Perfect Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting


We made these to have on hand around Thanksgiving and they were so simple to make. I thought they would make a great pairing with a hot cup of coffee or hot cocoa. These are not too sweet but have a delicious flavor when you want something just a bit sweet. Verdict: These are very…

Top 3 Recipes from November 2017


I realized as I looked over the top 5 recipes from this month that many of you seemed to feel like I did. That you needed simple meals and were just trying to get dinner on the table in as little time as possible. The Cacio e Pepe (click for link to recipe), pictured above…

Ready for Thanksgiving?


Many of you may know we don’t have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving. We do appetizers, dips, watch parades, and football. Because of our schedule I gave up doing the big meal several years ago on Thanksgiving day. Trying to get the meal ready on a Thursday was too much for us. Everyone ended…

Thinking About Your Thanksgiving Menu


Yes, you read that right. It is October and I am asking you to start thinking about Thanksgiving. What? Now is the perfect time to start planning the menu and any other special dishes you may want during that time. Do not forget the tried and true dishes your family loves but maybe it is…

New England Pies


Remember the turkey I told you about a few days ago that took forever to thaw enough for me to cook? Well, I finally roasted it. I usually buy a 12- 15 pound turkey for Thanksgiving as there are only four of us. But, when I bought this one just before Thanksgiving they only had…

Happy Thanksgiving!


I have never met any of you but I hope you know I am thankful for you and the online relationships that we have formed. I am thinking of you all today and hoping you are able to celebrate surrounded by those you love. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving – Looking for Some Last Minute Ideas?


Here are some of our favorite dishes from Thanksgiving past: Do you have something that just signifies special meals to your family?  Maybe cherished heirloom dishes or a certain child’s craft that sits on the table, even though your child is now 35?  This is ours.  It is my mother’s relish plate.  This plate is…

Slow Cooker Turkey and Wild Rice Soup and a Thank you


Thank you to all of you for the kind words and thoughts yesterday on my post President Trump (click for link to post). Last night the chin came up and the resolve kicked in. I don’t like it, I will work to change it. That is what I want from my kids. Resiliency. If you…

Traditional Craisin and Toasted Pecan Stuffing


Getting a later start to the day than usual. I went to vote this morning and the line was out the door. I have NEVER had to wait more than 10 minutes to vote. It was crazy. But, I waited and then my daughter and I went out to breakfast. So, everything is a bit…

Happy Thanksgiving!!???


Well, there was one person who read my post the other day and saw in my picture that we celebrated Thanksgiving this weekend. My daughter is dancing at Oireachtas (regional competitions for Irish dancing) and it is held over Thanksgiving weekend. We decided that there was no way that with the both kids having school…

Marshmallow Pecan Streusel Sweet Potato Casserole


When we have a bit of extra time I love to make a big dinner fancy dinner for my family. Not only is it fun for us but I plan ahead and get lots of leftover meat for a meal later and the freezer! They had hams on sale a few weeks ago, a great…

Thanksgiving Day


Over the years my Thanksgiving Day has changed in many ways. When I was young Thanksgiving Day was always my mother, father, brother, grandma and myself around the table. This was what we jokingly called a “large” family gathering for us. There was always the traditional dishes- turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, rolls and salad….