All I Want For Christmas Is A Stuffed Pork Belly That Crackles!

Nothing beats the smell of crackling roast pork at home, during Christmas, with rosemary and basil fragrance roaming the air. It compliments the jingles that play continuously on the radio and the end-of-year festive aura that lingers everywhere....more

Whats in your Christmas stocking

Let’s have some fun with this ladies. I have changed the lyrics to the 12 Days of Christmas to give our men some hints of what we want for Christmas. Obviously, some may find the gifts extreme, but keep in mind- you are not the only woman in the world. Across the board, some women desire different things. These gifts are perfectly within reason for some. Based on an actual list.On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a box filled with lots of money.On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me a passport and 2 trip overseas....more

Gratitude adjustment

“I wouldn’t know: I’ve never not had a garage,” she sniffed (haughtily, I imagined. In all fairness, though, it was nostril-freezing cold out.)I snapped, “Well, maybe in the next snow storm you should leave your car in the driveway so you can see what it’s like.”It certainly was not one of my most tactful moments....more

The Most Unhappiest Time of the Year

Maybe it is the media, my personal belief about holidays or my upbringing but the holidays are not the most wonderful time of the year. I am sorry not sorry for what I am about to uncover about the most unhappiest time of the year. I am writing this to bring my truth to light and also provide someone with a glimpse of hope toward a better day....more

Twelve Gifts of Christmas - Day 7

Gift 7 - Give yourself a restTwelve Gifts of Christmas - Day 7 Reviews and interviews at Book Readers ...more

Day 6 - Twelve Gifts of Christmas

Gift 6 - Give practical help Twelve Gifts of Christmas - Day 6 Reviews and interviews at Book Readers ...more

4 IOUs Any Mom Will Love for Christmas

Essentially what an IOU does is allow a gifter the opportunity to put their gift on ice.  Rather than having to fork up the cash to buy a gift before Christmas Day, a gifter can give their "gift" at a later day.  Well lucky for last-minute or financially-strapped buyers, moms love IOUs, at least I do....more

How to throw a Japanese dinner party!

I organized a dinner party for 4  people in October.As I am from Japan, I decided to make Japanese food.The menu is traditional Japanese homemade food, so you may not find some of themin many Japanese restaurants.The dinner started at 8 but guests came at 4. I didn't want to leave them alone while cooking on the day, so I needed to cook most of the things a day before. I started cooking around 6 and finished around 8:30. I was a little late but they loved everything. I decided to make the followings:1. Soba...more

10 Tips for a Stress-free Christmas Dinner

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Yet most of us are in a flap. There are presents to be bought, cakes to be baked and a sense of impending dread at the thought of having to cook a fabulous Christmas dinner. TV chefs are wooing us with mini tartlets and smoked salmon blini that can be prepared “in minutes” and add “a touch of sophistication” to your festive cooking. Every supermarket has their own glossy magazine full of cooking and decorating ideas and can provide mini tartlets and blini pre-prepared (but with a hefty price tag) that you only need to “pop in the oven”. ...more

The Chic-Mompreneurs Ultimate Gift Guide

I know I have been gone for most of the week, don't worry it won't be a habit...I spent a night at University Hospital's Rainbow with my very sick 11 month old, and spent the last few days praying for a full recovery. She was very ill, and we were so worried, but thank God she is getting back to normal!  A post should pop up sometime next week sharing that nerve wrecking experience. ...more