The 12 No-no’s of Thanksgiving: #1 Never Begin with a Plan 

Thanksgiving can be incredibly stressful. So much to do & very litle time in which to do it, no matter how late it is in the month. You can take much of the stress out of the season when you avoid these 12 No-no’s for Thanksgiving. In this series, Jean Ann points out some of the things we do that create our stress, then offers ways to make the Holiday more joyful.

In this  episode, Jean Ann discusses the first step to take in order to reduce Thankgiving stress.

30 Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Recipes to Get You Pumped for Fall 

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Nothing says Autumn like pumpkins. This time of year, there are dozens of pumpkin products in stores & restaurants for us to enjoy. I love the way my home smells when I make pumpkin bread. What a wonderful, welcoming fragrance for any home!

I always pick up a few pumpkin products to enjoy but I also like making my own pumpkin goodies. Therefore, I am ALWAYS looking for new recipes that use pumpkin. How wonderful that Good Housekeeping offers, not just a few but 30 pumpkin recipes for all of us to try!

What is your favorite pumpkin recipe? I invite you to share it with me & other women. It’s always fun to learn all the creative ways we use such a basic ingredient like pumpkin. Enjoy!

Sweet & Savory Pumpkin Recipes

9 Poke Cakes Perfect for Fall from Betty Crocker 

9 Poke Cakes Perfect for Fall

I remember the first time I tried poke cake. HEAVEN! Poke cake allows you to combine flavors, creating moist unique cakes for family & friends. Poke cake are great for potluck events, parties, & small get togethers. Now that the weather has turned cool, it’s the perfect time to begin baking & poke cake is a great way to begin.

Betty Crocker offers you 9 wonderful cakes including the Salted Caramel Apple Cake in the photo above. Enjoy!

9 Poke Cakes Perfect for Fall

Betty’s Best Fall Slow-Cooker Ideas 

Betty's Best Fall Slow-Cooker Ideas

If you have been following this site, you know I LOVE my slow cookers. I love them so much that I have THREE of them! I am always looking for new recipes to try in my slow cooker. Preparing dinner in my slow cookers allows me to make great meals early in the day & then focus on other tasks. too many times in the past, I have gotten wrapped up in what I was doing only to realize it was close to dinnertime & I hadn’t planned anything! Anyway, Betty Crocker offers me (& YOU!) some fabulous recipes to help you plan & prepare meals this Fall. Enjoy!

Betty’s Best Fall Slow-Cooker Ideas

The Simple Joy of Entertaining: Party like Mary

Once the party begins, you need to join the fun. Jean Ann shares 2 simple rules to help you:

Attend your own party;

It’s all about the guests.

By preparing well, you can relax & enjoy the celebration. Jean Ann, using the 3 Rules of Simple Joy, helps you discover ways to plan your event without the stress & then celebrate with your guests.

This Holiday season, put the joy into your events & life with Simple Joy.