Thanksgiving for Two: Enjoy a great meal without the hassle!

Family far away? Kids with the in-laws? Whatever the reason...sometimes it's Thanksgiving for Two. My advice? Enjoy it! Think of all the dishes you won't have to wash! Make a great meal, open a bottle of wine, and relax! Relax on Thanksgiving? Yep! I said it. I'll tell you how. Thanksgiving for Two I actually like... Continue Reading →

#Potluck Perfect: Two easy crowd-pleasers for your potluck (Friends- or Thanks-giving!)

Today was our office Friendsgiving Potluck. What a great event. I wasn't sure people would participate, but the selection of grub was impressive. We catered the mains-turkey, rolls, mashed potatoes & gravy. The rest of the meal was potluck! Every side dish and dessert you can imagine was represented. There were even Cranberry Moscow Mules! (Yes, my... Continue Reading →

#Recipe: Foolproof Pie Crust

Yep! It's time for pies. Pumpkin, Apple, Pecan... Yum! Make the filling? Easy! Crust? #runningawayinterror  Sure, you can buy Pillsbury's easy roll-out crusts and it will work perfectly well, but if you want a stand-out pie, it's time to to make real crust. The kind Grandma made. The kind you get see in an episodes of Diners, Drive-ins & Dives.... Continue Reading →

Is It Friday Yet? #MovieReview: Inferno

Wow. What a week. I had some big events and deadlines. I wrote my first executive presentation speech, and finalized a huge report (Power BI Dashboard) that will be used by the senior leadership. The late nights and the hard work paid off, and I'm super proud of the results. Even my boss sent a thank-you note! Apologies... Continue Reading →

Grab ‘n’ Go Breakfast: #Recipe: Low Carb Omelette Muffins

How is it that we haven't even put a dent in the Halloween candy, and the Christmas decor is in full swing at every local store?! Discount Halloween costumes next to Santa hats! And when did they consign Thanksgiving to oblivion? I am reminded of the 90's movie 10 Things I Hate About You. "...in hopes of distracting... Continue Reading →

Plant your shallots! #Recipe: Garlic Rosemary Roasted Pork Loin with Apples & Onions

Plant your shallots This year was a bit dismal on the garden front. Typically, we grow all kinds of vegetables and have amazing flowers, but this year didn't give us enough sun to harvest much of anything but blackberries. Just to set the record straight, Mark is the gardener. The man can grow anything! Right... Continue Reading →

Play With Your Pumpkins

Happy Halloween to you! We had such a good time carving pumpkins this weekend. Our kids are grown ups, out enjoying their own festivities...but we couldn't resist carving a few gourds for our own enjoyment! Years ago, when we carved Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns with the kids, I was always looking for ways to get more creative with the designs.... Continue Reading →

31 Day Fitness Challenge – ToneItUp! #TIU31

31-Day Fitness Challenge Why do I do this to myself of Fridays?  Yesterday, I stumbled upon a great fitness and nutrition plan site and signed up for the 31 days fitness challenge with ToneItUp. I liked the plan for the very clean eating, the HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) workouts, and that you can still have... Continue Reading →

Does Wine Go With Burgers? Crispy BAKED Onion Rings

It was one of those weekends where I had too much to do, and not enough days off - not to mention the rats... no, really, RATS! Wine was a must! Does it go with burgers? Do you pair with red, or rose? Hmmm. I don't think I care. #cuecork Low carb (lettuce-wrap) grilled burgers are... Continue Reading →

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