Pantry Pasta

So this past Friday night I was struck with the urge to use my freshly re-stocked pantry to cook myself a lovely dinner. First, I must clarify that like all foodies and wishful ‘Martha Stewart types’ our pantries have a few not so common items in them. However, my pantry is pretty user simple and…

Snowflakes….Real Vs. Figurative

According to Miriam-Websters Dictionary a Snowflake is a flake or crystal of ice or snow, noun. Having grown up in the Northeast in Southern New England our  winters were either light to tolerable snow, or seriously 3 feet per month!!! All depending on the how Mother Nature feels that particular day. In recent years the Northeast has…

2017….My Year…

PART I-The back story On January 1, 2017 I decided that 2017 is going to be My year for a number of reasons. Some selfish, some not. But things need to change, and in big ways, take no prisoners wa… Source: 2017….My Year…

Yankee makes Southern Pecan Pie

Southern Pecan Pies have always been a tradition in my house for every Thanksgiving and Christmas. My Amma would make the crust by hand (I have yet to master that), and then carefully place each pecan half in the bottom of the pie plate and delicately pour the mixture of karo, eggs, sugar and eye-balled…

Thanksgiving Week

  It is Monday. It is Thanksgiving week. Let the stress of the season commence. I highly recommend the following to help you get through it without ending up in the looney-bin. I often get asked how I stay so calm during the Holiday Season, especially when I not only had to organize and execute…

REAL Napkins…not paper ones.

Why cloth napkins (linen preferred)? Why not? They are not just for white table clothe restaurants, weddings or special occasions. Cloth napkins are practical and even environmentally good to use (think diapers, though kind of gross when imagining dinner). What ever happened to giving table linens as gifts or registering for them when you get…

It’s Holiday Season!!!

With the Holiday Season fast approaching I feel it necessary for this PSA announcement…The Northern Damsel will be using the phrases ‘Merry Christmas’, ‘Happy Hanukkah’, and ‘God Bless’. I will not be saying Happy Holidays in order to cover all the bases and not offend anyone. I will also be sharing some of my favorite…

Thank You Notes

How many of you actually know what a Thank You note is? How many of you have actually written a Thank You note? Not an email. An actual Thank You note, and put it in the mail? With a stamp? I am a huge fan of Thank You notes. They are personal and show the…

Guide to my isms:

I have several signature looks and isms. One of my best and worst traits maybe that I tend to let my eyes, face and body language say what I am trying so hard to keep the words that are in my head from coming out. A perfect example of this is when I ask someone…

Brussels….

  Brussel Sprouts. I will admit that not until about two years ago did I even want to put one near my nose or mouth. However, with the trend of super foods and yes, trying to eat healthier, I ordered some at restaurant. It did help that they were cooked in duck fat with Nuskees…

Table Manners

Basic Table Manners I am disgusted by children, teenagers and adults who do not know basic table manners, etiquette, and how to function in a society where you are always being watched. Thank you social media. I am not perfect, nor do I pretend to be, but seriously one does not shovel food in their…