Holidazed

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I used to be a planner, also super-organized (and this is the part where my husband would insist otherwise and I would end any possibility of a long, drawn out debate, by insisting back "WAS SO!" Because I am a great debater, like that!), but those days seem so long ago. I knew if I just held out long enough, mismatched plates and glasses would become a thing (are so!). In our house, the holidays were my Olympics! I researched recipes, collected odds and ends for binge-crafting sessions with the kids and made lists for ALL things holi"daze". This year? I'm lucky if I remember to wear matching earrings, and leaving the house with shoes on, and I can't tell you how many times I've caught myself wondering if I had remembered to use shampoo after already having gotten out of the shower. My mommybrain is all grown up and... Read more →

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Behind every strong woman, there's another strong woman, trying to do right by her family, probably.

The Katkics Women, Christmas 2013 I love this picture for so many reasons, but mostly because it captures the women in my family who are usually found behind the camera and are equally passionate about capturing moments, like this one: my mom, me and my sister-in-law Pam. It's been a tough year for the three of us. Physically, mentally, emotionally, and whatever else is left after throwing yourself into living life to the fullest...no matter what life throws at you....body, mind and soul-ly. Me and my twin bro, taken by my sister-in-law, who was all like "Get in front of the tree, you two" in their magnificent new house, in front of their equally magnificent tree, Christmas Day 2013. Heck, now that I'm being all honest with myself and stuff (out loud, I mean), it recently dawned on me that whatever stress we've had between us, over these however many... Read more →

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From Our House, To Your House: It's A Krispie Carol

Like most families we know, the kids and I have our favorite holiday traditions: decorating Christmas cookies ranks right up there with tricking out a ginger bread house with leftover Halloween candy, if there's any left. Assembling said gingerbread house, not so much. So, when our good friends at Kellogg's challenged us to put a twist on a family-favorite holiday tradition, I thought it would be REALLY fun to replicate This Full House (the house) in Rice Krispies, but then I broke it. So, according to the directions, you're supposed to bake the pieces for about 20 minutes before assembling, however, I sort of skimmed over that part. You see, I neglected to read the directions on creating a holiday candy cottage out of Rice Krispies completely, like all the way through, the house fell apart and I started getting all Grinchy about it. This was supposed to be a... Read more →

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Just in time for the holidaze: scented pine cone wreath.

Last month, my dear friend Beth (a.k.a. Life in The Bat Cave) took it upon herself to reach out and spread a little holiday cheer by organizing a Blogger Ornament Exchange -- sort of like a cookie exchange, only different. So, I signed right up and guess what?!? I got paired up with Beth :) Now that we're smack-dab in the middle of the holidaze -- you know, that constant "Uhhhhhhh, what year is it, again?!?" feeling you get in between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day -- and because my contribution to the ornament exchange got to Beth's house safe and sound, I thought this would be a real good time to share with you a super-easy craft that would make a terrific holiday host or hostess gift, as well. For this craft, you will need: I opted to purchase cinnamon-scented pine cones or, if you're just not into scented... Read more →

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Thanksgiving Soup (a.k.a. Black Friday Soup)

I have served this yummy soup, every year on Black Friday, ever since the kids were little and I think they look forward to it more than Thanksgiving dinner...me too! It is a very simple soup that is also super-fast to throw together, which makes it a perfect meal for anytime of the year. INGREDIENTS: 1 large onion 3 stalks celery 1 green Italian pepper 3 large carrots 1 large tomato 2 cups cooked turkey 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons canola (or vegetable) oil 6 cups chicken stock 6 cups water 3 cups uncooked noodles salt and pepper to taste DIRECTIONS: 1. Chop onion, celery, pepper, carrots and tomato. 2. Heat butter and oil in large stock pot, until butter is melted. 3. Stir in chopped vegetables and saute for 5 minutes. 4. Add chicken stock and water, stir. Cover and simmer on low until stock begins to boil (about... Read more →

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Decking the halls, like there's no tomorrow.

We've hosted Thanksgiving for more than a dozen years and, for all my talk of going on killer dust bunny hunts and finding new places to hide the laundry, I really do enjoy having family over for the holidays -- YES, on purpose! Aaaaaand, now that my kids are older (me too, dammit!) I don't worry as much about: The table setting -- nope, it doesn't match, but I hear that's a thing now The food preparation -- yes, some of it comes out of a can Cleaning and organizing the flow of the house -- seriously, I've got teens I don't bother with shopping lists (having forgotten them at home, most likely) or worry whether I've managed to hunt down each and every dust bunny, because they're sort of like pets and we've even named a few of the bigger ones. You see, no matter how my husband, Garth... Read more →

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Teen-friendly Tapas: easy-peasy chicken and waffles recipe.

A drizzle of warm honey and a sprinkling of fresh chives dress-up these chicken topped mini waffles, very nicely! Last month, I was invited to meet with U.S. Olympic legends and athlete hopefuls representing Team USA in New York City to help kick-off the 100 day countdown to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. I know, who EVER thought a dork like me would EVER be able to say that, out loud, RIGHT?!? Aaaaaanyway, one of my favorite activities from this awesome event was participating in helping to create an absolutely awesome brunch, in my pretend kitchen at The Culinary Loft, where I was given the choice of cooking stations. They had me at chicken and waffles, here's how it ALL went down in 3 easy-peasy steps: INGREDIENTS: 3 tablespoons baking mix Dash pepper 2 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 3 pieces 2 tablespoons milk 1 tablespoon vegetable... Read more →

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