Go with the Flow

 

I have struggled for years with sinusitis, one of the lovely complications you can get from flu, colds & allergies. What does this mean? I’ve got one hell of an irritated schnoz. But the best way to treat an irritated nose is to not get one in the first place, so I pass on the most underrated and effective method of stopping an infection from taking hold.

Fun Fridays

Get your proverbial lead out! We want to hear from you today. We’re going to start mixing in queries and ideas from you guys on our self-designated Fun Fridays. We’ll still pepper you with fun facts every once in awhile…

Thank You!

The Queen Fairy and her two pixies (eons ago! Thank you for reading us on this day of Thanksgiving. Today’s tip is to take a load off and … NAP! We haven’t quite figured out which personality types have the…

Timing Is Everything.

All personality types can be late. But the ones who get a “reputation” are frequently a certain type — that would be Funs, Organic Freedoms and Smart Freedoms. Time-obsessed folk often label these guys as lazy or inconsiderate. But, this isn’t so. These types simply enjoy time as a more of an open-ended entity versus a limited quantity ideally parceled out precisely. Funs, Organic Freedoms and Smart Freedoms are less likely to schedule every minute of their calendar because they’d prefer to leave it a bit open to see what pops up.

Going Overboard

When I threw my first Thanksgiving for 25 people, a Smart friend told me, “Cater!” And while that would be the logical thing to do, in my experience growing up, we cooked our own. And so I did (for 25 people!). My logical Smart husband was insistent on help because it was 25 people (and thereby a little illogical for me to do this ALL on my own) so we compromised and hired servers and china (Yay, no dishes!).

Where’s the Beef?

By the time, I figured out that my childhood Norman Rockwell holidays were the exception not the rule, I was well into my 20s. And while my holiday memories are aglow with warmth & merriment, I am sure it wasn’t as perfect as my vision. Plus, I was clueless. I actually asked my mom why my divorced grandparents didn’t spend holidays together.

Make It Ahead

Easiest way to make your life easier if you’re making Thanksgiving dinner? Make as much as you can ahead of time. Cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole, salad, stuffing, pies. So yeah, get going on the sweet potato casserole and cranberry sauce this weekend and freeze it. Same with the pies. Especially if you are one of those baking aficionados and are crazy enough to make your own crust. (The frozen ones they sell in the freezer section are actually pretty good…unfortunately I’ve been spoiled by a crazy Organic Structure who makes amazing home-made pie crust. Secret? Ditch the butter and go whole hog Crisco.)

Old-school Pumpkin Pie

The best pumpkin pie recipe is on the back of Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk can, as it’s almost identical to our mom’s recipe from Betty Crocker’s new picture cook book circa 1961. Autumn Pumpkin Pie, pg. 351. But if you don’t have this edition (It’s actually quite rare!) Try Eagle Brand’s The Perfect Pumpkin Pie. The only type who won’t be jiving with this old school recipe is the adventuresome Fun, who would do better with vague guidelines and their own twist on this old favorite.

The Queen Fairy’s Mushroom Stuffing

Photo of MushroomsUsually the Pixies’ mom, the Queen Fairy, makes this for an enormous crowd at Thanksgiving, so maybe 3 – 4 loaves of bread, 2 large sweet onions, stick of butter, chicken stock and 2 cartons of mushrooms which makes about a pound of mushrooms.

The Perfect Turkey

As an Organic Freedom, I’m okay with process and therefore I’ve experimented for a long time to achieve a moist and juicy turkey. I’ve brined it, I’ve stuffed butter underneath the skin and I’ve cooked it upside down and, blah, blah, blah. Organic Freedoms can especially go a little crazy with events that have meaning to us. Fun’s will also keep at it until they are satisfied.