Traveling with Children with Allergies Over the Holidays

Traveling over the holidays is stressful enough, but if your child has food allergies, planning ahead with a solid strategy will help you enjoy the holidays more. Here are some tips to survive travel, in keeping with the current recommendations of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. BEFORE YOU GET ON THE PLANE, […]

Holiday Hors d’oeuvres Made Easy

With the holiday season quickly approaching, it is time to begin thinking about what the holiday spreads will include this year. We always go all-out with hors d’oeuvres in my family, so much so that sometimes we have no room to eat the actual holiday meal, but we continue to overindulge and over prepare anyway. […]

Turkey and Orange Puree

Yes, I love the holidays, but even randomly throughout the year, I love to bake a fresh turkey from time to time. One of my favorite things? Adding ingredients that I know and love in between the skin of the bird. So good!! My go-to seasonings include thyme, rosemary and lemons. You want the meat nice […]

Love is Christmas

I don’t care if the carpet’s stained We’ve got food upon the table I don’t care if it’s gonna rain Our little room is warm and stable Love is who we are And no season can contain it Love would never fall for that. These are the lyrics to a 2011 Sara Bareilles song entitled […]

Hand-Painted Letters for Christmas

These hand-painted letters are a meaningful and affordable gift that you can make for children and adults alike! Easy to make, beautiful, and totally personalized, they’re an easy way to cross every gift off your holiday present list. These particular letters were painted for a set of twins turning three. I asked what their favorite […]

The Magic of Salt Dough Ornaments

I’m part of the International Moms Club in my area and we plan various fundraisers, play dates and get-togethers that both moms and kids can enjoy. This holiday season, some of the moms organized and hosted a salt dough ornament making party, a simple and natural way to make ornaments and decorations. The kids rolled […]

Saving Your Sanity This Holiday Season

Well, here is it: December 1st– the kick off of the most awesome, amazing, and horrifyingly stressful time of year. Each year, I try to get ahead of things, I try to have all my proverbial ducks in a line in order to sit back and enjoy the holidays, only to forget 80 things, two […]

Re-Gifting of the Magi

This year we had a bit of a family blow out over our annual tradition of picking names out of a hat for Christmas. We couldn’t come to an agreement about themes, amounts, or what was considered “equitable” gift giving. Rules and regulations were established: there was to be no cheapskating, no re-gifting or any […]

Spiced Pumpkin and Carrot Soup

This week, as I continue with my goal to try one new vegetarian recipe a week, I bring you Spiced Pumpkin and Carrot Soup! It’s quick and easy to prepare, but it’s a hearty soup for these cold winter evenings when you just can’t think of what to make for dinner. Serve with a crusty baguette and simple […]

Crockpot Christmas

When it comes to entertaining during the holiday season, I tend to run hot or cold. Either I am really into it and start thinking about hosting a wintertime bash months in advance, or I chuckle at the thought and snuggle deeper into my pajamas on the couch, thinking something along the lines of “Ha! […]