Happy Friday Folks!
As we head into the weekend, I hope all is cozy in your neck of the woods.The Thanksgiving holiday is coming up so soon...so I've begun preparing my grocery lists and finding my recipes. I thought I'd share a bit about that and some other random bits for my 5 things this week.
Thanksgiving is less than a week away so I've been thinking all of those thoughts. We'll spend the holiday at my brother-in-law's family's house. They host Thanksgiving and we host Christmas. My sister-in-law handles the turkey and potatoes. I prepare many of the other sides and some of the desserts. Some other family members bring some things too. I make a traditional homemade stuffing. I toast and season my own bread cubes - so yummy! I use egg as well as stock to coat the bread for richer texture. I also make a broccoli salad that has a creamy sweet dressing and add bacon, red onion and raisins. We do that instead of traditional green bean casserole. We also bring the calico beans that are made in the slow cooker with 4 varieties of beans, ground hamburger, bacon, onion, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard and seasonings. (an old family traditional recipe of my hubby's family).
I'll bring a kid friendly dessert (not sure what yet) - like rice krispies treats. And then I make pioneer woman's pecan pie and homemade crust. You can find the links for both here and here.
This pie is perfection and I highly recommended!! So good!
I've also been looking at cranberry sauce recipes like this one I pinned on my pinterest page - instead of (or in addition to) canned sauce.
Kind of random, but I wanted to show this new addiction of mine. We recently picked this up at Trader Joe's and it's so good!! It's sort of like the consistency of peanut butter, but a little thicker and tastes kind of like a cross between gingerbread and if graham crackers were made into a butter. It is fabulous spread on toast or a graham cracker, or for dipping apples or other fruit. Or eating straight of the jar! So different but amazingly yummy!!
We've been having our first snowflakes swirling in the air, but nothing really accumulating. The other night we were picking up my son from hockey and Ruby came with us. We drove by a local attraction that gets put together and lit for the holidays each year. They'll open it for the season, for folks to tour, beginning this weekend. It's so beautiful and "Christmasy". Kiddos can go talk to Santa and they have free cookies and coffee and cocoa. They also have fire pits and marshmallows for toasting. Then when my hubby ran in, Ruby decided to jump into the front seat and it looked like she was ready to take over driving duty! Lol
It's been windy and cold lately, but not a lot of snow. We've had some small flurries as you can see on my patio table and deck. But the cold makes me want to cook and bake even more. I made homemade pizza the other night, including the crust, and it was so yummy and comforting and "hit the spot". I will share the recipe in the future.