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Posted by on Nov 21, 2012 in Long Dog Diaries | 0 comments

Long Dogs Return

Here are my sweet boys! They’ve been so good since the baby arrived. The dynamic turned out a little differently than we expected though. We thought Oscar wouldn’t care anything about the baby…just go on with life, business as usual. And that Tucker would be protective. Boy, were we wrong! It’s the complete opposite.

Oscar is ever the guardian. We had to take it slow with him at first. He tried to treat the baby like a puppy. He still tries to be a good mama dog. Ha! I think he and E must have formed an early bond because Oscar would sleep around my baby bump all the time. Oscar never misses a meal, but when we first got home, he didn’t eat or play for the first few days. So worried…poor little guy. He’s back to normal now, but he still likes to keep an eye on things. Tucker could care less about the new addition to the family. He’s always been cat-like in that he only wants love on his terms.

I was worried when we first brought the baby home and the dogs started barking. We don’t really try to keep our noise level down, but this instance was rather loud and abrupt. E never even flinched. I think he got used to his puppies before he was born.


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Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Come Together | 0 comments

Holiday Meal Planning: Tips from My Mom

Two years ago for my birthday (it’s today), my mom gave me a spiral-bound notebook with her meal plan for Thanksgiving. It includes her shopping list, prep timeline, and recipes. She also included some of her favorite Thanksgiving memories It was such a perfect gift for me, and I treasure it!

Here’s one of my favorite excerpts:

“Thoughts: Clean refrigerator out a week ahead of time. Have plenty of space and empty containers [for leftovers]. I like to clean my oven as well! Gather serving platters, cloths, etc.” Here, here!

Now for the confession of the century — I’ve never cooked anything for Thanksgiving. My mom takes care of it all. I usually have to travel around to a few other dinners at my husband’s family so there isn’t a lot of time for me to be around cooking. I really hate this, and I hope I can change it stat! I may just make a mini Thanksgiving meal at my house sometime. The thought of all of the logistics thrills me!

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Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in BettyBecca Bakes | 0 comments

Geeky Baking

This makes me so happy. It’s from a recent post from Pioneer Woman. If you can’t tell right away ;), it’s an animal cell cake. We drew so many of these in Bio I and II in high school. Be still my heart…cake and biology at the same time!

(c) All rights reserved by Ree Drummond / The Pioneer Woman

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Posted by on Nov 17, 2012 in Store-bought Remix | 1 comment

Store-bought Remix: Thanksgiving Edition

So I missed October Unprocessed again. I found out about it about October 27th, which is about the time I came across it last year. But let’s not kid ourselves…I had a newborn to care for this year. I’ve made myself a note for next year because I WILL be participating in some fashion or another. It’s so right up my alley.

So in the spirit of OU, I want to challenge you to make your Thanksgiving meal a little less processed.

  • My mom uses several cans of “cream of” soups for her Thanksgiving preparations. Here’s a great substitute.
  • There’s also the store-bought whipped topping for the top of the pumpkin pie. It’s so easy and delicious to make your own whipped cream.
  • Instead of canned vegetables, use frozen if you can’t find fresh.
  • Make your own broth/stock.
  • I know there’s nothing like those rings around the canned cranberry sauce straight out of the can, but there are great alternatives for that as well (Martha’s got your back).

Here are a few of my favorite bloggers who share the same mentality as me when it comes to making things from scratch. I bet you could find some great ways to make delicious switch outs from these ladies!

Simple Bites

A Cook at Heart

Smitten Kitchen

Pioneer Woman

 Happy [Unprocessed] Thanksgiving!

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