All posts filed under: holiday eating survival guide

Holiday Series: Thanksgiving Preliminary Prep

I start out with one menu – and then shift it throughout the week leading to Thanksgiving, so with that mindset, here’s what I am considering for the holiday, perhaps even leading to smaller dinner parties up to New Year’s eve. {featured source and inspiration for this blog post}

Sunday Morning Thoughts

I woke up early this morning. By early I mean 4 a.m. – usually because my dog is working on the old time – his clock being 5 a.m. and ready for his breakfast. I don’t mind, he’s aging and I am not going to try to teach my old dog new tricks. He is the king of this castle, and I am okay with that.  The first thing I did after his feeding, is grab my laptop and got back into bed. Actually fluffed my pillows and sat, in bed, aiming to write a post. Since I haven’t for a few days – thanks to having to shift gears last week, and working long hours to meet a demanding deadline. On Saturday I decided to drive down to Stanford and hang around the mall. I needed a bit of happy chaos, and to get ideas for the coming holidays. I knew that most of the mall would already be decorated for Christmas, with a bit of detail intertwined about the Thanksgiving holiday. The smell of …

Long Weekends and Such…

It’s the first of July already? I can’t believe we’ve completed the first half of the year – what I consider is the planning stages for the rest of the year.  Since Jan-Jun most of us are busy getting through winter, kids in school, college prep, proms, or wedding planning for those with adult children, graduations, and vacation planning. Maybe even scheduling a major reno project for the home, a backyard makeover, or simply a move across the country. We pause for a second for the fourth of July weekend here in the US, and then take off again. Well, by taking off I mean, going on vacation, getting the kids off to college, attend a few weddings, prep for the fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving and then the potential brutal winters and the Christmas holidays.  A very mundane lifestyle. Anyway, since I am still in the country, I was hoping to drive up to a lake of some sort – Lake Tahoe, Plumas Lake or anywhere  I can be near the water, and enjoy a good …

Halloween Makeup – A Sure Trick or Is it a treat?

Naturally, being in charge of all company parties at my day job, I had to include a Halloween costume contest and lunch for the 200 plus wonderful techy individuals I work with every day. We have three prizes to give away this year for the “most creative” costume, and although I seldom dress up, I am really considering – can you guess which – between these two? {Check out the rest here}

travel journal: stay tuned

I am excited as always to have the opportunity to travel. So, I ask that you stay tuned, throughout the next two weeks, as I come to you via blog – detailing my travels, hopefully getting up the nerve to start up the Instagram site, I’ve been dying to and of course wishing I was on a PAN AM flight from eons ago 🙂 {photo credits click here, here and here}

vegetarian side dishes for thanksgiving

As we know, now that most people are trying to eat healthy or substituting the traditional recipes for gluten free ingredients and more, it’s becoming, in my opinion, fun to find new recipes to incorporate into the T-day menu. So, while I take into consideration most of the vegetarians in my family, I have searched and found some additional fun recipes to share from here: {Photo and recipe credit click here}

untraditional thanksgiving menu

I am always looking for healthy ways to make a meal, mostly switching out the butters, fatty oils and starchy foods for the healthy alternatives. So, it’s no surprise to anyone who knows me that I came to a screeching  holt on the internet when I stumbled upon these amazing recipes  from my favorite blogger here and thanks to her, I plan to incorporate her suggestions into my untraditional Thanksgiving Day dinner party: {Click on the photo for recipes and credits}