Thursday, November 20, 2014

{Recipes} Herb-Infused Butter

The holidays are officially here.  Sometimes it seems like most of the bloggers out there have already moved on to Christmas posts, but I’m still stuck here in the Fall, scrambling to get ready for Thanksgiving. 

Even my office has already had its annual Thanksgiving party (yes, we do both Thanksgiving and Christmas).  And when I found out that I would be in charge of the butter and rolls this year, I was super excited.  Because, I mean…butter…obviously.

Butter.  It’s so bad for you, but so tasty.  And no substitute can ever properly take it’s place.  But if you know me, you know I can’t just leave well enough alone with plain old rolls and butter.  I had to make it better!  This is when it’s so fantastic to have your own herb garden at hand. We actually have a giant sage bush that was just asking to get used this year.  And so it did. 

Herb-Infused-Butter-1Mmmm…this sage infused butter was a big hit at the office. 

The best part is that the uses are nearly endless!  Spread it on a whole chicken with a lemon in the cavity and you can’t lose.  Add a dollop to finish off a soup or right as your finishing a steak; and your meal is taken to a completely different level. 

This is just one of those oh-so-simple, but oh-so-flavorful things that is great to

You can use nearly any soft herb in your butter, too.  Basil is a great summer choice, while thyme and sage work well for fall dishes.  Cooking seafood?  Make a dill-infused butter to top off some salmon.  Don’t feel like cooking for dinner?  Add some herb-butter to noodles with leftover vegetables and you’ve got some delicious comfort food in just minutes.  The possibilities are truly endless. 


Herb Infused Butter
1 stick salted butter, softened
1.5 – 2 T finely chopped herbs of your choice
lemon juice

Using a fork or a whisk, combine butter and herbs.  Add a couple of squeezes of lemon juice.  Let sit for at least 2 hours.  Refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

{Weigh in Wednesday} Week 99

It’s Weigh In Wednesday … which means it’s time for another installment in my roller coaster ride of losing weight without following fad diets.  After 20 years of yo-yo dieting, I decided to focus on getting healthy the right way.  There are a lot of ups and downs, and it’s a painfully slow journey; but this isn’t only about the scale, it’s about real life.

Thoughts: And again the yo-yo goes back up.  It’s so frustrating.  Though it’s not surprising.  The last week has been terrible from a healthy eating perspective.  My office celebrated Thanksgiving last week, and I didn’t get to work out as much as I wanted.  I’ve also been spending a lot of time over the weekends lately preparing recipes for the holidays.  And no, they’re not healthy at all….

How I am Winning this Week
: Running faster, longer and harder.  Monday’s run was at my fastest paces yet…and I’m pretty sure I could do better.  I’m just not sure if my focus should be to continue pushing these short bursts of speed or to focus on maintaining a jogging pace for a longer time.

Areas of improvement
: There’s been a lot of baking and testing of sweet treats over the last few weeks.  I have no doubt that since Halloween and during all of these baking weekends, I’ve had way too much junk food.  And believe it or not, I’ve been holding myself back.  I hate the idea that the only way to get through the holidays is to avoid some of the things I love the most.
Workout Log

LBD Days 17, 18 & 19
40 min jog

Speed intervals

How I feel: Disappointed that I didn’t stay on track this last week.  Think I can get a do-over on Thanksgiving day?

Do you think it’s better to maintain a slower pace or to have short bursts of speed?
How do you combat holiday weight gain?

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

{Roundup} Thanksgiving Printables

It’s that time again!  Time to round up this year’s Thanksgiving Printables!  I bet few of you know that Thanksgiving was the very first holiday that I did a printables roundup.  It was way back when I first started blogging, and I was just so impressed with the time and effort that other bloggers would go to just to share their talents.  Sure, you can go to Etsy and pay for a lot of images very similar to these, but these bloggers are putting them out there for FREE.  I think that’s definitely something to be thankful for.

Thanksgiving Printables

Plus, if 48 printables isn’t enough variety, don’t forget to check out all the others: 2010 Thanksgiving Printables, 2011 Thanksgiving Printables, 2012 Thanksgiving Printables, 2013 Thanksgiving Printables

Also, I changed up my method a little bit this time.  Now you can both click on the image and the text below to go to the original printables posts!

Reasons to Skip the Housework - Gobble till you wobble

Lil Luna Coloring Pages
Growing up Gabel - Turkey-toes-long
Carielle - Give-Thanks
Craftaholics Anonymous - Give Thanks
Carrie This Home - Thankful Tree

Year Round Homeschooling - Thankful Pack

Becoming a Godly Wife - Thanksgiving Planner

How Does She - Chickabug - Mad Lib

Elegance and Enchantment - In all things give thanks
Real House Moms - Placecards

My 30 Something Life - Gobble Wobble

Kristen Duke Photography - Kids-Thanksgiving-Activity-Placemat-free-printable
I should be Moppong the Floor - thanksgiving checklist

Second Chance to Dream - Gratitude
Designs by Miss Mandee - Place Cards

This Reading Mama - Coloring Pages

The Mama Zone - Turkey Mask Template
Designs by Miss Mandee - Napkin Rings

Food Folks and Fun - Planning Printable

Domestically Speaking - Thanksgiving Defined
Capturing Joy - Turkey Placecards

Christna's Adventures -Thankful2
Tatertots and Jello Leftovers Tags2
Craftionary - Thankful Tree

Krafty Cards Etc. Thanksgiving Planner
Setting for Four - Welcome
Catch My Party - Bingo

I Gotta Create - Thankful for You
The 36th Avenue - Bee Thankful
Nest of Posies - Let the Stuffing Begin

No Biggie - Pumpkin Pie
Pen n Paper Flowers - grateful Glasses

The Pin Junkie - Thanksgiving Planner
The Pink Tumbleweed - Fall Printable

Elegance and Enchantment - Thanksgiving Menu Cards
Elegance and Enchantment - People who are happy2

DIY Birch Place Card Holders

Lolly Jane - Give Thanks
Eighteen 25 - Give Thanks
Kori Clark - Gratitude Journal
In My Own Style - Ribbon Place Card2

Burton Avenue - Eat Drink & Be Thankful

Lil Luna -Grateful Thankful2

Twelve O Eight - Gather

A Life in Balance - Gratitude Garland
Reasons to Skip the Housework - Thankful

The Crafty Cupboard - Give Thanks

Yesterday on Tuesday Have-a-Ball-on-Thanksgiving-698x698

How are you decorating for Thanksgiving?

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