I’m not going to share a full shopping list this week because Thanksgiving, holiday celebrations, and leftovers take up the majority of shopping this week, but I did want to share a few quick light and healthy recipes for the beginning of the week. We eat so well on Thanksgiving that I never regret loading our meals with lighter options in the days before the feast.
What are you most thankful for this year? I am most thankful for my support network of friends and family (“framily” if you will.) So many things have happened and changed, both good and bad, this year and we have felt loved and supported through it all. Even amid all the physical blessings we have received, the things I cherish the most are definitely these relationships, and my Hubby is especially at the top of the list! Love you all! Happy Thanksgiving!
Meal Plan Monday 11/23-11/29:
This meal plan is designed to feed approximately 4 adults at each meal or two adults with lunches left over. Feel free to double or add to it as needed. **You’ll need to open it with the free Adobe Reader App (Android or iOS) to be able to use the check boxes on mobile, so install that first if you don’t have it already.**
A quick and delicious recipe for Rosemary Sea Salt that makes a great holiday hostess gift!
Raise your hand if you love to give hostess gifts. Raise your hand again if you love to receive hostess gifts! Maybe it’s because I’m from Texas, but my mom always taught me you should never show up at a party empty handed. Today I wanted to share a recipe for one of my favorite quick and easy hostess gifts – Rosemary Sea Salt.
A pinch of this sea salt can make almost any recipe better. Did I mention it’s also EASY and CHEAP! (Even cheaper if you find some cute containers at the dollar store or use plastic baggies.) I’ve even made holiday gifting a breeze by including this label (minus our names at the bottom) for your package that you only need to print and cut and stick on. Ta-Da!
You can find more details along with the recipe on my post over at My Cooking Spot today!
Today I’m sharing 8 Tips for Planning A Stress-Free Thanksgiving Meal along with a super helpful Thanksgiving shopping list and cooking planner. Another Meal Plan Monday is at the bottom of the post.
Was it just me or did last week fly by super fast? I think part of is is because it was my birthday week, so Monday (my birthday) was a day off for me and my week was only 4 days long. Can you believe that Thanksgiving is coming up in 10 days?! My calendar reminded me this morning that it’s time to plan out my menu and get everything onto my shopping list so I’m not scrambling at the last minute or forgetting anything. If you’re in the same boat, I wanted to share my 8 favorite tips for planning your thanksgiving meal.
1. Pull out (or print out) ALL the recipes you’re going to use on Thanksgiving day and put them in a folder in your kitchen somewhere easy to find.
I am all for saving paper and using your technology to help you cook (I publish recipes online after all), but for Thanksgiving it’s SO much easier if you print the recipes out and have them ready to go. I even photo copy the ones from my various cookbooks so I don’t worry if they get messy. When you have the chaos of an all day cooking event and the added chaos of extra kitchen helpers (you should have helpers – it’s not a one person job!) it’s so much easier to hand someone a recipe and a pile of ingredients and let them run with it rather than emailing them a recipe and cooking with a phone. It’s also easier to work on more than one dish at once if you don’t have… Continue reading
Since this week is Blogsgiving Dinner, I’m sharing this recipe for slow cooker sage cornbread dressing that comes from my Great Grandma! It’s been adapted for the slow cooker to save precious oven space on Thanksgiving day.
This week is Blogsgiving Dinner around the web and I’m so excited to join in! Like Thanksgiving, the food blogging community is all about family, friends and delicious food. I’m joining with Blogsgiving Dinner hosts Meghan from Cake ‘n Knife and Susannah from Feast + West along with more than 60 other blogs to share recipes this week!
The idea is based on an old-fashioned potluck dinner party. Each blogger is bringing one or more dishes to the party, so be sure to stop by each one and get some ideas for your own Thanksgiving meal. We’ll be posting to social media with the hashtag #blogsgivingdinner, but you can see all the whole menu in Part 1 and Part 2 of the recipe round-up. My potluck dish is this Slow Cooker Sage Cornbread Dressing!
If I could have only one item at my Thanksgiving it would be this dressing. It’s that amazing, and that important to our Thanksgiving traditions. The women in my family have been known as great cooks for several generations now (maybe always? I don’t have records.), and this recipe actually comes from my great, great grandmother. It’s one that has been passed down in our family from grandma to granddaughter and mother to daughter for almost 100 years now. (That means it’s really awesome!) I actually have a photocopy of a letter my grandma Dine wrote to my great grandma asking her for this recipe because she volunteered to make the dressing for a huge church group holiday get together at the last minute and didn’t know the recipe. (I am… Continue reading
A recipe for buttery Microwave Toffee Popcorn to celebrate my birthday and my 2nd Blogiversary!
Happy Monday y’all! Today is my birthday, and my 2 year Blogiversary passed us by during Croctober last month so I thought I’d celebrate both of those things today with a fun recipe for Microwave Toffee Popcorn! I started to try baking a birthday cake and going all out, but then I remembered that I don’t really like many cakes (tragedy I know) and I also don’t need to eat some crazy 3 layer cake by myself, so I thought a fun sweet treat snack would be a better choice.
This recipe is a combination of two other super popular recipes that are already here on my blog – my microwave toffee and my homemade kettle corn. My good friend Sarah was telling me a few weeks ago that she loves caramel corn, but it always takes so much work since you have to pull out the candy thermometer, make the caramel, pour it over the popcorn, then bake the popcorn again to set the caramel. My recipe making gears started turning, and I figured it would be a pretty simple job to take my no-fuss microwave toffee and pour it over my favorite Whirley Pop popcorn to make a version of toffee popcorn without all the work. (Okay, it’s not *quite* caramel corn, but I think it’s close enough. Fiddle Faddle is just as delicious as Cracker Jacks isn’t it?) Sarah, if you’re reading this, this recipe is for you!
I will attest that this microwave toffee popcorn is definitely as addicting as caramel popcorn. There are a number of friends who are on their way over as I write this to have an impromptu early birthday celebration with me and watch The… Continue reading