Meal Planning for Turkey Week

Healthy Turkey rolls

Food shouldn’t be complicated. Or bad for you. Or expensive. I’m working to craft good cheap eats that we can both enjoy. You can read more about this site here. Check out my cookbooks if you’re needing some budget-friendly inspiration. Read about how to make healthy eating work for you here. Thanksgiving week is typically […]

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Thanksgiving Prep: Appetizers

Thanksgiving Appetizers | Life as MOM

T minus four days and counting. Depending on what time your holiday dinner guests are arriving, you might want to offer a few nibbles. I recommend just enough to whet the appetite and stave off hunger, but not so much that they don’t want to eat your sumptuous feast that will follow. Try one of […]

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Grocery Geek: Plugging Along

aho mid nov

This month was the first in quite some time when I cooked and shopped for the month all at one time. Previously, I was doing a mixture of nightly cooking and “make-ahead and freeze”. I can’t tell you how nice it has been to have part or all of a meal made in advance! I’ve […]

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Thanksgiving Prep: 6 Great Side Dishes

truly homemade green bean casserole

It’s so hard not to go overboard on side dishes for a big holiday meal. The turkey dinner is such a simple meal: Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing/dressing, cranberry sauce. Those are your basics. I think a family’s personality really comes out in the side dishes, though. When I was a child, my family had […]

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Thanksgiving Prep: Bake a Pie for Thanksgiving

Bake a Pie for Thanksgiving | Life as MOM

As far as I’m concerned, Thanksgiving is all about the pie. Cookies may reign at Christmas, but pie is where it’s at come Turkey Day. And can I say that it’s better to make pie from scratch? It really truly is. Those pies you buy at the grocery store or even Marie Callendar’s just don’t […]

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Thanksgiving Prep: Make These Cute Little Turkey Rolls

Six Thanksgivings ago, my father-in-law came to visit us at Thanksgiving. FishChick6 was a newborn. He bought cinnamon rolls. I had some biscuit dough in the fridge. A family tradition was born! We make these cute little turkey treats every Thanksgiving now. There are two versions: the canned biscuit variety as well as the made-from-scratch […]

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A Giveaway from Voskos Greek Yogurt (CLOSED)


This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners: Bluecastle99@, saraschroeder@ While I know how to make my own yogurt, I love to have a stash of yogurt cups in the fridge for quick and easy snacks and breakfasts. The kids look at this as a real treat, especially in comparison to the bulk tubs […]

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Easier Holiday Meals

Party 9

I’m over at Life Your Way today sharing tips on how to make easier holiday meals. From the post, As a child, I loved the feast days of the winter holidays. My mom cooked up a veritable storm on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. I’d lie in bed listening to the mixer run, knowing that […]

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Thanksgiving Prep: Make Your Potatoes in Advance

The mashed potatoes are one of my family’s very favorite parts of the Thanksgiving meal. But, they are such a pain! Pots full of hot water, mashing to be done, it’s such a pain. So, mashing potatoes in advance is the only way to go. Head here to read my easy Thanksgiving tutorial, Freezing Potatoes Check […]

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Thanksgiving Prep: Make Homemade Gravy

Turkey Dinner

When I was growing up, gravy often came in a jar or a dry packaged mix. Most of the woman folk in the family exuded a certain fear and trembling over the gravy making. The peril was lumpy gravy. Thankfully, I learned how to make my own gravy and I’m so happy! It’s really not […]

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