I had started to take down all the Christmas decorations. The dining room and kitchen were finished and I had moved onto the family room and fireplace. As I removed all the colorful figurines, stockings and garland, I found myself getting gloomy. So, I put them back up! It’s only 354 days until Christmas and I still have a smile on my face.Read More →

When making this yummy turkey I used a Fresh Young Turkey at 22 pounds. It was so juicy and tender. There was no need to add butter if it already is pre-basted.  For a super tasty bird brine it overnight first. 22  pound Turkey 1/8 teaspoon Basil 1/2 teaspoon Poultry Seasoning Paprika 1/4 cup Salt; I prefer Kosher Sea Salt 1 1/2 cups Chicken broth; For basting Turkey 1/8 teaspoon Oregano 1  cube butter; Optional for basting Turkey… I love it any way I can get it.  It does have to be cooked first thought.  This one is ready to go into the oven and thenRead More →

Turkey stuffing for those of us who used to hate stuffing. I started making this dressing many years ago and it’s always been a hit. Can be prepared the day before and then baked with Turkey the next day. For a vegetarian version use Knorrs vegetable cubes prepared in water to replace chicken broth. 18 Servings INGREDIENTS RICE MIXTURE: 1 cup unsalted butter 1/2 cup mild onions ; chopped into small pieces 1/2 cup celery ; chopped into small pieces 1 cup Basamati rice 1 1/2 cup chicken broth 1 pinch saffron ; optional 1 teaspoon ground sea salt ; or to taste 1/2 teaspoonRead More →

Originally this image was posted on KCinAZ in December of 2013, but I was never truly satisfied with how it turned out. I hope you’re not getting tired of seeing it again and again in different stages.  Last year I was still just getting back into Photoshop and was in a learning phase when I posted the first version in December 2013. If you would like to see how the first post processing turnout out here is the link; http://kcinaz.me/2013/12/24/winter-at-central-park/. This time I’m much more pleased with how it turned out.  First, I cropped out the street and set my focus on the building. InRead More →

These two pictures were taken in Toronto, Canada by my best friend LG.  This was one of their first snows early in the winter season just a few weeks before they lost power for several day.  They were lucky to have a fireplace to help keep them warm.   I like the brave sole who ventured out at early evening for a brisk cycle!  Many years ago I lived in Toronto for awhile and loved the city.  However, the cold didn’t agree with me and I returned to Phoenix AZ after 3 1/2 years. 45 minutes later….  I must confess a correction 😀 … theRead More →

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  I’ve been busy wrapping presents and going out for last minute gifts.  I did finally find the perfect gift for that friend who has everything and then a bottle of Chocolate Port for my hubby at one of my favorite specialty groceries here in Southern Arizona; AJ’s.  No, we are not in Central Park!  Though I do long to go back.  This is one of those images that takes me to a Christmas like setting like when I was growing up in Idaho.  Here in Arizona, we do not get snow and I do miss it at Christmas.  Not the coldRead More →