Monday, November 30, 2015

A Month of Dinners: Menu Plan for December

In an attempt to make my life a little easier, I'm planning all of our dinners for December at once.

As hard as it if for me to believe that the first day of December is upon us, there's no denying the fact that the holiday season is in full swing. I survived cooking our first Thanksgiving dinner at home (more on that to come) and, over the weekend, we introduced Caroline to a special family tradition.

We also spent some quality time visiting family on Stephen's side, and I managed to find a moment to start working on this year's holiday sewing project. Before the day gets away from me, I want to share our menu plan for the coming month.

The menu plan was thrown together a little more haphazardly this time around, but I didn't have as much time to devote to recipe research as I would've liked. Quite honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if I wound up going off-script in December... but here's what I've come up with for the time being.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Simple Vanilla Apple Galette

This delicious fall dessert has all the flavors of homemade apple pie without the added pressure of making it look perfect.

For the first time ever, Stephen and I will not be traveling for Thanksgiving this year. We decided to take a break from the usual frenzy associated with the start of the holiday season in order to enjoy some relatively quiet time at home as a family of three (plus a Monty).

Of course, making the decision to stay home meant accepting the challenge of cooking Thanksgiving dinner without the benefit of family members contributing the mashed potatoes or green bean casserole or an assortment of desserts. The reality of it intimidated me at first, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized we'd now have the opportunity to lay the foundations for our own family traditions.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

35 Classic Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Still need to plan your Thanksgiving menu? If you're looking for inspiration, then be sure to check out this fantastic round-up Classic Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes on Taste As You!

You know how some people get really excited about the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks? That's how excited I get about turning the calendar over to November. Because November means the coming of the holiday season and the celebration of Thanksgiving.

As much as we look forward to spending the day in the company of loved ones, Stephen and I have decided to stay home this year so we can enjoy our first Thanksgiving as a family of three. Of course, staying home means that I'll be cooking the big meal, and I have to admit that I'm a little intimidated by the idea.

I know I have to plan for certain must-haves -- roast turkey, apple chestnut stuffing, and green bean casserole -- but I'm having a hard time choosing which additional side dishes to make. While I want there to be enough variety so it truly feels like Thanksgiving (as opposed to Sunday dinner), I don't want to wind up preparing a lot of extra food that we'll have no hope of finishing.

Even with multiple rounds of leftovers.

Because of my culinary dilemma, I've reached out to my fellow food bloggers for help to put together this photo-heavy round-up of 35 Classic Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes. Each and every one of these dishes sounds amazing, and I'm positive that this round-up will serve as the perfect source of inspiration as I continue to tweak our holiday menu!

Friday, October 30, 2015

A Month of Dinners: Menu Plan for November {and Some Honesty about Blogging}

In an attempt to make my life a little easier, I'm planning all of our dinners for November at once.

Seeing as this is only the third post I've written in October, I think it's safe to say that this was a rather slow month for me on the blog. I had grand plans of maintaining the momentum I had gained back in September, back when I managed to churn out nine blog posts with an infant in the house, but it just wasn't meant to be.

I expected to get more and more annoyed at myself for not making time to sit down and write, but I never did. Every time I realized I wouldn't have time to write at the end of the day, I simply shrugged my shoulders and accepted the fact that we, as a family, were super busy this month.

With a trip to Cleveland (where Caroline crawled for the first time [!] and got to meet one of my closest friends from grad school), visits with all six of the grandparents (and one great-grandparent), and an afternoon of fall fun at the orchard, life offline took precedence, and I allowed myself to just enjoy it.

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