five different cookies without having to attend a cookie swap!

These cannoli cookies are light, soft, and flavored with ricotta, orange zest, and mini chocolate chips. They make a great addition to your holiday cookie tray!  Continue reading

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

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Ten Days Until Christmas!


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Looking South – Christmas Decor

I was out and about yesterday morning in the freezing cold, but this wreath stopped me dead in my tracks. It’s got everything – pinecones, bells, poinsettia, reindeer, holly berries, and a pretty red bow! It was most likely purchased at Woolworth’s back when LBJ was president, and adorned the door of this home every year since. It reminded me of when we first moved to South Philly and our neighbors would decorate their windows with elves, Santas, and Putz houses – not trying to be retro or kitschy, it was just what they had on hand. And it was fantastic! Sadly, a lot of them have passed away, and the pixie elves and bottle brush trees have been replaced by giant inflatable Grinches. So thanks Wharton Street resident for the memory jog!



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Raspberry Bow Tie Cookies

I’ve been wanting to make a filled cookie, and I consider these jewels of the tins! An easy five ingredient dough, filled with raspberry jam, and dusted with confectioner’s sugar. They’re fun to make, and a nice addition to your holiday cookie trays!  Continue reading

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Looking South – Mural in Progress

10th & Dickinson.

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Deck the Halls

The tree is up. This year we decided to go with the Evergleam aluminum Christmas tree. It was manufactured in Manitowoc, Wisconsin in 1958. They were sold in Montgomery Ward catalogs and a six foot tree like ours went for $100 – a lot of money back then! Aluminum trees were advertised as futuristic, low maintenance, with no messy needles, no allergies, no drying out, and creating a fire hazard like a fresh cut tree. However, stringing lights on them was a safety concern, instead they were lit by a spinning color wheel placed on the floor. We love our shiny tree!


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Pizza Bread

The holidays will be here before you know it. If you’re having people over, and want to impress – make this bread. It’s easy, requires no fancy equipment but a spoon, and it’s GOOD! Serve it with a dish of warm marinara for dipping, and you’ll be the toast of the town!  Continue reading

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Hawaiian Wedding Cake

Just when we’re pied out from Thanksgiving, Joe’s birthday rolls around and it’s time for cake! This Hawaiian Wedding cake is named for the addition of crushed pineapple and coconut, and it’s delicious! It could also be baked as muffins without the frosting and hold up just fine. The great thing about this cake is that it can be made from ingredients you have in your cupboard.  Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Joe!

My favorite fella turns a year older today! There will be cake and manicotti and dancing girls and a cat who is doing his damnedest to destroy our sofa. Happy birthday Dahlink!


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Portrait of Plywood

Now that the weather has gotten cooler, he’s taking his afternoon naps in a pool of sunlight on a bed on the second floor – and plotting world domination.


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Looking South – Shari Lewis Wept


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Happy Thanksgiving!

I am truly thankful for all of the blessings bestowed upon my family and me.

I am also thankful that I work at an old printer that has a terrific stash of vintage clipart. That’s where I scored the beauty above. At one time, these quickly rendered illustrations were impossible to avoid. They appeared over and over again in ads particularly in newspapers. This fellow was probably carving the same bird in advertisements for decades.

Now if I could only score a sports jacket like this guy, I wouldn’t ask for anything else!

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