Final Fifty of 2018

Happy November 12th!

It’s just a day.

I happens to be a Monday this year, but more to the point, there are fifty days until 2018 is over.

How are you doing?


Personally, that week or so surrounding Halloween is a disaster. There are kid-related things for Halloween; there is MyChild’s birthday and requisite party, class party, and family celebrations; and, (regardless of which company I am working for) always a major work project or event in the midst of that time.

Once I hit October first, I know I just need to keep my head down and moving forward.


Last Friday, everything was done. I am free!

Oh, wait.




New Year’s resolutions to plan.


I know a LOT of people are doing the “Last 90 Days”-type of thing, but I just could NOT take on another project during the month of October.

But, looky, looky…..

We have 50 days left.

We can do this!


Here is what I WILL accomplish by the end of the year

SK Final Fifty Book Stack

EOY TBRĀ  a.k.a. End of Year To Be Read Pile

Visit the gym (at least) 4 days each week

Write in my Gratitude Journal 5 days each week

December-Bake-a-Thon – my own plan to bake every day in December


Work on my Book(s)



How about you?

What are your plans for the next 50 days?

Are you taking care of yourself, too?

Thanksgiving Dinner Favorites




One thing I AM quite good at is planning the menu for a holiday meal.


Here are some of my favorite things to include in a big family meal – perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Maple-Whiskey Turkey and Gravy1444416988723

Directly out of the FoodNetwork Magazine, courtesy of Ree Drumond, THIS. IS. AMAZING.

Ciabatta Stuffing with Chestnuts and Pancetta


This is the same recipe I mentioned a couple weeks ago.

Root Vegetable Mash


A bit of a change from traditional mashed potatoes, the extra flavors from the celery root and parsnips in this mashed medley is very good. Don’t be afraid of celery root. It looks weird, but is so good.


Roasted Vegetables

Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Parsnips, Carrots.

Toss them all in olive oil and salt and pepper. Spread out in single layer on baking sheet. Roast in 425 deg F oven for 20 minutes, stir and roast for another 15 – 20 min (depending on oven and preference). Easy Peasy.

Green Beans with Walnuts, Cranberries, and Blue Cheese


This is a recipe I found when searching for a healthier option over the traditional green bean casserole. Side note: I ALSO made Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole that year, because #tradition.

Grandma’s Yeast Rolls


Grandma’s Rye Bread



Pumpkin Pie


Traditional all the way.

Grandma’s Chocolate Pie



Now, I’m starving. I’m going to go search my kitchen for a snack.



If you want to find any other recipes that might be fun to try, look HERE.


Have a great day!