"Reclaiming Homemade in a Small Space"

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Eating Season!

My husband and I have recently lost nearly 40 pounds between the two of us, by counting calories and exercising.  I will be the first to admit, I exercise not for health but to eat.  And in case you were not aware, the eating season is upon us! So that means extra time on the treadmill for me! We get a little bit of a warm-up for the eating season when the kids bring home all their Halloween candy.  (Of course, Mom and Dad get a cut....)  And then there is the pre-season of eating...what we are in right now.  As we gear up for Thanksgiving, we try new recipes and start making richer food.  I have made two apple pies recently since I now live in apple country.  The Dutch Baker's Daughter mentioned in her blog how she is making several pies for Thanksgiving.

We are going to my mom's for Thanksgiving and she and I have been on the phone more than once talking about our Thanksgiving feast.  Pecan pie, pumpkin pie, and maybe even a chocolate pie (for my son Brandon who doesn't like fruit pie) are our pie offerings...then the usual turkey, dressing, my fresh cranberry compote.....  Did I mention that my mom lives on the Chesapeake Bay???  AND that she bought Matt and I tickets to an oyster roast???  I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am about that. 

After we loosen our belts after Thanksgiving, Christmas feasting begins at my house.  I have so many recipes that have become "tradition".  Truffles, dipped vanillas, pumpkin cookies, cranberry orange bread, pumpkin bread, toffee, Italian wedding soup, bourbon pecan pie, cranberry meatballs, curried pumpkin soup, etc.......  I think I just gained weight typing that list!  You can also bet that I will be trying new Pittsburgh Christmas traditions too! It all winds up for a fabulous Christmas feast and more stuffing, turkey and carbs....and treadmill running.   But this IS my favorite time of year...the food, the feasting, the family, the music, the snow...I love it all.  Seasons greetings, everyone...Happy Eating Season, that is!

(And I get to share all those yummy recipes with y'all in this new blog!)


  1. Ooh, Cranberry Orange Bread. I should add that to my X-Mass breakfast list. Good idea!

    This is the first time I've ever heard of an Oyster Roast. Clam Bake - yes; Crawfish boil - yes; Oyster Roast?? Have fun!! :)

  2. I KNOW, Chris...the Oyster Roast is going to be a blast! I'm going to try oysters on the half shell for the first time. I love 'em fried. We will see if I enjoy the slide down!

  3. Mmmm... pumkpin bread/cookies, pecan pie :) I miss you and your cooking!!