Low Country “Boil”

I guess this is a food blog now. Bodie requested a low country boil for dinner on Memorial Day. I was a little intimidated by this meal because I am not a seafood eater and I definitely do not know how to cook it. However, I remembered that one of my trusty Ina Garten cookbooks […]

Lasagna Soup: Perfect Winter Dinner

I love soup and, thankfully, so does my family. Various chilis, chicken noodle, and sausage tortellini soup are frequently on the menu at Casa Slagel. Last year I made a recipe for lasagna soup that was mentioned by a friend and it quickly became a favorite. It’s easy to assemble, too! This is the recipe […]

My Tried and True Recipe Source: Barefoot Contessa

I always turn to my idol, Ina Garten, for recipes when I want to wow a crowd.  I’m particularly fond of her desserts.  Somehow, despite owning the cookbook that features the recipe, I’d never made Ina’s Winter Minestrone.  A dear friend mentioned it the other day and, with our temperatures finally cooling down, I was […]

Book B*tches–FINALLY!

My favorite night each month hadn’t happened since February due to Covid.  I am thrilled to report that we are back in action and better than ever!  I was supposed to host back in the spring, but ‘Rona happend.  We picked up where we left off and I hosted last Thursday.  My pick was An […]

Holiday Happenings

I’ve been jingling all the way this week! So many fun holiday events are filling up the calendar. But first, I had to deck my halls. I picked up my wreaths that I ordered during the Cancer Society’s greenery sale last week and they’re just as beautiful as years past. Once again, I hung them […]

Grandad’s Apple Orchard

On a whim the kids and I headed to Grandad’s Apples N’ Such in Hendersonville, NC, Sunday morning.  Hendersonville is less than an hour from Greenville and such a wonderful, easy day trip.  Or even half day trip.  A friend suggested Grandad’s after I mentioned how crowded our usual apple picking place gets on the […]