April 29th, 2016

What Mom Really Wants for Mother’s Day

Does your mom make sure you’re fed every day of your life? Or, if you’re of the age when you no longer live with her, did she cook for you when you were a child? Does she cook every holiday? Every Sunday? Every time you see her?

You know, Mother’s Day is coming up and – seriously – Mom just wants to be fed for once. And fed well.

What Mom Really Wants

I know this for a fact.

Speaking as a mother who is constantly amazed that the people in my house insist upon eating three times a day with snacks in between, it’s a constant, never-ending job that weighs heavily on a mother. Feeding hungry people every single day is a big job. And it requires a lot of work and planning and preparation. You know, in between all the other amazing feats of organization and flair and love Mom is supposed to perform. (She does it lovingly, I promise.)

Now, there are meals I absolutely love preparing. But that requires time – something a busy mother has very little of. So when’s it’s Mother’s Day I want to be taken care of.

For. Just. One. Day.

Actually. Just. One. Meal. Would. Be. Good.

So if your mom is like me, get working on a Mother’s Day meal of – say – filet mignon, twice baked potatoes and red velvet cake. Not to be too specific or anything. But that’s what I would want.

Now, don’t ask her how to season a steak or where she keeps the steak recipes. Work this all out beforehand. On your own. Research it. Plan it out. And use these recipes and tips to help you.

She will adore you for doing this for her. And it will make her feel loved and appreciated. And isn’t that what Mother’s Day is all about?

Really, it’s ALL she wants for Mother’s Day. Bon appetit!


March 28th, 2016

Easter Leftovers

Are you still coming down from that holiday high?

I am. I love spending special time with my family, unwinding and just being together – especially around the dinner table.

Oh, and let’s not forget the eating. I’m always thinking about the eating. Even when the eating is over.

Think about this:  Easter dinner was wonderful. Your spiral ham was a big success. Everyone stuffed themselves, enjoyed the day and all the dishes are clean.

You took the time to lovingly plan out the meal, put the ham in the oven, prepare the side dishes, set the table just right and time it so all the warm dishes were warm and the cold dishes were cold.

Bravo!

Ideas for Easter Leftovers

Now that that’s done, what do we do with all those Easter leftovers in the refrigerator in the wake of a great meal?

Isn’t this always the post-holiday dilemma?

I say turn those leftovers into their own incredible meals! It can be done.

Create your own leftover recipes for spiral ham omelettes, ham soup or whatever other creative ideas you can conjure.

Did you finish all of your amazing side dishes? Get them in on the act as well! Don’t let gourmet mac and cheese go to waste! There’s still time to enjoy its delicious, cheesy goodness.

Try this delicious Ham and Beans recipe for something exciting and different to do with your ham leftovers. It’s ham. It’s beans. It’s Rotel. It’s amazing. Try it!

Seriously, with all your ham leftovers you can make yummy dishes for breakfast, lunch AND dinner this week. You’ve got ham sandwiches, eggs and ham, even ham casserole.

There are so many options, you might actually find yourself a bit sad when all the ham leftovers are gone. But don’t worry, you can always order another spiral ham and start all over!


March 25th, 2016

Easter Entertaining

By now, you might be furiously getting ready for your Easter dinner.

Perhaps you’ve got your spiral ham ready – did you Google “how to cook a spiral ham?” I’m not saying I did that or anything, just wondering if you did.

Easter Entertaining

If you are preparing an Easter feast, what did you decide on? I showed you my pretty incredible Easter dinner menu and I’m really excited to sit down and eat it. I’ve been dreaming about it, actually.

But I’ve got to cook it first.

And that’s the tricky part about Easter entertaining. Cooking the meal and serving it while hosting and entertaining can be a slippery task. You want to visit and make everyone feel welcome, but you’ve got to get that food on the table, too.

It’s tough.

But if we prepare as much as we can beforehand and try to eliminate the actual mixing and chopping and prep work while guests are here it makes everything run smoother. You can even purchase a heat and serve ham so you can spend more time with your guests.

The night before the big event, refrigerate as many items as possible in the containers they will be cooked in. Then, on Easter you just need to pop them in the oven. The food will still taste fresh out of the oven – because it will be!

You just did the hard part the day before.

See, these are things Grandma doesn’t tell you. Tricks of the trade, if you will. I remember my grandmother being in the kitchen every holiday for hours and hours. And we missed her. I don’t want to hide away cooking this Easter. I want to see and be seen. And I think the people around my table want that, too.

So make it pleasant for yourself and your guests by being present. That spiral ham will taste that much better if you aren’t a harried mess when you sit down to eat it. And everyone will share in the stressless day.


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