Tis the season to start stuffing ourselves, and our turkeys. Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? I am. And you know what? I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Sure, it’s stressful and there’s a lot going on, but it’s absolutely my favorite meal of the year. I’ve tried a lot of Thanksgiving recipes in my day, and there are a few favorites I always return to. The Herb Buttered and Brined Turkey recipe featured in this roundup is always my go-to Thanksgiving turkey, and my husband’s favorite “Thanksgiving in a Dish” dressing will make an appearance again this year as well…because if I didn’t make it, husband would be sad, and nobody wants a pouty husband at the Thanksgiving table. Read more...(850 words, 15 images, estimated 3:24 mins reading time)
Go big or go home seems to be the motto when it comes to over-doing pumpkin spice nowadays. It started out seasoning things as simple as a latte and some cookies, and has branched out into household cleaners and bottled water (I’m sorry, but ick.) It’s a little ridiculous. That said, pumpkin spice placed in just the right recipe is still a very good thing, and I was excited to try this version of one of our favorite family breakfast treats, ooey, gooey sticky Monkey Bread. Read more...(691 words, 9 images, estimated 2:46 mins reading time)
While I use my slow cooker all year long, it seems like I manage to bring it out more often in the fall and winter months. On a day when the air is crisp, and my day is busy, there’s nothing more comforting than something cozy from the slow cooker. My friends at Red Gold agree, and they are launching an amazing giveaway on their Facebook page. From September 17th to October 8th, they’ll be giving away 2 Crock-Pots a day! That’s 44 Crock Pots! They are going to make a lot of homes and bellies very happy in the coming months! Make sure you check it out, and enter often! Read more...(977 words, 9 images, estimated 3:54 mins reading time)
I just saw our weather report for Halloween. It’s supposed to be miserably rainy and gross. Yuck! What a bummer. I haven’t told the kids yet. I’m holding out for some sort of Halloween miracle, but the forecast looks pretty dim.
I knew I would make these cookies again soon, but I may just have to make them again for Halloween to raise the spirits of my most-likely-soon-to-be-sad Despicable Me Minion and Witch. My little trick or treaters love these cookies, and ever since the last one disappeared, they have been asking me to make more. Read more...(794 words, 8 images, estimated 3:11 mins reading time)
What do we do with a vast amount of canned pumpkin that I couldn’t resist buying? We bake!
I came across this recipe a while ago, and wanted to try it come pumpkin season. I’m so glad I did. This will be my new, go to pumpkin bread recipe! It was a huge hit with my family, and easy enough to throw together, that we can enjoy it often throughout the season. Substituting antioxidant-rich olive oil for less-healthy fats like butter and vegetable oil, and swapping out the bulk of the white flour for whole wheat, make this a better option for me and my family…and a delicious one, at that. Read more...(657 words, 8 images, estimated 2:38 mins reading time)
Get ready, folks. I went to Costco yesterday and was forced (you know how they are…) to purchase a six-pack of canned pumpkin. I have pumpkin coming out of my ears now, but I’m banking on you guys really enjoying fall flavors. I have a love affair with pumpkin every fall, so why shouldn’t you?
This soup alone is a good reason to keep some canned pumpkin on hand. My entire family loved this twist on traditional, creamy, pumpkin/squash soup. It was so easy to throw together, and was packed with so much flavor, that it may turn into my go-to soup once the weather turns chilly. Plus, with just a little bit of spice, and a decent vitamin kick from some citrus and mango, it would work wonders on a nasty cold. Read more...(626 words, 8 images, estimated 2:30 mins reading time)
OK, we have less than a week until Thanksgiving dinner. Are you ready?
Thanksgiving dinner is, for a lot of people, THE biggest dinner production of the year. It’s a matter of scheduling, multiple shopping trips, pre-baking, pre-making, freezing, thawing, checking, double checking, counting, serving, and finally, eating. It’s exhausting, but wonderful, and we look forward to it every year.
This dessert is a simple, no-fail, delicious option to add to your Thanksgiving menu. It needs to be made ahead, comes together in a matter of minutes, and looks quite impressive once it hits the table. My family really enjoyed it, and I have a feeling it will become a regular at our holiday table. Read more...(968 words, 11 images, estimated 3:52 mins reading time)
I’ll admit it. I’m not ashamed. I first made this recipe because I thought the name was cute. I have no idea what a Delumpkin is, or a Delumpkin Pumpkin, but whatever it is…it totally works. This cake is amazingly moist and flavorful, plus it’s incredibly easy to throw together. If you’re looking for a holiday alternative to pumpkin pie or a spice cake, this fits the bill, and it’s a hit every time I’ve made it for a crowd! Read more...(615 words, 9 images, estimated 2:28 mins reading time)
We’ve lived in the South for a while now, and one thing I’ve learned is that it’s really hard to gauge exactly when fall begins down here. The air doesn’t really crisp up down here like it does in the Midwest, where I grew up. We’re still in t-shirts and shorts! That said, the humidity down here has finally reached the “It’s not too oppressive anymore” state and the calendar told me that autumn has officially started. So, I’m going with it. Read more...(820 words, 8 images, estimated 3:17 mins reading time)
I’ve already expressed to you my love of all things pumpkin around the holidays. Pumpkin just takes me to a warm fuzzy place. It’s the quintessential taste of fall, in my opinion. It seems only fitting that pumpkin pie would be the quintessential dessert on Thanksgiving. It’s always been there and always will be. There’s nothing wrong with that! But, I decided to change things up a bit when I cooked up Thanksgiving Dinner #1 over the weekend. We were not disappointed! Read more...(980 words, 10 images, estimated 3:55 mins reading time)