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A writer who loves to share her experiences in the kitchen.

There is still time to plan for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is almost here and we all know preparations for Thanksgiving dinner can be hectic. There is so much to do, in such a small time frame that things can be overwhelming. Having a plan in place helps ease the stress of the big day and helps you relax and enjoy your loved ones.

Create a menu- Having a menu planned ahead of times helps for many reasons. Knowing ahead of time what groceries you need to buy; Ideas for left overs; Knowing you’ll have enough food for everyone invited. Once you create your menu get your loved ones involved, have them bring a dish. This cuts down on what you have to cook.

Designate tasks and dishes- The holidays give us time to spend with family and friends. Make these special days count by not doing everything yourself. Make being in the kitchen a fun family event. Share responsibilities in preparing the food, setting the table, playing games with the kids, etc. If you know certain family members are good with particular tasks, use that to your advantage.

Cook/Bake/ Prepare in advance- Prepare as much as you can ahead of time. A lot time the side dishes that you are making can be made a head of time. String beans, collards greens, butternut squash, mashed potatoes even macaroni & cheese can be made the day before. this is also perfect for your cold salads, such as carrot slaw, potato salad, macaroni & tuna salad and pasta salad. Season your meats down a day or two before this way you can cook them the night before or early Thanksgiving morning. Use your time wisely so you can enjoy your day with your family.

Make use of your slow cooker/crockpot- Do you own one? You know the appliance that you haven’t used in months, the one that comes out for times such as this. Many items can be cooked in your slow cooker, it will cut down on the amount of pots and pans you use and you can serve from it. Hot dips, soups, chili, gravy, vegetables, meatballs, all can be cooked and served directly from this dish.

Hopefully these tips will help you with your planning. Remember you don’t have to do everything yourself, enjoy this time with your family.

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Cerebral Palsy is my Super Power

That’s right, you read the title correctly. I have debated whether or not I would post the original article I wrote for She Knows Media on my site. I decided to just go ahead and share it. Often times people question whether I have Cerebral Palsy because I don’t look like other people that they see with this disability.

Every case is different. Just because we have the same type of CP doesn’t mean that our symptoms will be the same. I have Spastic Diplegia CP, it mostly affects the left side of my body. Others with with SD CP may have impairments with their legs or arms, it really depends.

So if you’ve followed me on instagram you will notice that I am back in physical therapy. No, nothing happened but I needed to go because my muscles are extremely tight. Being in therapy three days a week, you meet people and talk with others about why you’re there. My life with Cerebral Palsy has been the topic of discussion lately. There is a fire fighter there who has a son with Spastic Hemiplegia Cerebral Palsy, all of his limbs are affected. We talk about treatments, surgeries, therapies and life. One things that sticks out is him saying he never knew anyone else with CP, so knowing that there is hope for his son makes him proud. Since hearing that I decided to share the article I wrote.

CP gives me hope, it makes me unique. I’ve had to learn how to walk again so many times. Surgery after surgery, doctors visits, therapy sessions but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Going through all that made me who I am. Each day I live I will share my story and encourage others to keep going.

Cerebral Palsy really is my SUPER POWER!!


Are You A Pumpkin Lover?

Pumpkin or No Pumpkin?

Fall is here so that means colder weather, leaves changing, holiday preparations and everything pumpkin. So how do you feel about pumpkin flavored items? We’ve got four great pumpkin flavored items with Tastefully Simple to fall/winter season.

Pumpkin Pie Latte Mix 

  • Just add milk to the mix.

Autumn Apple Pumpkin Cheese Ball Mix

  • Just add cream cheese. Comes with 2 packets.

Pumpkin Bread and Maple Glaze Mix

  • Just add butter, water and bake.

Pumpkin Caramel Sauce

  • It’s an open and pour item. Tastes great on ice cream, or use cheese ball mix to make a cheesecake, then drizzle on top.

Be sure to tell me what are some of your favorite pumpkin inspired treats this fall?

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Sunday Dinner: Apple & Sage Pork Chops

Happy Monday all! We don’t usually post our Sunday dinners but we decided to try something new. This may become a weekly thing for us. We cut the recipe in half so it will make 4 servings.

Apples and pork chops go well together so we decided to combine them add a few other seasonings to the mix. This sweet and savory combination is will make your taste buds very happy. The aroma of the seasonings while cooking is amazing, if your windows are open you just might make your neighbor jealous.

Apple & Sage Pork chops

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

3 tsp. rubbed sage                                               2 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. crushed thyme leaves                                 1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp. paprika                                                      2 tbsp. flour
2 tsp. salt                                                            4 pork chops, 1-inch thick ( about 1 1/4 lb.)
2 tbsp. olive oil                                                   1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 red apples, thinly sliced                                    1 cup apple juice
2 tbsp. brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Mix flour, all of the spices and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Season both sides of pork chops with 1 1/2 tbsp. of seasoned mixture. ( You will use the rest later)
  3. In a large skillet, cook pork chops in hot oil on medium-high heat until browned on both sides. Remove pork chops from skillet.
  4. In the same skillet, add onions ; cook and stir 3 minutes, or until tender. Add apples; cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in apple juice, brown sugar, and remaining seasoned mixture until well blended. Return pork chops to skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes or until desired doneness.
Note: You don’t have to use pork chops, you can try chicken too.

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Kitchen Tip Thursday: “Surprise…It’s Dishwasher Safe”

Good day everyone, Happy Thursday. We’re glad you decided to stop by and join us today. We’re in the kitchen talking about dishwashers today. Sometimes appliances can have multidimensional usage in your home, a dishwasher is one of those items. We’ll look at ways for you to use your dishwasher for things besides washing your dishes.

  • Do your kids have small action toys? Place them in a small mesh bag, on the top rack.
  • Hook flip-flops in the tines on the top rack. (Crocs are not dishwasher safe)
  • Take the liner out of rain boots and lie horizontally.
  • Plastic hairbrushes and combs can be placed in the top rack to be cleaned.
  • Shin guards, knee pads, mouth guards, place them in the top rack.
  • Garden tools without wooden handles, can be cleaned in the dishwasher. No more pesticides.
  • Baseball caps, they get dirty and sweaty quick so clean them on the top rack.
  • Bathroom accessories: toothbrush and soap holders get cleaned real fast in the dishwasher.
  • Oven and ceramic cabinet knobs are dirty from spilled food and flying grease. Pop the in the cutlery holder.
  • Potatoes, no more scrubbing for you. Put these in the dishwasher to get all the dirt off. Remember no soap!
  • Small kitchen brushes that you use to scrub dishes, and clean counters can also put cleaned in the dishwasher.
  • Refrigerator shelves that are small can be cleaned super fast
  • Small AC vents, no more scrubbing to get those clean.
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