The holiday season brings with it the excitement of gifts, joy of family dinners and the usual warm, fuzzy feelings. Underlying all of that is often the fear of being judged on the cleanliness of your home, not by Santa, but by your own near and dear ones. This year, Debra Johnson, home cleaning expert for Merry Maids, shares her tried and tested “Season’s Cleanings” tips that will satisfy even the most difficult in-laws and keep your name from ending up on the naughty list....more
Thanksgiving in Canada has been over for weeks. We are already gearing up for Christmas. Yikes!Thanksgiving in the United States is 9 days away. I will be posting my tips and tricks that I used this past Thanksgiving.First up, My Best Mashed Potatoes....more
I have the whole apartment to myself this week! Well, more like the dogs and I… They make great company. C is off to my home state of NJ doing his work thang all week. Which means I made a giant dish of stuffing all for myself. That’s okay. It’s so good that I don’t mind eating it for the next 4 days. Might only last 3 days actually…...more
This was something that I’ve learnt to bake in Dresden, Germany – a course that was held for $6 per student for those studying German at the Goethe-Institut. Another purpose of this course was to have students bake enough cookies for the upcoming Christmas party (though we were not paid for getting ourselves involved in the mass production)....more
Welcome to the first post of Thanksgiving Week 2014! Every day for the next 7 days I’ll be posting a new Turkey Day recipe that’s easy to make, guaranteed to please your guests and also healthy. Be sure to stop by for healthy recipe ideas as you plan your Thanksgiving feast....more
There are some ingredients I'll absolutely never get tired of, and in the fall, butternut squash probably tops that list.
This delicious variety of winter squash (also called butternut pumpkin in some parts of the world), is a vegetable that I learned to like from my Grandma Denny. Grandma would cut up the squash, scrape out the seeds, and roast it wrapped in foil; then we'd scrape it away from the skin and eat it with lots of butter, salt, and pepper. SO good.
Of course, we roast just about everything imaginable over a campfire, from game hens to rack of lamb; but these 6 items need no special equipment -- no grates, no fancy roasting baskets, no esoteric contraptions -- just a simple roasting fork or something similar....more
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