A Housewife’s Holiday — The Homestead Blog

by Isis Quan When we think of the 1920s woman, images of the fashionable “It” girl, the budding career woman, or the dauntless suffragist may come to mind. We characterize the ‘20s as a transitional period for women, where stereotypes were challenged and voices were raised in outcry. Undoubtedly, the decade saw the roles of […]…

Tuesday Tips: Tempering Chocolate

Tempering is the process of melting and cooling chocolate so it will be smooth and glossy and perfect for making chocolate-dipped confections. Chocolate that isn’t tempered will look awful and will not properly set-up. For best results, use high-quality dark bar chocolate. On the stove Finely chop 1 pound dark, milk or white chocolate. Combine…

Thursday Treat: Hoot Owl Cookies

Hoot sweet! Aren’t these the cutest? And really easy to make too! Micky’s Hoot Owl Cookies INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 cup butter 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon soda 1 teaspoon cream of tartar 4 cups flour 1 cup powdered cocoa 20-25 whole cashews DIRECTIONS Beat sugar, butter eggs and vanilla until…

Writing a Story is Like Making Candy

Both are a Blend of Science and Magic Whether crafting stories or candies, one must begin with some basic rules or recipes; the science part, if you will. Stories begin using the science of language (linguistics), which includes the rules of grammar [phonology (sound), morphology (word structure), syntax (the combination of words into sentences), semantics…

Answering James Lipton’s Ten Questions

On his television program Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton, at the end of each interview, Mr. Lipton asks his guests ten specific questions. Mr. Lipton’s questionnaire concept was originated by French television personality Bernard Pivot on his show Apostrophes, after the Proust Questionnaire. Who knew there were so many questionnaires, right? At any…

Happy Mother’s Day to All

I was blessed to have a great mom but I know not every one does. And I know that there are all kinds of moms in the world – it’s not always about biology.  To those moms who foster kids and to those who adopt and to those of you with step kids, I salute you all. And…

Show Off Your Sweet Side This Valentine’s Day

(Family Features) Treat family, friends and co-workers to something they will all love this Valentine’s Day by making easy and impressive cookies. Start with your favorite roll-out cookie recipe or simply dress up store-bought ones by adding some simple details with icing. From the cupids at Wilton, here are three ways to leave them smitten…

Oh Christmas List! Oh Christmas List!

‘Tis the season for making lists: places to go, people to see, decorations to hang, meals to plan and cook and oh so many goodies to bake; gifts to buy and wrap and bells to jingle…but in our hustling and bustling and jovial celebrations, let us not forget that at the heart of Christmas is the spirit…

Celebrating #NationalCocoaDay

“While cocoa can now be enjoyed in an endless array of products around the world, this delicacy has history that’s equally rich and compelling.” World Cocoa Foundation “From German chocolate cake to Swiss cocoa, today, people … enjoy chocolate in thousands of different forms, consuming more than 3 million tons of cocoa beans annually. Throughout…