When You Don’t Totally Screw Up Your First Holiday as Host(ess)

Well, friends, another Thanksgiving is in the books. How many weeks til our waistlines recover? 😀


This year was the first I hosted my family and friends, and I don’t mind saying—despite the days-long preparation and exhaustion—I think we nailed it.  I’m not saying it was a five-star meal, but we got good reviews on the (acutally juicy!) turkey, the stuffing, the casserole and the décor.


How I can be 35 and still not have a proper turkey baking platter as well as, oh, just about every other element of decorative finery (thanks, Mom, for letting me use your chargers!), I will leave to explain another day. The point is, with the help of family, we pulled it off, and so far, no one has gotten food poisoning!  #winning


In the spirit of the carb-tastic days ahead of us, I’m sharing my mom’s recipe for stuffing in hopes that you’ll be able to try it. It’s pretty basic, but I promise, it’s good!



2 bags dried bread cubes

2 sticks butter

1 sweet onion

1 head of celery

2 boxes of fresh mushrooms

2 eggs

2 family-sized cans of cream of mushroom soup



  • Begin by sauteeing diced onion and half a head (5-6 stalks) of celery in pan; use 1 whole stick of butter. Sautee until onions are translucent.
  • Separately sautee the two boxes of mushrooms in another pan, with the other whole stick of butter.
  • Have doctor on standby in case your arteries start to clog. (I kid.)
  • In a giant mixing bowl, pour in entire contents of 2 bread cubes.
  • When onion, celery and mushrooms are done sauteeing, pour both mixtures over the dried bread cubes. Stir gently with wooden spoon to distribute butter/veggie mix throughout.
  • Add 1/ ½ cans of cream of mushroom soup. Stir in.
  • Crack 2 eggs into bowl and mix in.
  • Put mixture into greased casserole dish. Pat gently.
  • With a spatula, lightly cover top of mixture with a little more cream of mushroom soup.
  • Cover with foil and put into oven at 350 for half hour.
  • Remove foil; bake for another 30 minutes uncovered at 350.
  • Can also be stuffed inside turkey for an extra-juicy boost! (I bake some separately and stuff the rest in the bird.)



Anyone have any other family holiday recipes you want to share? I’d love to see them!

Chargers--Mom's. Dishes--Mom's. Flatware--Mom's. Room? Mine.

Chargers–Mom’s. Dishes–Mom’s. Flatware–Mom’s. Room? Mine.


Ooh. So Thanksgiving-ey.

Ooh. So Thanksgiving-ey.


We cook, then we nap.

We cook, then we nap.


Got some sweet onesies for Baby Girl 2!

Got some sweet onesies for Baby Girl 2!

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