An Easy Fall Feast (URS: Fall Favorites)

Fall is replete with things to celebrate: cooler weather, changing leaves, and good eats. Here’s an autumnal menu to get you started. Fall is probably one of my favorite seasons. After the heat of summer, I welcome the cool nights, the chill that lingers in the morning air, and the lovely produce that comes with […]

Make Something Easy and Delicious (URS: New Year’s Feasting)

Serving simple appetizers is a great way to ring in the New Year without a lot of fuss. Once upon a time, I tried to create fancy spreads for holiday meals. Roast leg of lamb on Easter, roast turkey on Thanksgiving, prime rib of beef on Christmas. What took days to plan and hours to […]

Eat Well & Spend Less for Thanksgiving

photo source: Simple Bites A few months ago I joined forces with a great group of bloggers who could relate with my struggles to eat well and spend less. We commiserated over the rising price of groceries and decided to do something about it: develop and share strategies for keeping quality high while maintaining lower […]

New Year’s Foods (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

This week ends in New Year’s, so it seemed appropriate that we swap recipes we enjoy this time of year. For our family we don’t do any particularly “lucky” foods. I’ve read those lists of beans and collard greens and what have you. We’ve never done that. I guess since those weren’t things our moms […]

Christmas Dinner (An Ultimate Recipe Swap)

Christmas dinner can be as fancy as a huge turkey and all the trimmings. Think A Christmas Carol after Scrooge has repented. Or it can be as simple as a few boxes of takeout from your favorite Chinese food restaurant. Think A Christmas Story after the dog ate the aforementioned turkey. Whatever you choose, it […]

An Easy Way to Make A Buche de Noel or Yule Log Cake for Christmas

Many years ago, almost twenty, I spent a year in France as an exchange student. I adopted a family — or they adopted me — to call my own. I lived in a different French city, but thanks to mutual acquaintances, we connected and my life was changed. I don’t think I would have experienced […]

10 Things to Do After Turkey Time

The Thanksgiving meal takes hours of planning and preparation time, yet is seemingly consumed within 20 minutes. How can that be?! What do you do after the feast is over? Here are some suggestions for every man, woman, or child. 10 Things to Do After Turkey Time 1. Linger over the table and talk about […]

Keeping the Kids Table Happy

Photo source I well remember those days of being relegated to the kids table at holiday events. I did not go quietly. (Sorry, Mom.) I was simply too hurried to grow up. And I balked at being considered small. It wasn’t until I was no longer “a kid” that I appreciated those moments of being […]