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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Maple Crunch Sweet Potato Casserole



     I know, I know, Thanksgiving is over and you could probably use a break from sweet potatoes.  But I just need to share this with you guys anyway.  Of course it is perfect for Thanksgiving, but it would also be great alongside your Christmas ham.  It  is never too early to start planning, and I've got a bunch of Christmas cookies headed your way, so I need to share this now!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Cranberry Apple Sauce #CranberryWeek


     First thing's first, how was your Thanksgiving?  Ours was lovely.  There was too much food, as always but it just wouldn't be Thanksgiving if that weren't the case.  In fact I think we should all just make a resolution now that it's a yoga pants weekend and be comfy, cozy and happy with that.  Afterall, there are leftovers to eat, Christmas decorations to get out and football to watch!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Great-Grandma McCallum's Egg noodles


    Noodles were a staple at my mom's Thanksgiving dinners growing up.  Turkey, stuffing and Thanksgiving noodles were the must haves.  Paw-Paw grew up eating these noodles.  When the hoosier moved to Illinois, the noodles had to come too. My Great-Grandma McCallum taught my Maw-Maw to make them after she and Paw-Paw got married.  The Buchsbaums took to them quickly!  Mom says Thanksgiving was always a big to-do.  The silver had to be polished, the china and crystal came out.  Thanksgiving morning all the grandkids knew what their job was.  Noodle making!  They had to be spread throughout the kitchen to dry.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Throwback Thursday #63

Welcome back to the 63rd week of Throwback Thursday! Come link up your latest and greatest posts or reach into those archives and show us some of your blasts from the past!
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Hey party people and welcome back to Throwback Thursday! We are so happy that you could make it this week!

Sweet Heat Cranberry Spread #CranberryWeek


      It's holiday party season!  And do you know what that means?  Snacks!  Whether it is a starter while the turkey is roasting on Thanksgiving or something to nosh on during the Christmas parties ahead, this cranberry spread will be a nice change to the standard fare.  It has a really fresh flavor from the herbs and lime juice and just enough spice from the jalapeno to make it interesting.  I don't think it would be too hot to upset anyone's pallet.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Cranberry Oatmeal Sourdough Muffins #CranberryWeek


      Muffins are a great grab and go breakfast for busy mornings. They are also a quick and easy way to serve guests.  So I made a bunch for my sister's bridal shower brunch.  We love to have some in the freezer anyway, then we are about 20 seconds away from a breakfast Jax loves.  The best part is these muffins are pretty darn healthy, so you don't have to feel bad about it.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Cranberry Snack Cake #CranberryWeek



     Hi everyone, and welcome to cranberry week!  Please remain seated and keep your arms and legs in the vehicle until we come to a complete stop.  I know this week is a bit crazy for everyone, turkey day just a few days away and all, but we thought we would give you some great ways to use cranberries this week.  Maybe you will get a few ideas to use still before Thanksgiving.  If not, Christmas season officially starts on Friday and there will be plenty of chances to get the cranberry juices flowing.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Maple Syrup and Pecan Layer Cake


      Hip, hip, hooray!!  It is finally time to reveal the new Cake Slice Bakers book!!   If you don't know, I am a part of a really fun group that picks a new cake themed cook book each year and bakes from it for a monthly post.  Anabel, our fearless leader picks 4 cakes each month and we all bake one of the 4.  We keep it a secret until we reveal it on our blogs on the 20th.  Each fall the group picks a new book and we reveal what the new book is in our November post along with our first bake from the group.  Slowly but surely, the whole group started getting excited about one book over the course of the last year.  By the time fall came when we would have normally voted, most of us already had the book and were saving it just in case it was chosen.  As each member purchased it, they would be amazed by the beautiful pictures and couldn't help but to share the excitement with the group.  That would inevitably encourage somebody else to by it and the cycle continued until most of us had it.  So this year, we didn't vote.  It seemed like this book was destined to be it.   So without further ado, I will introduce you to our new book.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Spiced Peach Preserves


      I think I might be a bit jam, preserve and spread obsessed lately!  This is actually my third peach jam version on the blog so far and that doesn't include the vanilla peach sauce!  Who would have thought?  I love making peach jam, it is so easy.  All it takes is a little bit of acid and the natural pectin already in the peaches.  You just need to give it enough time to do it's magic.  You can go from fresh or frozen peaches to jam in less than a half hour.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Toasted Maple Cinnamon Granola


   Jax loves yogurt.  He loves smoothies, cups of yogurt and especially fruit and yogurt parfaits.  He thinks it is fun to dump some granola on top and crunch on the little bits of sweet goodness.  But granola can be expensive, and who knows what they put in it?  So I never keep it on hand.  I do always have oatmeal though.  I also always have some form of sugar and oil.  So, I am always just a bit of time and hardly any effort away from granola.  There are many variations you can make, but this is our favorite so far!

Monday, November 14, 2016

My Middle Sister's Bridal Shower


     My middle sister is getting married!  Now if that doesn't make me feel a bit old.  So the baby sister and I thought it would be fun to throw her a shower.   Kristie (the middle one) is a country girl at heart.  She is also not interested in planning a big wedding.  So we thought a small and casual country chic type shower would be the perfect way to go.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Throwback Thursday #62

Welcome back to the 62nd week of Throwback Thursday! Come link up your latest and greatest posts or reach into those archives and show us some of your blasts from the past!
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Happy Thursday everyone! We are well on our way into this beautiful month of November! Can you believe that Thanksgiving is in just a few short weeks?

French Maple Buttercream

This Maple Buttercream is the best ever! It's not too sweet and has just enough maple. It is cream, smooth and buttery in the best kind of way. You have to try it! 



     Ummm, you guys.  I have a new favorite frosting.  I mean really, this frosting is the smoothest, creamiest, yummiest, rich maply goodiest frosting I've ever had.  I'll be sharing a great recipe to share it on a bit later, and I can't wait.  I would tell you that you should go ahead and make a batch for practice, but this seems like it needs something extra special to go with.  So go ahead and give it a try if you want, but prepare to be hooked.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Quick and Easy Blackberry Spread


      As much as I love the flavors of fall, sometimes I just long for a fresh pop of berries.  That is why I always freeze the lion's share of our homegrown blackberries to enjoy during the colder months.  There is nothing better than a fresh berry sauce, spread or jam to put a smile on your face.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Chili Cook-Off - For All of the Pride and Your Place on the Plaque



     By now I am sure you know how much we enjoy getting our friends and family together.  What we enjoy even more is a good competition.  We happen to hang with a competitive bunch, so it makes for lots of fun witty banter (aka smack talk!) Ever since The Big Poultry Grill-Off of 2016 we just knew we had to have a chili cook-off.  We sent out the evite all the way back on Labor Day so we would be on everyone's calendar and get them thinking.  Good thing we did, because this fall filled up quick and we would have had a hard time getting it in if we didn't commit early! Within a couple of days, people were thinking chili.  Everyone was tossing around ideas and touting their chilies as the best.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Throwback Thursday #61

Welcome back to the 61st week of Throwback Thursday! Come link up your latest and greatest posts or reach into those archives and show us some of your blasts from the past!
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Happy Thursday and Happy November everyone!

Great Aunt Ellen's Turtle Bars




    These turtle bars may not look like much, but they are AH-MAZING!!  Think about this, melty chocolate chips and rich caramel wrapped up in chocolaty brownie-like goodness.  Yup! It's as good as it sounds.