“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

Whew, what a year it has been!

Oh! have I ever enjoyed the holidays! So much so that is why I sit here working on my blog at 9:00 p.m. on New Years Eve. I am exhausted. I have had 3 dinners for 6-10 people in the past month and am preparing for 2 parties at my house in the next 10 days. Because of this I have spent the last two days ridding my house of all things Christmas, along with trying to get this place back into an organized state.

That is why at 8:00 tonight I was already in my pj’s cleaning out the pantry.


3 years ago I could not have even imagined such a New Years Eve but tonight I am very happy. And very blessed.

You would think with all the entertaining I have been doing I would have had lots to blog about – I did – but I was lucky just to get it all cooked and on the table. There was no time to take pictures and even less time to get them uploaded.

But tonight I did cook and actually had time to take a few pictures so hopefully this will get me back in the swing of things.

It was also my very first time to prepare Cornish Hens.  All in all they turned out very well considering I made a blunder that I did not even notice until we started to eat. 🙂

That I will explain later.

Cornish Hens

  • 4 Cornish Hens
  • 6 Tablespoons melted butter, divided
  • ¼ cup beef consomme
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 375°. Prepare roasting pan with a rack sprayed with cooking spray. Rinse hens and pat dry. Place breast side up on rack. Brush with 2 tablespoons melted butter and season with salt and pepper. (Ok, this is where I messed up – I thought I had them breast side up but I did not – so yours should be flipped upside down compared to these pictures.)


Mix together remaining butter, consomme and corn syrup.


Roast hens for 30 minutes. Baste with mixture.


Roast for 15 more minutes. Baste with mixture.

Roast for 10 more minutes. Baste with mixture.

Roast for 10 more minutes. Baste with mixture.

Roast for 5 more minutes.

Remove from oven and serve on a bed of seasoned rice and your choice of green vegetable.



DSC02886Very easy but makes a very nice presentation.

I hope everyone has a very safe and happy new year!!!!



“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Hi Everyone!

I am so very sorry that I have not posted in a couple weeks. 😦

But I have to be honest – I just can’t do it all!

I give total props to all those women (or men) who work full time, have kids, a husband and a home and can still blog almost daily! You all ROCK!

It has been the holidays that pretty much did me in, so instead of totally stressing myself out and not be able to enjoy them, I decided to take a mini – vacay from the blog until after Christmas.

I hope you guys all hang around! I’ll be back!

I also hope everyone has a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and an AWESOME NEW YEAR!

I’ll catch ya in 2013!

Much love,