I have to say I like Rachael Ray's new magazine. It's called Every Day with Rachael Ray (silly title, I know), but it has a lot of recipes that sound good. Such as:
macaroni and cheese with chiles (she says you can use 2 8-oz packages of any kind of cheese! Muenster and cheddar, here I come)
sweet pea risotto
ratatouille pasta (minus the eggplant for me)
carrot soup (just baby carrots, ginger and vegetable stock)
and so on. She even talks about how her doggy, Boo, died and includes one of the recipes she used to make for her, called Boo-sotto. It contains veal, which ordinarily really bums me out (calves raised for veal are treated very, very badly), but I did think it was cute that she made recipes for her doggy. A lot of the recipes I can't make, because of their meat content, but she is pretty good about including vegetarian recipes and vegetarian versions of the meat recipes. So I think I may subscribe.
She even includes workable gift ideas! I don't know about you, but the usual suggested gifts in magazines don't really work for me: "buy days-of-the-week underpants for your family!" or "tacky costume jewelry for the one you love!" I can't say which one I'm going to buy for the fam, because CERTAIN FAMILY MEMBERS are reading my blog (hi, sis!), but it's a good one.
I know it's early to start thinking about Christmas presents, but when you have the following people to shop for:
brother's kids (2)
sister's kids (3)
...you gotta start early. My Amazon shopping cart is already filling up.
I also bought some things at Old Navy yesterday: a magically comfortable pair of velvet clogs (I know, it sounds tacky, but they work), a pink T-shirt with a cat on it, a rugby-type shirt with thin stripes, and a present for somebody. I used my $10 off coupon; very proud of myself. D got a hat and gloves.