Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up 2015!!

This is going to be my only post this week. I am super busy shopping, cleaning, and baking! We're hosting Thanksgiving this year so I've got a lot going on.

I'm rounding up my Thanksgiving recipes... if you are looking for some last minute ideas you can look here!

Starting first with our family's favorite Thanksgiving appetizer... caramelized apple, onion, and gruyere tart bites!! OM NOM NOM
Apple, onion, and gruyere tart bites
 Another appetizer choice is pear, blue cheese, and anaheim pepper bites... they are topped with toasted walnuts!
pear and blue cheese bites
 The easiest option of these three bites are these cranberry, brie, and thyme bites! I love the Thanksgiving flavors in these!
cranberry, brie, and thyme bites
If your oven is full, try making this cranberry salsa.  It's tangy but sweet. It's also my #1 recipe pin on pinterest.
Cranberry salsa Recipe

These homemade onion rolls were a hit last year. They are good! You can make the dough beforehand.
Thanksgiving Onion Roll Recipe
This is a nice healthier alternative to plain ol' mashed potatoes.  It's mashed cauliflower with a potato or two thrown in. Although, I still prefer mashed potatoes :-D

Healthy Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
This is a nice vegetable side dish you can serve.  Plus, it adds some pretty color to your table!

Autumn Roasted Carrots
If you're one to serve salad at Thanksgiving, this is a nice Fall harvest salad. It has cranberries, apples, pecans, and a honey mustard dressing.
Fall Harvest Salad
If you're a soup person, this is a nice soup to serve for Thanksgiving.  It could also be the "main dish" for your vegetarian friends.

German Pumpkin Soup (Kurbissuppe)
If you serve multiple pies at Thanksgiving or are not a pumpkin pie person, this is a GREAT apple pie.  It is so so good, I highly recommend it.

The Best Apple Pie Recipe
Or, if you want to try something different, make pumpkin pie (aka pumpkin cheesecake) macarons! These are best served the day AFTER you bake them ... which means you can make them ahead of time!
pumpkin pie macarons
Hopefully you found a recipe you want to try this year!
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Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday Favorites #21

Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week? I've been SUPER BUSY and so once again I'm including some pretty pictures from instagram!

Love this choux pastry turkey!
Also love this watercolor cat monogram/crest! I would love one of these!!
A swiss chalet...
A Thanksgiving macaron tart? WHAAAT? I need to try this!!
A beautiful bride in a beautiful dress and veil...

Alright, that will do it! Next week will be light on posts, I've got shopping and baking to do!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pear and Blue Cheese Appetizer Bites

The other appetizer we are going to make this Thanksgiving are these pear, blue cheese, and green pepper appetizer bites! It sounds a bit strange, but the flavors actually go really well together and make it pretty dang tasty!

The bites are getting ready to go in the oven...
...done and out of the oven!
  • 1-2 sheets of pre-made puff pastry dough, thawed
  • 2 Bosc pears
  • 2 Anaheim green peppers
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed, peeled, and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 slice of gorgonzola cheese, crumbled*
  • 1/4 cup of coarsely chopped walnuts, roasted
  • 2-3 tbsp water

First, prepare the Anaheim pepper relish:
1. Place grill on stove and char all of the skin on the green Anaheim peppers. Wrap in aluminum foil and let cool for 10 minutes.
2. Then wash the peppers under running water and the skin will rub right off. Seed the peppers.
3. In a bowl, combine peppers, garlic, and salt until it forms into a thick paste
4. Heat 1 tsp olive oil in a small pan and sauté the onions. Then add the garlic/pepper mixture to the onion and add 2-3 tbsp of water. Cover the pan and cook over low heat until the raw garlic flavor is gone. 
5. Set aside until thickened and cool.

Prepare the Puff Pasty dough
1. Let the puff pastry dough thaw from the freezer. Then use 1 to 1.5 inch cookie cutters and cut out bite-sized pieces. I used pie stamp cutters as above.  Now would be a good time to preheat your oven to 375F.

Prep the Pears
While the dough is thawing, trim, peel, halve, core and cut the pears into small little slices. Set aside.

1. Put approx 1 tbsp of onion/pepper mixture onto each puff pastry bite. Then add a few pieces of pear to each bite.
2. Bake in oven at 375F until puff pastry is golden brown, approximately 15 minutes. 
3. Then pull out of oven, and place a few blue cheese crumbles on each bite. Then return to the oven for a few minutes until the blue cheese has melted.
4. Remove from oven once blue cheese is melted, and place some chopped roasted walnuts on top.
5. Enjoy! We liked these better warm!

*You can use other blue cheeses too, we just like gorgonzola! This recipe was adapted from Pham Fatale.

We used all different cookie/pie cutters for our bites. We made acorn bites, pumpkin bites, and turkey bites. I personally preferred the acorn bites, they were one bite worth for me. The turkey was two bites worth!

Looking pretty tasty!

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Monday, November 16, 2015

The Thanksgiving Dinner Table 2015

Well, after looking at these pretty Thanksgiving tables I was inspired... and I am now showing you what I came up with for this year's table!  I like Thanksgiving a lot because it is the most formal meal we eat. My husband loves to cook and I love to bake and set pretty tables! Also, Thanksgiving kicks off my favorite season-- the Christmas season!
The centerpiece is Mr. Turkey with the barley twist candle sticks and cranberry trees next to that. 
The porcelain turkey is sitting amongst a vine of cranberries as well.  There are lots of candles on the table as this room gets dark at nighttime as there is no overhead chandelier!
The dishes are Spode's "Woodland" pattern which is so much fun... we like to choose everyone's plate for them. My grandpa would get the turkey plate ('cause he's a turkey, har har). For the big meal we also break out the real silver too. The silver pattern is "Williamsburg Shell" by Kirk Stieff.

Above, I wanted to show you the fine detail of the table runner in the middle... hand made fine antique lace! Isn't it pretty?
 A look at the little squirrel salt and pepper shaker - the squirrel is the salt shaker and his acorn is the pepper. Isn't it cute??
 Pheasants flank the ends of the table on both sides... the turkey and pheasants are from Williams Sonoma a few years ago.
Below is a look at the table from the other side where the lighting is much better! You can see the red on the cranberries some nice color to the table!
One last look from the other side...
We have way more people coming than 8... I am going to have to squeeze quite a few more place settings in and scrounge up some more chairs!

Well, we're getting ready for Thanksgiving... getting our grocery shopping list in order! Are you ready for Thanksgiving yet??

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday Favorites #20

I've been super busy with work and I am studying for an upcoming test, so for Friday Favorites I thought I'd share some pretty pictures from Instagram this week!
Do you have an Instagram account? If you don't, I suggest joining! It's full of such pretty pictures. I can browse for hours.

This dress below was worn by Marie Antoinette...

You can follow me on instagram here.  Next week I will likely do the same for Friday Favorites as its test day that day and I don't have time to do anything else! 

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