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11.24.2014

Easy Thanksgiving Recipes...delicious dishes for the holidays

The hubby is on Fall Break this week, and we're busy preparing for family and the Thanksgiving feast (We may even get some pre-Christmas stuff started! fingers crossed!). As a result, I've decided to skip the regular Monday menu post, and, instead, share some of our Easy Holiday Recipes. It really doesn't matter if it's Thanksgiving, Christmas, or the Fourth of July, many of these dishes are regulars on our menu. When reading the recipes, you will see I use every advantage I can to make the meal preparation easy by using the trusty slow cooker(s). They're also invaluable when it comes to keeping things warm for the grazing phase of the day. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you'll find something here that treats your taste buds. 

Easy Thanksgiving Recipes...delicious dishes for the holidays


11.23.2014

Faith Comes By Hearing #64

Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;  Colossians 1:11 (KJV)


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Ham & Cheese Stromboli



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11.21.2014

Mac and Cheese Chili

Is there such a category as double comfort food? Since it combines two classics - chili and macaroni & cheese - Mac & Cheese Chili may be staking out new ground. With cheesy deliciousness and spicy heartiness in a single bowl, how could it be anything but great? We prepared this for one of our Game Day gatherings and it was a big success (and we won the game!). This Mac & Cheese Chili is the ultimate one-pot meal, which means prep and clean up are as easy as the dish is delicious!

Mac and Cheese Chili
Mac & Cheese Chili

11.19.2014

Ham & Cheese Stromboli

We've been having Soup on Sundays for a couple of weeks now. Sometimes the savory richness of a slow-simmered soup is enough... and sometimes it needs an additional bite to go with it. That's how this Ham & Cheese Stromboli came about. It is a light, easy-to-make recipe that can stand alone as a sandwich, or be served as a side dish. It only takes a few minutes to put together, but, after it bakes, the flavors seems like this had to have taken all day to create. Amazingly flexible, this hot sandwich can become ANY sandwich...even if you want to stay within the Ham & Cheese model - cheddar cheese instead of Swiss, marinara sauce instead of Dijon - the limits of the sandwich fillings are limited only by your tastes and your imagination.

11.17.2014

What's For Supper: Menu November 17, 2014

I am using up some leftovers again this week. I have leftover chicken (unseasoned boneless, skinless breasts cooked in my slow cooker), which will be used in the Cobb Salad and in the Fajitas; I also have already-cooked ground beef that I plan to use in the Taco Soup. This week's menu is making me hungry just planning and writing about it.
We are expecting a light snow tonight which will be our first of the season...if it happens (the latest weather is now pushing it back a day.) Next week, the hubby's school will be on fall break, so I have a BIG To-Do list for myself this week to free up time so we can work on some Christmas projects together over Thanksgiving week. I love this time of year...we've done Homemade Christmas gifts for years now, and it makes it much more fun for us....we don't have to walk through stores, going aisle-to-aisle, asking each other "What do you think about (this)?" over and over again. The best part of all...I think those that receive the gifts realize that we thought about them throughout the process! Stay warm and have a blessed week! 
What's For Supper: Menu November 17, 2014
What's For Supper: Menu November 17, 2014

11.16.2014

Faith Comes By Hearing #63

Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.  Psalm 50:23King James Version (KJV)

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        Cheesy Ranch Corn Dip
Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge

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