New August Virtual Cooking Classes – Register Now

I am really excited to gather with you in my kitchen over the next three Saturdays!  My hands-on cooking classes are a great way to gather, learn, and create. I look forward to welcoming you to my home, without you ever having to leave yours! Pj’s are optional!

Saturday, August 15 – 10 a.m. – Melissa’s Mouthwatering Biscuits. My biscuit recipe is legendary! In fact, it won a biscuit challenge against Joanna Gaines’s recipe for biscuits back in June 2018. Light, fluffy, and oh so good – they are perfect with butter and honey or sandwiched between slices of honey-baked ham. I will share all my secrets for baking the perfect biscuit. Register here.



Saturday, August 22 – 10 a.m. Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies. I have perfected hands-down the best recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies using a few secret steps. If you love warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies then you will not want to miss this hands-on class. The question I will ask at the end of the class — will you share or keep them all for yourself? Register here.

Saturday, August 29 – 10 a.m. Let’s Make a Birthday Cake!  My birthday is coming up in August and as Julia Child once said, “A party without a cake, is just a meeting!” I want as many people to be in on the fun as possible, so I am offering a special class price of $5.60 in honor of my 56th birthday! Treat a girlfriend to take the class with you!  Join me for a fun morning hands-on virtual cooking class as I teach you how to make a classic birthday yellow cake with rich chocolate buttercream frosting. Register here.

After you register watch for an email from me about 3-4 days before your class with the recipe, ingredients, and Zoom access code. I look forward to seeing you in class!

School of Gracious Living – Let’s Meet for Cocktails

Let’s have cocktails!  I am excited to partner with Sledge Distillery for a fun cocktail class.

Sledge Distillery is a local family-owned business in Tolar, Texas.  Mark’s father, John Walter (Dub) Sledge, grew up in Hood County on Fall Creek. He was the second oldest boy in a family of eleven. When the uncles got together on the creek, Dub would help make moonshine.

Shortly after Pearl Harbor, Dub and his uncle were drafted and he was sent to Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific. It wasn’t long before Dub put his learnin’ to good use. He accumulated materials to make a still and used mess hall scraps and fresh fruit to concoct high demand shine allowing him to sell or trade for anything they needed.

When Dub returned from war, he married Kathryn Massey who didn’t put up with drinking, dancing, or smoking. She agreed to marry him but his ways had to change and making moonshine would be at the top of the list!  He agreed, they married and raised three children who didn’t know him as a moonshiner although the stories lingered. When Dub passed away, his son, Mark, found his WWII recipes in his war chest, bought a still, and set out to recreate the family legacy which you experience now through our products.

We will start our happy hour learning to craft a Texas Sunset cocktail using Sledge’s famous whiskey, and hear how they craft and create their recipes. While we are sipping cocktails, I will teach you how to make Chipotle and Rosemary Roasted Nuts perfect for happy hours and gift-giving. Invite your favorite friend to join you!

If you’d like to be a part of the fun, please visit my store here and register. Space is limited and the registration deadline is July 21.  Don’t like whiskey? You can substitute the cocktail with vodka.  And, if you’d rather sip a mocktail, have a fun evening, and make my mixed-nuts recipe, then you can sign up, too. We’d love to have you.

Let’s gather, learn, and create!

Let’s Gather for a Virtual Open House!

I hope you’ve read my big announcement this week that I am teaching virtual home and garden classes – Mrs. Twist’s School of Gracious Living. I have been thinking for a long time how I can share all the things my mother taught me with other women, somehow making a difference. I love to see a woman’s face light up when they learn something new. You can see a radiance of self-confidence.  That is what I am hoping to see with my passion project.  Here’s a brief video introduction, with a peek at my home office…

Join me for a virtual sneak peek of my Gracious Living project – all schools must have an Open House – on Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. CST.  We will gather in my kitchen and connect without limitations.  I will gladly welcome you into my home, while you stay safe in your space.  Mostly, I want to hear what YOU want to learn?  I will have my pen and notebook handy to write down all your ideas. You might see a cat or two, in the background, too.

Ready to register?  Visit my Gracious Living store here.  The Open House is the first class listed. While you are there, take a look at the class schedule to see what’s planned.  The Open House is complimentary.  I promise if you spend a little time with me, you will like me!