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Worried About Family Conflict Over The Holiday Ham?

If you spend any time watching Lifetime’s Countdown To Christmas, you’d get the impression that the Holiday season is about families filled with peace and love gathered around golden turkeys cooked to perfection. But of course we know that’s not always reality. Extended family gatherings are more like minefields embedded with family conflict.  People are […]

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holidays of the heart

Holidays of the Heart {Finding Joy when Trouble Complicates the Season}

Christmas is my favorite season. As a child, I always enjoyed the decorations, the yummy fudge my aunts and grandma would make, and listening to Elvis and Alabama play holiday classics on the old jukebox in my dad’s bar room. My mom conveniently placed herself behind the gigantic, 1980s, RCA camcorder that rested on her […]

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saying no to the holiday crazy

Say NO to the Holiday Crazy in 10 Simple Steps…

I want to share how my family says no to the holiday crazy and chaos. I used to run around like a crazy lady this time of year, cramming in all the things, barely sleeping, being insanely stressed, and still feeling like I wasn’t doing enough. Then, a few years ago, I was on modified bedrest […]

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Chef Noon Culinary Service

What’s for Dinner? Chef Noon Culinary Services to the Rescue!

It’s 4:30pm and they start asking the question. “What’s for dinner?” Are you like me and simply dread the question because you just do not have an answer? Or I did the meal planning calendar for the week but now I lost my gumption to get things started. Feeding a family is hard. Last week, […]

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Magical Christmas

How to Create a Magical Christmas on a Budget

Everywhere you look  the “Christmas Creep” is happening. Holiday music is hitting the radio, decorations are going up and stores are all in full-blown Christmas mode. The holidays, and related expenses, are approaching whether you’re ready or not. Having kids is expensive year-round, but the holiday season can be especially tough on the wallet. We […]

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Elegant Restaurant Table Setting Service for Reception

8 Entertaining Tips from a Pro

As far as I’m concerned, as soon as the calendar flipped to October 1st, my mind clicked into entertaining mode. From Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas, I’m ready for cooler weather (ie dinner’s on the patio), holidays, and dinner parties with family and friends.   I’m a professional chef, and have worked many different kinds […]

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