We had our first big snow today and all I could think about was making soup. Sharing my Potato Ham Broccoli Cheddar Soup to take the chill off of a cold, cold day.
I would like to share some ideas for a Thanksgiving dinner for empty nesters. My husband and I have a blended family consisting of 8 children, their spouses/fiances, and 13 grandchildren. The first 10 years of our marriage, 7 of the 8 children lived with us so every meal was a feast and Thanksgiving always involved days of baking and cooking. They are now grown and have their own homes so we are rarely able to all be together for Thanksgiving.
The Thanksgiving dinner should still feel like a special meal of the year. My husband is a hunter and Thanksgiving week is the highlight of hunting time in WV. He hunts until around mid-morning and then comes in for a few hours.
I try to make it special by using fresh flowers, candles, and linen napkins. The foods do look a little strange to me served in such small dishes, but if you fix your plates and carry them to the table, it will feel like you are not missing a thing. (It is a bit more quiet though than with the family here) Continue reading EMPTY NESTERS THANKSGIVING IDEAS
It is so cold and snowy here in WV that I could eat a warm bowl of homemade soup every day. For the past 2 weeks my husband has been asking me to make a pasta salad. I usually fixed this in the summer or when I need to take something to a covered dish event to feed a large crowd. My original recipe serves about 10 people.
To please my husband, I made this for my downsized recipe this week.
We are football fans at my house! Last weekend was filled with playoff games and lots of excitement. That can only mean one thing..there must be game day snacks.
It is easy to fix a table full of appetizers when you are having a large crowd over, but a little more challenging when you are fixing game day snacks for 2. For my downsized cooking post this week, I want to share some ideas for the snacks we had.
Since January is National Soup month, and it has been cold here in WV this week, I decided to do another soup recipe in my weekly downsized cooking feature.
I bake a lot of cookies and I do mean a lot of cookies. My husband and I have 13 grandchildren so there are never too many cookies. I don’t bake a downsized recipe for my cookies but I have been asked to create a recipe for this.
I created a recipe for Snickerdoodles as the base cookie because any variety of ingredients can be added to them.
Some of my favorite additions are dried blueberries with almonds or cranberries and pecans. I have used fresh and dried cranberries and they both work wonderfully. I love to mix up a glaze to drizzle over them also to really add variety. This recipe only makes 1 1/2 dozen cookies so if you don’t want a large amount, this is perfect.
Make this basic recipe and add your choice of fruit and nuts.
The cookie in the first picture has cranberries, pecans, and is dipped in melted white chocolate.
The second one has dried blueberries and almonds added to the snickerdoodle dough.