OK, so Thanksgiving may be long over, but I still crave stuffing and can’t wait until Christmas to find my fix. Which is why I am thrilled to have found this recipe for Thanksgiving Stuffed Bread from the fine folks at Jimmy Dean – yes, the sausage people.

About the recipe for Thanksgiving Stuffed Bread from Jimmy Dean:

“Forget the turkey, let’s get to the good stuff. This twist on Thanksgiving stuffing is no side dish, full of Jimmy Dean® Original Sausage Crumbles, butternut squash and dried cranberries.”

Pairs well with, well everything!

Find the recipe for Thanksgiving Stuffed Bread from Jimmy Dean here.

See all the great recipes from Jimmy Dean here.


Good nutrition is the key to a good life. Unfortunately, not everyone has consistent access to healthy food and our voice is needed to help change this – and that’s what the fine folks at Food is Fuel are all about.  Food is Fuel is an initiative of A Place at the Table – a project of the Food Policy Action Education Fund

About Food is Fuel:

“Healthy food fuels potential. If America makes the right policy choices, the food we grow can reach everyone. Add your voice to demand our leaders connect all Americans to the nutrition they need. We can guarantee good nutrition for every American. There’s only one ingredient missing in the recipe to end hunger: the public’s voice. Our leaders will only act if they know food insecurity is a priority for their constituents. So, let’s tell them. That’s where you come in.”

Learn more and add your voice to the Food is Fuel movement here.

It may be December 1 and the start of meteorological winter – but I say it is still prime time to grill outside – heck it is fun to cook out in the cold – as long as you eat where it is warm. Anyway, today I present a couple of finds that will help make your winter BBQ a little more flavorful.

FF: The Bacon BBQ Rub from Meat Church

About the Bacon BBQ Rub from Meat Church:

“Introducing our 7th wonder of the world – Bacon BBQ! There is nothing like it in the BBQ market today. What is this good on? Everything, duh. Bacon makes everything better! This is an all-purpose bbq rub so it truly is good on everything. In fact, it’s so good, that meat is optional! Just lick your finger and give it a shot plain. Trust us!”

Find the Bacon BBQ Rub from Meat Church here.

See all the great items to spice up your meat from Meat Church here.

FF: The Grill Lover’s Pack from Banner Butter

About the Grill Lover’s Pack from Banner Butter:

“Banner Butter’s slow-cultured, 86% butterfat butter delivers intense flavor and even melting to enhance all of your grilled foods. Our Grill Lover’s pack includes Sea Salt; Roasted Garlic, Basil, and Parsley; Smoked Sea Salt; and BBQ butters along with a step-by-step guide for grilling and searing your favorite meat or veg with butter.”

Find the Grill Lover’s Pack from Banner Butter here.

Find all the great butters from Banner Butter here.

Today, I present the final snapshot from my Thanksgiving trip – this shot of New Hampshire’s Mount Washington as seen across the valley from Intervale, NH. I did not apply any filters to this shot, which I took with my iPhone, but I love how it looks like a watercolor painting.

Another quick snapshot taken while back in New Hampshire for the Thanksgiving weekend. I took this shot while leaving dinner in Portsmouth at the great Oar House – the sun setting in the west as seen across Portsmouth’s famous Market Square.

I have never been a huge fan of kitschy art in the vein of Dogs Playing Poker, but every now and then is see a piece that just makes me smile – like the Man Bites Dog print I found from the fine folks at Houzz.

About the Man Bites Dog print from Houzz:

“Fun and funky art and laughter is good for your soul! On this particular piece, an acrylic overlay has been hand applied. The acrylic dries with a textured feel and look. It is then framed to size without glass in a deep brown moulding. Comes ready to hang and was hand assembled in the USA!”

Find the Man Bites Dog print from Houzz here.

See all the great home design and decoration ideas t from Houzz here.

This is a gratuitous post allowing me to show pictures of my sister’s lovable and adorable puppy, Lullah (right).

I had the opportunity to hang out with her over an extended Thanksgiving weekend at the family Lodge in New Hampshire and took a few snapshots.

I love this one of Lullah out and about with just a bit of snow and some evergreen branches – which was all totally random – but lead to a nice representation of the season at hand. I recommended to my sister that she use this picture as a Christmas card, and I think she very well may do that.

Meanwhile, don’t you just love those little front paws?

See? I told you – totally gratuitous.



A while back my brother and sister-in-law gave me a copy of The Bourbon Tasting Notebook by Susan Reigler and Michael Veach and I have not put it down since. As a self-professed bourbon aficionado, I realized I did not know too much about the fine spirit and needed some guidance, and The Bourbon Tasting Notebook was the perfect primer.

About The Bourbon Tasting Notebook by Susan Reigler and Michael Veach: The Bourbon Tasting Notebook is an essential logbook for any bourbon enthusiast. With a record amount of bourbon whiskey aging in warehouses and visits to Kentucky’s bourbon distilleries topping half a million annually, it is obvious that bourbon is enjoying unprecedented popularity. This logbook will give the bourbon lover the perfect way to track their samplings, with over 200 featured brands. Authors Susan Reigler and Michael Veach sampled every brand featured, documenting the flavors, tastes and smells they experienced, along with the proof, age, type, style, mash bill, color, price, nose, taste, and finish for each bourbon, and full-color photos of each bottle for easy reference. They did not assign ratings, letting readers make their own determinations. The bourbons are also indexed by proof and style, along with a checklist so each person can keep track of what has been sampled and record his or her preferences.”

With new distillers coming out with new bourbons all the time it is nice to have a record of what you have tried and what you like – The Bourbon Tasting Notebook helps you do that and gives you an idea of what you have left to try. So many bourbons so little time.

The Bourbon Tasting Notebook by Susan Reigler and Michael Veach is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.



This past weekend while back in New Hampshire for an awesome family Thanksgiving, I was able to stop by my favorite spot – the view of Mount Chocorua as seen across Lake Chorcorua in Tamworth. The seasons are changing as it was very cold with snow capping the great mountain’s iconic stone summit. Soon the lake will be frozen over and the winter fun will begin.

I have a few colanders I use all the time for straining pasta or washing fruits and vegetables, but they are all either metal, plastic or silicone and I have often thought there must be a better material to make these essential tools out of. Well, there is and it is ceramic – like the Sheldon Ceramics Stoneware Colanders I found from the fine folks at Nickey Kehoe.

About the Sheldon Ceramics Stoneware Colanders from Nickey Kehoe:

“These colanders are hand thrown on the potter’s wheel and hand carved with a delicate, functional design. Perfect for straining your favorite vegetables and pastas. This functional and decorative bowl can go from sink to table! The body is a raw stoneware clay. A beautiful white glaze decorates the interior of the bowl, giving the piece a classic lightness of color. We mix all of our glazes in studio using all natural, non-toxic, lead-free materials. Each bowl is fired twice. The final firing is a cone 10 high reduction atmosphere. This allows the piece to be highly durable, microwave and dishwasher safe.”

Find the Sheldon Ceramics Stoneware Colanders from Nickey Kehoe here.

See all the products from the fine folks at Nickey Kehoe here.

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