Friday, November 16, 2018
If you have leftover cranberry sauce, it can be used to make this delicious Cranberry Coffee Cake .
Puffed Apple Pancake
Maple Glazed Pumpkin Spice Cake is a great way to use your spices,extra canned pumpkin and maple syrup. This one is a definite crowd pleaser.
Maple Walnut Muffins are delicious on a chilly fall morning!
Apple Cinnamon Pancakes are on the menu year round at our house. Quick and delicious!
Quiche is a great way to use extra pie dough and any leftover veggies you may have. You can substitute any vegetables you like for the broccoli in this recipe.
fritatta is an easy breakfast, again, using any veggies you have on hand.
Chocolate Chip Pancakes are always a fun breakfast and very filling!
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Butternut Squash Soup is one of my fall favorites. It can be made ahead and freezes well. It is a great way to start any meal and also makes a perfect lunch on a chilly day.
This recipe is can also be made ahead( 1 day) and refrigerated until ready to bake.
this way.Wonderful flavor that perfectly compliments the Thanksgiving meal.
buttermilk recipe that is incredible! The other is a garlic sour cream recipe that is equally delicious. Whichever you choose, you will be deliciously happy!
herbed butter, which freezes well and is ready anytime I need it . A few days before Thanksgiving, I take a few from the freezer and slather them on our turkey. They add amazing flavor !
spinach dish from Ina Garten.
Oatmeal Buttercotch Cookies
Cranberry Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
Coconut Custard Pie
Monday, November 5, 2018
Today,I wanted to share some favorites that were always part of our November reading. If you love spending quality time with your children, there is no better way than opening a good book.
Freddy was always a favorite character in our home. He is a little boy who loves sharks,and every illustration in this series has the word "FIN" hidden somewhere for the reader to find. In Thanksgiving Turkey Trouble, Freddy gets a part in a play that he did not want. It is a sweet story about rising to a challenge,and definitely one of our fall favorites.
This book has been a longtime favorite of mine. I remember my elementary school librarian reading it with such enthusiasm and I was immediately enthralled by it. I'd long forgotten about it until I had children of my own, and was thrilled to find a copy at a local bookstore(pre amazon days). It takes place near a cranberry bog in New England where a young girl named Maggie lives with her grandmother. As Thanksgiving approaches, someone is attempting to steal grandmother's prize cranberry bread recipe ,but it may not be who they think it is. It is a charming book by Wende and Harry Devlin which includes the cranberry bread recipe at the end of the story. I just love it!
Another story we've always enjoyed is Thanksgiving with the Tappletons by Eileen Spinelli. Thanksgiving Day starts out like any other, until a series of silly mishaps causes a change in plans. This is a sweet story sure to bring some giggles along with it.
I think this is probably on everyone's Thanksgiving reading list and rightfully so! This book is a classic and my family has enjoyed it for years, I mean, how can you go wrong with Snoopy and friends?In this story , Joe Cool is hosting Thanksgiving this year! It isn't the classic tale, but still fun for little ones.
and Clifford's Puppy Days Thanksgiving Feast
The Night Before Thanksgiving is a playful look into all of the fun that comes along with family celebrations. Natasha Wing has a wonderful "Night Before..." series and we've always enjoyed reading them together.
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie is a silly story, filled with repetition so that children can easily join in. They are also always shocked by how many things this old lady can ingest and what the surprise is at the end.
Patricia Reilly Giff 's Polk Street School series offers some wonderful chapter books for children. Turkey Trouble was a favorite of ours and we read it every November. Amazon still has some copies available, and if you can get one, you should. Her stories are always funny and uplifting.
The Berenstain Bears were always a favorite in this house.,with lessons about fairness,sharing,love,sibling relationships and so much more ! My boys loved reading about Big Paw, a story that teaches children to not judge others based on appearances.Thanksgiving Blessings
Thanksgiving All Around
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Monday, October 22, 2018
My oldest celebrated his birthday away from us for the first time this year. He is studying at the Univ. of Illinois,so I made him a care package filled with delicious treats. These are some of the cookies I sent.
The cool weather has really kicked in here. Last Sunday,after a trip to the farmer's market, we came home and I immediately made hot chocolate! I had leftover whipped cream from the pumpkin pie, and it was the perfect drink for a chilly morning. I purchased the cups on Etsy from this shop .
Well, that is what has been going on around here lately. Looking forward to a productive week. I have a lot of household projects on my list, starting with cleaning closets! Fun stuff! Have a great day!
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
When their is a chill in the air, my go to dinner is often soup. It is a great way to use leftover vegetables and is just comforting. I always have enough to save for lunch the next day which makes it an even better option. I am sharing three favorites in this post.
One dish on repeat in our house is this Vegetable Tortellini Soup
Minestrone Soup. It is loaded with vegetables and is hearty enough to be a meal in and of itself, but a little additional bread never hurt anyone !
This Pasta Pie involves a few steps, but the end result is so delicious. Makes a great meal along with a side salad,and is a nice way to use any leftover pasta and vegetables you may have.
Here is another pasta dish that is quick,healthy and delicious. Pasta with Zucchini is a winner served warm or at room temperature.
On a cool night, this comforting meal hits the spot. These Glazed Pork Chops are so simple to make,and can be served with any sides you like. Here they are paired with mashed potatoes and a salad.
Lemon Sole makes a wonderful dinner with minimal effort. Pair it with a salad and/or potatoes and you have a satisfying,healthy meal for your family.