Season to Taste

Mama’s Christmas Strawberry Chiffon Pie

Mama's Christmas Strawberry Chiffon Pie

Once upon a time, one of my first grade students approached my desk and asked, “Do you know who I think you look like?” Now knowing full well that children can be brutally honest, I responded with utmost fear and hesitation, “Who?”  The student smiled ever so sweetly and replied, “Snow White!”  OH MY GOSH! I thought it was, by […]

Grateful for a gingersnap

Occasionally my husband and I enjoy treating ourselves to a leisurely, short but sweet respite from our jobs and our daily routine. The quality time spent together always seems to help renew our commitment to each other and helps to remind us of the things in life that are truly important. Not far from here […]

Vegetable Casserole

The blessings we receive in life come in all sizes and our Lord showers them abundantly upon us.  It is easy to see the obvious blessings and offer our thanks for them. Other times a hidden blessing is given to us but it goes unrecognized. Thanksgiving seems like the perfect opportunity to reflect on the […]

New press yields new look

New press yields new look

Whoa! What happened to The Bigheart Times this week? Well, after decades of printing at the Sapulpa Daily Herald, this week we decided to move on and use the press at Muskogee, that’s what. The new press has prompted some major changes, as you can see. We have a TON more color: 12 pages instead […]

What is not to love about Mama and Daddy’s cake

Oliver Goldsmith wrote, “I love everything that is old….Old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.” If I could add anything to that lovely thought, it would be the addition of old recipes. I wish I had a quarter for every time my parents have made this fresh apple cake.  Why, I bet […]

Lemon Tart

I have heard a scant few women say that they don’t like to cook. They like to say they only have a kitchen because it came with the house. Seriously? I can’t imagine. My friend’s lemon tart recipe is so quick and easy it could readily make “THOSE WOMEN” change their tune. But then, if […]

Mini Potato Skins with Horseradish Dipping Sauce

Are you searching for an appealing appetizer that has the power to turn your next reason to celebrate from party to bash? I’m giving you a recipe that I promise will transform a plain old spud into spud-tacular. You won’t need any hocus-pocus to work your magic with these little bites. Be prepared, your guests will haunt you for the […]

Mediterranean Greek Salad

Last week I mentioned to Patty Wells that I was thinking about attending the Tulsa Greek Festival and before I could blink twice, she blessed me with TWO FREE TICKETS to attend the festivities. What a generous and loving thing to do.  OPA! What a celebration!!  The atmosphere was electric with the sound of music, […]

Humpty Dumpty’s Breakfast Burrito

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.  Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.  All the kings horses….blah, blah, blah…you know the rest.  Now, if you REALLY stop for a minute and think about it, WHAT in the world was Humpty Dumpty doing sitting upon that wall in his fragile condition?  (After all, he was an egg) […]

Angels Among Us Mocha Pie

When my Mama unexpectedly passed away, I thought my shattered heart would never again be able to feel anything but pain and sorrow. One day, a wonderfully kind lady came into my shop and shared with me that she too had suffered the loss of her dear mother. The spirit filled words Carolyn Dollens spoke […]

Daddy’s cake

The other day I bought a greeting card that had me pegged. It read, “Welcome To The Wonder Years.” As in, I wonder where I put my glasses? I wonder where I parked my car? I wonder when that appointment is? I wonder if I locked the door? I wonder what the speed limit is? […]

Cozy Up Chuck Wagon Casserole

I consider the luxury of living in my small home town as comforting as an old friend, a good book, an easy chair, and a loving hand to hold.  I relish the charm of the people who live here and the laid back personality of our community that frames our daily lives.  It is the […]


Rather than being a creature of habit, I would love to be more adventurous – think outside the box; be a risk taker, if you will. Occasionally, I will entertain the idea of throwing caution to the wind and to simply “Going For It” without giving another thought as to how the chips may fall. […]

Lucky To Be In Love With Luscious Grilled Pineapple Spears

I don’t like husband bashing.  It really isn’t becoming.  Now, do I enjoy telling or hearing a “funny husband tale?” You bet I do. Most of us can easily recognize the difference between simply sharing a funny incident or being bent on making their spouse the butt of a really bad joke. Frankly, the latter type of behavior makes me very uncomfortable and usually very […]

A Chicken in Every Pot and Chocolate in Every Hand  

If were a politician and running for public office, I would curb all the endless hand shaking and totally forget about kissing the babies. That is just soooo passé. You see, I would attempt to entice voters with pure chocolate and the hollow promise that a vote for me would bring about the SWEETEST time […]

Tastes Just Like Summer To Me

Oh, how I love the flavor of a fresh, homegrown tomato.  It is part of the signature of summer and something I truly miss once Old Man Winter raises his mighty head.  On occasion, I also love to experiment with tried and true recipes, bend ’em back…tweak ’em here and there, and then stamp my own signature […]

Mallorie’s Mucho Bueno Salsa

You do not need to hire a travel agent to book a taste of Mexico. In fact, you can let your taste buds take a full flavored Mexican inspired trip right inside the comfort of your own kitchen. Mallorie McCartney has mastered the art of making a zesty homemade salsa that promises to become your salsa favorita. […]

Slim in the Gym Banana Nut Bread

The end result of cutting the fat, sugar, calories, etc. from a recipe sometimes makes one wonder why the heck you even bothered trying to eat healthy! If gagging on it sends you straight into a caniption fit, I question its true value….ESPECIALLY if you’ve tried to make-over a dessert. Can’t we just leave desserts […]

Drink My Way to Rock Hard Abs

Recently a popular afternoon television show was able to capture my attention with two simple words: BELLY BLOAT. Now, being an active, card carrying member of the Belly Bloat Society, I rapidly increased the volume on my set by employing the use of the up arrow conveniently located on my remote control. (Whew…what a workout) […]

Mother Andrea K. Jones’ Pizza Perfection

I was just wondering if your preacher could deliver an outstanding sermon and whip up an impressive pizza all on the same Sunday? Mine certainly can. While her message gave us food for thought and filled us up with The Good News, her rustic style pizza was simply spectacular and made quite a hit with […]

Busy Day Carla – Brown Rice Salad

Last Wednesday we cleaned out our storage building.  Now that might not sound like a big deal to you, but then you’ve never seen the inside our storage building. Let me tell you, we deserve first prize in STORING!  Shameful as it may be…..Sanford and Sons had nothing on us.   In fact, we came […]

Simply Pleasing Crockpot Roast

Yesterday I attended the funeral of my dear, life-long, family friend, David Meriable.  It was a loving tribute to his faith in the Lord and his discipleship while here with us.  Once again I have been reminded that there truly is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven.  A time to […]

Season to taste – May 31, 2012

When hosting overnight guests, most of us would rather spend our morning time conversing with our company rather than scurrying around in the kitchen trying to whip up something delicious for breakfast. Shoot for something that is satisfyingly simply and promises to make everyone feel quite special.  Even those who are picky about what they […]


Last Saturday night Michelle Free and I spent TWO AND A HALF HOURS making a pan of enchiladas from a recipe her son-in-law, Matt, had given to her. Now, because she had partaken of them before and knew they were irresistibly delicious she was determined to prepare them for Sunday dinner. Michelle reported to me […]