Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My No-Sew D.I.Y. Ugly Christmas Sweater


Today we have our holiday party at work. Like last year we’ll be doing a white elephant gift exchange which is always good for a few (or many) laughs. This year there will be some additional laughing because we’ve added an ugly Christmas sweater element into the mix. 

As a gal with a jam packed closet I struggled with the idea of purchasing an ugly holiday sweater that I would most likely only wear once a year. Sweaters take up prime closet real estate & that’s just something I wasn’t ready to support. So I opted to make my own “temporary” ugly Christmas sweater. I picked up an inexpensive ($9.99) grey sweatshirt at Marshalls & dug through my holiday decor box & in a few minutes I had a no-sew ugly Christmas sweater that can be dismantled & turned back into a comfy grey sweatshirt when the day is done.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Spicy Beef & Acorn Squash Winter Stew

I’m not a huget meat eater but I’ll have the occasional burger or meatball if the mood strikes me. If you’ve been following my blog (thank you!) you’ll probably notice that most of the recipes involve veggies, chicken & fish with very little meat in between. Which means that that’s what my husband eats too. Last night I opted to throw Chris a bone & make a beef stew. Given his positive reaction I may have to make this & meat more often.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Better Home Cooking Basics: #49 A Pinch of Salt Brings out the Flavors in Sweet Baked Goods.

The cookies have already started to appear in the kitchen at my office. I have no self control & eat one each time I go to refill my water. 'Tis the season for delicious baked goods. Even though these treats are sweet don't forget the salt (yes I love salt but this is valid for even those who don't crave it). A pinch of salt will bring out the flavors in your baked goods. Just a pinch will do.

What are you baking this holiday season?

Get more of my better home cooking basics here.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Baked Spaghetti Squash

In attempts to reduce the amount of pasta we eat (we like it too much!) I usually throw a spaghetti squash in my shopping cart & hope I remember to make it. Spaghetti squash is great because you can really treat it like pasta but feel better about eating it. This time I made our spaghetti squash like I would baked ziti & I’ll be making it like this again. It was easy & delicious while being familiar but new at the same time.

How do you make your spaghetti squash?