Archive for November, 2016

Holiday Cheese Ball {3 Ways}

22 November, 2016

We’re going retro on this post and I love it.

The Holiday Cheeseball is a classic, like bacon and dates, shrimp and cocktail sauce, chicken on a stick with peanut satay. They all say “grab a rum and coke and take a deep breath”. They’re not new ways to wow people but rather old favorites that invite everyone to put their hair down and relax, like piano ballads or cult movies. They’re feel good and you have fun with them.

They’re also really easy. I’m convinced these were invented because someone was scrambling to make something for a …

Cranberry Pear Chutney

16 November, 2016

Are you in as much shock as I am that Thanksgiving is next week?

Luckily my first attempt at getting ready for it was this easy Cranberry Pear Chutney that is LOADED with flavor. It also nicely solves the whole cranberry debate: We think the pilgrims used them, so we have to have them, but how? Cranberry bread? Not if there is pie around. In a can? Um, I am just going to pass on that one. My mom loves this fresh chunky side salad with chopped cranberries, orange zest, and sugar, but it is just a little too hard …

Easy Chicken Parmesan

11 November, 2016

Anyone need some comfort food?

I know I do.

There is no doubt that this week has taken a psychological toll on everyone. I think it is good to go back to the simple things that help us care for ourselves and each other.

Somehow, despite the discord out there, and all the things we wish were different, I am finding so much deep peace in here. It might be because I really did find a deep gratitude after reading Present Over Perfect in my day to day. It might be because I am lost …

Winter Squash Dip

1 November, 2016


We are so in my favorite food season. Roast all the veggies. Make all the soups. And get together with people and huddle around a fire place or table or couch. This dip is one my friend brought to a party and it was so different and yummy I had to grab the recipe.

Luckily it was from Martha Stewart and not hard to find. It starts with 2 lbs of roasted squash. I used Celebration Squash  because my friend did.

It was delicious. You could use Butternut, Acorn, or Delicata if you want but you …