Hi, my name is Emily, and I’m a foodie.

With a big food holiday right around the corner, I thought it was time to do some food posts.  Each day this week I’ll be including a holiday family recipe at the end of the post, just ’cause. 🙂

This time of year always brings out the comfort food, but the constant snow and freezing temps up here make for some serious stay-in-and-cook-all-day weekends.  And that is precisely what I did this weekend when we had our first snow.


I love it! It’s cozy, and beautiful, but I am clearly not cut out for this kind of climate, because all I want to do is stay inside on the couch and binge watch…and binge eat.  Saturday was filled with a big eggs & sausage breakfast, followed by afternoon apricot & brie dip with crackers, and finally a big pot of chili for dinner…and then Sunday was leftovers, plus potato chip cookies I just had to make.  As you can guess, I feel a little ill at this point.  Growing up in Virginia, we had one to three snows a year maybe, with the exception of a few blizzard years, and it was the same at college in Tennessee.  Los Angeles obviously doesn’t get snow or freezing temps, and in my four years in Austin, it only snowed twice, and even then it was barely noticeable.  So I don’t really know what to do with “It’s 3 degrees outside, but feels like -10”, other than make cookies and start the fireplace.

Knowing that winter can last here from November to as late as March or April, my goal is to find the balance between indulging on a snowy weekend and being as active as I can be the rest of the time.  We have a treadmill, so I can’t use the “I can’t go outside and walk” excuse. I’ve charged up my Fitbit, which has been collecting dust for the past several months, and put it back on to motivate me to move more each day. And despite getting wind burn on my face this weekend after shoveling snow for the first time, I’m actually looking forward to doing it again because I feel like the activity equals out to about 15 cookies. (Just go with the math.)

Even if you don’t have snow or cold weather, this long holiday weekend is still prime time to indulge and catch up on shows.  Here are the TV highlights for the week, including my ratings for a few Hallmark movies that are currently running on repeat:


Pretty Little Liars: 5 Years Forward (8/7c ABC Fam) – This show is the guiltiest of pleasures for me, and this episode focuses on the (spoiler alert!) 5 year time jump at the end of last season.  They plan on filling in the gaps on what happened in these in-between years during this special, but I’m sure they’ll touch on it again when the show returns for season 6 on January 12th.


The Making of The Wiz Live! (8/7c NBC) – The live show is scheduled for Dec. 3, but if you’re a musical theater geek like me, you may want to tape this behind-the-scenes look.


Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (9/8c – 12/11c NBC) – We never really watched this growing up in my house, but I know it’s a staple for a lot of families. I’ve tried to watch it in years past, but it usually just bums me out that I don’t live in New York and I’m missing all those exciting Broadway shows.

Hallmark Channel Movies:

Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade – 2012 (Autumn Reeser, Antonio Cupo) – B, Cute cast and nice, nostalgic vibe, but not that memorable.

The Thanksgiving House – 2013 (Emily Rose, Justin Bruening) C-, This had potential but lacked so much chemistry with the leads.

Debbie Macomber’s Trading Christmas – 2011 (Tom Cavanagh, Faith Ford) B+, One of the better ones overall, but it feels like the two couples are in two very different kinds of movies: high-energy quirk vs. laid-back meet-cute.

The Nine Lives of Christmas – 2014 (Brandon Routh, Kimberly Sustad) A, Loved these characters and the plot felt more modern.

‘Tis the Season for Love- 2015 (Sarah Lancaster, Brendan Penny) B, I really connected with the story and loved the leads, but I couldn’t get past the over-the-top quirky mom.


This recipe is a holiday favorite at our house and makes a great party drink.  It’s really sweet, so a little goes a long way! If you don’t happen to have a percolator lying around, you can find them on the cheap in stores like Target, etc.  Enjoy!


2 cups Cranberry Juice Cocktail

2 1/2 cups Unsweetened Pineapple juice

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp whole cloves

1 1/2 tsp whole allspice

3 cinnamon sticks

Put cranberry juice, pineapple juice, and water in the bottom of the percolator. Place brown sugar, cloves, allspice, and cinnamon sticks in the basket of the percolator and perk like coffee.  Serve hot. (serves 8)

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