Author Archives | Christine Friesenhahn

The Work We Have Before Us

Herein, I will surely piss off everyone on some level. These are my personal observations and opinions, based on 52 years of my own personal life experiences. As such, I don’t expect anyone to agree with everything I say, though some will agree with some aspects, and some none at all. As they are my […]

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Gooey Butter Coconut Cream Pie Cake

Cake layer: 1 box Vanilla or yellow cake mix1 cup melted butter4 eggs1 8oz brick softened cream cheese2 t. Vanilla3 C powdered sugar Filling:See below Topping2 cups sweetened whipped cream (or whipped topping if you must..gross, but whatever)2 cups coconut chips, toasted until golden Make cake layer. Preheat oven to 325*Place rack on second lowest […]

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Sprechen Sie Schnitzel?

When I was a kid, all I knew of Wiener Schnitzel was that it meant the saltiest, gooiest, cheesiest and somehow still delicious chili cheese dogs were about to go down. Down my throat. Get in mah belleh….In fact, that was what my mom craved when she was pregnant with my baby sister. I was […]

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Roof Cake…The Evolution of Baked Goods

I’m back. Not sure for how long, but for the moment anyway, I am back. Like before, I didn’t go anywhere in particular. Just, away. From writing. Which is odd, because I quite enjoy it. In my defense, I’ve been extraordinarily busy for a few years. I moved—twice. I’ve been running my own food business […]

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Lost And Found

Sometimes you have to get lost to find yourself. Since shortly after graduating from college in 1992, I have worked as a Human Resource professional.  I loved it. Everyone, including myself, always said I’d have been a great lawyer.  Drawn to the intense legal focus of the Human Resource profession, and the constant use of […]

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Gumbo, Graveyards, and Falling In Love

I’m back. Not from anywhere in particular, but here I am. I have missed you all as I have missed these pages on which I scribble my thoughts and my recipes. But for reasons that I’ll just call “life”, I have stayed away.   I was too busy doing not much of anything–too bored and apathetic […]

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Four Birthdays and A Funeral

July 28th is a special day in my life….So many birthdays in my family.   My BFF Lance. My cousin Evan. My quasi-cousin Jennifer. And it was supposed to be the day my first born came into the world.  But he had his own ideas, and arrived two weeks early. But most notably, today is […]

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You Eat With Your Eyes First

It isn’t often that I write about my day job.  Not that being a Human Resource professional isn’t interesting—it is. Maybe even TOO interesting at times.  When the moon is full, I deal with so much crazy at work that I just want to go home and bake and write and forget about it. But […]

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Top Ten Ways You KNOW You’re a Texan

So, the top ten ways to know that you are a Texan are thus: 10.  It is February, you’re A/C is running. In fact, you’re A/C runs every day, except for 12 minutes in early January. 9.     You see a snake. Your first thought is whether it would make a better belt or […]

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The Skeleton in My Closet

  Below is my True Blood season 5 kick off post from 2012. Sunday I’ll share my post from 2013, and Monday look for a post to kick off this, the seventh and last season of the best vampire series ever. EVER. Don’t be surprised if you see funereal dishes show up. I’ll be in […]

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