Messy elves in the kitchen for holiday cooking

Someone’s been baking in my kitchen and they’ve made a Big Mess!

Messy sink
Egads! Who messed up all those dishes?
Messy counter and sink
The sink was so full of dishes that it leaked them all over the counter too!

Whoever it is, they’ve also created some yummy looking things.

Pecan pie
Pecan pie (with chocolate on the bottom)!
Pumpkin pie
Good old-fashioned pumpkin pie.
Homemade bread
Homemade bread!

Who could these messy elves be?


It’s me! The messiest elf of them all!

SRDryja in the kitchen.
SRDryja in the kitchen. Hat and apron were gifts from my sister.

Fortunately, my husband is the cleanliest elf of all. He loaded up the dishwashers and made everything sparkle again.

Clean dishes
Clean dishes!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Warm memories tucked into Grandma’s cinnamon rolls

Several weeks ago, I started rummaging through boxes of old family photos, notes, and memorabilia. It has been years since anyone looked at any of it. The contents smell of musty paper and my grandmother’s powdery perfume. To most, these things just look like garbage that should have been thrown out years ago. To me, a budding genealogist, each box is a treasure chest.

One of my favorite treasures was found tucked into a lightweight box filled with old birthday cards and letters: a nondescript notebook which belonged to my grandmother. At first, I thought it was just an outdated address book. There are three addresses listed for me and I can tell by the listings that this book dates back to when I was in college in the early 90s, just a few years before my grandmother passed away.

As mentioned in the About KD page and elsewhere, my…

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