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Q&A: Thanksgiving 911

Every Thanksgiving hostess has his or her moments of anxiety. Hell, I've been making holiday dinners and hosting dinner parties for a decade, and I still get a little nervous when it come to roasting the perfect turkey. That combined with kids, houseguests, and having to make an endless supply of side dishes all timed in perfect harmony...it's a lot for one person. Hopefully by the time you've read this post, I will have answered any of your looming questions, but if there is still anything you are concerned about, please leave a comment at the end of the post, and I'll be sure to answer. Pictured above: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
1. What if I overcook the turkey, and the breast meat is dry? Slice it thin and soak it in warm chicken or turkey stock.
2. How do I get the skin beautiful golden brown? Lots of butter! Separate the skin and push butter directly over the meat then spread more butter over the outside of the skin. Also cover just the breast of th…

January Letter from the Editor


Hello! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and feel recharged and ready for the new year. I'm sure you are just as overwhelmed (or annoyed) as I am by all of the New Year, New You sort of content. I almost want to hide from Facebook for the next month.The constant stream of weight loss, healthy eating, and home organizing challenges feel like a constant nag. Though I do have to keep on top of all that content since that is in part what I do here on the site.

My goal for January on the site is to not feed into the craze but to encourage and inspire. Know that I am struggling just as much as you may be. My house is a mess, my Christmas tree is still up, and I just ate a brownie for breakfast! Granted it was a healthier low-fat, low-sugar brownie I made for the blog, but I should've gone with some oatmeal instead. I think I was waiting until Monday to really get my butt back in gear.

My wish for you in the new year is that you don't get hung up on all the self-improvement craze. I do think it's a great time to evaluate and think about the things you wish to add to your life and the things that you need to get rid of, but New Year's resolutions aren't always the way to go. My favorite pastor always says that instead of coming up with New Year's resolutions that you will only stick with for a few weeks, you should get a New Year's revelation from God. What does he want for you this year? I've always found that it's so much easier to be disciplined about changes when I know they're things that God wants for me. We can have all different kinds of motivation, but the best motivation is when you know deep down that you're doing something that is good for you. For example, you can use bikini season as motivation to lose weight, but if you shift your focus onto getting healthy and being good to your body, it's a lot easier to treat yourself with healthy foods. And it takes your workouts from being something you have to do to something you want to do.

So my first New Year's challenge for you isn't to cut out sugar for a month or to lose your belly in 10 days, but rather take some time - some quiet time - and find out what would be good for you this year. Shift your focus from the things you feel pressured to change and figure out what you want in your life this year and what God wants for you this year. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, find some quiet time, and journal it. You'll start feeling less pressured and more inspired...more encouraged.

Here's to a great new year!

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  1. Followed you over here from a comment you left on my blog - and I love this post! It is definitely inspiring and encouraging and does not make me want to hide under a rock. I love the idea of a New Year's revelation. Will definitely be visiting you again.

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