Every year my husband is overwhelmed at the amount of celebrations we have within just a few months. In October we have our wedding anniversary, in November it’s The Goose’s birthday, December is Christmas, January is my birthda
y and February is Valentine’s Day. And while I don’t think I’m that hard to shop for, finding gifts for all of these occasions (except The Goose’s birthday – The Goose is the only one who receives gifts that day) can be quite a task.
This year, I thought I’d help him (and anybody else who wants to buy a gift for me) out by laying it all on the line.
The Goose was home sick most of last week. He came home from school after lunch on Wednesday and was home the rest of the week due to a persistent fever and an ear infection. Thankfully, he was feeling better come Saturday morning and he was antsy to do some baking. He was in the mood to make some cookies. And I had just the recipe – Homemade Gingerbread Man.
Homemade Gingerbread Man
1 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
A few years ago I tried making braised beef for the first time. I didn’t realize that braising beef took a couple hours, and starting dinner at 5:00, with the expectation of eating at 6:00, was not possible. Fortunately, I had plenty of back-up dinner ideas at hand, so we didn’t have to wait until 7:30 to eat. Even better, braised beef tastes incredible when it has been cooked and reheated. So dinner the next night was already cooked – and it was out of this world fantastic.
2 tablespoons oil, either olive oil or canola oil
1 medium carrot, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1 stalk of celery, diced
Beef chuck roast (I usually use a 2 pound roast for the three of us)
4 cups beef broth
3 tablespoons flour (optional)
My family shares an iPad, and my six year old son has been asking for a tablet of his very own. Since receiving his VTech InnoTab Max, he’s been in heaven. He has enjoyed playing the games that were pre-loaded on the tablet, using the movie maker, taking pictures and sending text messages (just like we do on the iPad!).
Pros: The tablet is very sturdy. We’ve only had it a few weeks, and you’d never know by looking at it, but he’s already dropped it several times. It also has an attached stylus and a handle so that he can carry it around more easily.
Yesterday was Thanksgiving and we had an enormous turkey dinner. We had a 14 pound turkey, even though there were only six of us. Needless to say, we have a lot of leftover turkey. And while I do love a good turkey sandwich, come Friday afternoon I am usually tired of turkey.
If you’re like me, and you’ve had your fill of turkey leftovers, you need to check out this list of recipes. You’ll never look at leftover turkey the same way again.
My very favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner has always been the pumpkin pie. When I was a kid I’d get a huge slice of pie and cover the entire piece with Cool Whip. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I discovered real whipped cream. Not the stuff out of the can – the real stuff. The kind you have to whip yourself. And I was hooked.
Homemade whipped cream is really easy to make, takes just a few seconds to whip up, and tastes SO MUCH better than anything you can buy at the store. Best of all, you don’t need any special equipment to make homemade whipped cream. You can use a stand mixer, hand mixer, or even the whisk attachment on your immersion blender. You can even use an old fashioned hand whisk!
If you’ve always made Thanksgiving dinner from boxes, mixes and cans but are longing to make foods homemade – from scratch – you’ve come to the right place. Preparing a fresh, homemade Thanksgiving feast is much easier than it seems. With just a little effort, you can get rid of the cans and the mixes, and serve a 100% homemade Thanksgiving meal.
My Complete Thanksgiving Guide has everything you need – including a menu, shopping list, timeline and recipes – to have a successful homemade Thanksgiving dinner.
When planning your homemade Thanksgiving, the first thing you need to do is decide what you’ll be serving. I typically serve the same thing each year – this way I know the recipes I’m using are reliable, the food will be delicious, and I know what foods I can make ahead of time. If you’re looking for some help deciding what to serve, my Thanksgiving Menu and Shopping List can help give you some ideas.
We’re heading to Cheboygan for Thanksgiving again this year and just like last time, I’m bringing dinner with me. Since my husband has to work all day on Wednesday, we aren’t planning to leave until late Wednesday night. Needless to say, come Thursday morning I’ll be tired, crabby, and in no mood to wake up at the crack of dawn to peel potatoes and snip green beans for our Thanksgiving feast. Luckily, there are plenty of things I can prep the day before. Leaving less for me to do on the big day.
Mashed Potatoes – Mashed potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple. Making good tasting mashed potatoes can be time consuming – especially when it comes to peeling and chopping them. This is why I always get them ready in advance. The night before Thanksgiving I peel the potatoes, chop them and toss them in a bowl of cold, salted water. I keep them in the fridge until the next day, when I’m ready to cook them.
Every year, The Goose asks for a Pinata at his birthday party. Last year we were all very disappointed with the Pinata at our Chuck E. Cheese birthday party. There were a lot of kids and not enough candy for everyone. A lot of the littler kids didn’t get any candy at all – and that is no fun for anybody.
This year, since we decided to have his birthday party at home, we decided to make a homemade pinata. I did some research on the internet, and, as it turns out, making a homemade pinata is really simple – and really fun.
I’m the only person in my house who really loves potatoes. My husband can take them or leave them, The Goose won’t eat them unless they are covered in sour cream and bacon and I spend a lot of time thinking of different recipes to help convince them that potatoes are delicious.
They’ve both grown to like twice baked mashed potatoes, fried potatoes, mashed potatoes, and loaded potato bites. And now they like scalloped potatoes, too. And I can add one more potato recipe to my rotation.