Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Week: Desserts

Nothing tops off a meal like dessert; and they make a delicious late day afternoon snack too. 

My favorite is Sweet Potato Pie with Gingersnap Crust

Coming in at a close second is Apple Pie with No-Fail Crust

If you are in the mood for cheesecake, I recommend this Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake.

Or, this Caramel Apple Cheesecake.  Delicious! 

For bars, try these Carrot Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Or, mini Apple Pockets.  These are a hit with kids and adults alike. 











For cookies, we love these Sweet Potato Gingersnaps!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Week: Side Dishes

Yesterday was all about the turkey, but the side dishes are even better. 

We will start with my favorite side dish: Wild Rice Stuffing.  Using whole wheat bread, wild rice, mushrooms, celery and onions, this stuffing is a filling and hearty side dish that is excellent by itself and topped with gravy. 

Sweet Potato Casserole is another winner for me.  Fluffy sweet potatoes with oatmeal topping; these are good for dessert too.  Or breakfast. 

The meal would not be complete without green bean casserole!  Do your self a favor and use fresh or frozen green beans rather than canned and make your own cream of mushroom soup

Butternut squash might be a traditional Thanksgiving side dish, but we prefer acorn squash.  Better yet, combine the two and have the squash ready in the crockpot

Finally, we have to have Grandma’s Mashed Potatoes on the table for the meal, and for leftover donuts the next day. 

And, for dinner rolls, these soft whole wheat rolls are the best and will certainly be making an appearance. 

Do you have favorite side dishes? 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Week: The Turkey

A few years ago we tried our turkey a new way, wrapped in bacon.  I don’t think we’ll go back. The bacon cooks on the turkey and self bastes it.  Yum-o. 

You can find the recipe here {or by clicking on the photo below}.

The gravy that also goes along with the turkey is outstanding.  Gravy is super easy to make; here’s the recipe for bacon-infused gravy.

How do you cook your turkey? 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Menu Plan–Thanksgiving Week

We have an exciting week; Thanksgiving is here!  Last year, I shared 5 menu plans to help you plan your Thanksgiving dinner – you can find these here

Thanksgiving foods are some of my favorites and I love the leftovers even more.   Before we get there, we have to clean out our fridge.  Here’s what’s on our menu:

Sunday – 23rd
Whole Wheat Buttermilk Waffles, fresh fruit
Cheesy Sweet Potato Skillet Chili
To do: Prep chili, make pumpkin gingersnaps

Monday – late meeting
Pumpkin Spice Granola with Craisins
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Beer Chili {new}, Wild Rice Bread
To do: Make rice

Tuesday – Henry’s Baptism
Pumpkin Spice Granola with Craisins
One Pan Cheesy Broccoli and Rice {new}
To do: Thaw bread for stuffing, make bagel dough

Wednesday – No classes
Bagels with cream cheese
Clean out the fridge!
To do: Make stuffing, make pie, make rolls, make bacon

Thursday – Thanksgiving!
Bacon-Wrapped Turkey, Bacon-Infused Gravy, Wild Rice Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potato Hotdish, Green Beans, Buttercup Squash, Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Friday = Christmas Cookie Baking Day!
Butternut Squash Baked Oatmeal
Broccoli Hotdish

Butternut Squash Baked Oatmeal
Mom’s Turkey Noodle Soup

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