Wednesday's Weekly Tip

Thanksgiving Hosting 101

For those of us celebrating, Thanksgiving is almost upon us and it’s a wonderful time for us to stop and reflect upon what we are grateful for. It’s a time of hopefully slowing down a bit, eating delicious homemade dressings and pies and just relaxing with family and friends.  However, if you have ever been the one hosting the Thanksgiving meal, you know that might not be the case.

Thanksgiving can be an incredibly rich and beautiful meal to share around your table, but it can also bring an enormous about of stress as you prepare for the big day. We know many of us grad students aren’t always able to travel to be with family for Thanksgiving and end up opening our own doors to friends and neighbors for the first time. If this happens to be you this year, below are some super handy last minute tips that we have found helpful. Happy feasting, hosting and giving thanks!!  -The Graduate Wife team

1) Proper Table Prep 101: Super simple  image teaching you how to properly set a table!

2) Thanksgiving Decorating 101: Check out these sites for some great, easy peasy tips to make your table look beautiful and inviting. (Two more: here and here).  (My favorite is the ‘thankful tree’ idea listed as a centerpiece!)

3) Last Minute Hosting 101:  Great tips on how to prepare to host a party in 24 hours or less!

4) Some Cheap Thanksgiving sides to impress your in-laws

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Wednesday's Weekly Tip

Wednesday’s Weekly Tip: Thanksgiving Hosting 101

Thanksgiving is almost upon us and it’s a wonderful time for us to stop and reflect upon what we are grateful for. It’s a time of hopefully slowing down a bit, eating delicious homemade dressings and pies and just relaxing with family and friends.  However, if you have ever been the one hosting the Thanksgiving meal, you know that might not be the case.

Thanksgiving can be an incredibly rich and beautiful meal to share around your table, but it can also bring an enormous about of stress as you prepare for the big day. We know many of us grad students aren’t always able to travel to be with family for Thanksgiving and end up opening our own doors to friends and neighbors for the first time. If this happens to be you this year, below are some super handy last minute tips that we have found helpful. Happy feasting, hosting and giving thanks!!

-Mandy & M.C.

1) Proper Table Prep 101: Super simple  image teaching you how to properly set a table!

2) Thanksgiving Decorating 101: Check out these sites for some great, easy peasy tips to make your table look beautiful and inviting. (Two more: here and here).  (My favorite is the ‘thankful tree’ idea listed as a centerpiece!)

3) Last Minute Hosting 101:  Great tips on how to prepare to host a party in 24 hours or less!

Wednesday's Weekly Tip

Wednesday’s Weekly Tip: Thanksgiving Hosting 101

 Thanksgiving is almost upon us and just as Mandy shared on Monday, it’s a wonderful time for us to stop and reflect upon what we are grateful for.  It’s a time of hopefully slowing down a bit, eating delicious homemade dressings and pies and just relaxing with family and friends.  However, if you have ever been the one hosting the Thanksgiving meal, you know that might not be the case.

Thanksgiving can be an incredibly rich and beautiful meal to share around your table, but it can also bring an enormous about of stress as you prepare for the big day.  I know many of us grad students aren’t always able to travel to be with family for Thanksgiving and end up opening our own doors to friends and neighbors for the first time. If this happens to be you this year, below are some super handy last minute tips that I have found helpful. Happy feasting, hosting and giving thanks!!

-M.C.

1) Proper Table Prep 101: Super simple  image teaching you how to properly set a table!

2) Thanksgiving Decorating 101: Check out these sites for some great, easy peasy tips to make your table look beautiful and inviting. (Two more: here and here).  (My favorite is the ‘thankful tree’ idea listed as a centerpiece!)

3) Last Minute Hosting 101:  Great tips on how to prepare to host a party in 24 hours or less!

Shuga' Mommas

Shuga’ Mommas: Peanut Butter Cookies

 

So…cooking isn’t exactly my strong point.

With an incredible mom who caters on the side, a chef sister-n-law who makes everything taste delicious, my best friend Alicia who can bake up a storm and quite a few friends here in Oxford with a knack for presentation…you’d think I would have gotten more into it.  The tricky part for me is that I absolutely love to host people.  I love having people over or gathering people together in our tiny flat.  This is especially important during this season as we all try to foster community among other graduate wives or among our husband’s departments, etc.  The recipe to a good evening of fellowship almost always involves something yummy thrown into the mix.

I’m thankfully not a terrible cook and am overall usually pleased with what comes out of our wacky and unpredictable little British oven.  However, baking isn’t always that easy and when I came across this super simple recipe, I was intrigued.  I tried it out and brought the cookies to a committee meeting the other night.  Two people commented that they were the best peanut butter cookies they had ever eaten.  Really?  Maybe it was late and they were just being nice, but I sure was grateful.

I found the recipe in the book 4 Ingredients.  Apparently, it was a big hit in Australia and the UK and I picked it up at The Works for a few pounds.  It is really great!  If you are a graduate wife with a budget and a time crunch, I’d recommend it.  The below recipe would also be perfect for little ones to help with since it is so simple.  Enjoy!

PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

{Makes around 20. Gluten free and glorious! (as the book says) }

  • I cup (260g) crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 cup (220g) brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 egg

Pre-heat oven to 180 C.

Mix all ingredients in a bowl.

Spoon small tablespoon sized balls onto lined baking sheets.

Slightly flatten with a fork – crisscross style.

Bake for 8 mins. or until a thin crust appears on cookie.