Happy Thanksgiving!

No, my calendar has not lost a few days.  We decided to celebrate with our traditional Thanksgiving dinner a bit ahead of time this year so that when Thanksgiving day rolls around we can spend the day together doing all the things we really are thankful for on that day.  We plan on reading, listening…

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

This was my favorite dessert.  I love the crunchiness of the pecans and the creaminess of the filling.  Heavenly. Ingredients: Crust: 1 3/4 cups flour 1/4 cup packed brown sugar (light or dark) 3/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup cold butter, cut into pieces Up to 3 TBSP cold water Filling: 3 eggs 3/4 cup packed…

Real Pumpkin Pie

Most real (not canned even if is says real pumpkin) pie recipes I found recommended using Pie Pumpkins or Sugar Pumpkins for baking.  I didn’t have either one of those.  I had an 8 lb. Halloween pumpkin that my children did not carve this year. I follow the Tim Gunn motto of life, “Make it…

Roasted Balsamic Brussel Sprouts

Only one person in my family really loves Brussels Sprouts.  I almost never made them because they usually go to waste.  So, I decided this Thanksgiving to try to find a way to cook Brussels Sprouts so that everyone would eat them. Verdict: This was okay.  They were not the most favorite side dish but…

Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

This had to be the easiest side dish I have ever made.  The most amazing part was that I could make it two days ahead of time and it was ready to serve at our Thanksgiving dinner.  I even bought canned cranberry sauce because I was afraid my children wouldn’t like this.  I was wrong. …