Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Hi all. How was your Thanksgiving weekend? The weather was beautiful in CT. While it was just the four of us we went all out on the food. Mr. SB ended up roasting the turkey in our rotisserie oven. It was delicious. I think I also perfected my home made stuffing. The girls and Mr. SB commented on the crisp aspect. While I love Thanksgiving dinner, there is often a lack of diversity in texture so a bit of crunch is unexpected and welcome. I feel the same way about fresh cranberry sauce.

Homemade cranberry sauce balances the meal

With so many rich sauces and flavors, the acidity in the cranberries really balances the rest of the meal. Fresh holiday cranberry sauce is also perfect for Christmas. The deep red of the cranberries complements any festive meal.

Are cranberries good for you?

I adore cranberries so I was thrilled to learn that they are full of antioxidants. In fact, they are one of the top ten antioxidant foods! Interesting fact too – cranberries have been harvested in North America for over 500 years.

Good for you and delicious? All the more reason to make fresh homemade holiday cranberry sauce. Here is my very quick and delicious recipe.

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Fresh Homemade Holiday Cranberry Sauce

Homemade cranberry sauce is so easy to make that you will never even think of buying a can of cranberry again! Cranberry sauce adds a delicious tartness to any meal and the crimson color is perfect for holiday entertaining. Orange juice adds some zest and depth of flavor.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas, Cranberry, Holiday, Thanksgiving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 1/2 cup servings
Calories: 51kcal
Cost: $3


  • Heavy bottom sauce pan


  • 1 12 oz Fresh cranberries Rinsed. Remove any damaged berries.
  • 1/2 cup sugar I use organic cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Combine sugar, orange juice and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil; add cranberries, return to boil. Reduce heat and boil gently for 10 minutes, stirring every once in awhile. Cool at room temperature. Refrigerate until serving time.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 51kcal

Our Thanksgiving Menu

Hi all! I am getting excited to cook and have our Thanksgiving menu all picked out. In the spirit of organization, I even did the shopping on Sunday to avoid the crowds. Normally we head to a relative’s for a lovely and large Thanksgiving. This year they are wisely not holding that gathering due to the pandemic. So Mr. SB and I will be cooking Thanksgiving for just the four of us.

We actually always cook our own Thanksgiving as I had found through the years that I love leftovers. We also host a Friendsgiving with a college friend and her children. I also like to make the family favorites that I grew up with as our family always hosted our aunts, uncles and cousins.

Thanksgiving Memories

I have very fond memories of waking up and my mom and dad would already be hard at work. My dad took care of preparing the turkey. My mom would make all kinds of sides – mashed potatoes (a must in our house and quickly depleted when my three cousins arrived), pureed butternut squash, peas, stuffing, creamed onions and at least two or three pies. I remember loving the apple, cranberry pie she made one year.

Conversation would last well beyond dinner. I used to love hearing my mom and aunts telling stories about my grandparents who had died when I was very young. Some holidays there were heated political conversations but always in good humor and with no lasting ill will (life seemed easier in that way back then!).

This year, while our gathering will be small, it will still be special. I am going to use our china and good silverware and pick up some fresh flowers.

The food will include a mix of old favorites and a few new recipes. I love to try one or two new recipes every holiday to keep it fresh.

The 2020 Thanksgiving Menu

I plan to make the following – and am sharing my recipe for the best stuffing ever (home made and easy as can be…just some chopping).

Turkey smoked on the Big Green Egg (Mr. SB’s specialty:)

The best stuffing with celery and leeks. I adapted this from the NYT Cooking and it is delicious. Feel free to experiment with the herbs you like best too. I may even use a bit of my meat share’s bacon to flavor it this year.

Roasted brussels sprouts with bacon

Roasted butternut squash with sage

Home made cranberry sauce

Mashed potatoes


And, I am trying out a gratin of celery root, potatoes and rutabaga that I found in this month’s Food and Wine (way out of my comfort zone!).

Pumpkin bread

Pumpkin cake in the slow cooker (am trying this one too for the first time). It looks so easy and with just the four of us I think a homey, easy dessert will be welcome.

What dishes will you be making? Any special family traditions?

Oh, and on Friday we go to cut down our Christmas tree and tailgate with friends. Will be sharing what I make for that too! Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Thanksgiving stuffing

Best Ever Thanksgiving Stuffing (with a crisp outer edge) with Celery and Leeks

Home made stuffing is easy to make and well worth the effort. This version has a crispy outside and a tender, custard-like interior that is full of fresh flavor from the leeks and celery. Get a good loaf of ciabatta or sour dough and hand tear it for the best results.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Side Dish, Stuffing, Thanksgiving
Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8
Cost: $8


  • 3 quart baking dish


  • 1 large loaf bread preferably sourdough or ciabatta (about 1¼ pounds)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 2 large leeks white and light green parts, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 6 celery stalks chopped
  • ½ cup dry white wine I like Pinot Grigio
  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup finely chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup finely chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons shredded sage leaves and thyme leaves


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, combine olive oil and 4 tablespoons butter. Once the oil and butter has melted, add the garlic and leeks. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until leeks are bright green and softened about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Then add celery, and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until bright green and tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Add white wine, and cook until reduced by about three-quarters, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Whisk together broth and eggs in a medium bowl. Place bread in a large bowl big enough for mixing. Add the leek and celery mixture, parsley, chives and marjoram. Stir to coat so that everything is evenly distributed. Pour the egg mixture over everything and toss a few times. Let sit a minute or two and give another toss. Repeat twice until all the liquid has absorbed and evenly distributed to each and every piece of bread.
  • Transfer mixture to a 2 1/2- to 3-quart baking dish (a 9-by-13 pan also works), making sure not to pack it too tightly. Dot the top with the remaining 4 tablespoons butter, making sure to pay extra attention to the corners, where the stuffing will get the crispiest.
  • Cover with foil and bake until the stuffing is sizzling at the edges and completely cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes. If it’s not yet time to serve, remove stuffing from oven and set aside.
  • When ready to serve, remove foil and increase temperature to 425 degrees. Bake stuffing until crispy, crunchy and deliciously golden brown on top, 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle some chopped parsley on top if desired.

The 5 Best Home Organization Blogs

Hi there. So, yesterday I shared my organization journey. It would not have been complete without the inspiration I received from other bloggers (who continue to inspire me today). How did I find them? One day I think I googled “top organization websites” or something like that and fell into the world of organization blog! These ladies are funny, have great tips and influence my own organization journey. I am happy to share with you the 5 best organization blogs.

A Slob Comes Clean (the best of the top 5 organization blogs if you are starting out)

If you are just starting out, Dana at a Slob Comes Clean is a great place to start. She shares her brutally honest struggle to put some order in her life. She does not sugar coat it either – from the dishes piling up to having to buy garage sale clothes (because the rest of the clothes were dirty), she shares it all along with how she found peace in decluttering.

Easy tips such as just “do the dishes every day” (which I have also found to be true) get even the messiest, cluttered home on a path to order and serenity. She is also very funny and self deprecating which is fun as some of the organizing bloggers might take it all just a bit too seriously. She also a podcast. I enjoy listening while I tackle a decluttering or organizing project (or anytime).

iHeart Organizing

iHeart Organizing created a big Aha moment for me. Jen, the blogger, had such beautiful spaces and was so creative in how she labeled and organized. I love the creative DIY aspect of organizing. It is fun (well if you are me) to play around with fonts, patterns and making your containers and labels special. After decluttering and organizing a space I will treat myself to some beautiful labels and possibly containers (but only if I really need them!). She does not seem to be actively blogging anymore but she still has plenty of ever useful posts that will inspire you.

Andrea Dekker

I found Andrea Dekker’s blog awhile ago likely from one of my internet searches on organization. She is all about leading a simpler life and also has great ideas on living frugally (but fully). I really like her attitude that you don’t need fancy containers or tons of money to lead a simpler, organized and very fulfilling life. In fact she often will share organized spaces that may just reuse some cardboard boxes or tin cans that could be found in anyone’s recycling bin She also has great advice on how to be careful about accumulating stuff to begin with and leading a minimalist, simpler life.

Organizing Junkie

I recently discovered Organizing Junkie. She has tons of content around organizing everything (and I mean everything). I found I had to sift through much of the content but found some great tidbits. I like her idea around pouches and am going to try that out for my office where paper tends to become out of hand. She has been blogging for years so I recommend searching on a specific topic to find exactly where you may be challenged.


I recently found the Clutterbug blog and love the quiz that helps identify your organizing style. I think I fit more than one profile (definitely a Ladybug but maybe a Cricket too?). It is thought provoking and makes you review what you like/don’t like and where you may have obstacles to overcome.

I hope you enjoyed the top 5 organization blogs and will check them out. Do you have any blogs you go to for organization advice? Check back in frequently as I continue to share resources and my own tips and tricks for a decluttered, more organized, productive and fulfilled you!

The Sunday’s Bread Organization Journey

If you caught yesterday’s post, you know I took the week off. Did I jet off to Paris, Greece or maybe a resort in Cancun? No, far more exciting I decluttered and organized our home (HA!). Maybe it was not so glamorous, but it sure did feel good!  It was an especially great feeling coming back to a decluttered, organized office. I also became very motivated to share my organization journey as it has been a journey!

I have always tried to maximize life and minimize drudgery (my definition of drudgery includes endless, repetitive housework). Learning and implementing organization strategies has improved my life immensely. It can help you too. Are you sick of not being able to find items? Are clothes, papers (fill in the blank) bursting from drawers. Laundry overflowing? Or maybe 5 comes and you have no idea what dinner will be?  I have been there and I can help.

I plan to share those same strategies that took me from overwhelmed to a much calmer existence (and a home that the entire family enjoys). So onto the journey…you may recognize yourself somewhere here.

Organization growing up

I never had an issue with organization in school or work.  Home, even my childhood home was a different story. My mom good naturedly called me Messy Mimi from time to time.

But at school and work I was the organized one. At my very competitive graduate school I had fellow students who said I was the most organized person there.  I also had a professor tell other students they should emulate my organization strategies. No frantic all nighters for me…work was generally always done well in advance.   

Truthfully when it comes to my work/school I am organized. Partly because school/work has been such a priority for me.  My mind just over compensates for any messiness, clutter or disorganization in my surroundings. That said, it is still easier to be organized in all (or at least most) facets of life.

Young, single and organized

Second, when you are a single person staying organized is just not as hard.  If you move frequently as I did back then, you also just can’t hang on to that much stuff (unless you want to pay to move it!).

And I moved frequently as a single woman in my twenties. I lived in Boston, New York City and then off to business school and some time in California.  When my husband and I married we lived in Montreal, and then moved back to New York City.  What does all that moving do?  It makes you constantly sort through your stuff.   As we lived in rentals we did not invest too much in home décor either.  As a single or newly married woman without kids, I was lulled into thinking that being an organized person with a tidy home was really pretty simple.

Organization post children

Moving into our first home in CT from a small one bedroom in Manhattan changed our lives in more ways than one.  All of a sudden we had space!  Four bedrooms and two thousand square feet seemed like a mansion.  

We also had two babies born two years apart.  An entirely new shopping category was added – baby stuff!  At the time I was working full time with a 45 minute commute one way, caring for an infant, and as our home was a fixer upper we remodeled it.  Oh boy I was busy…at least I thought I was busy.  

Then our second daughter came along (I was even busier!).  I was full on Mom and enjoying every minute (at least for the most part).  I worked part time at this point.  So my days off were spent taking the girls to the aquarium, children’s museum, beach and library and doing all of that fun mom stuff I could not do while in the office.

In other words organization was not my priority…and frankly I was and am still OK with that thinking. Although if I had known a few strategies I would have lived a more organized and enjoyable life – but I was not there yet.

And the stuff just accumulated.  Babies grow and clothes that fit two weeks ago no longer do.  No one ever told me there could be so much stuff with two little kids. 

Our girls are also the youngest of 10 other children from our extended families.  The hand me downs started – everything from a full play house, at least 50 Barbies (with all of the little shoes and outfits), endless toys to dozens of clothing items.   I also worked in children’s publishing so had access to free books!  I am a book lover and was so happy to have all of these books for our children.  Before you know it, our house that seemed big, was stuffed to the brim.

Selling our first home

At some point, we decided to move into a larger home.  We were busting at the seams so the answer was a bigger home right?  Now as I look back a larger home to move more stuff is usually not (almost never!) the answer.  You have to live with what space you have. In our defense we had hit a remodeling wall.  It just was not worth it money-wise to put more money into that house so we called an agent.

I remember the day the real estate agent came, toured our house, and then when he arrived in the basement he said, “now it all makes sense.”  Basically we had made the basement a dumping ground.  We never had time (nor did we make time) to deal with the excess stuff so we just stuck it in the basement.

To sell the house, we started some serious decluttering, sorting and organizing.  After an exhausting few weekends and the realization that we had accumulated so much in a short period of time, I vowed that in my next house, I would not let a year go by without at least cleaning out all closets at least once.  At this point I realized that taking care of me versus taking care of a family and a home was something I knew little about.  This realization was really step one on the organization journey.

Being a successful professional does not mean organization at home is second nature

Here I was a successful business professional known for being efficient and organized at work, yet at home it was a different story.  If you are at this point, do NOT be ashamed.  No one really teaches you these skills now. Home economics was either eliminated or barely covers how to run a household.  Along with teaching personal finance to women and girls, it is a major reason and passion for starting this blog!

Another notable change has contributed to our difficulties managing our belongings. We entered the decades of stuff somewhere in the eighties and nineties.  Cheap exports from abroad and “fast fashion” have made it so easy to buy stuff and more stuff (and then there is an entire industry devoted to organizing it!).  We are also marketed to constantly on social media, email, TV …you name it.   Americans are drowning in stuff!

Nature versus nurture

It is worth mentioning that I had also mistakenly thought there are “neat” people out there, and that I was simply not one of those people.  Sort of like how some people tend to gain weight while others have problems keeping it on – organization was just not in my genes.  While it is true that being neat with your stuff may come naturally to some, I would argue (as a convert) that you can absolutely learn the habits and skills to become a neat, organized person.

To start solving a problem you need to realize you have a problem

Our second and current house is larger.  It has a finished basement/rec room and a walk up attic which have been blessings and challenges.  A blessing as it has been so nice to have some extra room (and ability to hide the mess).  A challenge as at some point, you need to face all of that stuff you “stored.”

I remember the day the realization came that our second home, while so much larger and with better storage, this home had also become terribly disorganized.  

We are fortunate enough to have someone help clean our home every other week.  One day, I saw her go into our rec room with the vacuum and come out almost immediately.  The room had so much stuff in it that there was only a tiny area to vacuum and clean.  Stuffed animals were everywhere. Toys the girls had grown out of were still there long after. Even my beloved children’s books were so overwhelming that no one really read them. Bells went off.  And, that is when I started Project Organization or Project O as I refer to it.  

I started reading books, searching on Pinterest for organization ideas and came upon some excellent blogs.  After some trial and error, I developed my steps to organize just about anything.  I spent all of my weekends one winter tackling the mess and getting to a really great place.  And, Project O as I still call it continues.

While I have entered more of a maintenance phase, I also have times where I still occasionally become overwhelmed (including the last 3 months). However, now I have the tools and inspiration to tackle it.

So check back in as my next post will share some great books, blogs and influencers who have helped me come up with my own strategies.

Kick-Off to Organization 101

Hi all,

How have you been?  I took some time off both from my job and the blog, and unplugged and organized!  I decided to organize our home in a week!  Yes, an organized home in 7 days.  I promise to share how I tackled that challenge.  But before I get to that, I am excited to share that I will be posting a series that I am calling Organization 101. I will share my journey and all of the tips, tricks, strategies and resources that have helped me lead a calmer, more productive life and have a home and homelife that the entire family enjoys.

Here are topics to look for in the coming days:

The Sunday’s Bread organization journey

Top organization blogs, books and TV shows

Getting started when your home is a mess

Why your past matters for your organization style

What motivates you to organize?

How organization is like weight loss

Why it is OK to keep some stuff (at least for now!)

The organization pass system and how it will help you minimize

Daily routines that help you maintain an organized home 

Trigger points to watch out for that will sabotage your organization progress

How to make money selling your stuff (and where to sell it)

How our consumable “Stuff” culture has made it so hard to get and stay organized

And probably more!  My goal is to share all of the tips, tricks and how to’s that I have learned through the years to make YOUR home and life as organized as you want it to be.

So stay tuned folks.  And, before I begin, you may just want to check out The Home Edit on Netflix to get excited about having an organized home.