“Fancy Up” Your Thanksgiving Table: Just Add Water

  • Monday, November 24, 2014
  • L. Cline
Sure, water’s good for your health. But H2O can also pack a powerful place setting at your Thanksgiving table.

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Score One for Mom: Houseguests Bearing Sugar — A Follow-Up

It’s been a month. Any luck kicking sugary drinks to the curb when visitors or family members show up with the sticky stuff? Any crafty strategies you want to share? I’ll go first. My son’s birthday was a few weeks ago. We were vacationing at the beach with family. That’s two sugar triggers working against me: vacation and birthday.

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When Houseguests B.Y.O.S. (“Bring Your Own Sugar”)

So I offer to host Sunday dinner at my house for my brother’s and my family. My brother offers to cook. Nice, right? As kids, we used to go to our grandparents’ once a week for “pasta and Coke.” My grandfather made his unrepeatable sauce. My grandmother pulled out the linen tablecloth. It was special. But how was I to encourage my brother to check the Coke at the door? I tried: “We are so excited to see you on Sunday. I will make a salad and pick up some ‘healthy soda’ (referring to cans of seltzer or a other no-sugar carbonated beverage that we’ve discovered at the grocery store).” He took the bait. But when he showed up on Sunday with his pasta pot, fresh tomatoes, bread cloche, etc., he also had a six-pack of Coke. Foiled.

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