On the years where my stepson isn’t with us for Thanksgiving, I prepare Thanksgiving twice. Once for him so he can have a nice Thanksgiving dinner with family, and then I prepare a second feast on Thanksgiving day.
I take him to doctor appointments, go to parent teacher meetings, and make his meals. I teach him right from wrong, table manners, how to say yes ma’am, no sir and y’all. I take care of him when he’s sick, encourage him when he’s down, and I love him unconditionally.
To all of my fellow step parents out there… I see you. I know how much you carry on your shoulders and the heaviness in your heart. Don’t stop. Keep charging forward. Keep loving that child unconditionally. You’re making a difference.
Love. Never. Fails.
If you’re a stepmom and looking for support, I am a huge fan of Stepmom Magazine. It’s an incredible resource that talks about tough topics, helpful tools, support and encouragement. “Because even when it’s good… it’s complicated.”
Simple Roasted Sweet Potatoes
It doesn’t get any easier than this folks. Big Strong Handsome doesn’t typically eat white potatoes, but he’ll eat sweet potatoes and purple potatoes. So, roasted sweet potatoes is something I make almost every week.
This is a super simple way to prepare them, and they’re delicious every time.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2020
La Vie en Rose Frozen Slushy:
Vodka, Grey Goose L’Orange, St. Germain Liqueur, White & Red Cranberry Juice
Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Alpine Ham, Baby Potatoes, Cornichons & Baguette
Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato & Onions
Pao de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread (This cheese bread was one of my favorite bites!
Street Corn Funnel Cake topped with Roasted Corn, Cotija Cheese, Cilantro & Cumin Crema dusted with Paprika
Charcuterie with imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses & Olives with an Herb Vinaigrette
Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham, Onions & Cheese
Mexico (La Cava)
Tequila Blanco, Melon Liquor, Orange Liquor, Agave Nectar, Avocado, Lime Juice, Hibiscus Salt
Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet & Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney & Spicy Mayo
Desserts & Champagne
Frozen S’mores with Whipped Cream Vodka
Liquid Nitro Chocolate Cake Pops: Original, Twix, M&M’s (These are big & very rich.)
Crispy Citrus Chicken with Orange Aioli & Baby Greens
Lobster Tail with Meyer Lemon Emulsion & Grilled Lemon
Canadian Cheddar Cheese & Bacon Soup & Pretzel Roll
Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce
Tailgate at Home
We love tailgating at home while cheering on our favorite teams. There's something magical about the sound of the game echoing through the house, friends and family gathering together, the cool crisp fall air, and the delicious food.
Here are some of my favorite ideas for tailgating at home.
Pan de Muertos