Thanksgiving

Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

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Friends, it is time to face the cold hard facts:  November & December are not kind when it comes to counting calories. One Thanksgiving dinner alone can provide the caloric requirements for a small country, and that's not even counting the pie.  (Mmmmmmmm......pie.....) I hate watching my weight, I really do.  I especially hate that [...]

Oh-So-Easy Caramel Apple Pie

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My husband really, really loves apple pie.  It is the only dessert he ever asks for.  But being the devoted wife that I am, I would only ever make it for Thanksgiving.  Because let's face it:  Apple pie is a lot of work.  Between the homemade crust and all those apples that need to be [...]

Holiday Planner 2013

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Happy November! Is it just me or has this year seemed to fly by?  I am having a hard time believing that it is already time to start planning & preparing for the holiday season once again. As my girls get older and begin participating in more activities, my husband and I are finding it [...]

All The Things I’m Thankful For Gratitude Journal

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The girls and I have spent a lot of time this month talking about  having an "attitude of gratitude" and what it means to be thankful for all that we have.  Honestly there are many times a day when it seems like they just don't get it and I frequently wonder if I am expecting to [...]

How to Save on Food for the Holidays

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Thanksgiving.  Christmas Dinner.  Holiday Parties.  Seasonal baking.  For most of us, food plays a starring roll in our holiday festivities.  We all have our favorites, that certain special dish we only eat once a year.  Without it Christmas or Thanksgiving just wouldn't be the same. Oh, the pressure. And while our mouths start watering at [...]

Plan for the Holidays {Day 30}

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This is the thirtieth day of my 31 Days of Living Well & Spending Zero challenge.  To read all the posts in order, start with Day One or visit the Overview Page.  *   *   * October is almost over which means the holidays are literally right around the corner.  My feelings this time [...]

DIY Fabric Covered Candle

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Can you tell I've been feeling a little crafty lately?  Between all the running around we did all summer and then Maggie not wanting a birthday party, I think I was feeling a little pent up on the creative front.  Whether it was change in season or that life has calmed down, or perhaps our [...]

LWSL Holiday Planning Guide {Free Printable}

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The holidays are right around the corner!  I don't know about you , but my feelings are mixed.  On the one hand, I truly love this time of year, but at the same time, I can't help feel a little stressed.  There are so many expectations!  So many things to do!  So many things to [...]

Thanksgiving Recipes, Part 2

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After reading through last week's Thanksgiving recipes you probably either a.) think I'm a crazy person for insisting on making every dish from scratch and have decided to just stick to Stove Top this year, or b.) can't wait for more!  I'll just assume it is is option "b," and forge right ahead.  (But for [...]

Thanksgiving Recipes, Part 1

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I had no idea there would be so much interest in my Thanksgiving menu.  Over the next week or two I will try to post all of the recipes, but today I am starting with my top 3 favorites:  Caramelized Onion Pull-Apart rolls, Twice-Baked sweet potatoes, and Roasted Parmesan Brussels Sprouts. I'm just going to [...]

Thanksgiving Inspiration

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Halloween is only days away, which means Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  I love Thanksgiving!  I love to cook and I love to bake, but most of the time I just don't have time to do it right.  Thanksgiving is my excuse to go hog-wild and make everything from scratch, the way I would [...]