Stories by Laurie Marlatt Steeb

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The Case of the Missing Keys

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Dad looked frazzled. He fumbled through his winter coat pockets, then his jacket underneath, then his pants – both sides. What was he hunting? “Can I help you find something?” I asked before I helped him into my van. “No, no. I’m OK.” He wasn’t ready to tell me what he was looking for so […]

A Mystery, a Myth and More

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Looking for this week’s recipes, I ran across Geraldine Duncann’s beautiful Web site thequestingfeast.com. Described as “a Web site for and about food and drink and the people who enjoy them”, several of her offerings stand out as special, March appropriate dishes connected with St. Patrick’s Day, Ireland and the bit of folklore that goes […]

Pet and Petability

Thursday, March 5, 2009

“He’s riled!” I cautioned Kathie. She goaded our cat with her forearm. He lunged, wrapped his front legs around her arm and grabbed her wrist in his mouth. I was certain his teeth would draw blood, but she swore that in all their play times he never broke skin. I voiced that he needed a […]

The Darker the Color, the Sweeter the Cherry

Thursday, February 19, 2009

February is National Cherry Month. It’s a good time to remember the original George W’s birthday, his story about the cherry tree, and enjoy some cherries.

Leo’s Look at Love

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Leo Buscaglia was a cheerleader for life. “Life is a banquet,” he would say, quoting from the movie Auntie Mame, “and most poor fools are starving to death.” He was most closely associated with the topic of love and human relationships, emphasizing the value of positive human touch, especially hugs.

Keys to a Healthy Heart

Thursday, February 5, 2009

May the force (against mindless food consumption) be with us.

Comfort foods: Quirky Tastes Have Their Place

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Most people these days settle for the texture of instant oatmeal. Made from convenient, premeasured pouches, even my dad accepts it as quick morning filler when it is a far cry from the old-fashioned oats he used to enjoy. That courser, chewier version is what I grew up with. Instead of popping single bowls in […]

Eleven Tips for Slow Cooker Meals

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Things haven’t changed in some respects from some 40 years ago. We should use our Crock-Pots more often.

Start the Year Health-Smart

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Several nights during our busy holidays, Kathie popped a frozen, self-rising pizza in the oven and we called it supper. We tried to balance things with salad and apple slices, but too many nights of this leaves me feeling guilty that our mealtime is neglected. In today’s busy world, providing healthy meals for a family […]

Our New Year’s Customs

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Ways of celebrating the new year differ according to customs and religions of the world.

Party Tips for New Year That’s Tops

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Plan a simple menu. Serve two favorite courses: appetizers and dessert. Select recipes that include your personal comfort foods, whether it s cheese, chocolate or caviar. If guests offer to bring something, don t hesitate to say YES! Prepare your dishes in advance, aside from a last minute trip to the oven. Take advantage of […]

Seeing Red at Christmas

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Am I irate and red hot because of a bad shopping experience, standing in a long check out line or coping with a rude clerk? I’ve probably done that this year and just about every other year I shopped before Christmas, but I usually consider the situation and let it go. Am I in the […]

Tradition Leaves Legacy and Love

Thursday, December 11, 2008

It wouldn’t be Christmas for me without Spritz cookies like my Aunt Esther made. Esther Anglemyer was a wonderful baker. She was used to making breads and pies in large quantities to feed everyone who visited their farm. She always had tins of homemade cookies on a kitchen counter just inside the back door. When […]

Six quick homemade holidy gift ideas

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Why not give gifts that are homemade? A gift from the kitchen is twice blessed.

Pumpkin Cake and a Poem

Thursday, November 27, 2008

This pumpkin cake may not be so different from other pumpkin cakes you’ve tried, but see if you agree with me; it’s right up there with the better ones.

A Phone in Hand is Worth Two on the Charger

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I’m sure my life has gone out of control when within a mere 60 seconds I have switched from a call on my cell phone to take a call on my cordless, landline phone, and while I’m making short work with the second caller in order to get back to the first, the first rings […]

Feeling Fall

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sun warmth makes a welcome friend in spring, highly acceptable after the dreary chill of winter months. Sun warmth becomes a dear prize in the fall as the possibility of experiencing it dwindles fast. I had so much to do at home that I had no time to have a picnic. I prioritized in my […]

Giving a Fig (and Getting One)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

I’ve always liked fig bar cookies but I never thought much about the seedy fruit wrapped inside them till just four years ago. We were in Florida visiting Mary Baxley, a friend of Dad’s. She had a fig tree in her back yard. It just happened figs were in season. Mary’s grandson picked a handful […]

Election Day Cake, a Piece of Americana

Thursday, October 30, 2008

On the occasions when voting booths have been hauled out across this great land, one seasoned political entity has risen to the occasion, wrote Bonnie Benwick*, Washington Post staff writer, a few years back. A heavyweight! she teased, Dense, though. She was referring to Election Day Cake, sometimes called Hartford Election Cake. It bears some […]

The Wiener Roast at Toby’s

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Bigelow’s Scotch terrier was the first thing I spotted when I got out of our van. Frolicking among the company who gathered at the wiener roast Scott and Sue hosted on their back lawn, he commanded my attention. Groups of people played ladder golf and corn hole, and then there was Toby tottering excitedly […]

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