The Monday Menu: November 16, 2009

kiwi

Goodness it's been a busy week. First and foremost, I have some exciting news. A few weeks ago, Tanna from Complete Organizing Solutions asked me to be a regular contributor to her blog. Tanna is a professional organizer in the Nashville area, and her blog is dedicated to helping you become organized and clutter-free. I'm thrilled to be part of … more

How to Roast a Turkey in 5 Easy Steps

lemon butter

Remember the scene in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation where the turkey comes to the table, browned and glorious, and then as Clark goes to carve it the whole thing deflates? Here, let me refresh your memory. This doesn't have to be you. Roasting a turkey can be easy, and it doesn't take as long as you think. This is a no-fuss, surefire … more

Cardamom Gingered Apple Crisp

apples

There's no doubt about it. Fall is here. The wind has a certain crispness that was missing not too long ago. Leaves have changed, fallen and been raked into piles. My vegetable garden is cut down to the dirt. Still, the farmer's markets are bustling with squash, apples, root vegetables and more and Thanksgiving is now right around the corner. … more

The Monday Menu: November 9, 2009

kolanut

I'm done commenting on the craziness of working from home and trying to make time for life. Done. Someone commented on it today, and I realize that I may have been whining. It is possible. And while not without reason, I hate whining. Ask my kids how empathetic I am in response to a whine. It's not pretty. Besides, having free time is … more

Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese and Orecchiette, Oh My!

onion progression

I have been craving pasta lately. While doing one of our menus I suddenly realized I'd added three pasta dishes to a five-day span. Carb overload. I adjusted the menu to just one pasta meal, albeit begrudgingly, and left this gem on the menu, and I was not disappointed. It may have had something to do with the giant tub of blue cheese I had … more

Preparing for the Holidays

turkey

There's a turkey to purchase, a menu to plan, recipes to thumb through, grocery shopping that needs to happen and cleaning. Don't even get me started on the cleaning. Traditional Thanksgiving dinners can be a lot of work, and planning and organization go a long way to ensuring yours comes together all at the right time. Before you pass on the … more

The Monday Menu: November 2, 2009

the little man

Hello, November. I have to say that while I'm not necessarily thrilled November is here already, I am pretty excited for the holiday season. We've been planning and organizing already in preparation, and it looks like November may actually be a pretty calm month. I'm excited to get to baking, and we're even having a mock Thanksgiving dinner this … more