Cranberry & Pear Relish

DSC_0029

Need a last minute addition to your Thanksgiving table? This is a great addition and so much better than the cranberry sauce out of a can.  Which if you can believe it, my husband is absolutely in love with the canned, he says it’s his favorite part of Thanksgiving! I’ve tried and tried to break […]

Butternut Squash Gratin

DSC_1079

I’ve been searching for some new side dish recipes to try as possibilities for Thanksgiving. I wanted to do something non-traditional so I thought I would make something with butternut squash.  It’s sweet potato cousin gets lots of attention at Thanksgiving, but the butternut squash gets neglected a little bit. This squash gratin was savory […]

Soft Yeast Rolls

DSC_1059

I’ve been trying to come up with some ideas for Thanksgiving and I realized I’d done wheat rolls, but never just regular yeast rolls so I went in search of a recipe and came across this gem.  Mine didn’t quite rise as well as I would’ve liked, but I did make these in rainy weather […]

Classic Pecan Pie

DSC_0865

So now that it’s November, it’s officially Holiday season!! Have you started planning your Thanksgiving menu yet? We go to my mom’s and she makes most everything but I usually bring one or two dishes, but I have no idea what I’m bringing yet.  My mother-in-law always makes a fabulous pecan pie around the holidays […]

Sweet Potato Casserole

DSC_0479

This weekend I realized we had yet to have my in-laws over for dinner at our new house.  So I quickly remedied that and also decided to make a couple of great things to share with you guys for Thanksgiving ideas.  This sweet potato casserole is my mom’s recipe that she makes every year at […]

Pecan Pie Bars

pecan pie bars

Last week we had a Thankgiving luncheon at work and I couldn’t figure out what to bring & lo & behold these pecan pie bars popped up in my inbox from Real Simple. These are divine! I mean I could eat the entire batch, I kid you not! So caramely & buttery. I am already […]

Soft Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

soft wheat rolls 3

When planning the healthier thanksgiving dinner, I looked back in my google reader and came across these whole wheat dinner rolls on Cate’s World Kitchen. I thought they sounded perfect because they use white whole wheat flour so they wouldn’t be so wheaty. The flavor was great & not too heavy. They actually remind me […]

Lightened Up Sweet Potato Casserole

sweet potato casserole

I absolutely love my mom’s sweet potato casserole. It is so decadent and comforting, but it’s loaded with lots of butter and calories! So I thought I would try to make a version that was a bit lighter and better for you while still remaining delicious. I got inspiration from Cooking Light & All Recipes […]

Green Beans with Maple Pecan Vinaigrette

green beans

These green beans that I found on Real Simple are amazing! They taste better and better with every bite. They have a wonderful acidic, yet slightly sweet flavor and they went great with the turkey. This would be a great addition to any meal and it is really easy and quick to make. You can […]

Turkey Roulade with Apple Cider Gravy

turkey roulade

Here is the first installment in my Have a Healthier Thanksgiving menu. The turkey is always the centerpiece of our Thanksgiving. I actually tend to prefer dark meat because it is moist & juicy, but know that isn’t the healthiest choice. I wanted to make sure I found a turkey alternative that would still dazzle […]

Have a Healthier Thanksgiving

I know the holidays are the time to indulge for most, but I decided to prepare a healthier menu in case any of you want to have lighter fare at your Thanksgiving table. Or you may want to just have one or two healthy options to balance out the richer dishes. All of these dishes […]

Pumpkin Dump Cake

pumpkin dump cake

My good friend Shaunda is one of the best bakers I know. She made this cake a couple years ago, and it was so delicious. I begged her for the recipe and she obliged. I proceeded to make it for Thanksgiving and now my family asks for it every year. Well, my mom asked me […]

Apple Galette

apple galette

I have had a galette on my baking to do list for a long while now. I don’t know why it just intimidated me and I kept putting it off. Well, not this time. I was determined to make this for Thanksgiving. I have no idea why I was so intimidated, because it was not […]

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pecan Pie

Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie.Cranberry Sauce 018

I found this recipe in a Cooking Light magazine last year and made it for dinner with friends. It was such a hit, that I decided to make it for Thanksgiving this year. It doesn’t originally call for chocolate chips but Adam (as always) suggested adding them in. I wasn’t sure at first, but they […]

Pioneer Woman’s Fresh Corn & Wild Rice Casserole

corn casserole

I never knew trying to find wild rice would be such a challenge. I finally found what I was looking for in the fourth store that I tried! I had some fresh corn that I had blanched and frozen in the summer, and thought this would be the perfect dish to use it in. I […]

Creamed Spinach Gratin

spinach

I have to be honest, I was not 100% sold on making this. I’ve not been a huge spinach fan in the past, but I love spinach dip, so I thought I would give this a try. I wanted to have an alternative to the traditional broccoli or green beans at Thanksgiving, so when I […]

Thanksgiving & Maple Glazed Turkey

Thanksgiving 2008 065

My first time hosting Thanksigiving was a huge success!! Everything turned out wonderfully and was done on time. So onto the recipes. Maybe I should call this the Real Simple Pioneer Woman’s Thanksgiving. It seems several of my recipes come from both Real Simple and Pioneer Woman. I didn’t do that on purpose, it just […]

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I am all set to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! This was always a tradition in my family and this is the first year I’ve gotten to watch it in like 3 or four years! I am super excited!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of love, good food, football, and of course cozy […]

Cranberry Sauce

cranberry sauce

I found this super simple recipe for cranberry sauce on Real Simple’s website when searching for Thanksgiving recipes. It is so good! Much better than the sauce in a can. I can’t believe I’ve never tried to make my own before now! I’m sure I will continue to make this year after year. Cranberry Sauce […]

Pioneer Woman’s Pumpkin Butter

pumpkin butter

I saw this recipe for pumpkin butter about a month ago on Pioneer Woman Cooks. If you haven’t been to her website you have got to check it out. She has amazing recipes and gives step by step picture instructions on how to do everything! Once I saw these, I knew I wanted to make […]

Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

Last year my mom had some great ideas for decor for Thanksgiving. The first were these homemade place cards. You just fingerpaint with your thumb in layers beginning with the yellow at the bottom. Let dry, then do the orange, let dry and do the red. After the red dries, do a brown in the […]

Thanksgiving Menu

I have been busily prepping for my first go at hosting Thanksgiving. I will be having 8 guests plus Adam & I for Thankgiving Dinner on Wednesday night of next week. Thanks to Katie at Hyper Homemaker, I am all organized and on my way to a successful Thanksgiving meal. I have planned my menu […]