Hosting with Sanity

This is an unedited i-phone camera kind of post.  Because life isn’t always photoshopped, folks.  😉 The day before Thanksgiving is always and forever TG prep day around here.  Hosting is work.  There’s no way around it.  And type A personalities like me always want to add more and do more.  My mantra is and always has been: you can never be too prepared.  Except that when you are wired like me, you can drive yourself insane trying. Instead of driving myself into the ground, I am staying sane by building time in to take care of myself.  I’m not skipping my morning run or yoga.  As I write this,…

Holiday Greens! Roasted Brussels Sprouts – 3 ways!

Roasted brussels sprouts are having a moment.  Or maybe more than a moment.  A year?  2 years?  Either way, they veg has come a looooong way since the bland steamed version my mom served us in the 90s.  Because of those memories, I thought I hated Brussels sprouts for a solid decade.  But then I discovered roasted sprouts and fell in love.  I’m pretty sure the rest of the internet and every corner pub with a decent appetizer list fell in love with them too.  Since they are on every appetizer list, Pinterest, and food mags. I know loads of people are scouring the inter-web for roasted sprouts recipes because…

Recipe Round-up: Holiday Morning Treats to Feed the Crew

Its the holidays and you have a million people at your house, eh?  Are they crazy folks who actually expect to eat every morning? Well, then we have that in common.  My family likes to eat too. I’ll be stocking up on lots of espresso beans this week in preparation for the Holiday weekend mornings with a house full of people! So, I’ve rounded up my favorite morning treats to feed your whole crew! Pecan Sticky Buns Pumpkin Bread with Fresh Cranberries Swedish Hazelnut Buns Ginger Biscuits with Apple & Pumpkin Butter Cranberry Walnut Sour Cream Coffee Cake Cardamom Morning Buns The Best Homemade Granola Gooey Cinnamon Rolls with Cream…

Creamy Cauliflower and White Bean Hummus + JORD Wood Watches

Any gathering where guests mill about pre-meal with a beverage in hand feels like there should be at least a light appetizer.  Right?  As a host, it seems irresponsible to pour wine so freely while guests’ bellies are empty….. Unless, of course, the gathering is Thanksgiving – the most infamously carb-heavy day of the year.  So much eating.  So much food.  So much post meal food-coma!  Do we really need an appetizer too?? If your friends are anything like ours, they arrive early and stay late.  Thanksgiving dinner (which we serve mid-afternoon) is an all day affair.  Appetizers feel like overkill with all the mashed potatoes, stuffing, roasted sweet potatoes,…

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples, Candied Pecans, and Dijon-Thyme Vinaigrette

I have to say, the culinary comeback of the brussels sprout is pretty spectacular.  What trendy neighborhood spot worth its salt doesn’t have a roasted brussels sprout on their apps list?  Not many…. If you were a child of the 80s and 90s, you probably remember the unseasoned steamed variety.  I hated them.  I probably still would.  Who would want green steamed mush?  Or worse yet, when they weren’t all the way cooked and the parents demanded I eat my veggies.  Mush or partially raw woody sprouts?  Not sure which I hated more. So with a million delicious varieties of roasted sprouts making a comeback in recent years,  myself and…
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