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Warm Fruit Compote

Warm Fruit Compote for #Thanksgiving

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next week.  Where has the time gone?  I’ve barely started to think about the holidays and what I’m going to prepare this year other than ordering a turkey.

Some years we’ve had a large crowd while others not so big – like this year, I think we’ll just be seven.  A small number for all the food I’ll be cooking up. 


How To Make Popovers!

When it comes to Thanksgiving it’s hard to get away from traditions.  While I don’t like to make it a habit to re-post an article or video I’ve already shared in the past, this one deserves repeating annually.  It’s just that good, and perfect for Thanksgiving dinner. 

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Sauce
Folgers Perfect Measure

Creating Memories with Folgers Perfect Measures

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Folgers for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

When I was a little girl my family owned a duplex. There were 8 of us; Mom, Dad, my two sisters, me; the youngest one, and my maternal grandmother. We lived on the first floor of the duplex. My dads mom and sister lived upstairs in the other half.

(I’m sitting on my moms lap (1 year) & lounging on the stairs outside our duplex @ age 3) On Sunday mornings my sisters and I would join my dad and go upstairs to his moms for a Sunday morning breakfast. I can still recall the aroma of Folgers coffee and bacon that filled the space – it was magical! For hours we would spend the morning upstairs eating, laughing, and playing. What I remember most vividly was sitting on my dads lap at the dining room table while he drank his Folgers coffee. I loved the smell so much that at the ripe age of 3 my dad offered me a sip.

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Sauce

Butternut Squash Ravioli with a Brown Butter Sauce

Butternut Squash is a winter squash that you see in abundance early fall through winter, although it’s available year round. It has a hard, thick skin with seeds, and a deep yellow and orange flesh that is firmer than a summer squash – therefore, requiring a longer cooking time.

Piped & Flooded Cookies

How to Pipe & Flood Cookies

The holidays are just around the corner.  One of my favorite gifts to give are homemade treats. Creating culinary gifts is at its peak from Halloween straight through to New Years. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

With Halloween just 12 days away I wanted to find a fun treat that even your kids could make to bring to school, or share at their own holiday party.  Of course these would even be fun for adults to create, and bring into work. 

Pumpkin Chai Smoothie

Pumpkin Chai Smoothie

Here in the Midwest we’ve been experiencing the most beautiful fall I can ever remember.  The days have been mild, with bright blue skies, leaves falling to the ground, and a slight crisp breeze in the air.  The evenings – downright chilly, and brisk, yet perfect with a light fleece.