Still looking to add to your Thanksgiving table? Still not that big of a fan of green bean casserole, but feel like green beans should be included somewhere? Enter roasted green beans. A quick and easy side for Thanksgiving or any night of the week.
Sooo, in another life I was a special education teacher and boy did I love it. Then babies arrived and I decided to be a stay at home mommy for awhile. While I was a teacher one of the Adapted Physical Education teachers gave me this recipe for cranberry sauce (hi Karen!).
Cranberries and Red hots? Huh? But it totally works and its sooo good.
Ummm, yeah. This bread is decadent, delicious, and screams holiday. Since its a bread and not cake its perfectly acceptable for breakfast. Right? Right.
Its very simple and quick. And the chocolate peppermint combo? Can’t beat it.
You start by mixing up the dry indgredients: flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
Then mix up the wet ingredients: oil, buttermilk, eggs, sugar, and peppermint extract. Mix with the dry ingredients.
Toss some chocolate chips with a little bit of flour (so they won’t all sink to the bottom of the bread) and stir into the batter.
Then grease your loaf pan. Mine is 9×5. See how I wiped down the sides of pan? You only want to spray to be on the bottom and corners of the loaf pan. The bread needs something to cling to as it raises in the oven.
Pour your batter in the prepared baking dish and bake it off. You want to position your oven rack so the top of the bread pan is in the middle of the oven.
Cool slightly and then remove from the baking pan and cool on a rack. See the single split down the middle of the bread? Thats exactly what you want and what a quick bread should look like.
Melt some white chocolate chips in the microwave and drizzle over the bread. I have found that store brand white chocolate chips do not melt as smoothly has Nestle or other name brands. Top with crushed peppermint candies. Happy Holidays!!!
These Pilgrim Hats are a spin on pigs in a blanket. My kids love to cook and anytime they can help me in the kitchen I let them. They had so much fun making these Pilgrim Hats, plus its something that kids can contribute to the Thanksgiving table.
Start by chopping a couple of hot dogs into fourths.
Stand them up on a parchment covered cookie sheet.
Break open a can of crescent rolls and separate into triangles.
Drap the triangles over each piece of hot dog.
Use a small cookie cutter or glass dipped in flour to cut off the excess dough. I have a ton of these tall glasses from The Old Spaghetti Factory floating around my house. Any one else have that problem?
Get some cute assistants to help you with the rest.
I don’t think my 18 month old was that into it
Once all of the hot dogs are covered, bake them off.
While the pilgrim hats are baking, slice up some lunch meat into strips and cut some cheddar cheese into little squares.
Then just wrap the lunch meat around the hat like a belt and place the cheddar cheese square over the ends where it meets.
So, have you all seen the recipes floating around pinterest for crock pot mashed potatoes? And ever wondered if it really worked? Well, I’m here to tell you that it does and they are wonderful. Plus, add browned butter to anything and you’ve got instant greatness! The set it and forget method is great for Thanksgiving when you have a million other things going on in your oven and on your stove. These are not a pinterest fail.
I always peel my potatoes and then rinse them off.
Chop them up into one inch cubes.
Add to the potatoes, browned butter, and some chicken or vegetable broth to the crock pot. Set it and forget it. 4-5 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
The potatoes are so soft they almost just mash up by stirring them around. I added 4 oz of cream cheese and some salt and that was it! Another Thanksgiving side simplified!
Place your stick of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Let it melt, then it start to foam like crazy, and then it will take on a nutty aroma. Once the foam dies down the butter will be a darker color. Do not walk away from your butter while its browning. It will go from browned to burned in 2 seconds flat.
Add the potatoes, stock, and browned butter to the crock pot. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 8 hours.
When the potatoes are tender add in the cream cheese and mash with a potato masher or beat with a hand mixer. Salt to taste.