Cornbread and Honey Butter

Great recipe, terrible photography 🙂

These are both my mom’s recipes and, like everything from my mother’s kitchen, they taste fabulous and comfort the soul.

This coming week, I’ll be making cornbread and honey butter for a chili potluck at my place, but this is also one of my favorite side dishes when I’m bringing meals to loved ones experiencing loss, illness, or a new baby.

To make Honey Butter, simply blend together:

  • 1 stick of softened butter
  • 2 Tablespoons of honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (be careful not to overdo!)
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla

Sweet Cornbread

First, combine dry ingredients in a bowl:

  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 2/3  cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Next, mix wet ingredients together in a small bowl:

  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3 Tablespoons melted butter (it helps to chill it a bit after melting)
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk

Finally, thoroughly combine dry and wet ingredients, then pour into a greased 8 X 8 square pan.  Bake in preheated oven at 350o for about 30 minutes.  If you’re doing muffins instead, check them after 18 – 20 minutes.

January Meal Plan #1


Love this cookbook

Hello, Internet! I must apologize for my long absence. Life has been rich and full as of late… and I must confess that when I have a free moment, I’ve been absolutely addicted to the public library’s Overdrive app on my phone. So, yeah. Blogging has been a low priority. On the up side, I’ve discovered several lovely new authors!

Rest assured, I have continued feeding everyone in the Diamond household. Nobody goes hungry around here! And yes, the battle to clean out my freezer remains ongoing. I hesitate to call it a resolution, but I’ve also committed myself to using my cookbooks more often in 2017. Each week in January, I’m trying out a new recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi’s fabulous Jerusalem cookbook.

Without further ado, meals for the week!

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Mr. M’s night to cook – Yukon Gold cinnamon rolls with bacon and eggs

Fighting Freezer Frump #1 – homemade chicken noodle soup (I will post the recipe for this at some point soon, as it is incredibly delicious)

Fighting Freezer Frump #2 – razor clam po’ boys (fry battered clams and then put them in hoagie rolls with this easy remoulade). 

Jerusalem cookbook meal – red pepper galettes (bonus: this is also my vegetarian meal for the week!)

Date Night babysitter meal – pizza

New Year’s Tool: the Paper Planner


My favorite brand of planner is available here.

Happy New Year!

Are you hoping to make the most of 2017? Do you have any goals you’re trying to reach or resolutions you’re trying to keep? If so, I highly recommend getting a good old-fashioned paper planner.

Oh, Kate, you may be chuckling. Paper planners in any incarnation are so… quaint. Welcome to the 21st century. We have apps for everything now.

Yes, that’s true. But I’m still a devotee of a handwritten planner for several reasons. First and foremost, my iPhone is the devil’s candy. I get on there to check plans for the week and twenty minutes later I’m still staring at it—playing Sudoku or randomly scrolling Facebook. Don’t get me wrong! I love the convenience of a smart phone… but I’m tired of the time suck and looking for ways to curtail it.

On a more positive note, writing things out by hand sparks different cognitive processes than plugging into a device. It inspires and calms me in a way that typing or texting does not. I also find it easier to spot patterns and trends when I can physically flip back through my schedules. And as a big bonus for creative types, the paper planner gives me more flexibility. For example, I can doodle in the margins or make a collage of inspiring images in the free space. There are even gorgeous stickers now tailor-made for planners.

But perhaps most important, I need a paper planner to help me see the bigger picture. You see, I’m very detail-oriented. In many ways, this is a good thing. But I have been known to reduce life to little more than a to-do list. To combat the downsides of this tendency, my Passion Planner combines awesome reflective journaling and goal-mapping strategies alongside practical day-to-day scheduling. It encourages me to remember the “why” of life, not just the “how” or “what” of my day.

That’s a winning combo of services I haven’t yet been able to access on my phone.  And even if I could, I’m not sure I’d want to… I enjoy my paper planner too much to make a full switch!