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Monday, November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving or Christmas morning pumpkin bread with cream cheese icing recipe


You can make this easy pumpkin bread in advance and serve it for Thanksgiving or Christmas morning breakfast or brunch.

I make it every year and not it is expected (insert evil laugh here). Now, you can enjoy this easy pumpkin bread with your family too!

Easy Pumpkin Bread

1 box white cake mix (you can also use yellow cake mix)
1 cup canned pumpkin (or fresh puree)
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 single serving cup of apple sauce (4 ounces)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Chai sugar*
Butter spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray 2 loaf pans with butter spray and then lightly coat them with chai sugar. In a bowl add cake mix, pumpkin, egg, milk, apple sauce and spices. Mix well with wire whisk, removing all lumps. Pour evenly into two pans. Sprinkle chai sugar over the top of each. Bake for 55 minutes.

Chai Sugar
1/2 tsp ground pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 cup white granulated sugar
Mix all ingredients together and store in an air-tight container or plastic bag. You can easily double or triple this recipe.

4 ounces cream cheese, soft
1/2 stick butter or margarine, soft
1/2 tsp vanilla or bakers mystery flavor
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tbsp milk
Mix cheese and butter with a fork. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Slice bread and serve icing along side.

*You can also use cinnamon sugar instead if Chai sugar!

Basic Cinnamon Sugar

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/4 cup of white granulated sugar
Mix ingredients together and store in an air-tight container or plastic bag.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Thanksgiving sides: Turkey gravy recipe


Everyone needs a great gravy recipe for Turkey Day. I have an easy and delicious recipe to top your turkey and stuffing!

Turkey Gravy recipe

1/2 cup salted butter, cup into pieces

1 tsp black pepper

1/2 cup flour

4 cups chicken or vegetable stock or drippings from your turkey

In a large saucepan melt butter over medium heat. 

Add pepper.

Slowly add flour while whisking.

Whisk until smooth. 

While continuing to whisk, slowly add stock.

Allow gravy to cook for a few minutes to thicken. 

Serve right away or keep warm o the stove until you are ready to serve.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Thanksgiving sides: Crispy baked Brussels Sprouts recipe


Don't forget your greens on Turkey Day! Try these crispy baked Brussels with Dijon for dipping!


Crispy Baked Brussels Sprouts

1 pound Brussels sprouts, halved

2 Tbsp olive oil

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

Salt and pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Line a cookie sheet with non-stick foil.

Place Brussels on sheet in a single layer.

Bake for 10 minute and flip them over.

Bake for 10 more minutes or until crispy to your liking. 


Dijon Sauce (Aioli)

1/4 cup mayo

2 Tbsp olive oil or avocado oil

2 Tbsp Dijon mustard 

Salt, pepper, garlic powder, to taste

Mix all ingredients together and serve right away or chill until ready to serve. 

Dip your Brussels in Aioli and enjoy.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Thanksgiving sides: Macaroni and cheese recipe


This recipe is cheesy deliciousness and it is made on the stove top which frees up the oven for other  things while you are cooking your Turkey Day meal. 

Macaroni and Cheese

1/4 cup butter, salted

1/4 cup flour

1/4 tsp salt

2 shakes black pepper

2 cups milk

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (sharp)

6 cups elbow pasta, cooked (3 cups dried)


Boil water for pasta, add a teaspoon of salt and cook until al dent.  

While cooking, in a large saucepan melt butter over low / medium heat.

After melted, add flour and whisk together until smooth.

Add salt and pepper and whisk to combine.

Continue whisking.

When mixture becomes thick, remove from heat.

Add cheese and stir until melted. 

Fold in cooked pasta.

Serve immediately.

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Thanksgiving or Christmas morning cherry danish recipe

Cherry danish is the perfect brunch OR dessert to make for the Holidays this year. It is also perfect for a weekend treat any time of year.

I always encourage my readers to get creative with the recipes I share and this one is no different. If you prefer apples, blueberries or any other fruit, feel free to use it in place of the cherries called for in this recipe.

Cherry Danish Recipe

1 Stick of margarine, cut into pieces
1 Cup of flour
4-6 tablespoons of cold water
2 teaspoons of salt
Cinnamon sugar*
1 can of cherry pie filling
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp. of milk or water (more if icing is too thick)

Line a cookie sheet with no-stick foil.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients for dough together in a large bowl. Form into a ball.
Roll out dough between 2 sheets of floured wax paper into a circle.
Sprinkle dough with cinnamon sugar.
Cut dough into 4 equal parts.
Roll each part into a roll.
Twist each roll into a swirl and press together with fingers. Then, create a small dip into the top of each roll to hold the fruit.
Add cherry pie filling onto each roll.
Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Top with icing.

*You can easily make your own cinnamon sugar by taking ½ cup of white sugar and mixing it with 5 teaspoons of ground cinnamon.

You can also buy a small bottle in the spice section at your local grocery store or at Savory Spice Shop in Raleigh, NC!

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Thanksgiving sides: Spinach and feta puffs recipe


We like to eat these as a side dis, but you can easily serve them as an appetizer as well.


Spinach and Feta Puffs

4 ounces of cream cheese, softened

1 egg, large

1 Tbsp olive oil or avocado oil

2 cups fresh spinach, chopped

1 cup feta cheese crumbles

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed

1 Tbsp salted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Spray 9 cups of a muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside.

Place cream cheese in a glass, microwave safe bowl and set for 10 secods, just enough time to soften the cheese.

Add egg and oil to cheese and mix well, until combined.

In a seperate bowl add spinach and feta.

Add cream cheese mixture, salt, and pepper to the spinach and feta.

Mix with fork until combined. 

Cut dough into 9 squares. Add them to muffin tin...stretching to fit. 

Evenly divide mixture into each cup. 

Bring all 4 points of the dough together to cover the filling, and squeeze them together. 

Brush each puff with melted butter.

Bake for 20 minutes or until each puff is a golden color and cooked through. 

Cool and remove to eat.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Thanksgiving sides: Stuffing recipe

If you are looking for a buttery, rich stuffing recipe that does not contain meat, here you go! I make this every year and it is my absolute favorite stuffing.

Looking to stuff your bird? No problem... make this then stuff it! Enjoy meat in your stuffing? No problem there either, fry up sausage and add it to this recipe.

Homemade Stove-top stuffing

1, 8 ounce bag of stuffing
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 1/2 sticks butter
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped

Saute celery and onion in 1 stick of butter.
Add stock and bring to a boil.
Add stuffing and toss lightly.
Add remaining 1/2 stick of butter to stuffing and allow it to melt while stirring.