Thanksgiving 2013

Who went out shopping this morning for Black Friday?  I have gone out the past few years really early but didn’t this year.  I did go to Kohl’s this afternoon for a toy and walked right out.  The line was wrapped all the way around the store.  At 1:00 pm!  I would rather spend the extra money and not spend over an hour in line.

Anyway, let’s recap Thanksgiving!  This is the third year that we hosted and it was a success.  Matt primarily does the cooking for the main meal, especially when it comes to the turkey.  And although I may not cook the main meal, I search for the recipes that we will use.  However, I do take care of the appetizer and desserts.  My two favorite things to make.

So let’s start with the appetizer.  I made a baked BLT dip.  I found this recipe from Betty Crocker, made by The Girl Who Ate Everything.


IMG_5069As part of the Thanksgiving meal, we had sour cream and onion mashed potatoes by Glutenista.

IMG_5062I don’t know if mashed potatoes would ever look nice in a picture…

For one of the vegetables, we had green beans.  I saw a recipe for cheese sauce on an episode of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen on Food Network. Any vegetable tastes better with cheese!


IMG_5071And then of course, there is the dessert.  I made Joy the Baker’s Pumpkin Cream Pie.  Yum!!!


IMG_5073After we finished at our house, we headed to my aunt and uncle’s for more dessert.  I made Averie Cooks’ loaded M&M oreo cookie bars to bring.  My version has peanut butter oreos and peanut butter m&ms.


IMG_5052Because there were so many desserts at my aunt and uncle’s, I was asked to bring them home.  I was happy to!

Choosing recipes for Thanksgiving, I looked for ones that are simple.  There is no time for complicated or involved recipes on Thanksgiving because there is so much going on.

From the food to the company, it was a great day!  Bring on Christmas now!!!


Basil Butter Garlic Bread

Basil has been growing like crazy in my little herb garden this summer.


So any time I come across a recipe that calls for basil, I want to give it a try.  I saw this recipe for Basil Butter Garlic Bread on Jenna’s Everything Blog and needed to make it.  Who doesn’t like a nice garlic bread to go with an Italian dinner?  Especially one that is not from the frozen section.

This recipe is extremely easy.  I love it when you can throw everything in a food processor and it does all the work for you.


I also love it when you can just run out to the back yard and pick the fresh herbs that you need.  This recipe not only calls for basil but a bit of parsley as well.  And despite what the recipe says, you can easily adjust the amount of herbs you put in it for your liking.


Spread the butter on a fresh loaf of ciabatta bread that has been sliced down the middle.

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Top it with freshly grated parmesan cheese.


Wrap it in foil and bake.  That’s it!


Matt and I did have this garlic bread with spinach basil pesto over chicken and pasta.  You may say it is basil overload for one night.  But no, it was all wonderful!


I think this would make a great appetizer as well if you cut the loaf up into small pieces.  Remember, you can find the recipe here!

Broccoli Slaw

Memorial Day has already come and gone which means summer has begun!


And that means it is time for BBQ’s.  The perfect side dish to any meal cooked on a grill is cole slaw.  Now that the nice weather is here, we make cole slaw at least once a week.  And we don’t always have it when we grill but love it as a side dish.

I made this broccoli slaw based on a recipe in the latest issue of Food Network Magazine.  What drew me to this was the use of fresh herbs.  This was the perfect opportunity to use herbs from my garden for the first time!

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What’s great about slaw is there are so many options and different ways; you just make it the way you prefer.  This is how I took the original recipe and made it to my liking.

Recipe (adapted from Food Network Magazine):

  • 16 ounce bag of cole slaw
  • 1½ cups chopped broccoli
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  •  about ¼ cup total chopped fresh dill and parsley
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 3 tbs. cider vinegar
  • 1 tbs. sugar
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt


  • In a large bowl, combine the cole slaw, broccoli, red onion, and herbs.  Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, mayonnaise, sour cream, cider vinegar, sugar and salt.
  • Pour the dressing mixture over the cole slaw mix and gently stir to combine thoroughly.



I love how this came out.  It is just the right amount of creaminess and tang and the fresh herbs add a lot of flavor.

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I look forward to lots of dinners on the grill this summer which will allow me to make this a bunch of times!