Entries by KBW

Classic Roast Beef Recipe

I’ve been contemplating what to serve for my main course this Christmas Eve. Do I go with the traditional ham? A simple roast turkey? Stuffed cornish hens? I was browsing my collection of recipes and came across an old classic- the roast beef. It’s a simple recipe that is oh-so-flavorful and quite the crowd-pleaser, too. […]

Homemade Gift Projects

From my many holidays as a gift-giver, I’ve discovered that it’s best to have a few gifts that are on the ready in case any unexpected visitors pop over. This gift arsenal should have things that are inexpensive and relevant to a broad group of people, yet still personal and thoughtful. A handmade gift is […]

Homemade Ornament Projects

Being the creative decorator and thoughtful gifter that my mom is, you can imagine what the holidays were like when I was growing up. The wreaths, the pine-draped banisters, the twinkling tree with a cranberry and popcorn garland…her homemade touches made every year’s holiday season special. Every year my mom would come up with a […]

Spiced Poached Pears Recipe

This is the time of year when I start exploring. For what, you ask? Recipes, tabletop ideas and those must-have items and gadgets for the year to come. They’re out there—in ads and stores, and everyone’s talking about them. You look, hunt, gather, and begin the editing process: What stays, what goes and what works? What […]

Quick and Easy Cookie Recipes

Doesn’t it feel like every holiday event goes well with a batch of cookies? There’s the cookie exchange, the school winter celebration, the friend’s dinner party, the holiday work party…for those endless December moments where you need a batch of cookies, here are a handful of recipes that use a little shortcut, but pack a […]

Advent Calendar Projects

I love a cleverly made Advent Calendar. My kids love the excitement of a simple surprise every day. Turn the holiday countdown into a cheerful process, instead of just a wind down to crunch time. These Advent Calendar projects will double as festive decor for your home. So if it takes a while to get […]

Win Holiday Organizing Help from Katie Brown!

Too many traditions to keep track of? Having the in-laws over, but don’t know what to serve? Need help decorating your home on a budget? Let us know your family’s biggest holiday challenge by submitting a 150-word entry to Family Circle. If you win, I’ll come over and help you sort out your domestic dilemma! […]

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes

Are you the kind of person who buys a little bit bigger bird just to have the leftovers? What is it about that day-after turkey, cranberry sauce, and sweet potato on a roll that tastes so good? Don’t let the long day of cooking and eating stop you from thoroughly enjoying your leftovers (if you […]