Things to be Thankful for on Thanksgiving

Things to be Thankful for on Thanksgiving

It’s the eve of Thanksgiving, and I’m a bit saddened that my two eldest daughters aren’t here this year.  The eldest is finishing her master’s degree and has to work on Thanksgiving in order to pay for her classes.  The second oldest wanted to visit the family of her boyfriend in another state.  So, it’s the four of us here. When Katie, my eldest, first started going to college, the vacation days she had for Thanksgiving were so short that it wasn’t worth a $400 or more plane ticket to…

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Tips and Tricks for Thanksgiving – AND, How to Make GREAT Stuffing

Tips and Tricks for Thanksgiving – AND, How to Make GREAT Stuffing

For years, I thought the right thing to do was to torture myself on Thanksgiving eve and day in order to make everyone else happy. Then, I came up with a system to conquer having to cook all day long. Before I start sharing tips on food preparation, I wanted to share another turning point in how I made my stuffing go over the top from great to excellent.  Well, we all have our favorite stuffing and could fight stuffing wars on who has the best stuffing, but no matter…

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Romantic Thanksgiving Tablescapes – by Shannon Imlay

Romantic Thanksgiving Tablescapes – by Shannon Imlay

The beautiful Shannon Imlay is back with more Thanksgiving decorating ideas.  For those of us (me) who scratch our heads wondering how we can make a better presentation for our guests, Shannon is the go-to girl for all things beautiful without breaking the bank.  If you haven’t visited her blog, it would be well worth your time to drop by for all kinds of decorating ideas, easy tutorials, and great meals.  And, now, onto Shannon from Shannon’s Shanonigins! Happy Thanksgiving! I promised you a couple of Romantic Thanksgiving Tablescapes and…

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The BEST and Most Moist, Succulent Turkey without Breaking the Bank

The BEST and Most Moist, Succulent Turkey without Breaking the Bank

Everyone has their own special dishes and holiday traditions that take place during Thanksgiving.  For many cooks in the home, the day can become overwhelming.  Being a first time Thanksgiving cook can also present stress with the need for perfection. Fortunately, for many, the Internet provides a lot of answers to how to make the perfect turkey.  I learned by making mistakes.  Then, I learned to cook a turkey the way I like it, and maybe NOT the way most professionals would advise. Let’s have a side note for a…

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Awesome Gingersnaps!

Awesome Gingersnaps!

Shortly after my husband and I were first married, he bought a bag of gingersnaps and professed his love for them.  At that time, I never believed in buying a bag of cookies.  My thoughts were that I could make a batch of cookies for a lot less money, get more cookies, and know what was in them. My love for baking cookies first started as a kid.  It’s where my fascination for cooking started – with the almighty cookie.  My mother bought a cookie book for me when I…

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Glistening Frosty Leaf Covered Candles, Votives & Vases – Guest Blogger, Shannon Imlay

Glistening Frosty Leaf Covered Candles, Votives & Vases – Guest Blogger, Shannon Imlay

Donna’s introduction–  I had the pleasure of meeting Shannon Imlay in New York City, and one cannot even begin to describe the feeling of warmth and love that emits from her.  The beauty of Shannon is that she is beautiful from the inside out, and I somehow feel that this beauty branches out into the very core of her decorating abilities. What you see from the creations she makes comes from her heart, and you can see the very essence of who she is through her beautiful designs.  Enough from…

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November Musings – by guest blogger, Christine Peckelis

November Musings – by guest blogger, Christine Peckelis

Donna’s introduction- I met Christine through a common interest in cooking.  What amazed me the most is the depth she has regarding life, interests, and the ability to freely flow in thought process from one subject to another.  She’s one of the few people I know who has a positive point of view.  That, with her intellect, leads to a most interesting perspective and might leave you walking away from a conversation feeling a little bit smarter.  Thank you, Christine, for your post today.  Please visit Christine’s blog at http://bigshotsmom.blogspot.com/  To…

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Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness

Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness

I was paying a medical bill over the phone, when the billing person asked, “Now, can I have the three numbers on the back of your card?” “That’s right.  You caught me.  I stole a credit card to pay off people’s medical bills, “I said. As she started laughing, she then stopped abruptly and told me that, after the Newtown shootings near our area, people started campaigning to do random acts of kindness.  Someone called their office, and, in memory of the horrific and senseless act that is every parent’s…

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What Should I Renovate? How Much is Too Much to Sell Your House?

What Should I Renovate? How Much is Too Much to Sell Your House?

While the current market makes you feel like you have to pull out all the stops in order to get your house sold, your bank account may tell you otherwise. The question is, “How much is too much?” when it comes to fixing up your house to put it on the market or to even potentially renovate with a future sale in mind. What are the right things to do? Where should our attention be placed for our home sale? With questions like this, I turned to Donna Hildebrand who…

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Splendid Recipes with SPLENDA® Sweetener

Splendid Recipes with SPLENDA® Sweetener

Every morning, I wake up, go into the kitchen, and press the on button to the coffee maker.  As my coffee is brewing, I pull out two things:  coffee creamer and Splenda® packets.  I prefer using Splenda® for a couple of reasons.  One reason is because it dissolves so easily into my beverages.  The other reason is because I like the fact that Splenda® is low in calories. When I discovered Splenda® was going to be a sponsor this month and that I was one of the chosen Allrecipes Brand…

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