Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pies

With a population of about 45,000, Santa Barbara in the 1950’s still had a small town feel to it. ALL the shops were locally owned, and since my family had been there since the turn of the century, my folks knew everyone…or so it seemed to me when my mom took me downtown with her on Saturdays. […]

Old Ways

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Old Ways A soul, a soul, a soul cake, Please good missus a soul cake, An apple, a pear, a plum or a cherry, Or any good thing to make us merry. One for Peter, two for Paul, Three for him who made us all.  It’s a song I listened to when I was a teenager. […]

Samhain

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Samhain It’s an old word,  an old festival, and a time full of many old traditions, too.* Most everyone calls it Halloween, which is short for a “hallowed” or “holy” eve and it is celebrated from sunset on 31 October to sunset on 1 November. Samhain (pronouced “sow-wen”) marks the passing of the harvest season (light) and the […]

A Cottage Pie

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A Cottage Pie The warmth from my oven spills into the living room…not hard to do as this is a cottage. After I let my four legged companions outside and breathe in the damp cool morning air, I come back inside….cinnamon, sugar, butter…my house smells happy!