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We’re doing a lot of things differently this year.

Typically our home is open to anyone who doesn’t have a place to eat. This year we’re still in temporary housing, most of our things in boxes, which makes it a bit more challenging. So it’s just the two of us and what will likely be a large amount of leftovers. We’re not the kind of people to just cook a turkey breast, ya feel me?

So I’m adjusting most of my recipes, thanks to ChefTap (which has long been my most favorite recipe app). On android, it will automatically scale down (or up) and it is AMAZING.

I’ve changed up my cranberry-jalepeno sauce recipe, I’m making a new green bean casserole, and I’m experimenting with doing gravy-prep the day before.

What I’m most excited about, though, is my mom’s Pumpkin Torte. It’s been a staple in our home since I was a kid and it’s my favorite pumpkin recipe of all time. Last year we had a bunch of leftovers (shame!) so this year I’m making a 1/2 batch BUT I’m also putting them in individual graham cracker cups! I’m super stoked about individual desserts and thrilled to find a way to have my favorite for a smaller crowd.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!



Who needs solid food?

So there was this plan that I was going to blog 2-3 times per week and then, well, a whole bunch of life happened.

Life continues to happen, but it’s returned to a more manageable load.

I’ve read a lot of books in the last few weeks, so I’ll make that update another time. For now, let’s talk about shakes (smoothies).

It is no great secret that I’m picky about my vegetables. It’s also no secret that I need to eat more of them. For any number of reasons (and no one in particular) I was thinking about my eating habits and refined sugar this weekend. All of that, and the internet, led me to breaking out my Magic Bullet blender (unfortunate name).

It’s perfect because it makes single servings. I’m not great with leftovers and, while I’m not opposed to prepping in advance, it’s unlikely that I’m going to make a lot ahead. What I did find this weekend was that I was perfectly okay with a couple of shakes as meals and one proper meal. It was actually kind of perfect, since I don’t like to eat first thing in the morning but drinks are okay.

Tonight I made a shake for late dinner:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 c coconut/almond milk
  • 1 T (and a bit more) peanut butter
  • 1/4 c oatmeal
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 2 ice cubes (since the bananas weren’t frozen)

It actually turned out really nicely- not too much peanut butter, not too much banana, just enough texture.

Most of the shakes I made this weekend had spinach in them – a lot of spinach. So will the ones I’m drinking first thing in the morning. This was nice to mix it up a little and for a satisfying just-sweet-enough fix.