I am beyond excited that last week has come and gone. First of all there are no more sick people in my house, including me, hallelujah. And second, my mom is coming to town on Wednesday! I have an exciting new project that I will be announcing at the beginning of the year which I cant wait to tell you about, but also I have a ton of work to do. So Gram is going to occupy the babe while mommy works works works...and of course we will have some Christmas shopping and wine sipping and all of that in between. Speaking of wine, I will be making these brie and roasted thyme cranberry paninis to be enjoyed in between sips and I think you should make them too.
Y'all...the past seven days have been a doozy. I'm telling you, I started out with a horrible cold last week, and then Canean ended up with strep by the end of the week...and then Sunday Parks caught one of our bugs too and has felt bad ever since. I need to set a disinfecting bomb off in our house to make sure there is no germ left standing. Like for real, I cleaned this house from top to bottom, but now I feel like I need to do it all over again. Anyway, I haven't had much time to do much else other than take care of my guys, like spend time in the kitchen, but never fear these easy pork tenderloin sliders with basil aioli are to the rescue!
Is it just me or does the week following a holiday seem like the longest week ever? I have no idea how it is not Friday yet, and I am just trying to get through one more day! To top it all off, Canean has strep throat and a double ear infection so I am on solo parent duty all weekend. Don't even get me started on how I have been a mad woman running around disinfecting the house trying to make sure that Parks and I don't catch it too. Lysol mania is is FULL effect around here. Needless to say, a cocktail (or three) is just what the doctor ordered! My rosemary cran smash is the perfect drink to not only calm those "why isn't it Friday yet" nerves, but you can also use up any of your leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is over...did you make it through? Are you still in stretchy pants? Because it's totally okay if you are. If you had a week anything like mine, you are probably trying to get back on a the healthy diet bandwagon (if not for only a few weeks before Christmas) and are looking for recipes that aren't lacking in the flavor department. My healthy whole wheat shrimp pasta with kale pesto is just the kind of one pot meal that will have you forgetting that you are eating something completely good for your body.
It's Thursday and everyone is at your house hovering around you waiting for the meal to be ready. You are starting to sweat, no doubt from the oven being on since 4am and now because people are breathing down your neck. Sound familiar? Well I have the solution this year, you are going to make my curry pumpkin hummus and serve it up as the perfect appetizer to fill everyone's belly just enough to buy you a few extra minutes of cook time!
Happy Thanksgiving week guys! I cannot believe that it is already that time and I haven't even been to the grocery store yet! I get a little bit of anxiety about getting to the store and beating the Thanksgiving rush of shoppers, afraid that they might buy all of my ingredients before I have a chance to. Does that happen to anyone else or am I just OCD? We were out of the town last weekend for my sister-in-law's wedding so I didn't get to the store during my usual time frame! Nevertheless, I will be shopping for ingredients today and one thing is for sure, I will be getting everything I need for my simple and creamy mashed potatoes.