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When I started blogging years ago it was because I was creating fun and creative things and I was dying to share them.  I made fun things for my children, for their birthday parties, I made my husband’s birthday special, I baked and cooked and made things.  And I loved sharing them.

But there’s a trap with blogging where you begin creating daily and pretty soon it becomes expected that you create daily.  So I started making things just for the blog.  Months ahead of the actual holiday and things that my family would probably never use in real life.

And that turned into making things for the blog and not for my family.  My children’s birthday parties were less special, holidays seemed like a hassle, and I was constantly working on my computer.

So I quit.

After seven years of blogging, I quit.

I’m not back.  Don’t get me wrong, but I have been missing the sharing and the community and the fun that came along with a blog.  So I’ll pop in from time to time and show you some of the fun things I’ve been up to – my real life things – and when I do something really cool (like be on TV) I’ll give you some behind-the-scenes glimpses.  Check in, check back, let’s have some fun together.

 

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Weeknight Society Field Trip | Kim Chi & Korean Beef

Yesterday I took a little field trip to the International District in Seattle for a few groceries and a different vibe from my suburban grocery store.

Then I brought everything home and made one of my favorite Weeknight Society dinners – Korean Beef.  The best part about this dinner is that it can be made with groceries from your regular suburban grocery store – but a trip to the International District in your city sure is fun!

Ginger Christmas Punch

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Nothing says Christmas like punch!  I adore a good spiked punch, but if your family is dominated by children like mine is, then an un-spiked punch is probably a safer choice.  The bonus is that you can spike up any punch to make it boozy.  I add a little vodka or rum to this fabulous punch

Ginger Christmas Punch

4 cups orange juice

1 cup pomegranate juice

1 bottle DRY Sparkling Ginger

Mix everything together in a punch bowl and serve with or without Citrus Vodka.

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mother’s little helper | with conair

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I’ve been thinking of Weeknight Society as a bit of a “mother’s little helper.”  It’s like Valium only way less expensive.  Or wine, but without the pesky hangover.  The goal of Weeknight Society is to make you look like a hero at the dinner table.  We can’t win every moment of every day, but if we can make dinner a winning moment – we can feel like winner.

I want to make sure I introduce you to other “mother’s little helpers” along this journey.  I can’t tell you how addicted I am to my steamer.  It’s my helper.  It’s my problem solver.  I used to take one to do TV segments and I’d heat up the food with it so the food looked better on camera (gross, I know.)

In real life I hate to iron so when we have to de-wrinkle something I use either the dryer or a steamer.  Conair just sent me their Turbo Extreme Steam steamer to try out and it’s AWESOME.  It heats up faster, gets hotter, and has a built in de-creaser so you aren’t left with huge wrinkles.

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For Thanksgiving this year I wanted to use burlap on the table.  I had a huge amount of burlap left from years ago that’s been jammed in my fabric bin.  Burlap seemed like the perfect way to make my new fancy china look less formal on the table.  But burlap that’s been jammed in a bin in the storage room is extremely hard to get wrinkles out of.  Like extremely.

Just making the burlap lay flat looked like it would never happen.  So I steamed it.  Brilliant.

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CONAIR TURBO EXTREME STEAM HANDHELD STEAMER | SOCIETY SOCIAL SIGNATURE HOSTESS GOWN | A MAN WALKS INTO A BAR TRAY FROM WAITING ON MARTHA

I came up with a Thanksgiving menu that is just as simple and just as quick.  A Citrus Roasted Turkey Breast with roasted potatoes & carrots that cooks in the oven while you make a pot of Pumpkin Soup on the stove.  My latest vegetarian side dishes, Millet with Brussel Sprouts and Roasted Vegetable Quinoa are a lot healthier than traditional sides (and just as tasty) AND can be made the day ahead!

Download the app and subscribe for the new Thanksgiving menu that launched this week.

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This post sponsored by Conair. All opinions are those of Weeknight Society and Alexandra Hedin. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that support us.