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Six Fun and Creative Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year

In Holidays On January 31, 2014 Comments Off on Six Fun and Creative Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is determined by the Chinese lunar calendar and falls in between January and February. Gung Hey Fat Choy! Today, January 31st, marks the beginning of… Read More »

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‘Twas Three Days After Christmas…a Fun-Loving Cookie Exchange

In Holidays On December 29, 2013 Comments Off on ‘Twas Three Days After Christmas…a Fun-Loving Cookie Exchange

‘Twas three days after Christmas Do you wonder if you Caught the vision this year?   Sometimes we don’t, And sometimes we do, And it’s not rocket science… Read More »

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Christmas Pizelles

In Holidays On December 22, 2013 Comments Off on Christmas Pizelles

Like family Christmas newsletters, sharing and receiving homemade goodies during the holiday is one of the many things I love about Christmas.  When living in New York, our… Read More »


Wicked Good Halloween Recipes

In Holidays On October 30, 2013 Comments Off on Wicked Good Halloween Recipes

After last night’s World Series win, I couldn’t resist calling this post “wicked good” Halloween recipes. Way to go boys! Our family has hosted many a Halloween party… Read More »


A Stress-Free Petite Party

In Holidays On August 19, 2013 Comments Off on A Stress-Free Petite Party

With the holidays upon us, what could be better than an easy, relaxing and stress-free gathering? Here are some of my tips and recipes for the perfect tapas… Read More »


Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring!

In Holidays On March 26, 2013 Comments Off on Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring!

I love North Carolina and spring is definitely in the air. The birds are chirping. The grass is bright green and ready to be cut again and I’ve… Read More »


Irish Soda Bread

In Holidays On March 1, 2013 Comments Off on Irish Soda Bread

St. Patrick’s Day Menu at the Johnson’s: Irish Soda Bread, Irish Stew, and Colcannon. Give it a try!

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Cinnamon Buns

In Breads, Holidays On December 25, 2012 2 Comments

This is hands down the best recipe for Cinnamon Rolls! My friend Ronda from Asheville posted a comment about her friend Brundi’s amazing Cinnamon Rolls. Well, my hubby… Read More »


The Best Bread Pudding Ever

In Holidays On December 24, 2012 Comments Off on The Best Bread Pudding Ever

This is our family’s favorite recipe for bread pudding! This recipe comes from the Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina. Cubes of dry breadare soaked in a yummy… Read More »


Stuffed Flank Steak

In Holidays On December 18, 2012 Comments Off on Stuffed Flank Steak

Flank steak filled rubbed with fresh parsley and garlic, filled with fresh spinach leaves, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and breadcrumbs is simmered in an Italian gravy. This has… Read More »


Cooking With Elise at The Matthews House

In Holidays On November 29, 2012 Comments Off on Cooking With Elise at The Matthews House

From the moment I entered The Matthews House in Cary, NC I felt the warmth and joy surrounding this magnificent home. I did not and could not imagine… Read More »


Ginger Cake Squares

In Desserts, Holidays On November 21, 2012 2 Comments

This recipe was adapted from a ginger cake recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks, The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Cheryl and Griff Day. Every… Read More »