thanksgiving dinner blog

Get Organized: FREE Thanksgiving eBook!

Do you know those people in life who just always seem to have everything in order? Yeah. I'm not one of those people. I try, but oftentimes the best intentions get tossed to the side as I deal with unexpected work issues, kiss cuts and scrapes, new recipes fail and need to be reworked or whatnot. Still, being organized in the first place will … more

Clone Trooper and Pirate

Weekly Menu Plan: Candy Comedown

One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together into one nice, neat little package. We look to use ingredients in different ways throughout the week so that we're benefiting from the ability of do-aheads and being able to buy in bulk. We also benefit from a well-stocked pantry. We dressed in our finest … more

pumpkin tart

Weekly Dinner Menu: Plan to Eat Edition

One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together into one nice, neat little package. We look to use ingredients in different ways throughout the week so that we're benefiting from the ability of do-aheads and being able to buy in bulk. We also benefit from a well-stocked pantry. Some weeks, well, meal … more

boys and broccoli

Perfect One-Dish Dinners: Steamed Broccoli Vinaigrette

We sit in the pediatrician's office, the five of us, my four kids and me. They've put us in the corner room where there's a bit more space to roam about as they know I show up with my brood of kids and cramming us into a standard exam room would be near impossible, especially once you add a doctor and a nurse to the mix. Still, there are only two … more

homemade pumpkin puree final

Homemade Pumpkin Purée: Can the Can

I have a confession. I don't remember ever buying pumpkin in a can. Ever. I know my mom did when I was younger a few times, but generally, our pumpkin came from, well, a pumpkin. For years in high school I avoided pumpkin pie with it's brown, creamy texture. Then I realized it was because I'd always had my pumpkin fresh. Fresh as in … more

turkey wild rice soup

Weekly Dinner Menu: 10/18/10

One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together into one nice, neat little package. We look to use ingredients in different ways throughout the week so that we're benefiting from the ability of do-aheads and being able to buy in bulk. We also benefit from a well-stocked pantry. I'm in the midst of … more

compost bin alone

Composting Basics: Our Compost Pile

We have a compost pile. It started when my husband pulled out a pesky lilac that was taking over the corner of our yard. In the dirt patch, he happily started gathering together fallen leaves and grass clippings, and the next year while we were putting in our first raised bed garden, we happily took from the pile to fill the space. When I … more