Grandma’s Christmas Candy Cake

Old-Fashioned Version 2 cups sifted flour 3 tsp. baking powder ¼ tsp. salt 1 cup sugar ½ cup lard (shortening) 3 eggs, separated. Put egg whites in the refrigerator. ¾ cup milk 1 tsp. vanilla   Sift flour, baking powder and salt three times. Work shortening with...

(Un) Focus, won’t you?

At times, my writing focus is about as clear as swamp water. Sometimes I inadvertently go on a writing sabbatical. Things get in the way. When the “match” goes out, it’s like getting a D.C. politician to tell the truth challenging to restart the...

Three Easy Rules That Will Change your “Comma Life” Forever

Commas have never intentionally hurt you, have they? Okay, maybe you made a bad grade or two on a school paper because you used the two-inch rule; that is, you placed a comma every two inches on your term paper just to show your instructor you were seriously trying....

Just Connect Me, Dahling!

Verella awoke to the sound of her wrist ringing. Her wrist wasn’t really ringing, but the compact instrument strapped to it demanded her attention in a screechy, nagging tenor. “Yes?” she whispered groggily, pushing her RESpond button. Her other hand rubbed her temple...

Homemade Chicken & Biscuits

  I found this recipe online, Jodi-ized it, and now I want to share it. Once you make it, you’ll probably add it to your family favorites. It’s fast, easy, and my family loves it. I don’t make homemade biscuits anymore because the flour seems to...