With Heartfelt Thanksgiving

Dear Friends, Today is Thanksgiving. There’s a wonderful turkey in my oven, my table is set, my family is here, and dear friends are on their way. Just before we eat our wonderful Thanksgiving meal, we traditionally gather together in a circle, holding hands and each one of us will say one thing we’re especially […]

Thanksgiving Memories

Thanksgiving is one holiday where you cannot let your perfectionism run your life. Norman Rockwell paintings are paintings—not snapshots of real life. It’s an idealistic picture of what we all wish and pine for; not the real McCoy. Remember that if you run out of gravy, burn the rolls, or the turkey isn’t done and […]

Thanksgiving Triage

Got a problem that needs fixing? Here you will find some quick fixes, patches and helps to pull your dinner back from disaster. Gravy too thin? Got lumpy gravy? Turkey taking too long to cook? Stuffing too dry? Cranberries too runny? I have some quick rescues and resuscitations right here. Dry Stuffing? Melt some butter and add half […]

Tip, Trick & a Recipe: Cranberries: Not Just for the Holidays

Grown in marshes and harvested in bogs, cranberries are beautiful as well as nutritious. This indigenous American berry is full of all kinds of good stuff including vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, iron, and folate, wow! Here’s today’s TRICK: Because they’re available now, get your fresh cranberries while you can, stick them in the […]

Tip, Trick & a Recipe: Talking Turkey

You knew that was coming, didn’t you? Turkey is a wonderful superfood. It may be the centerpiece of our Thanksgiving feasts, but it is much more important than a once-a-year dinner. FYI, we have our FREE Thanksgiving Menu here! You gotta love turkey, y’all. It is low in fat, high in protein, and rich in selenium, […]

Healthy Foods: Weight Loss During the Holidays

Weight loss during the holidays? Really? How do I love the holidays? Let me count the ways. First, there is the decorating… tinsel, ribbons, wreaths, and beautiful ornaments. Then there is the crackling fireplace, festooned in evergreens with traditional stockings “hung with care”. And my favorite part? The cooking, of course! Christmas cookies and candies, […]

HF – Thanksgiving Freezing Tips

Healthy Foods Thanksgiving Freezing Tips by Leanne Ely, C.N.C. Here is a question I received that I believed warranted answering for everyone– Hi- I LOVE “Saving Dinner”! My husband loves the food even more 🙂 Here is my question: how feasible is it to freeze any Thanksgiving side-dishes in advance (ie cranberry sauce, casseroles, even […]

Tip, Trick & a Recipe: Mmmm, More Pumpkin, Please!

Thanksgiving may be over, but that doesn’t mean our consumption of this superfood should be. This gigantic gourd is filled to its stem with beta carotene, alpha-carotene, lycopene—all helpful carotenoids to help you with heart health and lower your risk of several chronic diseases. Here’s a TIP: You can buy canned pumpkin year-round. It’s inexpensive […]

Five Things

Here are some critical things to help you sail through Thanksgiving this year. Write them down; don’t keep them in your head–1) Guest List. Pretty basic, but seriously, make your list; check it twice and start making those all-important phone calls. Knowing how many to plan for is an integral part of successful holiday planning. 2) […]