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October unquestionably kicks off a season of celebrations, especially in my family where we have not only the holidays but six straight months of birthdays (seriously, Hudson is the only one in my immediate family outside of the range). The last week was particularly eventful with my birthday and Halloween leading off this holiday season.

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In the past, March never felt like that remarkable of a month to me, but this year it seems that nearly every other day is a fake or real holiday or a date of some other significance. Every time I turn around, I’m made aware of something else to celebrate or observe. Though some notable March days have been around for centuries, I’m sure part of this increase is the recent prevalence of social media, where lesser known or obscure observances are introduced to a broader audience. In a way it’s a little weird to me to have so many featured days this month, but on the other hand, after a cold, crummy, and otherwise dismal stretch since Christmas and New Years, the tiny bit of spring in the air is just enough to fuel my interest in celebrating anything at all.

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It’s been a while since we have cooked together on the blog. I’m not sure why I’ve been so delinquent to share fun recipes with you, but Christmas seemed like a good time to share a recipe I’ve made with success for the holidays a couple of years in a row. While turkey and stuffing is standard for Thanksgiving, it might also be on your menu for Christmas, as it was for Bart and me when we invited a couple of friends over for smoked turkey this weekend (this might just become a tradition). I like this recipe for bread dressing and wanted to share it with you!

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Since moving to Northern Virginia just over a year ago, we have wanted to visit George Washington’s estate at Mount Vernon, which is surprisingly close to us. We’ve heard many people say how wonderful it is; my parents went when they came to visit us in October and had a great time. Bart suggested last month that we could go see it on Veterans Day when we both had the day off, but someone told us that it was really special to see at Christmas time, so we opted to push our trip off a few weeks and finally made our way over there on Sunday evening.
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Bart and I spent Thanksgiving down in Raleigh (where else?) with family last week. Since his sister is due with her second in January, she won’t be able to travel over Christmas, so we decided to all meet there for Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday festivities.
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Thanksgiving is less than a week away, which means the holiday season is upon us. If you’re like me, you’ve already begun thinking about Christmas shopping. If you’re like me, you’ve also done more of your shopping online in recent years. It’s pretty easy to find some good deals through the web, but a few years ago I came across a website called Ebates that has made online shopping even more profitable. I figure a fair number of you have heard of Ebates before, and I think there are a couple of other similar websites out there. However, since gift-giving season is upon us, I thought I’d pass along the info to anyone who isn’t familiar with it and also share some of my tips and tricks for making it even more profitable.

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Today I have a buffet of topics that are cooking at the Taylors’ house this week (and they all, ironically, happen to be food related), so grab a fork and spoon and let’s dive in.
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