These cool, snappy mornings put a spring in your step and whet your appetite for some of those great tasting and wonderful smelling dishes we haven't had for awhile. I think of a bubbling pot of spicy chili, or a favorite soup, and what smells better than a pot roast cooking with onions? Now we can enjoy turning the oven on for this and some tall buttery lighter than air biscuits! Are you hungry yet? I am -- grab your aprons.
I had a brain storm about 4 o'clock this morning which resulted in a plan. YOU are part of that plan! How would you like to help me do the Christmas holiday columns starting in November and running through mid-December? Just send me some of your favorite Christmas recipes and maybe the unforgettable experience surrounding it. You all send me such wonderful recipes it would be a shame not to share them. It would also be a way for you to get to know each other, Just e-mail or mail your recipes to me starting now and running through Dec. 1. Like the idea? I'll let you know when yours will be in. My mailing address is in the Traverse City phone book, and e-mail at the bottom of this column. I'll be waiting to hear from you, so get moving!
-- Big news in the Shaffer clan -- our new baby is here! I made sure we had a boy by buying a gorgeous PINK blanket! I don't think he would ever forgive me, he's a little football player. Helly Paul weighed in at 8 lbs., 4 oz., Saturday morning, Oct. 4. He's our 19th great-grandchild. He is so beautiful and perfect, and we are so thankful for him. He is the baby we celebrated with his mother at the Blessing Way, which you were all so interested in.