Letting my mind empty.

I did quite a bit today. I would have liked to do more. But I’m feeling pretty good about where I’m at right now. Which involves a cup of warm milk, a couple of cookies, and the following recipes for tomorrow completed or underway: Cranberry Sauce Pumpkin Pie Stuffing Turkey – had a nice soak…

One week to go.

And, the clock is ticking already on a fabulous food-centric holiday: Thanksgiving! One week from today, 17 people will gather around the table at our house, give thanks, and enjoy a meal that everyone has contributed to. It’s been a wonderful tradition that we’ve enjoyed hosting for over a decade now. As the years have…

Piece of cake, or massive mom guilt? – Part 2

When we last left off, a cake had been baked, layered, crumb coated, and put in the fridge for both the cake and its creator to have a little “cooling off” period. Well, the cake cooled. I moved on to do a little cleaning and make other food for the party. After getting our kiddo…

Piece of cake, or massive mom guilt? – Part 1

Our son’s birthday was yesterday. The family birthday party is tomorrow. And, while this is not the first time we’ve thrown a family birthday party for our son, this might be the first year that I’ve thrown a sense of strategy into baking the birthday cake. Some background: as we started planning our son’s first…

Domestic Blitz: T-Minus One Day

It’s crunch time! And I do mean crunch… The daily to-do list suffered for a couple of days while our little one fought a flu bug (and he’s not the kind to just sit on a couch and watch videos yet…he needs you by his side constantly until he’s feeling better!), but the nice part…

Domestic Blitz: T-Minus 7 Days to T-Day

It’s early in the T-Minus 6th day, but last night ran a bit late (kiddo was a little under the weather). So, let’s review the to-dos for yesterday: Talk with husband about moving coats from the rear foyer closet to the front foyer closet, since the majority of our guests just use the back door…

Be the turkey. BE the TURKEY!

We’re now just a little over a week away from Thanksgiving, a holiday we’ve been very fortunate to host as a family meal at our home since before the beginning of our marriage, and every year we look forward to it. Both the “spending time with those you love” things and the “look at what…

Sweet Endings

It’s a quandary I think any parent of a young child faces: what to do for a token gift for birthday party guests? It was the question we faced this year planning a second birthday party for our son. Schedules and quirks meant the youngest cousin in attendance would be college bound…so little bags of…