Hometown gratitude list

Praise the bridge that carried you over.”  ~George Colman As the old year winds down, one of my favorite practices is to make a list of all the blessings in my life — people, places, and things for which I’m most grateful. In this week’s Royal Oak Patch column I share more than a dozen […]

Decking the halls

“A house is a home when it shelters the body and comforts the soul.” — Phillip Moffitt It’s always an honor to have your home featured in the “Homestyle” section of The Detroit News. Here’s a link to the article that runs this weekend, featuring our 1927 Tudor-revival home decorated for Christmas. Design writer Jeanine […]

Scottish Bread Pudding

Food is the most primitive form of comfort.” — Sheilah Graham Second only to a perfect bowl of homemade soup, Scottish bread pudding is pure comfort food. Simple and satisfying. I remember waiting patiently at the kitchen table while my frugal Scottish Grandmother, an Orkney Islands native, turned stale bread and a handful of raisins […]

True gifts

The only gift is a portion of thyself” — Ralph Waldo Emerson By this time, only the sanest among us haven’t gone Christmas-crazy. The rest of us are baking, cooking, addressing cards, planning holiday meals, shopping for holiday meals, decking the halls, scouting the malls for last-minute gifts, and trying to make cameo appearances at […]

Oh, winter!

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter.  Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.”  ~Andrew Wyeth Unlike artist Andrew Wyeth, I don’t “prefer” winter. I’ll never warm up to the cold reality of bundling up in […]

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