Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

From my little turkeys to yours, we're wishing you the happiest of Thanksgivings!

I'm so thankful for health, family, friends and living in this wonderful country where freedom rings loud and clear.  I'm most thankful though for my relationship with Jesus.  The peace, hope, joy and understanding that comes from having a personal relationship with Him is the thing I'm most thankful for.  If you don't have that peace and would ever like to know more about it or talk more about it, please email me at  I'd love to share more with you.

Enjoy the parade this morning, the turkey and trimmings too, and most of all, spending time with the ones you love.

Don't forget, I have a yummy Black Friday Menu for tomorrow!

God bless you and yours!


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Black Friday Menu

It's the day after Thanksgiving (or often the evening of Thanksgiving) and you go out with your family and friends, wait in some crazy long lines for discounted Christmas gifts, trample over other people. shop, shop, shop, laugh at the madness and have the best time ever.  It's Black Friday!

After the shopping, when you're super tired and just want to relax by the fire with your supper while recounting the night and going over what treasures you don't want to cook anything complicated, so I have the perfect Black Friday Menu for you and yours!

Happy Shopping!

To me, there is no better party food than guacamole...and Tab's Guacamole is my very favorite.  While you recount your Black Friday shopping, you must snack on guacamole at the same time.  Perfect for celebrating any occasion...even great sales!

You can use chicken in my Spinach Chicken Enchiladas or you can use leftover turkey from Thanksgiving!  Either way, you'll have a delicious supper in minutes!

If you're not feeling like enchiladas, you can use chicken or turkey and make my yummy Chicken Pot Pie for supper too!  This is like the most comforting bowl of goodness. Ever.

Tired of the bird and want something totally different?  Make my vegetarian Greek Paninis.  A light little supper following the Super Bowl of meals.

Happy shopping friends!  Have the best Black Friday!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Meal Planning Monday #64 Thanksgiving Week Edition!

It's Thanksgiving Week!


Are you excited?




All of the above????

This week, my kiddos are home and I'm baking and cooking for the big day pretty much all week. week is going to be HUGE.  Like GIGANTIC. MIND BLOWING actually.  Sheaffer and I have so many fun things up our sleeves for that first week of December that you're going to flip.

So, this week, we need to keep things in the kitchen simple.  No one wants to cook up big meals before they cook up Thanksgiving, so these are all easy slow cooker meals that are waiting on you and your family each evening during this joyous (and slightly crazy) week.

Pasta Fagioli is such a yummy comforting supper to have on a busy week.

Brown Sugar Brisket is so good on it's on or you can wrap it up in a tortilla with some cheese and salsa for a taco, put it on a burger bun with BBQ sauce like a sandwich or top a baked potato with it.  This is really good when feeding a crowd (hello, out of town guests!).

My Chicken and Noodles is just a bowl of comfort on a cold fall night.

A little Mexican Beef over Cornbread is a far departure from Turkey and Dressing...a nice change up after you've been eating leftovers several days in a row.

And if you're still looking for Thanksgiving Day dessert recipes...

Click here to see all of my favorite Thanksgiving Treats.

And click here for just my favorite Thanksgiving Pies.

Happy Monday!!

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bar 66: Pecan Pie Neiman Marcus

Nuts of any kind are typically a controversial topic among my taste testers (and don't even get them started on coconut...that can incite a riot), I'm always hesitant when I offer them a dish where nuts are involved.  

That being said, they devoured these Pecan Pie Neiman Marcus Bars.  Devoured them.  Even people who typically don't eat my nutty treats were eating these babies.  This Thanksgiving, you could bring a Pecan Pie...or a Pecan Pie Bar...both equally delicious and simple to make.

Shopping List
1 box of yellow cake mix
4 eggs
1 stick melted butter
1 box of powdered sugar (about 4 cups)
8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
2 cups of pecan pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease (I use Pam) one 9x13 inch pan.

In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix, 2 eggs and melted butter.  Spread in bottom of pan as your "crust".

In a second bowl, beat with electric mixer, powdered sugar, 2 more eggs, and cream cheese. Stir in your pecan pieces.  Spread mixture on top of crust mixture.

Bake 35-40 minutes until edges are brown and center set (it will still be slightly wobbly in the middle).

Cool on counter 30 minutes, then refrigerate 2 hours or up to 2 days.

This tastes like a pecan cheesecake...delicious, right?

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