White House Wednesdays
Where to Go During the 2011 Holidays - The Reagan Library

Nancy Reagan loved Christmas – and like everything else that she did at the White House, she took Christmas to the next level, and their years at the White House were  some of the most spectacular.  And the Reagan library is carrying on that tradition. People loved the idea of going to Mount Vernon for… Read More


Roland Mesnier and Mount Vernon

As I am going through my most favorite White House Gingerbread houses, I have to think of course about my good friend Roland Mesnier, the fabulous Executive Pastry Chef that created masterpieces for foreign heads of State as well as the President, his family and friends – and many times the fabulous staff that serve… Read More


It’s All About the Gingerbread House

Without a doubt one of the largest attractions each holiday season at the White House is the annual gingerbread house.  Of course there had been gingerbread houses at the White House before the term of First Lady Patricia Nixon, but it was Pat Nixon along with Pastry Chef Hans Raffert (who later became Executive White House… Read More


Barbara Bush's Christmas at the White House

So many people have already emailed that they love Mrs. Reagan’s monkey bread recipe – So I had to share another favorite! Barbara Bush’s fabulous chocolate chip cookies: Barbara Bush’s Chocolate Chip Cookies 1 cup butter 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup light brown sugar, packed 2 eggs 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda… Read More


Nancy Reagan's Christmas at the White House

In honor of the White House unveiling this year’s Christmas theme, I thought it would be fun to look back at some of the other press previews of the past. Nancy Reagan loved the press previews, as she always had a celebrity with her such as “Mr. T” or one of my most favorites since… Read More