Monthly Archives: December 2013

I think it’s silly that cranberry sauce is served almost exclusively around the holidays. While it’s an important part of a very traditional meal, why should we save this lovely, tart condiment for just two dinners a year?!

Along that same sentiment, why does the act of giving seem to be more important during the holiday months than any other time?  It’s great to recognize how blessed you are during a season filled with so much, and to give when you are lead. Why do we reserve this selfless, loving act to just two months out of the year?

Don’t feel bad, I am guilty of saving both cranberries and giving for the holidays. What if we decided to change that? Instead of waiting all year to enjoy these beautiful traditions, let’s continue to give (and eat cranberry sauce) throughout the new year. I know, easier said than done. I completely understand how quickly everyday life takes over. Luckily giving can be as easy as checking in on a neighbor, making sure your child’s teacher has the supplies she needs, or even asking a stranger how her day is going. Giving doesn’t have to be big to be effective. It just needs to be needed.

As for cranberry sauce, I personally enjoy it more on this simple pork dish instead of trying to find a place for it on a overflowing holiday plate!

A few weeks ago my youngest asked why I didn’t make smoothies in the winter time. Good question, I thought! During the warmer months I love throwing all kinds of healthy stuff into my blender and watching my boys drink to their health. It makes even more sense to whip up healthy concoctions during a wicked cold and flu season, doesn’t it? Leave it to a six year old to say the most obvious thing. Totally off subject, but my husband and I can not believe that our youngest just turned 6. Our house that was once full of babies is now officially a house full of big boys. Wow, that went by fast.

Back to the subject at hand! Since the best part of a smoothie is the seasonal fruit and goodies, I decided to incorporate pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg into this mix. Did you know that pumpkin is full of vitamin C, which helps keep the sniffles away? It also has tons of vitamin A and magnesium in it, which keeps our kiddos teeth and bones strong. That’s a good thing, because in my recent experience I’ve noticed that kids grow up fast. The better we feed them now, the happier and stronger they will be later on!