Category Archives: holidays

Freedom To Choose (Independence Day)

The one thing that we have been secure with over the years because of our forefathers and the men and woman that have fought for us all over the world is our freedom to choose. I think we take it for granted sometimes that we have that right. With government slowly getting their way into our lives, let’s hope we still have that right for many more years and not taken away from us. With the 4th of July coming upon us again soon, we can’t help but think of the freedoms we do have in our lives. We have…

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Fathers Day (The Juice Man)

With Father’s Day just 12 days away, I can’t help but think of my dad. It’s also funny how since I have been married, my father in-law pops in my head also as my other dad. My father in-law has been gone 3 years now and my dad has been over 40 now. I have become the focus of “The Dad” now. The name Grampa has entered my persona also around 7 years ago. Time goes so fast! Whether your dad is here still or not, how could we ever forget the man in our lives that helped in the…

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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day has to be one of my favorite times of the year. It’s the one day that we get to celebrate them and show them how much we care. Mothers come in many forms. We have our birth mother, adopted mother, step mother, friends mother and any other one that we call our mom. What can we learn from his day? How can we become better children? Those questions should be on our minds daily so that we show our appreciation more often than just this one day. I was a lucky one, I had my mother for 53…

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Past Holiday Experiences

Family Holiday Parties Do you have your family holiday dinners at your home? We have always had Christmas at our house. I remember our first attempt at this like it was yesterday. I felt like Curly of the 3 Stooges. I literally read word for word of that Betty Crocker cook book. I really wasn’t a cook at the time. Yes, I was winging it and trying to remember how my mother did things for our holiday dinners as a kid. That’s always a safe haven when you haven’t a clue yourself. At the end of the day, let’s say…

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Now that the decorations are down…

Phew! While the holidays are joyful with family and friends it is somewhat of a relief they are over. Who am I kidding…it’s a tremendous relief! Looking back (now that you have some time to reflect) do you remember asking yourself any of these questions? Wouldn’t it be nice if I had the space that would allow me to have help with cooking, not to mention the cleanup? Why does that drawer always stick just when I really need it? You know, I could really use another oven. It’s not just during the holidays either. I really like to bake…

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Happy New Year

From everyone at Wood Palace Kitchens, we’d like to send you our best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosporous new year!  Whatever your goals are, we hope you achieve them, and then some.  Whatever your dreams are, we hope they come true. If you are going out to celebrate tonight, please drive safely and watch out for others who are not so safe. We will see you in 2013!

Christmas Cookies

This holiday season, I thought I’d share one of my favorite cookie recipes from Christmas growing up.  My great aunt made these every year, and I really looked forward to them. Russian Tea Cookies 1 lb. Butter 1/2c Confectioner’s Sugar 2t Vanilla 4c Flour 2c Pecans, Finely Chopped Cream the butter.  Add sugar, beat until light.  Add vanilla.  Add flour and mix well.  Fold in nuts.  Use a small ice cream scoop to make balls about 1″ in diamater, place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.  Cool slightly then roll in confectioner’s sugar.  Makes about…

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Expressing our Gratitude

Thursday is Thanksgiving, the perfect time to stop and think about all the blessings we enjoy. Here at Wood Palace Kitchens, we are so grateful to all of our customers, who trusted us to come into their homes and re-create the most well-used space in the house – their kitchen.  And in many cases, other rooms as well, such as bathrooms, and cabinetry in other parts of the home.  We appreciate you so much. We’re very grateful to our business partners.  Whether it’s the carpenters who do the finishing work or friends in BNI and the Chamber of Commerce who…

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May Day

Happy May Day! I was curious about just what May Day is,  because these days,  it seems to pass by without any ceremony.  The only reason I even paid attention is because I had to write “May” instead of “April” on my checks! According to infoplease.com: “May 1st,  often called May Day,  just might have more holidays  than any other day of the year.  It’s a celebration of Spring. It’s a day of  political protests.  It’s a neopagan festival,  a saint’s feast day,  and a day for  organized labor.  In many countries,  it is a national holiday.” The day has…

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Easter is Approaching – Time to Boil the Eggs!

Coloring eggs for Easter was always a favorite activity when my children were little.  From what I can tell, that tradition lives on. I just ran across a video on AllRecipes.com that tells you how to boil eggs so they come out perfect every time, and the shells don’t stick when you peel them.  So aggravating when you’re trying to make egg salad! Basically, you put the eggs in a pot and cover with water an inch above the eggs.  Put the pot on high heat until the water comes to a rolling boil.  Then cover the pot and turn off…

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