This was a week of thinking about and reestablishing traditions. I spent the whole entire week in New York City – a rarity for me if you’ve been paying attention to my whereabouts over the last year and a half. For the record: it’s going on three weeks since The Country House was last cleaned but I was happy to be in NYC this week just living life, going to the market, making dinner, hanging out with the Mr, and getting settled into our new normal.Normal? Nothing in life has been on a normal schedule for a very long time. Forgive me if I sound like a broken record, but some of you are new here. We went from traveling to London non-stop, to having everything in storage for 1.5 years, to a major home renovation (I call it my renovation baby – as it took 10 months and now it needs to be cared for!) all while trying to straddle living in two different places. I’ve been working on getting into the grove of remembering where I left what, but there is still work to be done before I can say I feel in the groove.I realized just yesterday that the last time I hosted a proper Thanksgiving was 2007. What? Are you kidding me? In ’08 we got stuck in London with a crumbling economy and missed Thanksgiving entirely. In ’09 we were with my family in Michigan. And in ’10 our kitchen renovation was so far behind schedule that we were living in the middle of a construction zone. (Talk about a dry spell in Thanksgiving Dinner preparation!) It’s time to start making new traditions. To my great delight: rumor has it that I may be hosting my Sister-in-Law and my sweet niece Cordelia for Thanksgiving. What a treat that might be.Speaking of cooking, I made dinner at home a lot this week and it felt really good. Mid-week, we celebrated the Mr’s 37th Birthday. I served what is becoming his traditional Birthday Dinner. I made my mother-in-law’s Beef Stroganoff recipe and (just like last year) we shared delicious cupcakes from Crumbs Bake Shop. All I can say is my gosh – are the Boston Cream Cupcakes incredible, or what?And speaking of keeping tradition alive and preparing seasonal food – the pristine Autumn weather this week has really gotten me in the mood for making my favorite Fall recipes. Last night I made homemade applesauce, roasted Niman Ranch pork loin, and sautéed brussel sprouts for dinner. Y-U-M! I tweeted that combination and had no less than 15 of my followers announce that they too were coming for supper at the Dragoo’s. What a surprise that would have been-HA!1) I simply unwrapped the brown paper and sprinkled it with Alden Mill House Miracle Blend. Their website isn’t great, but the seasoning is! 2) I browned each side in a pat of butter on the stovetop in my french oven. 3) Once it was done browning –about 4 minutes each side– I put about a cup of water in the pan, and placed it in a 425 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until the meat thermometer reaches 150 degrees. Let stand for ten minutes. The meat will continue to cook and reabsorb juices. Then, simply slice and serve. You can spoon remaining juices from the pan over the meat, if desired.Have a wonderful weekend, and I will hope to see you back here on Monday where there will be another 4th blog-i-versary gift announced. And don’t forget, you can still enter to win the Serena and Lily nesting bowls until Tuesday morning.