Thanksgiving side dishes are my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner. Why? Because Zesty Green Salad is the best ever salad to enjoy and even the next day on a sandwich with all the fixings. Do you have a favorite side dish? My other half makes some mad mashed potatoes. They are like whipped cream, you just want to pour them into your mouth!
I love to top them with gravy and dip my roles into them. It’s the only dish he makes that day. The rest is my job. This year I plan to make my pies a day ahead. Is there anything you prep the day before Thanksgiving? I used to do salads but they tend to dry out. The bird gets cooked overnight slowly and as we wake up to the Macy’s Day Parade he gets turned up. Is there anything special you watch on the Turkey Day? I bet plenty of you will say football. We don’t watch football that day. It’s all about the parade and dog show. Then we either watch Christmas movies or make a special visit to the theater. This year I want to see Frozen with my daughter.
Don’t miss out on these other great ideas for Thanksgiving side dishes:
- Pary Moppins – Thanksgiving Salad - This gorgeous salad features sweet potatoes, mixed greens and a delicious cranberry and red wine vinegar dressing.
- Tin Tin & Livia – German Red Potatoes - A savory and sweet German Red Potatoes dish with chives, bacon, and pistachios.
- The Coers Family – Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes - Russet potatoes whipped with butter and cream cheese are perfect to wow your friends and family
Love that morning to wake up to the Macy’s Day Parade. I would love to see it in person one day. What float do you look forward to? I love to see The Peanuts characters and what new movie floats they come out with. Last year or the year before that I loved when they showed the Frankenweenie float by Tim Burton. That was super exciting! Plus, it says Christmas is on it’s way with Santa!
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Coffee is the one thing everyone in my house loves. While I don’t drink it, I love it in breads and cake! It’s great because I can always have fun baking iced cranberry coffee bread with my teenagers and share it with the household over tea and coffee. Not to mention my oldest son’s two friends that are always over here.
This time of year comes so much planning that it is nice to have a little time to bake with my teenagers. I enjoy talking about everything that is going on. We get to enjoy coffee and treats while connecting about everything in life. It makes those moments when everything is just moving to fast during the holidays so much more precious. My son with his band, my daughter with her play, and my oldest with ideas on a career. It’s these times over a pumpkin spiced latte and iced cranberry coffee bread that we can slow the process and make memories.
Check out this digital magazine to get great ideas for the holiday with Nestle & Coffeemate featured in it! I also have a recipe below for a pumpkin spiced latte made with Powdered Pumpkin Spice Coffeemate creamer and Nescafe Taster’s Choice instant coffee. Super simple to put together in a quickness for a afternoon coffee with friends or some time with the family.
Every Fall we break out the decor and have fun decorating together. Though, Thanksgiving is the funniest for me as we sit down together and go over what we would like on the menu. It’s always exciting to see what they would like to try again or change up for this year.
My lovely daughter enjoying a pumpkin spiced latte and iced cranberry coffee bread.
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Comfort food in all it’s glory with much less work. Cheesy Chicken Bowls are perfect for a night at home watching TV’s shows or movies you rented no matter where your favorite rent source is. Made from Tyson: Spicy Chicken Nuggets and Cheesy Chicken Nuggets along with corn, mashed potatoes, gravy and cheese. I love to put fresh bacon bits on top to give extra savory flavor.
It’s great because you can decide if you want to go spicy for yourself and/or go cheesy for the little ones. With the wintry weather upon us this is definitely comfort food in my house. We made all the ingredients and set it out separately so the teens can decide what they would like to add to their bowls. The oldest is a very picky eater but even he enjoys the chicken.
What’s even more super cool is that you can look for specially marked packages of Tyson Cheesy Chicken Nuggets, clip the token coupon on the back of the package, and bring it to Chuck E. Cheese’s. You can purchase 130 Tokens for $25 (a savings of $7.50) for a fun day out at Chuck E. Cheese’s! That’s pretty awesome if you ask me. The more I could save when the teens were little the better! They still like going to Chuck E. Cheese; you never grow out of it! Skee ball was always my favorite.
You can always follow along and see more yummy recipes with Tyson’s Cheesy and Spicy Chicken Gourmet Nuggets at #LoveUrNuggets on Twitter or follow their Twitter account at @TysonTweets. They also have a Facebook at Tyson Chicken Nuggets with some pretty neat artistic nuggets to help out with those picky eaters.
Now I am off to enjoy my cheesy chicken bowl while watching Hangover III since I missed it in theaters. Oh and check out this sweet Pinterest board with other Tyson nugget recipes like the Tyson Chicken Salad Jars.
This is one of my simplest meals I love to make for my family on a chilly Autumn evening. The crushed red pepper in this Spaghetti all’ Amatriciana adds a little heat to warm the soul. The origin of the Amatriciana was a recipe named gricia. Grici were what the Romans called the sellers of bread and comestibles. According to another source, the name originates from the hamlet of Grisciano, in the comune of Accumoli, near Amatrice.
Spaghetti All’Amatriciana is generally prepared with guanciale (cured pork cheek) and grated pecorino. Guanciale is not common in the United States. You would have to check at specialty shops to find it and even then it’s difficult to find. It is possible to replace the guanciale with pancetta but you would want a thick cut pancetta if possible. Pecorino cheese can be found at specialty markets like Sprouts or Whole Foods. I use pecorino when I can find it but if not I replace it with a parmesan cheese when in a bind.
Another name for it is Sugo all’amatriciana and Bucatini all’Amatriciana which is used with a bucatini pasta that is larger then spaghetti and comes with a hole down the center. I’ve had luck finding this at World Market. Though, for an easier way to go you can just do the Spaghetti All’Amatriciana version.
My lineage is Italian and I was raised on pasta’s like this. You can take away a lot of foods from me for diet restrictions to lose weight or what not but there is NO way your taking my pasta. I would rather be fat! I love my pasta; it’s like my main diet. Yes, it carbs but RUN it off and you will be just fine. Love my pasta and my bacon. I was vegetarian for a few years due to medical reasons and I have to say I really missed bacon!
Is there a food you could never do with out? I’d love to hear about it. Tell me in the comments below
This is one of my favorite all time dishes paired with lo mein and saké. The fresh spring onions are on my go to list for everything. Snacks, garnishes, side dishes and meals. I have to tell myself not everyone likes onion like I do. Spring onions bring color to Orange Chicken along with a hint of flavor.
What’s your favorite Asian dish? I really dig beef broccoli, sesame chicken, hot and sour soup, lo mein, and even egg drop soup if made correctly. Orange chicken is universal though. You can lightly fry the chicken before with cornstarch or you can just saute the chicken or bake the chicken. My preference is to lightly fry the chicken because I honestly love the extra crunch.
Many think this meal is quick to make. It very well can be but when I do it, it always takes me about an hour. I fry the chicken first on the stove top and set it aside. Then I make the sauce and simmer the chicken in the sauce while the sauce thickens around the chicken. If you would like a darker orange chicken you may use a dark soy sauce and dark brown sugar. Generally, I use the light brown sugar and dark soy sauce.
We munched on this while watching Supernatural last night. It was a hilarious episode. Dean could talk to animals and part of the potion/spell he had to take had side effects of acting like an animal. Barking at the mail man and playing fetch about had me on the floor. Then they had this beautiful shepherd on talking to Dean which was pretty funny too. What I would give to have a beautiful shepherd like that in my home. Though I do love my Carolina dog Ozzy; he’s super spoiled! Do you watch Supernatural? It’s probably my most favorite TV series. Haven comes in at a close second. Love to know what you watch. Always on the look out for a new show.
Just one day away till Halloween. It’s raining here but it’s suppose to make its way out before tomorrow nights festivities. What are your plans this Halloween? We are ordering pizza and I plan to make some cupcakes with a Halloween swirl. Though on Fall nights like this I love to make stew, soups, and goulashes. There just happens to be more then one way to make a goulash. My other half would assume this Moroccan beef stew is a goulash. I say it’s a stew. You can decide for yourself
The aromatic smell of the allspice and cinnamon as this simmers on the stove reminds me of Fall. Most of all I dig the usage of apricots and raisins. Dried fruit really gives the dish flavor and color. I added some dried apricots to the top for more color but I cook some in the dish too. Too add a bit of green you can top with parsley or basil though we eat it without those.
Tonight, I plan on helping my daughter carve a pumpkin. I know the other half will probably take over and do his rendition of a Halloween Michael Myers pumpkin just like in the films and on the cover. I hope if it’s not to wet outside to get some pictures of my eerie graveyard and the pumpkin this evening. Do you make your own Halloween decorations? I have too much fun doing it. I don’t make costumes though. Sewing is not my forte.
Thinking of tomorrow night is anyone planning on watching the Ghost Adventures two hour Transylvania episode? I am going to try to catch at least half of it. I know for some part of it we will be trick or treating. What time do you head out? Do you wait till dusk or just go at around 7:00P.M.? We usually wait until dusk but lately more people have been starting earlier especially if it is a school night. However you celebrate I hope your preparations for All Hallow’s Eve are underway.
We are approaching Halloween next week! It’s one of my most favorite times of the year. Everyone will be getting dressed up and carving pumpkins. When carving those pumpkins don’t throw out those seeds. Those little pumpkin seeds are delicious and are a super healthy snack. We carve our pumpkins about two days before Halloween. We separate the pumpkin seeds straight into a bowl as we carve the pumpkins.
Easily separate the seeds from the strings and toss the strings in the trash. I like to wash the seeds and lay them out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. This is when I season the pumpkin seeds. After seasoning I lay them out for two days to dry covered with parchment paper so they roast quickly. The possibilities are endless! I like to add black cracked pepper, salt and paprika. I have seen caramel topped, drunken bacon and whiskey, cinnamon sugar, and even spicy chili lime pumpkin seeds. So get creative with your pumpkin seeds or you can just use my recipe here.
Carving pumpkins are a tradition in my house. Fall cannot pass without the carving of pumpkins, an annual Halloween gathering, a scare contest, and some trick or treating. Scaring the teenagers friends for the scare-a-thon is also a plus! So far I have six scares to my son’s thirteen. There is still plenty of time to catch up. This master scarer nailed three alone last night!
What’s your favorite way to scare? Do you carve pumpkins every year? I would love to see some links in the comments below to your pumpkin carving creations. If you have a pumpkin seed recipe please definitely share it! I’m always up for trying a new recipe. I would love to hear about some cool costumes you created yourself or maybe your favorite costume from your childhood!
We don’t often eat seafood in our home since my daughter is allergic. I love that I can get Gorton’s and eat it separately on a baking sheet she does not use in order to have my seafood fix. I love their popcorn shrimp. With the holidays around the corner they make appetizers super easy. These shrimp peperoncini appetizer spoons are simple to put together in under 20 minutes. Great for a last minute gathering.
I also like the popcorn shrimp for a mid day snack. It’s full of nutrients like listed below! My middle son loves shrimp too. I got a few coupons for review. We tried some of the other products available and he loved them all. Especially the popcorn shrimp that I got two bags of. He just wouldn’t stay out of them.
Made with 100% whole, tail-off shrimp and covered with a flavorful breading for a satisfying crunch. These lightly seasoned shrimp add a pop of crunch to any meal!
- 100% whole, tail-off shrimp
- Fun and tasty crunch – kids love ‘em!
- No MSG, artificial colors or flavors
- Natural Omega-3
They also gave me the chance to giveaway one really great prize pack below. In the meantime, don’t forget to stop by and grab yourself a few coupons. You can also find recipes just like mine at Gorton’s Seafood website.
So here’s my recipe for Shrimp Peperoncini appetizer spoons. You can always top the shrimp with horseradish or cocktail sauce too! Think caprese with parmesan cheese and tomatoes. There is so many options. It’s really up to your creativity. What would you put with your popcorn shrimp?
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Did I mention how much I love Halloween? It might become pretty obvious this week through all the blog posts. Between creating a full on graveyard for my front yard and the mess of a Halloween party we had last weekend it has been a fulfilled Holiday season so far. Last night we had a #fearfeast with these lovely Spooky Noodles with Blood Sauce along with watching The Conjuring.
Have you seen it yet? It really spooked my daughter. We love to watch scary movies this time of year. I think our all time favorite across the board is Halloween with Michael Myers. My son might argue with Texas Chainsaw. Halloween has to be just the creepiest of films. What film do you find the to be the scariest? Do you remember those plastic costumes in the 1980′s that tied on in the back and were paired with the plastic mask. Looking back now those had to make Halloween just a bit more creepy!
It’s fun to me to always find new ways to make Halloween fun for the teens and adults. Spooky noodles are an easy way to turn a normal night into a fun fear feast. Also, if you have any leftovers you can always toss them at each other for some gooey fun! It so simple that all you need is some Americolor food coloring, plastic gallon storage bags, and spaghetti sauce for topping. I am not sure how other food coloring would work but I decided on Americolor as it is said to be the best on the market when it comes to gel food coloring.
How are you getting your spook on this Halloween season? Are you having a party, fear feast, or just a bit of trick or treating? We are planning a fright night with food, scares, and trick or treating for Halloween! Now off for dinner, Ghost Adventures, and Haven! I love Friday night TV!
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Some weeks you just really want to do nothing but easy recipes that will fulfill your family. What’s worse is when you are tired of the same foods. I like making classic authentic food as much as the next but sometimes I hack it to make it delicious and easy. This Meatball Stroganoff is easy but gets easier with Land O’Lakes Saute Express Saute Starters. Helps me cut out the garlic and chopping of herbs. Super simple to start a meal off with!
I like to make a plan for the week with recipes that I know I can make or teach the teens to make. It’s great to plan meals for the week as it will help you throw out less produce. Just like tonight’s tortilla soup I made in which I also used the Saute Express Starters in it. Letting nothing go to waste!
Simply melt the starters in a pan and add in mushrooms, onions, and other goodies. The Saute Express Starters are good in soups or saute chicken. I like to just keep a notepad file of the recipes I want to make for the week. This week the plan is to make Czech goulash, Moroccan stew, taco soup, pasta pie, and a few other dishes. Do you have a weekly menu?
These are not only wonderful for sauteing foods they are also delicious on breads. Toast french bread and use it like a spread over the bread before toasting. Super scrumptious! Using #SauteExpress on Twitter or Instagram you can find more recipes featuring different Saute Express Starter flavors. They can easily be picked up in the butter and spreads section at Walmart. I have a feeling the garlic and herb and the lemon pepper will soon become a staple in my fridge.