Confessions of an Insomniac: Here come the holidays

The holidays have crept into my apartment. Fake plastic pine needles are neatly sprinkled throughout my living quarters as my tree sparkles with Christmas cheer. All talk and no action … As I set my pumpkin on the porch in early October, I am already dreaming of Santa and his eight tiny reindeer. I vow every year to have my tree up before Thanksgiving. And, just like clock work, my laziness kicks in and nothing happens. This year was not the exception. Read the rest of this entry >> ...more

Fine Feathered Friends

Spending time in the USA during my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, well, makes me think about all those wonderful Thanksgiving Days celebrated by all us 'expats' in our new country. In much the same way that Italy (and Europe, for that matter) have adopted Halloween as their own, well, in industrious Milan, even the store owners readied when Thanksgiving was around the corner; stocking their shelves with many items that ordinary Italians would probably have fed to their pigs if they had them. ...more

It makes me wish I had lived there during my time as a military family member. Panamanians and ...more

Of Mice and Martha

Every year about this time, I harvest a new crop of hope that’s been watered by an abundance of denial. I envision a holiday season infused with peace, saturated with a spirit of thankfulness and goodwill. There will be no chaos this year, no crush of time bearing down on us like a frenetic freight train. Order will prevail in my world of good things and gracious living. Martha Stewart will be proud of me. ...more

12 Secrets to Safe Entertaining with Food Allergies

Hey Food Allergy Moms, The latest issue of the AllergyMoms newsletter is available now. If you are looking for Thanksgiving Tips or menu, we've got secrets to a safe Thanksgiving, recipes, and allergy friendly freebies!!! Click here to view. Take care, Gina Clowes ...more

I am a grown woman with a life threatening allergy to milk, milk proteins, caiseine, cheese, ...more

Holiday Photo Tips: Step One - Kiss Your Camera

"Ahh. Uncomfortable silences and alcohol. Just like Thanksgiving at home..." --J.D. on "Scrubs" ...more

Thanksgiving Reading

As a Canadian, American Thanksgiving always seemed so...big. It seems like such a bigger event than our own harvest festival Thanksgiving held more than a month earlier. When I was a kid the difference in dates was so very confusing. I remember reading a book where a character talked about Christmas decorations coming out right after Thanksgiving and my response was, "What? Before Halloween???" Needless to say I've since learned a lot more about American Thanksgiving (I still don't get the football association, but then I don't really get football). What better way to celebrate it than to point out some Thanksgiving books? ...more

Ours is more comparable to a European harvest festival than American Thanksgiving. And it's a ...more

Holiday Gift Guide for Movie Enthusiasts

‘Tis the season to treat the ones we love to a little something-something that will bring a smile to their face – or a WOW to their lips. If you’ve got a film buff on your list, you’re in luck. I’ve got a great list of gift ideas to help you bring a little movie magic to your favorite fan of the silver screen. ...more

Holiday Movie Memories

When I was growing up, one of the big holiday events was the yearly broadcast of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. It was on once a year, and if you missed it...well, you just didn't miss it, because it was an event. My dad would make caramel popcorn balls or chocolate pudding, and we'd crowd onto the couch to watch in our pajamas. Sometimes, we'd even invite friends over to watch. ...more

As a kid, watching Rudolph each year on TV was a big event! Seemed a sacrilege to buy the tape ...more

Confessions of an Insomniac: I am one of those people

The scent of holly is in the air … The warm October air is quickly being sucked through a vacuum as the cool breeze of November rolls into town. Barely into the season, I watch as an elderly woman adds ornaments to a plastic tree already heavily covered in gold and silver tinsel. Read more of this entry >> ...more

you are making me nervous. Very nervous. I think I have a couple of kids who are very much ...more

Seasonal Cocktail Recipe: Pumpkin Divine

Ingredients - 1 part Grey Goose La Poire flavored vodka - 1 part pumpkin butter - 1/2 part triple sec - 1/2 part simple syrup - Pinch of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and ginger - Grated nutmeg and apple chip for garnish Mixing Instructions In a cocktail shaker filled with ice add all ingredients. Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosted and beaded with sweat. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with nutmeg and apple chip. ...more