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November is the best...

Today is Honey’s birthday. An honorable day to be sure! 8 people years/ 56 dog years and still holding strong.

Honey & James, 2010

Honey & James, 2010

November was once my favorite month because of my birthday; in my childhood days, I looked forward to this month because I could not wait to turn another year older. Ha! Stupid, youthful, Ruth—you never dreamed you would begin to hate gaining another year! But these days, I love November for a whole new set of reasons.

Firstly, my married children (3 out of 4) have all wed individuals with November birthdays. I often joke that I hate sharing my birthday month (you know, celebrations all month long—it’s a thing) with them but it just makes these 30 days all the more special.

Second, the weather will definitely turn this month. Cool, almost cold nights and crisp mornings that smell like damp leaves, cozy sweaters, fireplaces burning, warm cider simmering on the stove, pies baking in the oven, all of the senses are involved in the changing of the season.

Third, Thanksgiving is one of my all time favorite holidays. We host a crowd at our house and eat So. Much. Food. Card games are played (Oh Heck is a family tradition) and puzzles are assembled. We’ll take pictures, trying to secure the Christmas card image. Oh, and the Turkey Trot is definitely happening. It’s all family goodness packed into a couple of days. And it’s all about giving thanks because we have so much to be thankful for in this country.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Pie

Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Pie

Let’s do this, November! I’m ready.

Thanksgiving items are available to order online. Please order these items separately from your weekly menu items. Also making their debut at the online site are the Holiday goodies. Feel free to add these at any time, but keep in mind that for the gift boxes & platters, we may need more notice than 24 hours.

We have a great soup on the menu this week and breakfast is available to order through Sunday. I am here for your questions – Ruth 214/675-1932.

Sniff, sniff. I'm catching a whiff of Fall!

I could never live in a cold climate. NEVER. I’m the girl who has always stated – I’d rather be hot than cold. Any.Day.Of.The.Year. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate it when the temperature begins to lean toward the 60s. Because I suffer from that uncomfortable syndrome which causes my feet and hands to turn numb when my core gets too cold, I tend to prefer heat. But there are also some pretty amazing things I love about cooler weather.
1. Sweaters. Duh-I’m a girl so I tend to think in terms of What-to-Wear when it applies to seasonal changes.
2. Boots. See above. We live in Texas so of course there are the obligatory cowboy boots but Dallasites have an inordinate number of fashion boots that bely our warm weather and cooler temperatures herald the arrival of covered toes!
3. Evening football games. There is nothing like watching the marching band during a half-time show while cuddled under a stadium blanket.
4. Pumpkins. You really can’t put them out in the summer heat even if it’s October 15. They rot really quickly! So it’s nice when the weather cooperates and you can decorate the front of your house with fall bounty.
5. Soup. And stew. I love salads just as much as the next girl but soup is a party in my mouth!!

All of this to say that I am so excited by October being here and actually experiencing an autumnal season. We don’t get a true Fall every year so I hope you will get out and enjoy it.

The menu is fabulous this week (am I allowed to say that?) because it is filled with things I love to eat. Caesar Salad, Pasta Salad, Tortilla Soup and Squash Quiche. I am obsessed with eggplant lately—can’t get enough—and I love this version of non-breaded parmigiana. You can opt to enjoy it with polenta or spaghetti or solo, the choice is yours. And a fabulous brownie rounds out the dessert.

As always, I’m here if you have questions, concerns or suggestions. Have a great week!

Here’s the menu. Order online here. I truly appreciate you when you get your order in early! At a minimum, please order by 10am the day prior to your pickup and be sure to provide your cell number. Pickup schedule at 9800 Preston Road is as follows:

Tuesday 2-4pm
Wednesday 12-5pm
Thursday 11-4pm

All good things must come to an end, especially vacation

Thank you for answering the survey! We’re still tabulating results and will post them here for those of you who are curious about what you answered in relation to other respondents.
We had a lovely week off and wish it were two, but the sun has set on our vacation! No rest for the weary. Idle hands are the devil’s workshop. No time off goes unpunished. Blah, blah, blah.

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So here’s the menu this week…making it so. easy. for. you. You don’t even have to click to see the deliciousness we have in store for you this week. But you do have to click to order here! Please order by 10am the day prior to your pickup. Pickup schedule at 9800 Preston Road is as follows:

Tuesday 2-4pm
Wednesday 12-5pm
Thursday 11-4pm
Friday 11-2pm

SALAD
Creamy Caesar – crisp, sweet romaine, little grape tomatoes, nutty parmesan, housemade croutons and my creamy, anchovy-less dressing. Available in 2 sizes, $15 small (2-3), $20 medium (4-6) GF
Kale Pasta – love, love, love this salad! Featuring bow tie pasta, pine nuts, parmesan and a light garlic olive oil dressing. $20/serves 2-3

ENTREE
Italian-American Meatballs & Pasta – the college boy has requested this for one of his “final meals” before heading back to school! My favorite balls and sauce recipe will knock your socks off. I like a little kick in the sauce and I think you will too. $45/2 dozen meatballs, sauce & pasta, add another dozen for $10 more.

POT PIE
Home Sweet Home – tender chicken breast and sweet green peas in a homestyle gravy like Grandma used to make. $26/pie

QUICHE
Green Chile – I love this simple egg and cheddar pie with the subtle kick of Hatch chiles. Did I mention that I purchased 75 pounds of chiles when I was in New Mexico in July? :)) $22/quiche, whole wheat & GF crust available

DESSERT
Blueberry Pie – pie, pie, me oh my, I love pie! This one-crust wonder is so sweet and luscious. $22/pie

BREAD BONUS
Focaccia – we came upon some delicious, herby, sun-tried tomato-ey focaccia bread at a Farmers Market stand last week and I want to recreate it for you. $6/6 large pieces, avail. with purchase of entree, quiche or pot pie.

As always, call, text or email with questions! 214-675-1932

October was a busy month...let's recap

I spent quite a lot of blog space last month talking about my two youngest — big changes in their lives with beginning college life and getting married. But my eldest son, Jack, also has a birthday in October so I want to share some thoughts on what a blessing he’s been to our lives. You may recall that he too entered matrimonial bliss in 2015, our January wedding to kick off a year of celebrations. He married his sweetheart of 6+ years and they are so well suited! With everything that’s happened these past months, I sometimes forget that they haven’t even celebrated their 1 year anniversary!
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We have a little bit of a running joke in our house about Jack and his sister Kate when they were little bits. They are just 19 months apart (Jack is the eldest) so I often referred to them as my twins. (Duh, wonder why they got married the same year!) The joke is that every picture of the two of them depicted a frowning or crying Jack and a laughing or smiling Kate. I dubbed these images “Tee hee, Boo hoo.” We have often said that Jack could nurse a hurt or injustice longer than anyone! But the truth of the matter is that he is sweet, sensitive and easy going. He is an amazing big brother, a loving husband, a devoted son and the friend that every guy wants.

I love to write. If you haven’t noticed. But the first piece I ever wrote for fun was a children’s story complete with illustrations. I had dreams to have it published but when you are raising four children and just trying to carve out some sanity in your every day life, sometimes thoughts like that are just nice to have as dreams. My book was entitled “Prince Jack” and it was all about the little guy that came into our lives 27 years ago. So happy birthday, Jack – mum loves you.

Prince Jack

P.s. This week’s menu can be found under the “Menu of the Week” tab and here’s a sneak preview of what’s coming for Thanksgiving!

It was beautiful. It was magical. Sigh. Why must we go back to work?

My son’s wedding weekend could not have been more perfect! The bride was stunning. The groom was glowing. The sun was shining. The guests were dancing. So lovely. I think the sign of a great event is how much everyone wants to keep talking about it even after it’s over, basking in the memories.  But alas, it is over. Done. Finis. Until we do it all again in October! Stay tuned…
IMG_3704 Proud parents with the bride and groom.

During my time off, I managed to plan out 3 weeks of menus which makes me feel so organized!  Next week will feature some Super Bowl inspired foods and the following will be a treat to lovers. Back in the kitchen this week, we are trying some new dishes and making some things to satisfy cravings; hope you will find a meal to put on the table for your family!  2015 Menu for Jan 26. And although not on the menu this week, always available are Homestyle Chicken Pot Pie, Beef Pot Roast Pie, Chicken Tortilla Soup and Green Chile Stew.