Our first married Thanksgiving Kev sat down to the dinner table in disbelief.

I was oblivious. And proud. A brined turkey, homemade stuffing with cranberry walnut bread, cranberry orange sauce, sautéed snap peas, and a chocolate pound cake.  Read more

Sparkling Cranberries from the faux martha

I never knew the simple magic of sparkling cranberries until a friend introduced them to me. Soaked in a sugar bath the night before, these require a little forethought, but that’s the only thing complicated about them. Drain and sprinkle with sugar for dazzling results. They’re sweet, but not too sweet, and still plenty start. Serve in a bowl or top a cake or add to a cheeseboard. Just make these sparkling cranberries. Read more

The last couple weeks I’ve been running around like a crazy lady. With my hair frazzled and head spinning. The deadlines are piling up and the holidays are quickly, too quickly, approaching. I’m currently sitting at my computer, writing a post, eating breakfast, and putting on make-up. Frazzled. Too frazzled. Read more

My mom’s in town for the week. We’ve been eating well. Very well. Drinking plenty of glasses of wine and sharing stories we’ve probably told a million times. They’re stories that make our family unique. Stories about my brother chasing my sister down the beach declaring, “sweet revenge,” with a plastic sword in his hand. Stories of sitting in ant piles and falling off my scooter. My dad picked every last pebble out of my knee. Stories of listening to my Big Bird tape player sing “I wanna go home” over and over again. Stories that no one else quite understands except my family. They’re ours. Read more

The turkey is brining. The pie crusts are resting. The cranberries have popped. And the hearty bread is drying out for tomorrow’s stuffing. Our tiny home smells of sautéed onions and celery with whispers of sage and thyme floating about. 1920s music is rolling through the speakers. With a glass of wine in hand, I’m ready to celebrate. To celebrate all the blessings this year harvested. It’s time to give thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. 

Homemade cranberry sauce from the faux martha

Promise me one thing this Thanksgiving—no cans of cranberry sauce. Deal? Let me return the favor by promising you—this is the easiest recipe. Evah! And people will actually eat it. You won’t miss the untouched cylindrical cranberry “sauce” fresh with indents from the can. I promise. Read more

Thanksgiving is next week. And pie is kind of a must. (Apple for me!) So now that we’ve got the pie basics covered, it’s time to kick it up a notch, and show that crust some love. Sure you can throw another rolled out crust on top and call it a day, as seen here. Or you can impress your guests with a fancy crust. If you choose option B, don’t fear. Perfection is not the name of the game with these two techniques. Perfectly imperfect, aka rustic, is more like it. People will think you slaved away all day on the pie. Go ahead, let them think what they want. Read more

 
 
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