Challah with Everything Bagel Topping

Challah Recipe with Everything Bagel Topping

Life never ceases to amaze me.  Blessings come in the most unexpected ways.  Occasionally they even show up in the aftermath of catastrophe. My sister-in-law Sherry was my inspiration/nudge for starting Sifting Focus.  Over three decades ago, when I first … Continue reading




Louisa’s Cake

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Louisa's Cake Recipe

During this time of year, I tend to keep a variety of apples on hand just in case I want to whip up a Fall dessert on a whim.  Apples keep well when stored properly, and who doesn’t love apples anyway? When … Continue reading




Kentucky Blackberry Jam Cake

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Kentucky Blackberry Jam Cake Recipe

We lost our Mom in August of 2015.  Mom didn’t leave behind very much, she was a woman of few possessions and content to be that way.  What she did leave me and my ten siblings was her collection of … Continue reading




Zucchini, Lemon & Poppyseed Cake with Lemon Frosting

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Zucchini, Lemon & Poppyseed Cake Recipe

As many of you have already headed full-force into Pumpkin Season, some of us (Moi), have one foot still firmly planted in the last few days of summer.  Technically, summer doesn’t end until next Wednesday.  And, given that the temps … Continue reading




Cabbage, Leek, and Bacon Tart

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Cabbage, Leek, and Bacon Tart Recipe

With Pi Day fast approaching, and St. Patrick’s Day just a few days off, I thought I would kill two birds with one stone and bring you this versatile tart, which technically isn’t a pie, but it is a close … Continue reading