Christmas Cookies 101: Shipping

Christmas is only…15 days away?! Wow…I hope it didn’t sneak up on you like it did for me this year. I decorated our house the weekend after Thanksgiving and sat back and enjoyed it…a little too long, I think. This past week I spent some time online, perusing the stores for the perfect gifts for family and friends while trying…

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Stuffed Green Bell Peppers

I feel that there’s always one dish that every family has that is guaranteed to please any night of the week. What is your family’s dish? We actually have two dishes and (surprise!) they are both tomato-based recipes that include meat and onions. The first dish we always turn to is my famous spaghetti. I mix in spices and veggies…

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No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Over the weekend, after all of our visitors left, I went downstairs and pulled out our boxes filled with Christmas decor. The garland was wrapped around the banister, the wreath was hung on the door, the Santa figurines were placed throughout the living room and the candles and lights were lit. The final touch was our Christmas tree…and boy, did…

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Thanksgiving Dinner: A Sneak Peak of My Menu

It’s finally Turkey Time! I’m sure many of you who are hosting Thanksgiving this year are busy at work preparing the final menu, running to the grocery store and finalizing the home decor. Because I am hosting Thanksgiving this year, similar to the past few years, I have been hard at work placing the finishing touches on my Thanksgiving menu….

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

For those of you who have sat at a Thanksgiving dinner with me, you might have noticed that I always went straight for the cranberry sauce…and then proceeded to accompany every bite with some sauce on my fork. Homemade cranberry sauce has always been my absolute favorite Thanksgiving dinner dish. To be perfectly honest, the canned cranberry sauce always terrified…

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Easy Chicken and Balsamic Peppers — Gluten-Free

This weekend my brother and his girlfriend are visiting from the mitten (aka Michigan). Their flight arrived last evening and as a warm welcome I planned on preparing a home cooked meal for them…but there was one problem: His girlfriend is gluten-allergic. As soon as the idea of cooking dinner for them popped into my head, I immediately began scouring…

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Thanksgiving 101: Thawing a Turkey

As the weekend quickly approaches, now is as good a time as any to remind you about the time it takes to thaw a frozen turkey. Unfortunately, you can’t just run to the store the morning of Thanksgiving, buy a frozen turkey and immediately throw it in the roasting pan in the oven. Why, you ask? Because by the time…

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