Care Package with Banana Cookie Bread Recipe

This Banana Cookie Bread is a yummy recipe to make for gifts, care packages, hostess gifts, or an after school snack for the kids!

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I think of November as “count your blessings month,” although every day of the year should be the same. Do we have food, clothing, a home, and love? Yes, a zillion times yes!

We ponder, we plan, we make our dreams come true. Most of us have holiday get togethers to look forward to, and if not, we’re invited to one. We are truly blessed!

I love this quote: We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out. -Ray Bradbury

Banana Cookie Cake

I loved hearing the other day my daughter on the phone with a friend at college. The laughter, happiness, blessings … it was evident that she was reaching out and having a good time on Face Time.

She then told me she wanted to put together a care package for her friend, and mail it off to the college.

Thanksgiving Memories and Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes

Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes at

Today I’m sharing a “not-your-traditional” mashed potatoes recipe, but a more easy, gourmet Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes recipe! I’m thankful for … are the words we hear every day during the month of November. Our hearts are full of gratitude and love, and for me, I love to reminisce about...

Being Hospitable with Black Bean Tacos with Roasted Salsa

Black Bean Tacos with Roasted Salsa #tacos #tacotuesday #reluctantentertainer #recipe

Join me and my friend Gina {Skinnytaste} today, each sharing a Taco Tuesday recipe, mine a simple Black Bean Tacos with Roasted Salsa, Gina’s a Thai Chicken Peanut Lettuce Taco recipe! My friend, Gina, inspires me. She is always putting positive quotes and sayings on her Facebook page, and there’s very...

“I Remember When” and Turkey Mushroom Cranberry Risotto

Turkey Mushroom Cranberry Risotto #reluctantentertainer #leftovers #Thanksgiving #recipe

This Turkey Mushroom Cranberry Risotto is perfect for leftover turkey and is also freezable! Enjoy! The time has come: We won’t be gathering anymore on our side patio, enjoying meals and the beauty around us with friends, as the colder weather sets in in Oregon. I’m not complaining, because...

Favorite Holiday Things $100 Crate and Barrel

Favorite Holiday Things $100 Crate and Barrel

Today I’m sharing my Favorite Holiday Things at Crate and Barrel, plus giving away a $100 gift card! Happy Saturday, Friends. Today I’m sharing a few of my “favorite holiday things” from Crate and Barrel. No, this post is not sponsored by them, it’s just my way of saying...