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November’s Entertaining Tips: Last Minute Holiday Hosting Ideas

How was your thanksgiving?!  I so very much hope that it was wonderful!  Have you already launched into Christmas land?  I noticed a lot of houses around us already have their trees and lights and decorations!  We just aren’t that with it.  Well actually, we scooted out of town right after the holiday, so I will use that as my excuse;) Anyhow, the holiday season is always a full-full stretch of time!  How many holiday events are already on your calendar?  And, its not even December yet…. Although I can’t yet share details, this fall we have been waiting.  Perpetually waiting.  When this “something” does happen, it will require us…

Cranberry Walnut Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Streusel topping, streusel topping, streusel topping!!  When something has a streusel topping don’t we all do that silent (or not-so-silent) chant!?  I mean have you ever heard someone say, “I like coffee cake, but I don’t like the streusel topping.”?  Of course not!!  Surely no human has ever uttered such nonsense.  At least I don’t see any plausible reason why someone would.  Because, come on now, no one hates the streusel topping. Now that we have that settled, lets move on to more pressing matters like the fact that my dog got a haircut today, no longer looks looks homeless, and has regained her title as the cutest little munchkin…

Honey Balsamic Brussel Sprouts

As a child, if my mom had turned brussel sprouts into roasty, sweet, salty, and caramelized little nuggets, I would have had a very different opinion of them.  I grew up in the era of flavorless steamed veggies.  So as a kid, I was not much of a brussel sprout fan.  Veggies were something we had to eat.  No one put any effort into making them an enjoyable part of the meal. I am so glad that the tides have turned and someone in American realized what other cultures have known for centuries: veggies are delicious when properly prepared!  Now, veggies are even the star of the show at times.…

Pumpkin Bread with Fresh Cranberries

My family’s Thanksgiving dinner is at 1:00pm.  It has been for as long as I can remember.  Someone suggested 3:00 last year, and a full blown email-chain mutiny ensued.  Which reminds me, my family needs a lesson on not hitting “reply all” to all communication.  Needless to say, we ate at one. Apparently, breaking tradition – even by two hours – is grounds for revolt. So about that 1pm dinner time…. I read an article about why you shouldn’t eat your Thanksgiving dinner in the middle of the day.  Let me sum it up for you. The author’s main points are that most Americans are accustomed to eating their largest meal…

Hasselback Butternut Squash with Fresh Thyme

Do you have your Thanksgiving menu set?  You may want to make room for just one more side dish.  Namely, this Hasselback Butternut Squash.  Its buttery, herby, and just the right amount of sweet.  Dare I say, it could even replace your aunt’s yams… Also, if there is ever a Thanksgiving foods beauty pageant, this would be a serious contender.  If it weren’t so darn delicious, I would feel bad about ruining “the pretty.”  But thankfully, it is; so I don’t. I’m sure this shocks exactly no one, but I am a big ole fan of lots of veggie side dishes on holidays full of food gluttony.   Heavy mashed…
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