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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie with Turkey Topper


I love making creative pies for Thanksgiving!

Last year, I dyed somedough to make a turkey, which I baked separately and placed on the pie for serving.

This year, I decided to try painting the dough (like the Fall Leaf Pie Crust Cookies) and baking it on the pie.

I’m not sure about everyone else’s recipe, but my pumpkin pie filling is very liquidy when it goes in the oven, so toppings are not going to happen in the beginning stages of baking.  Instead, the pie crust turkey is cut out and painted and set aside until the last 20-30 minutes of baking.  That way, the pie is sturdy enough to support the turkey without overbaking.

I also doubled by dough recipe this year, so I had enough dough to make the turkey without resorting to the scraps.  I used the rest of the dough for the leaf cookies and added a few of those to the final pie as well!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Fall Leaf Pie Crust Cookies


I’m jumping in just quickly tonight with an easy peasy Thanksgiving cookie recipe!

How easy, you ask?

Crazy easy!

All this recipe takes is pie crust dough and some cinnamon-sugar.  You can totally buy both premade.  Or you can double your dough recipe when making pumpkin pie and use the excess for these cookies. Either way will totally work.

I’ve made these lovelies before, but this time I’m bringing color to the world!

When I made my Fall Leaf Apple Pie, I painstakingly dyed the dough.  This time around, I wondered if there was a better way?  And indeed there was!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Roasted Carrot & Ginger Soup #SoupSwappers


Holy moley, let’s talk amazing soup!

It’s time for Soup Swapper Saturday, and this month’s theme is French Soups!  I admit, I was a bit flummoxed as first.  French soups?  I had no idea what to make.

Then I picked up this month’s Cook the Books Club pick, The Patriarch by Martin Walker, which is set in France!  So as I read, I was keeping my eyes peeled for any mention of soup!  I love it when things work out like that!



The book is the eighth in the series “Bruno, Chief of Police”.  I feel like that was part of why I was so incredibly underwhelmed by the story.  I typically prefer to start at the beginning of a series, if at all possible.  But when the chosen book is the 8th in a series, it’s tough to do!

I found the characters to be boring and one-dimensional (I could hardly tell them apart), but part of that could be the fact that it’s a long series.  In a series, sometimes the development happens throughout several stories.  Additionally, the plot was very entrenched in small town politics as well as cold war Russian politics.  Snooze.  Plus, it ended super abruptly and I really don’t like that.

Anyhow, in the entire book, most of the foods mentioned were things I’d never make ever – like a lamb shank or wild boar.  Um. No.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Twisted Turkey Cinnamon Rolls #foodnflix


This month I’m hosting Food n’ Flix!  I chose the 80’s movie, Planes Trains, and Automobiles starring John Candy & Steve Martin!



The movie follows two strangers who end up teaming up after their flight from New York to Chicago gets canceled.  As they try every possible way to get home in time for Thanksgiving, but everything that can go wrong, does!



While certainly not a food centric movie, food does turn up in quite a few scenes and in the background quite often.  Several times, breakfast foods were visible (both in a diner and in a home).

So, I decided to take a Thanksgiving twist (literally) on Cinnamon Rolls!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Personal Pan Pizza #FantasticalFoodFight




It’s time for the next Fantastical Food Fight, hosted by Sarah at a Fantastical Sharing of Recipes!  This month’s theme is Fast Food Favorites.



So what to make?  I’ve already remade many of my favorite fast food picks – Chicken Nuggets (like, 3 ways), French Fries (again a bunch of ways), Zuppa Toscana, Tacos, Queso, Quesadillas -- the list goes on!

Then I remembered Pizza Hut Pan Pizza.  It was one of the recipes I shared during my first couple months of blogging.  I had reimagined the pizza to include whole wheat flour and turkey pepperoni.  I had a picky toddler and a newborn at the time, so I was trying to get a toddler to eat healthy foods while trying to lose my baby weight.

The pizza was delicious and I made it that way for quite some time, but then I started noticing that any leftovers would just sit in the fridge.  The pizza was great fresh out of the oven, but rather dry as leftovers.  Then my boys just kinda picked at it instead of eating and asked for takeout instead.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sautéed Cheese Tortellini & Spinach with Toasted Almonds


Today’s recipe is inspired by a book I really didn’t care for.

Weird, huh?

So here’s how it all went down.  First, I saw Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla review the book and it caught my eye.  Then, my friend Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm also reviewed the book.  Both were pretty “meh” about the book, but it still piqued my interest.

So what did I think about it?

It. Was. Awful.

The author intended to be humorous throughout the text, but he only had one joke in his wheelhouse: insulting his mother’s cooking skills.  He was cruel and degrading throughout the memoir portion of the text.  The worst part was, he mentioned several times that his family was not particularly well-off, so his mother did the best she could with discount items (he was appalled at her use of cheap canned tomatoes and would have preferred the more expensive, imported tomatoes.  He also found he use of cheaper cuts of meat to be inferior and completely unacceptable).

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Multigrain Chocolate Chip Waffles


Multigrain pancakes are a favorite of mine, so I decided it was high time to tweak the recipe ever so slightly to make a waffle version!

I love filling my kiddos with whole grains, especially if they’re going to be drenching said grains in syrup and/or whipped cream and/or chocolate chips!

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