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Teabag Shortbread Cookies + A Tea Party & Surprise for Helen

Teabag Shortbread Cookies + A Tea Party With Helen
Last Saturday, I had a lovely morning with Helen...


Teabag Shortbread Cookies + A Tea Party With Helen
After laying Jim down for his first nap, I put a kettle of water on the stove to boil. I set the table with teacups and saucers, milk, tea, and shortbread teabag-shaped cookies. Helen watched excitedly.

Stuffed Pepper Casserole

Stuffed Pepper Casserole
I am so happy to announce that my third sister had her baby, and they're all safe and sound! Little Charlotte arrived two weeks ago in the middle of the day.

She's the only one of the 2016 Berge girl babies that has an appreciable amount of hair. In fact, her (very blond) 2-year-old sister was a bit taken aback when she saw all the dark locks...I think she was used to seeing bald babies!

How to Roast Carrots (and Make Them More Interesting)

Herb Roasted Carrots
I've fallen in love with carrots this year.

They're sweet and savory and starchy all at the same time. It's hard for me to keep from eating all of the carrots that I prep for the week in one sitting day.

How to Host a Real Food Thanksgiving

How to Host a Real Food Thanksgiving


I don't know about you, but I tend to enjoy my food more when I know that it's been made from scratch. Sure, I love my share of Stovetop dressing. But if I take the time to prepare it myself, a little piece of me doesn't die when I think about the MSG and corn syrup I'm consuming.

It DOES takes extra time and effort to cook your feast without the aide of modern convenience foods. But with a little planning and prep it's totally doable. Especially if you delegate some of the dishes to other family members.

Here are some recipes and a timeline to help you host a real-food Thanksgiving!

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