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Saturday, November 20

And So It Begins...

Hey, everyone!!  Thought I'd just do a quick check-in to let you all know what I'm up to.  Tomorrow, I begin the week of cooking for Thanksgiving dinner.  I know, it's silly...starting cooking 4 days BEFORE dinner?  For me, it's just simpler.  There's ALOT of work involved in a completely homemade holiday dinner.  Why spend one day sweltering in a hot kitchen when, with a little planning, you can make it a breeze by breaking up the work, instead?

Of course, there is one key element that makes it possible...my fridge.  By making things in advance, and keeping them in the fridge until the final cooking, it allows me to be part of my family on Thanksgiving day (which is sort of what the day is about, right).  While I know I touched on this several weeks ago, I thought I'd give a little run-down of how I do it again so that, if any of you wish to try my methods, you'll have a handy "itinerary". 

Thursday, November 18

Thanksgiving Q & A Session

Hey Everyone!!  I wanted to check in on you all, cause I know things are winding up for us all to get hopping for the holidays!!  If you are like me, you tend to let certain things slide when you are focused on preparations (hence my missing the last couple of days on here).  Rather than overload you with more recipes over the next week, I thought it would be nice to simply offer help.  Therefore, today I wanted to open a Q & A session for any last minute questions you might have for your Thanksgiving day meal.

Do you need to know what you can substitute for a specific ingredient, and achieve the same results?  Are you unsure what baking times and temps to use for particular dishes, so everything comes out at one time and is done?  Are you simply doing your first Thanksgiving, and need encouragement?  Anything you need information on, I can help.  Simply post it on here in comments or send me an email direct (ndars1@yahoo.com).  I am virtually always here, and can have your answer within a few hours, maximum.  On Thanksgiving day, I'll be on here ALL morning, too!!

Hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday next week.  ENJOY!!! 

       

Monday, November 15

Anyone for Hot Chocolate?

Remember when you were a kid in the winter?  You'd spend time playing with your friends, then when you came inside, your Mom would have a steaming cup of hot chocolate waiting for you to warm up with?  Even growing up in Florida as I did, I still have those memories...and for me, it was "love in a cup" (sounds funny, but it made you feel so special).

While I know kids don't play outside like they used to (what a shame), it's still easy to hand them your own version of "love in a cup".  Now, I'm not talking about warming milk and adding NesQuik, or some other premade mix.  I'm talking old-fashioned, do it yourself, Hot Chocolate.  It's not nearly as hard as you might think, and your family will love it!!  So, let's get out the board games, set up some munchies, and grab the mugs...it's going to be a great night of family, games, and some old-fashioned warmth!!