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Sometimes, a play day in the kitchen is just what’s needed. I love making a roast chicken, a lamb or pork shank, or a big pot of chili in my slow cooker. Not only does it feed us for days, it allows me to have time to tinker and toy with new recipes, flavors, and plating.…

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I have had quite a run during the past week. Between losing gas then power and an 18+ hour day yesterday, I’m feeling a little burnt. Burnt enough to stress-eat an entire tub of vegan chocolate mousse.I guess it’s a good thing that Joshua stole it for his lunch. Instead, I’m contemplating raiding my slow cooker full of caramelized onions to pile atop a grain-free grilled cheese sandwich.…

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This week, I wrote about being prepared as a hostess. Then, after the humbling experience of running out of propane, I wrote about being flexible– another
important quality for a host. Today, I’m just going to share with you the most important quality… humor.

While I do have a gorgeous recipe post all lined up for you, what I don’t have is power.…

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Daily Gratitude:
Neti Pots
Thermal Shirts
Dogs Warming My Lap and Feet
Naps

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With just a little over a week to go, I’ve finally got my Thanksgiving menu all set. I’m so excited to share my holiday with great friends.

Thanksgiving Menu 2013

After yesterday’s post about being prepared, I was decked with humble pie—right in the face. Last night, I went to light my oven to make turkey stock and what do you know… no gas.…

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I was 29 when I hosted my first Thanksgiving. I planned the meal of a lifetime. Lobster and scallop canapés with vanilla chive sauce, salmon mousse, smoked salmon canapés, turkey, stuffing, two kinds of cranberry sauce, a veritable feast of vegetables, and chocolate mousse with candied orange peel.

The only problem was my confidence that I could do all this, by myself, in one day.…

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Daily Gratitude:
Good Friends
Tamales
Sofas
Advil

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Daily Gratitude

Soft Sofas
New Dryers
Handsome Husbands
Warm Houses

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