coconut date balls on a small red plate

Coconut Date Balls

Christmas cookie season has officially begun! And I am excited to share this one with you. It was one of my favorites of the many cookies my mom used to make every Christmas season. They are unique, old fashioned cookies which are not baked, but cooked on the stovetop. Mom called them “Skillet Cookies” but that seems to refer to a whole different cookie these days. So instead, I am calling these Coconut Date Balls, since dates and coconut are the most prominent tastes in these sweet little treats. Ingredients needed Eggs Sugar Dates, diced Butter Rice Krispies cereal Walnuts,

cranberry sauce bars on a green plate

Cranberry Sauce Bars

Since many of our holiday gatherings are a little smaller than usual this year, there’s good chance you’ve got leftover cranberry sauce. Here’s a new way to use it to make a delicious treat: cranberry sauce bars! Ingredients needed Cranberry sauce Egg Flour Sugar Butter Baking soda How to make these crumble bars filled with cranberry sauce This recipe is based upon my red, white and blueberry crumble bars I made for 4th of July. Like Thanksgiving, this is another strictly American holiday, now that I think of it. . . The red, white and blue version makes a 9

Vegetarian stuffed acorn squash with salad

Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash

As much as I enjoy acorn squash as a side dish, I like it even more as a complete meal. This recipe makes an easy sweet and savory filling to round out the flavor and make a healthy vegetarian main or side of stuffed squash. Perfect for Thanksgiving but also great all winter long! Ingredients needed Brown rice, cooked Vegetable stock Craisins Seasoned breadcrumbs Pecans Celery Cheese (Monterey Jack, Cheddar, or mix) Spices: onion powder, garlic powder, thyme Acorn squash How to stuff acorn squash with vegetarian filling Mixing the stuffing is very easy, especially if you have some leftover

acorn squash crock pot cooked arranged on a plate in a circle

Acorn Squash – Crock Pot Method

Acorn squash is a traditional Thanksgiving side, but since your oven is pretty busy that day it’s good to have an alternate cooking method available. Making acorn squash in the crock pot is so easy I doubt I’ll use my oven again! Ingredients needed Acorn Squash Butter Brown sugar How to cook acorn squash in a crock pot The first step, of course, is to cut the squash and remove the seeds and membrane. Before you cut, decide how you want to serve the squash. If you plan to serve a bowl of whipped/pureed squash, then you only need to

turkey meat and cheese tray

Turkey Shaped Meat and Cheese Tray

One of the easiest and most popular appetizers is a simple meat and cheese tray. Or cheese and sausage, if you will. But with a little planning to your presentation, that simple collection of cold cuts can form a turkey shape on your platter. So fun and perfect for Thanksgiving! Ingredients Bread – one slice to make the “body” Cold cuts – I used salami and pepperoni Cheese – I used 2 types, deli sliced, one white and one orange Crackers – I recommend an oval shape How to make your meat and cheese platter in a turkey shape I

Cranberry sauce in a bowl

Cranberry Sauce from Dried Cranberries

Cranberry sauce is a staple for any Thanksgiving meal. But what if you can’t find fresh cranberries? No problem – you can make your cranberry sauce from dried cranberries! No one will know the difference! Ingredients needed Dried cranberries, sweetened (Craisins) Cranberry juice Sugar 1 orange, juiced and zested Salt Cornstarch for thickening How to make cranberry sauce from dried cranberries I was really surprised at how easy it is to make cranberry sauce using dried cranberries. It’s actually very similar to using fresh cranberries. Unlike my cranberry-apricot sauce, this one only needs the juice of one orange. More liquid

turkey cheese ball surrounded by crackers

Turkey Cheese Ball for Thanksgiving

It’s time for a fun appetizer for Thanksgiving! And my most popular October post is the skull cheese ball, so I decided a turkey shaped cheese ball is exactly what I need! Ingredients needed If you have a favorite recipe for a cheeseball, of course you can use that one. I used my Halloween skull cheese ball as a starting point but made a few changes. One, I omitted the olives and pepperoni to simplify and keep it vegetarian. Two, I made it softer, by substituting whipped cream cheese for one of the blocks of cream cheese. I also reduced

bowl of brussels sprouts and carrots

Brussels Sprouts and Carrots

I love my veggies, and sometimes I just need a simple way to prepare them. This combination of Brussels sprouts and carrots delivers simplicity and taste. Plus, it’s made on the stove top which is super convenient for those times when the oven is already taken! Ingredients needed Brussels sprouts – 1 pound Carrots – 1 pound Shallot – 1 medium Butter Apple cider vinegar Salt, pepper and water – do these count as ingredients? 😀 How to make these carrots and Brussels sprouts This veggie side dish comes together very quickly. To start, cook the shallot in butter for

party mix with bugles close up

Ranch Party Mix – with Bugles

No matter what kind of gathering you have, a party mix is always well received. I like mixes with a little “something for everyone” with a variety of flavors and textures. This no bake version delivers, with goldfish crackers, pretzels and bugles, all seasoned with the flavors of ranch. Delish! Ingredient list – full recipe Mini pretzels (10 ounces) Bugles (12 ounces) Goldfish crackers (6 ounces) Cashews (10 ounces) Dry ranch mix (1 envelope) Canola oil (1/2 cup) How to make this ranch party mix Nothing could be easier than this. Basically, mix everything together and serve. LOL. You will