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Category: holidays

What to Do with Leftover Turkey

Mini Turkey Pot Pie Stack of Mini Turkey Pot Pies What do you do with all of that leftover Thanksgiving turkey (besides making turkey sandwiches and soup)?  Here’s a recipe […]

Happy Thanksgiving 2012

Siena’s first Thanksgiving (2009) Last year on Thanksgiving (2011) I hope your Thanksgiving is safe and fun and filled with family, friendship and love. This year, I am more thankful […]

Thanksgiving This and That

Thanksgiving table setting Another view of table setting Another Thanksgiving table setting Thanksgiving appetizer Thanksgiving antipasto Tofurky – looks like the real thing Stuffing Brussels sprouts with a kick Here […]

The Happiest Neighborhood on Earth

When my husband and I bought our current home 7 years ago, we had no idea we were moving into to the gold standard of neighborhoods. To me, it looked […]

Italian Holiday Tradition: Stuffed Squid

Stuffed Squid over pasta Raw squid, stuffed and ready to cook It is an Italian Christmas tradition to eat seafood on Christmas Eve. Growing up, our family always had stuffed […]

She Loves Santa … From a Distance

From my 2 ½-year-old’s perspective, Santa Claus is a recognizable character who wears funny fuzzy hat and says, “Ho ho ho!” She knows he comes down the chimney and brings […]

Snowball Christmas Cookies

1 cup butter (softened at room temp.) ½ cup powdered sugar (plus extra for rolling them in after baking) 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup chopped nuts (pecans are best in […]

Christmas Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Cutout sugar cookies: Santas, snowmen, bells, candy canes, gingerbread men, Christmas trees, reindeer, and rocking horses One of my favorite Christmas traditions is baking and decorating sugar cookies.  Here are […]

Italian Christmas Tree and Decor

  Italian themed Christmas tree   Italian Christmas display, which includes my book on traditions, some Italian Santas, gondola, leaning towers, and La Befana, Italian Christmas witch   Growing up […]

Halloween Reflections

Me at age 2 on Halloween, dressed as a Spanish girl, Flamenco dancer maybe (before brother was born) I have always loved Halloween. Maybe because my birthday is in October, […]

Super Adorable Halloween Costumes

Adorable little baby bat from Pottery Barn Kids http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/puffy-bat-costume-baby/?pkey=challoween-costumes Fun pink octopus from Pottery Barn Kids http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/girl-octopus-costume-toddler/?pkey=challoween-costumes Itsy Bitsy Spider from Pottery Barn Kids http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/puffy-spider-costume-baby/?pkey=challoween-costumes Classic: Little Pumpkin (my little […]

Mini Heart-Shaped Calzones

Ingredients (for 8 servings) 2 rolls/balls refrigerated pizza dough About 1 cup prepared pizza sauce 1 pound mozzarella cheese 1 cup pepperoni slices 2 tablespoons olive oil Preheat oven to […]

Our Mother’s Day Dinner Menu

Appetizer/Cocktails: Tortilla chips and six-layer dip (premade from Vons, but proven to be absolutely delicious, and very convenient), and Skinnygirl Margaritas (by Bethenny Frankel), which I’m very excited to try […]