The Pandemic is Just Another Excuse to Read a Good Book

By Martha B Dear International Neighbor: This letter is “Everything I never told you”* about my life and all the reading I have done over the past twelve months. I started the year off with “Intimations”* that all signs showed that 2020 was going to be another great...

Bucket List 2021: Kick-Off For A Transformation

By Marja My interpretation of a bucket list differs from its common understanding as presented in typical internet sites even though their basic premises originate from the same motivational source. An article defines the term in the apt way I can also subscribe:...

Help, I’ve been bamboozled!

By Marcy Bamboozled? With a silly sounding word like that, it couldn’t be too serious. English has a lot of silly words so let’s have some fun and look at a few of them. If you’ve been bamboozled, you’ve been snookered, hoodwinked, led by the nose, or had the wool...

A Few Words about the Vaccine

By Shirley The New Year started with a sense of hope and relief to everyone. Amid good wishes for the New Year, I heard more than once the hope put on the vaccine which would soon let life return to its normal course. But after a while, the comments started to give me...

Gingerbread cookies

By Robyn And here is my time-honored recipe for Gingerbread men and women: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit Blend until creamy: 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup brown sugar Beat in: 1/2 cup dark molasses Mix together: 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda...

Cranberry Nut Bars from Ocean Spray

By Melissa INGREDIENTS 2 eggs 1 cup sugar 1 cup flour 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted 1 1/4 cups Ocean Spray® Fresh or Frozen Cranberries 1/2 cup chopped walnuts DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch baking pan. Beat eggs in a medium mixing bowl until...

Buche de Noel

Martha B. Here is my recipe for Buche de Noel. It is always a favorite and good for a small group of 8 to 10. Separate 5 eggs with whites in one bowl and yolks in another. Beat the egg whites with mixer at high speed until soft peaks form; add 1t lemon juice and 1 t...

Buckeyes

By Carole This is candy that looks like the nut from the buckeye tree, a common tree in Ohio (and the state tree). Ingredients: 3 pounds confectioner’s sugar 1 pound margarine (room temperature) 2 pounds creamy peanut butter 1 12-ounce bag chocolate chips 1 inch...

Christmas Fruit Cookies

By Helen Anna Klauenberg Peters 1 lb raisins 1/2 lb walnuts 2 eggs 2/3 cup butter 1 cup sugar 2 cups flour 1/2 tsp cloves 1 tsp cinnamon 2 tsp baking soda (in 1/3 cup hot water) 5 tbsp bourbon whiskey Grind raisins & walnuts together in food processor; save for...