Monthly Archives: November 2011

Trying to Conceive

We have decided to expand our family!

“Brother AND sister, brother AND sister, brother AND sister!”  This is what Kysen chants happily as he skips across the room, whenever we ask him (very seriously and emphasizing the “OR”), “Kysen, do you want a brother or a sister?”  It’s such a cute scene in so many ways!  First, there is the insane fact

Mashed Potato Pancakes

Turn your holiday mashed potatoes into a scrumptuous breakfast side dish or serve with a salad fro lunch!

No doubt you have leftover mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving.  I have a ton of my “Perfect Holiday Mashed Potatoes” leftover so I started getting creative.  There are a ton of leftover potato pancake recipes on the web, but I decided to experiment on my own.  And maybe you’re growing tired of just reheating them in

Perfect Holiday Mashed Potatoes

By keeping the ingredient list short and the technique simple, these mashed potaoes are full or flavor and texture!

In my opinion it is hard to ruin potatoes as long as you keep it simple.  I have used this potato mashing technique for years now, for holidays and special family dinners alike.  Now with so many young children in the family I have simplified it even more.  Very important: always remember your mashed-potato-eating audience! 

Ina Garten’s Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup

This soup blows anything in a can out of the water!  The three varieties of mushrooms used gives it a brilliant depth of flavor!

Talk about the best of the best of Thanksgiving Day recipes, this soup has been reviewed 272 times on foodnetwork.com and it still carries a five out of five star rating!  I had the pleasure of enjoying this soup last year at my sister-in-law’s Thanksgiving dinner and it almost stole the show!  I seriously could

Thanksgiving Fun for Kids

Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl thanksgiving kids activities thanksgiving crafts

With just less than two days till Thanksgiving, one thing is for sure: the kiddies are home!  School holidays vary based on district, so if you’re lucky you may only have to entertain your kids for an extra two full days this week.  But with family visits, hours of cooking (and cleaning) the last thing

Thanksgiving Place Card Ideas

This holiday is all about the food so your place setting and name cards have to excite your guests for the feast!

DIY NAME CARD IDEAS: So, you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year!  You’re in super-freaked-out count-down mode or you’re in blissful denial, either way Thanksgiving is in a mere few days and it’s about time to get those little details nailed down! Time to break out the cardstock, warm up the printer and locate your scissors and

Chic Thanksgiving Decor & Menu

This tablescape was the perfect combination of color, elegence and simplicity.

Yes, you can have a chic and sophisticated Thanksgiving dinner even with your kids! Last Thanksgiving was a treat because my mom was in town.  My sister-in-law had us all over to her house and she made a beautiful, festive and sophisticated Thanksgiving celebration for all of us (including a total of 5 children under

Autumn Fun for Parents

Collecting fall leaves with little ones can be an educational opprotunity that is loads of fun!

Fall is here, holiday season is here!  Since becoming a mom, one of my most favorite things has been re-experiencing all our traditions with Kysen.  At two-and-a-half, it feels like he is really understanding the concepts of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas more and more (although he wouldn’t wear his Halloween costume).  From Halloween to New

Fun Dia de los Muertos Craft Ideas

Honor your deceased family members with this compact altar box craft idea.  Combine all into one larger box or make separate boxes for each.

Now that you know what Dia de los Muertos is you can start exposing your children to this cultural holiday by making some traditional crafts.  Just like my attempts at finishing my Halloween crafts on time, I’m a little too late to get in on the dia de los Muertos fun, so these are some

What is Dia de los Muertos?

The vibrant colors and striking imagry of these sugar skulls has lured me to this Mexican holiday.

If you’re a Halloween lover like me, October 31st is a bittersweet date–it’s the day you’ve been anticipating and also the end of your favorite holiday!  Enter “Dia de los Muertos,” the Mexican holiday that honors the dead and runs on November 1st and 2nd.  The holiday originates from an Aztec festival that celebrates one

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