Dinner This Week

When the week ahead looks especially busy, I find it head clearing to plan dinner for the week — and by week, I mean Monday through Thursday. This week I’m focusing on simple and healthy. Last week was the boys’ birthday, which somehow translated into meatballs and burgers and cake and candy. We need a […]

Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients: 2 pkg Butternut Squash chopped into cubes 1/2 stick butter 1 cup onion chopped 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 cup half and half (optional) roasted pumpkin seeds to garnish 4 cups chicken or veg stock olive oil salt and pepper Preheat oven to 350 Place butternut squash on a cooking sheet (you can line […]

Thanksgiving Appetizers

Baked Brie & Artichoke Dip or try this Skinny Version of Artichoke Dip Bacon-Wrapped Dates. Hot Carmelized Onion, Bacon & Cheese Dip Sweet and cheesy Cranberry Brie Bites Prosciutto-Wrapped Harts of Palm with Garlic Remoulade Zucchini Bottomed “Pizza” Bites Sweet & Tangy Healthy Hummus   Smooth & Creamy Avocado “Hummus” Brie & Apple Tart Simple […]

Thanksgiving Dishes the Kids Will Love

It is the best family holiday, so don't forget to feed the kids.

College, Anxiety, and Our Immediate Gratification Culture

My oldest daughter went to college this year. As her mom, I was hoping she would hit the ground running, call to tell me everything was great, and be having so much fun, meeting so many wonderful people and feeling so appropriately challenged academically, she would be too busy to call again. As a realist, I knew […]

Halloween Cocktails: Vanilla Pumpkin Martini

Ingredients 2 ounces vanilla vodka 1/2 ounce cream liqueur 1/2 ounce pumpkin liqueur Dip in the rim of your glass into a shallow bowl of water to wet the rim of a martini glass. Then, dip the glass in black salt to cat the edge. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the vodka and cream liqueur. Shake it well. […]

Halloween Mummy Dogs

Ingredients 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls 2 1/2 slices American cheese, quartered hot dogs cooking spray Directions Heat oven to 375°F. Unroll dough; separate at perforations, creating 4 rectangles. Press perforations to seal. If using dough sheet: Unroll dough; cut into 4 rectangles. With knife or kitchen scissors, cut each rectangle […]

Tips’ DIY Halloween Costumes

Here are a few of our staff’s favorite DIY costumes–some easier than others. By Our TipsFromTown Staff Have a fun costume you’d like to share? Email us a pic so we can add it to our post! Channel Your Inner Charlie Brown Is there anything more traditional than making a ghost costume from a sheet? You can cut […]

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