TGIF (aka Kid Date Night)

by Cate on November 5, 2005

Nicholas was invited over to The Girlfriend’s house tonight for playtime and dinner … a definite date, because The Husband and I didn’t go. I told The Neighbor that we’d swap with her and take The Girlfriend over here next Friday, so the kids could have a regular Date Night Friday, and then the parents can take turns having every other Friday off (Parent Date Night!). Works out nicely since The Girlfriend doesn’t go to school on Fridays, the two lovelorn are lost without seeing each other during the day.

The winners for the first Great Pumpkin Carve Up Cook Off have been posted here. Being one of the lucky judges, I can tell you, it was NOT easy to decide on the winners. Everyone did such a great job, and I’ll definitely be trying out several of the recipes this Fall. Such creative ways to use pumpkin and truly ones I’ve never thought of.

Martha Stewart has released her special Holiday Cookies magazine that is a must-have. I went to her web site to get a picture of it for you (which, of course, I can’t find), but in the meantime, found some other great stuff. She has an 18-page Thanksgiving Planner that you can download and print (it’s in PDF format) with great tips and recipes, and a Cookie Swap Party Planner that I’ll definitely be using (a 17-page PDF guide) for the holiday season since I’m planning on hosting a cookie swap next month. Anyway, everyone that has seen her new Holiday Cookies magazine (on stands now) agrees it’s a must-have. Filled with tons of pictures and recipes organized by category, it will get a lot of use in the next few months.

OK folks, all for tonight. Don’t forget to e-mail me your dog pictures of Weekend Dog Blogging #8 this weekend. For those that haven’t participated yet, the rules are simple: send me an e-mail with your dog picture attached, and post it on your blog (including the blog link in your e-mail), referencing my site. The round-up is posted on Sunday night, and includes a link to your site. Dogs not your thing? You can send your cat pictures over to Clare at Eat Stuff for Weekend Cat Blogging or pictures of your herbs to Kalyn’s Kitchen for Weekend Herb Blogging.

Dinner tomorrow at The Sister-in-Law’s… tune in then to find out what hits HER table. Until then…

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Joe November 5, 2005 at 3:30 am

Just a heads up, Clare is off this weekend and Boo_licious is hosting WCB this weekend over at


Heather November 6, 2005 at 3:33 am

I am having a cookie swap party next month too. I am right on schedule with Martha. However, I am having my guest RSVP by emailing me their recipes a week in advance and will create each guest a cookbook with all of the cookies that will be at the party. My only thought is gee what cookies should I make.
Maybe we can chat.


Sylvie November 6, 2005 at 6:45 pm

Thank you so much for posting the pdf file for Martha’s Cookie planner. It is a must have with so many great ideas.


Cate November 7, 2005 at 3:03 am

Sylvie – no problem. :)

Joe – thanks for the heads up!

Heather – that’s a great idea I just might steal. Send me an e-mail — happy to chat cookies anytime!


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