I love Thanksgiving because it is a time when we get together with family and friends. We have three Thanksgiving meals that we attend, though not on the same day.
The first meal we have is with our friends sometime in November. We all used to live within blocks of each other but now we are not, in fact I moved the furthest away. This year was our 4th annual Fakesgiving-as we call it. My kids look forward to this meal every year because these are friends we can count on. These are my ...
Christmas is just around the corner and to a few in my family that means Eggnog is in the store. I thought it would be fun to make some Eggnog Cookies. These cookies have eggnog in the cookie as well as in the icing. This easy recipe was quick to prepare and make. I like using a small cookie scoop because not only does it make more cookies but I do not have half eaten cookies laying around to finish later.
Just a few hints:
Make sure you use butter, not margarine.
Dough can be ...
Freeze Green Onions
I love using green onions in recipes but also as garnishes. The problem is I never seem to finish all that I have purchased before they wilt or go slimy.
Did you know green onions can be frozen?
Jelly roll baking sheet
Freezer safe container
How to freeze green onions:
Slice the onions any way you choose.
Lay them out flat on a jelly roll baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Place the baking sheet in the ...
Whenever I make these Candied Pecans we cannot stop eating them. They have a light sugary coating that goes well in a salad on a pie or with candied yams for Thanksgiving. This is an easy recipe to put together. It does take a little time to bake and stir every 15 minutes so the nuts do not burn, but it gives you time to sip some hot chocolate.
Package these delicious candied pecans up and deliver them as thank you gifts or neighbor gifts. Your friends will be asking you for the recipe...
Roasted Balsamic Vegetables
Side dishes are often times over looked, especially at my house. This is an easy recipe but you need to plan ahead to let the vegetables marinade for the best flavor. The balsamic vinegar and the caramelization from roasting adds a sweetness to the vegetables. It is easy to switch out these vegetables for those in season at different times of the year.
Just a few tips:
Lining the baking pan with foil helps with an easy clean up.
Try cooking this in a grill basket.
Go ahead and ...
Crock Pot Baked Potatoes
If you need to have a quick meal when you get home or want to free up oven space for your Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter meal, cooking potatoes in the crock pot is a great solution. I love using potatoes because they are cheap and can compliment almost any meal. When I think of easy recipes including potatoes I immediately think of crock pot baked potatoes. The potatoes can be prepared in the morning and will be ready for lunch or dinner depending on your setting.
Crock Pot Baked ...
Easy Creamed Corn
Easy Creamed Corn is a favorite side dish. This easy recipe can be made along with the rest of the meal or make it in the morning and throw it in the crock pot to warm and thicken. Bring this to a large gathering to impress your friends.
Just a few tips:
If you want to use frozen corn put it in a colander and run some hot water over it for a minute to thaw.
If you use fresh corn cobs make sure you run the back of the knife over the cut area of the cob to extract the corn juice. It ...
Crock Pot White Chicken Chili
I woke up today with snow falling from the sky. What a good day to make Crock Pot White Chicken Chili. This is an easy recipe where everything can be added in the crock pot, frozen chicken included, turn it on low and let it cook all day. Just before serving pull out the chicken, shred, then return to the crock pot. My kids love adding a few extra ingredients to top the chili in their own bowls. It is a great way to customize the chili to their own tastes. Serve this with some delicious ...
How To Keep Asparagus Fresh
You bring asparagus home from the grocery store but now what? How do you keep it fresh until it is time to cook it? If you wait too long the ends will dry out. You will then need to cut off more of the stem before cooking resulting in less to eat. My favorite recipe is Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan.
How to Keep Asparagus Fresh
Keep the rubber band around the bunch of asparagus to keep it more manageable.
Chop 1 inch off the ...
When you have a great soup or chili on a cold, rainy day all that is missing is a great slice of bread or a fluffy, moist cornbread. This is an easy recipe because it takes 35 minutes from start to finish. The ingredients are common, perhaps already in your pantry. Try out our Ham and Cheese Potato Soup, Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup, or Fresh Pea or Cauliflower Soup.
Just a few tips:
I love using a cast iron skillet for this recipe. Preheat the skillet as you preheat the oven. The ...
Ham and Cheese Potato Soup
When the weather changes and starts to become cold soup is always one of those comfort foods we enjoy. This easy recipe, Potato Soup, is also great to have the day after a big ham meal such as Thanksgiving or Christmas. The leftovers can be chopped and added in to create a delicious soup. My girls always ask for more ham!
Just a few tips:
When I cook bacon I save the bacon grease to use for later. I always have a stash in my freezer! For this recipe I pull out some of that saved ...