Elf on the Shelf Welcome Breakfast

The day after Thanksgiving is special—not because of Black Friday shopping (you couldn’t pay me enough to participate in that madness), but because Cadwalader, our scout elf, returns from the North Pole to keep an eye on my son. Cadwalader first arrived when my little guy was three years old.  My son was terrified of…

Thanksgiving 2019

This has been an incredibly busy fall.  Between house guests, school activities, various illnesses, and several mini-vacations, I haven’t had much time to share our adventures or the food I’ve been serving my family and friends.  But now that Thanksgiving and Christmas are in the books, I’m giving myself permission to relax and take the…

Bourbon-Lime Spritzers

I found this recipe years ago in one of the many Christmas with Southern Living books I’ve collected, and it has become one of my favorite cocktails. 1 (12 oz) can of frozen limeade concentrate, thawed 1 cup bourbon Ginger ale, chilled Lime rounds, for garnish   Combine the limeade concentrate and bourbon in a large…

Cheesy Potato Bake

I grew up in a meat and potatoes household.  My mum would often make a potato casserole which consisted of thinly sliced potato rounds on a crunchy, buttery breadcrumb crust, topped with either Swiss or cheddar cheese.  It’s so simple, yet so incredibly delicious, and it is a great paired with any meat you choose…

Cheesy Beefy Enchilada Dip

THIS is football food.  Reminiscent of chili, but thicker.  It’s hearty enough to be a main dish and goes a long way as a dip, which is perfect if you’re feeding a crowd for a tailgate.  I like to serve it with Frito Scoops because they are a bit sturdier, but any corn chip will…

Bourbon-Pumpkin Spiced Doughnuts

I love pumpkin bread.  And I love bourbon.  So when I found a recipe for a bourbon pumpkin bread in Better Homes and Gardens 100 Best Pumpkin Recipes 2017 Special Edition magazine, I was over the moon.  It’s as good as it sounds: rich, moist, flavorful, and addictive.  I had only made this recipe in loaf…

Taco Stuffed Peppers

This is a great recipe for a busy weeknight dinner because it can be made in advance, then stuck in the oven just a little less than an hour before dinner time.  If you’re feeling health-conscious, you can swap ground turkey for the beef, quinoa for the white rice, and use a low-fat cheese to…

Baked Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

I often refer to the fall as eating season.  I mean, you have football tailgates (at the stadium or in your home), Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the various December holidays as the grand finale.  There are so many opportunities to get together with friends and family to eat, drink, and celebrate.  When you are hosting a…

Creamy Tomato & Tortellini Soup

This soup is soul satisfying.  It’s creamy, dreamy, carb-laden magic in a pot.  What more could you want on a cool fall day?  Or a sweltering hot fall day?  Or any fall day?  Or any day?  Okay, I’m done.   1 Tbsp olive oil 1 yellow onion, diced 1 medium-sized zucchini, quartered lengthwise and thinly…

Country Ham & Smoked Gruyere Pinwheels

This prissier version of ham and cheese sandwiches came to fruition when I was trying to use up all the perishable items in my refrigerator as Hurricane Dorian loomed.  As it turns out, my over-zealous preparations for the storm were unnecessary (all we received was a stiff breeze, a couple of downpours, and no power…