In My Kitchen * Kwanzaa table

Today starts the beginning of Kwanzaa . Today in My Kitchen so recipes I am sharing for your table.
The table is often laid with a few symbolic foods: the mazoa, fruits and vegetables symbolizing the bounty of the harvest (usually foods emblematic of the African diaspora, such as okra, yams, squash,sweet potatoes and bananas), alongside the muhindi, ears of corn representing each child still remaining at home.

The Seven Principles are: Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima(collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia(purpose), Kuumba (creativity) and Imani (faith).

  • 1 C cream style corn
  • 3/4 C flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt/ pepper
  • 1 T melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • oil for frying fritters

Mix all dry ingredients together -add beaten egg and butter, Mix well and drop in hot oil until golden brown.

  • 1/2 C chopped onion
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 C bread crumbs
  • 2 t margarine
  • 2 C cooked squash
  • 1/2 C shredded cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste

Saute onion in margarine. Mix together the remaining ingredients and place in oven safe casserole dish. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes

DIY Kids Crafts for the Table

We always have a kids table – and this fun and easy craft is a winner at any age : 



So don’t throw away those toilet paper and paper towel rolls we are going to get Crafty ! 

  • Using some basic craft supplies
  • toilet paper holders become Indians  for your table.
  • And Slice up for the kids -2 inch rings to decorate as napkin rings ,
  • Using paper,feathers,leaves and an assortment of accessories and paper. If you have little kids you can pre cut out strips to size,

I put all the supplies together  in a basket on the table and let the kids make there own designs.  Lisa

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Thursday * Fall Table Decorations

Today is the first day of November ! And it’s Thursday – 

I am cleaning up from Halloween and Putting up harvest decorations And planning  my holiday meal.  Today I am going to start up with  some easy decoration to make for your home.   Lisa  !


Front Door : 



  • Wire wreath
  • Roll of Burlap Ribbon (Walmart)
  • Woven through wire frame – leave loose. Add fluff out ,
  • Fall Flowers from Walmart /Dollar store .


Table Decorations : 

Place card holders using basic scrapbook supplies and pine cones as the holders. 




Napkin Holders -made with ribbon and fall flowers.




  •   Cut square card out (name)
  • Punch whole in each side and  tie ribbon for holder.
  • On the ribbon -Wine Charms to save your glass . (direction coming soon)






Thanksgiving Family Dessert table *   also a birthday table to celebrate all of us November birthday kids. Lisa


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Meatball Subs * On Thursday Menu

Happy February 1st .  If you are new to my site on Thursday I feature great recipes from my kitchen.  On the Menu today – Meatball Subs 

You may already have a family favorite for meatballs but I keep mine pretty simple-

  • 21/2 lb ground meat (70/30)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of trinity ( chopped -oniom,celery,bell pepper)
  • 1 C bread crumbs
  • Seasoned with Worchester sauce, Creole seasoning & Italian Herb dry blend
  • Salt & Pepper to taste.
  • Mix buy hand & form balls
  •  Place in baking pan & bake 350 about 45 minutes. Mine are baked on the grill. I make a lot at a time. That way we have enough for the next day or after Cooling they can be frozen to be used at another time.


My subs are served on sub buns with tomatoes sauce & cheese . Sauce can be homemade or use your favorite brand of jar sauce.  Lisa 


Happy Thursday!

Another hot day in Louisiana -summer is here and no relief in site from the heat.

Glad to be inside in the air conditioning. I admire all the people that as to be outside working at a time like this. Stay hydrated and takes lots of breaks. Heat stroke is a very real thing that affects many this time of the year.Be safe. 

I guess that’s while growing up my grandparents did there work and cooking early in the morning before the heat begin. And we ate early in the day or late after it started cooling  down. A habit I actually stick too now that I am back home in Louisiana.  Lisa 

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