Homemade Eggnog (& next year)

I remember such a specific Christmas when I felt I had it all together. My head was fully attached and on straight. Gifts were purchased in June and wrapped in November. The tree was bought and put up the day after Thanksgiving. The lights were on the house and lit every night.

Homemade Aged Eggnog Recipe

I sincerely wonder/hope/pray if my life will ever feel that way again. If the holidays will ever feel that way again. I have great hopes that they will. I understand this is just a busy season in our lives. I also understand that there are positives that can come from this time, that are coming from this time.

Homemade Aged Eggnog Recipe

I’m learning how to focus on what’s really important and let other things go.

I’m taking stock of what I already have and parting with things that no longer move or serve me.

Homemade Aged Eggnog Recipe

I’m getting a jump on planning next Christmas.

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Holiday Cheeseboards – 3 Ways (& a class!)

We didn’t get to fry a turkey for Thanksgiving.

Holiday Cheeseboards - 3 Ways

Between Seth hunting and me working and all of the shuffling around that comes from having in-laws who have in-laws – we just couldn’t make Thanksgiving at our house work.

Holiday Cheeseboards - 3 Ways

So! We regrouped, reconfigured, and reorganized. And are now going to be hosting a Christmas party/open house/Festivus instead!

I really love hosting gatherings at our home. I’d rather have a cavity filled than leave our house for a social engagement, but the tables are totally turned when I’m hosting the party. I love having people over! Milling around, making drinks, munching on snacks! It’s the best! I like decorating the house and doting on guests. As evidenced by Cheeselandia last year and my podcast-themed birthday party this year. Call me crazy, but I even like the clean up afterward, too.

Holiday Cheeseboards - 3 Ways
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Cornbread Stuffing (& a Turkey Day Recipe Round-Up!)

Sides may be the most important part of a meal for me. They can make or break the main course. Elevating and uplifting it or dragging it down to the bottomless depths.

Cornbread Stuffing Recipe

Luckily, this cornbread stuffing does the former.

It will complement the savory bird at the center of the table, being sturdy enough to stand in the place of a traditional stuffing. Or, it will delightfully contrast a tart cranberry sauce, adding just a hint of sweetness from a generous amount of cornbread. It’s enough of a departure to feel adventurous, but not so outlandish that your guests are unwilling to try it.

Cornbread Stuffing Recipe

In a word – it’s perfect.

I’ve got quite a few recipes that are perfect for your Thanksgiving day and dinner needs! Let’s discuss them, shall we?

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