Showing posts with label thanksgiving. Show all posts
Showing posts with label thanksgiving. Show all posts

Thursday, November 1, 2018

How to make delicious gluten free stuffing recipe for Thanksgiving or Christmas

If you need a gluten free stuffing recipe, you're in the right place! This gluten free stuffing recipe with sausage is so good that nobody will know its gluten free unless you tell them!

This stuffing is perfect for turkey stuffing or just baking on the side as-is (but way tastier than the stuff from Stove Top!).

Whether you need GF stuffing for Thanksgiving, Christmas or just because this recipe will be a hit with everyone!

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

fancy cranberry sauce recipe

Are you looking for a fancy cranberry sauce recipe to bring to Thanksgiving dinner this year? Your friends and family will be so impressed when you show up with the best cranberry sauce ever.

It truly is the most delicious cranberry sauce I've ever had - and it is SO easy to make that this year my 5 year old practically made it (he did need some help with peeling and cutting). Once you've had this slightly chunky cranberry sauce made from scratch, it's hard to go back to the blob in a can!

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Sunday, November 13, 2016


The world is split in to two kinds of people, those who like Brussels sprouts, and those who don’t!  I must say, I am truly in the like camp, and I think more people would join me if they cooked their sprouts this way!

I think most of us have eaten those over-cooked Brussels sprouts, boiled for too long and all of their colour lost. They just sit on the plate, all pale green and mushy. Well, it’s time to make Brussels sprouts the star of your thanksgiving and Christmas side dishes!

I’ve gone for some classic seasonal flavours to make the sprouts sing-maple syrup and bacon-so that they will compliment your main meal. They are pan fried before being cooked in the oven, so they keep their beautiful colours and remain firm. When pan frying the batches, be sure to add seasoning, as this will help give that lovely salty sweet finish.

Just a handful of ingredients and 45 minutes to make (includes prep AND bake time) these sprouts are easy peasy.  You can also make these the day before you want to serve them, just keep them covered in the fridge and slowly heat back up in a saucepan.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Fall flavors are some of my favorite.  I love crisp apples, sweet butternut squash, the early winter greens and of course, pumpkin.  This fabulous pumpkin milkshake is vegan and refined sugar free due to the maple syrup.  It is delicious with just a hint of decadence.  Perfect for vegans and non-vegans alike!  We couldn't get enough of it in our house, and likely your family will love it, too!  

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Sunday, August 21, 2016



Do you love apple pie? I sure do. When our local farmers started bringing fresh apples to the farmer's market, my son asked if we could make an apple pie. It was 100 degrees outside, so uh, no. Sorry. BUT I did agree to see if I could make him an apple pie smoothie and I must say I am pretty proud of how this turned out!

Now you can enjoy apple pie all year round - even when it's hot outside - since this is your secret to no-bake apple pie!

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Thursday, December 3, 2015



Hi, everybody! I'm Paige from Little Nostalgia and it's the mooooost wonderful tiiiiiime of the yeeeeeear! I've been clocking a lot of time making gifts and getting the house all gussied up before we host our families later in the month. One thing I've become more aware of over the last couple of years is how many paper goods (napkins, gift bags, tissue paper, etc.) one family can burn through during the holidays. Instead of getting disposable everything because it's "easy," which we all do sometimes, I'm switching to fabric. I whipped up some pretty cloth napkins for a party last year and they were a big hit--not to mention quick to make and machine-washable--so I'm here with the tutorial. Even if you're a beginner, all you need to do today is use an iron and sew in a straight line. You got this.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015



This is Landen from Measure and Whisk dropping in to give you a fabulous list of Christmas Dinner menu items!  

Christmas dinner has long been one of my favorite dinners.  I have had many kinds of Christmas dinners over the years, including one with fish sticks, because my mom forgot to get anything for dinner, and last year, where my husband and I made homemade hamburgers and deep fried french fries.  

Despite my history of untraditional holiday dinners, I typically prefer a traditional Christmas dinner with a nice meat main dish and lots of delicious sides.  This list has some real winners on it.  Many of them I have made, love, and would highly recommend because they will make your Christmas dinner a serious show stopper.  For the ones that I haven't made, I can't wait to try them out, because they look delicious!  
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015



Traveling on an airplane with babies or small kids can be an adventure for sure. I grew up as a frequent child traveler. As a mom, I have traveled on an airplane several times with my own kids. Here are my top tips for keeping your trip low stress and helping you, your kids and your luggage arrive with all of your hair in tact.

10 Best Tips for Traveling with Kids
(from a mom whose been there!)



Use your stroller


Even if your kid normally walks everywhere. Even if you are a babywearing ninja. If they fit in your stroller, bring it.

In addition to containing your child (and saving your back), your stroller can be a convenient place to keep all of your things all together. Keep your diaper bag, kiddo, coats and any other carry ons conveniently sequestered on their own little portable island. We personally have a Bumbleride Indie 4 - and it's perfect for both every day use and traveling. (you can read my full Indie 4 review here)

Have a connecting flight? Your stroller is invaluable for toting everything quickly from point A to point B. You'll be able to load up your kids and your things and book it to your next flight faster than little legs would be able to travel on their own.


Protect your investment: Get a stroller bag


Now that your trusty stroller has gotten you to your gate, you'll need to fold it up to get it on the plane. Nothing will put visible wear on your stroller like baggage handlers. 

Buy a bag to protect your investment -especially if you have a nice stroller.

A huge duffel bag or plain stroller bag is better than nothing but even better is a padded stroller bag. We have the Bumbleride Travel Bag and I LOVE it. It protects my stroller really nicely and rolls up to easily carry through the airport as well. I love that it gets my stroller from point A to point B in great condition. Check out my video above for a demo of the travel bag we have.


Use a stroller compatible diaper bag


When we fly, we carry on one bag just for the baby, one bag for our older child (a backpack that he wears) and one bag that my husband and I share. To help make transporting the baby bag easier, we got a Skip Hop Dash Messenger Diaper Bag. It has special clips that attach it to your stroller - and then it unclips easily if I want to carry it like a messenger bag. This particular bag has a lot of big pockets both inside and outside - perfect for holding cell phones, water bottles, baby food and more.


Keep important items on you


Between checking in with your airline, getting through security and getting on the plane, you'll keep needing your driver's license (or other government issued ID) and your boarding passes. You'll also want easy access to money or credit cards. Digging in your bag for your wallet is a pain and fanny packs are so 1989. Be sure to keep these items stashed in your pockets or in a FlipBelt for easy access. Using the FlipBelt also gives me more wardrobe versatility because I won't have to wear pants with pockets in order to keep important items close at hand. On our recent trip, I had my phone, my ID, credit card, cash and my son's medicine in my FlipBelt to pull out as needed.



Stay hydrated


Between lots of walking and the dry air circulating on the aircraft, it's easy to get dehydrated. Bring your own stainless steel water bottle and keep it filled to encourage drinking. Because of the liquid prohibitions, you'll need to bring it through the TSA check point empty but you can fill it up once you get to the other side. My favorite water bottle for grown ups is the Klean Kanteen Wide Insulated Water Bottle and for kids we love the Crocodile Creek stainless steel water bottles.


Snacks, snacks, snacks

Nothing is worse than a cranky kid on a plane. Being hungry (along with the other stresses of traveling) brings out the worst in everyone - especially kids. Pack a personalized lunch box (We love LunchBots) for each member of your party with an assortment of healthy snacks. Some of our travel favorites are apples, plantain chips, string cheese, sandwiches, bananas, trail mix and dried fruit.

If you are traveling with a baby, you are also allowed to bring pumped breastmilk, formula or baby food in excess of the normal amount of liquid permitted. Just be sure to pack all your baby liquid/gel/soft food needs in one bag and declare them at the TSA checkpoint. For my baby, I'm a fan of Happy Family Squeeze Pouches for his snacks.



Have a plan to pop ears


While most adults can pop their ears on command, kids usually need a bit of help. If you're still nursing, nursing for take off and landing will help your baby pop their ears. I like to wear my NuRoo Nursing Scarf when I fly as it makes an easy modesty shield for me without creating a huge tent over the baby (check out the helpful video above if you're unsure how to use it without flashing!).

For older kids or babies who are no longer nursing, a sippy cup with a straw (The Safe Sippy is my favorite) is a good option. Big kids can also suck on hard candy to help their ears pop.


Plan activities

Figure out ahead of time how you and your kids will pass the time on your flight. We usually bring a mix of digital and analog activities: games and movies downloaded onto our tablet, coloring books, crayons, blank paper and some small (quiet) age appropriate toys. Airplanes can be rather loud, so be sure to bring a set of headphones for watching movies or hearing any of the sounds coming out of your your device.


Pack extras -of everything


The only way to outsmart Murphy is to plan for his arrival. Bring extra diapers, clothes, a shirt for mom, cash, etc. If an accident happens or you get delayed, you'll be glad you did.

(want cute disposable diapers like I have? I get them from Honest Company - these are my favorite disposable dipes. Not only are they planet and baby friendlier than traditional disposables, but they are darn cute! You can even try them for free!)


Avoid getting sick by keeping clean


I am not a germaphobe. I do, however, want to do everything possible to avoid having my kids be sick while we are on vacation. While washing your hands with soap and water is always preferable to using sanitizer, we also make liberal use of sanitizing spray to clean both our hands as well as the trays and handles of the seats in our areas. When choosing a sanitizer, look for one that does not use the toxic ingredient, Triclosan. My favorite hand sanitizer spray is Everyone Coconut and Lemon Hand Sanitizer Spray - not only does it use safe ingredients but it smells like lemon meringue pie!


I hope these tips help keep you safe and sane as you are traveling with your little ones! Have another great tip for traveling with kiddos? Leave it in the comments!


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Friday, October 16, 2015



Hi, everybody! I'm Paige from Little Nostalgia and I want to see a show of hands: who else is excited for fall?! The crisp air, the sweaters, the pumpkin-flavored everything... And I'm obviously stoked for the seasonal decorations. The whirlwind of Halloween through Christmas is about to start, so I've been getting some projects done a little early. One of them is a pumpkin centerpiece for our dining room table and it was SO fast. In retrospect I could've waited until the 11th hour for this one, but oh well. At least it's one less thing on the list, right? Here's how to make one for yourself.

Supplies

  • Fake or real pumpkin (I used a Funkin!)
  • Silk flowers, one large bloom and one small
  • Faux leaves or branches
  • Wire cutters
  • Serrated knife or pumpkin carving kit

Directions

Step 1: 
I was initially going to use a real pumpkin for this, but then I realized two things. One, I would have to scoop out the pumpkin guts and I hate that. And two, the pumpkin would eventually rot and I'd have to take my arrangement apart. If I used a Funkin, I could keep the centerpiece forever! (Or at the very least, I'd have a vessel for a new fall arrangement next year.) So a fake pumpkin it was - but you can totally use a real one if you don't mind scooping pumpkin guts. The first step was to cut out a circle on top and remove the stem. (this is where you'd also remove the guts of a real pumpkin, if that's your choice)


Step 2: 
The rest of the process is easy but if you've never crafted with fake flowers before, I do have some tips for getting a cute arrangement quickly and easily. You'll want to position your largest flowers first. In my case, it was some green hydrangeas.


Step 3: 
The next step is to add some dimension, preferably with a leaf or other non-flower item. I found these excellent red leaves for 50% off at JoAnn. I pulled most of the "branches" off of the bigger stem because the whole thing was pretty big.


I put some leaves beneath the hydrangeas so they hung down over the front of the pumpkin. I also tucked a few of them up into the flowers themselves to fill in some gaps. This part was very unscientific. Just put the leaves where you see a sad empty space.


To get the bottom leaves to stay in place, I bent the ends slightly and hooked them over the edge of the pumpkin. If you plan to keep your arrangement for the long haul, you could use a dot of craft glue on the underside of the branch.

Step 4: 
Finally, you'll add your second (smaller!) flower. I picked ivory because I was already working with two darker colors and some contrast was in order. As with the leaves, I kind of popped these in wherever there was a naked spot. I only had to use three.


One of the flowers went in at the bottom, so I did the same bend-the-stem trick I used with the leaves and hooked it inside of the pumpkin. The hydrangeas are voluminous enough that things don't really move around, anyway.

That's it! Now you can kick back with some apple cider and admire your stylish table.


I know some people are nervous about flower arranging, but cutting the hole in the top of the fake pumpkin was the worst part. I might make a couple of these to give as hostess gifts as we get into party season! A glittery winter version with some frosted leaves in a white pumpkin would be so pretty.

What pumpkin crafts have you made this year? What's in your fall centerpieces?

About the Author: 
Paige Ronchetti is an interior decorator and blogger who writes about DIY projects, decor inspiration, and personal style over at Little Nostalgia. When she's not blogging, she's working with local clients through The Room Kit, her budget-friendly interior design business. Her favorite books are Harry Potter. Follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.


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Friday, October 11, 2013

The post is brought to you by World Market.
My family is Italian so of course when I was given a chance to talk about Italian food and craft a recipe for World Market as part of their Gourmet Getaway promotion, I chose my mom's favorite dessert: Tiramisu.

I know a lot of people get intimidated by this fancy looking dessert but the truth is that it's not hard to make! The big thing you need to keep in mind is that the quality of your finished tiramisu will be related directly to the quality of the ingredients you start with. Which is why I was really happy to see that most of the high quality dry ingredients I used to make this tiramisu are available at World Market. I was impressed with the quality and the tiramisu turned out great as a result.

While I think my mom would still love this dessert, I did put my own twist on it by using World Market's vanilla bean coffee. I also used amaretto instead of the traditional dark rum and I like the smoother flavor that it gave the dish.


Ingredients

*Available at World Market 



Yield: 

6 individual trifle bowls (which, of course, I got at World Market). 
Double the recipe to make a large trifle bowl to serve a crowd.



Directions

1) Whisk the egg yolks and  the sugar together with an electric mixer at high speed for about 5 minutes. Don't short yourself the 5 minutes. Set a timer if needed. The mixture will be very thick and light yellow.

2) Lower the speed to medium and add 2 Tbsp of your chosen alcohol, 2 Tbsp coffee and the marscapone. Continue mixing until smooth and well incorporated, about 1-2 minutes.

3) Combine the remaining alcohol and coffee in a small shallow bowl. One at a time, dip the ladyfingers in the coffee for 1 full second before removing and placing as the first layer in the bottom of your trifle bowl. For individual sized trifle bowls, cut the ladyfingers before dipping in espresso in order to fit the bottom of your bowl.

4) Spoon a layer of marscapone mousse on top of the ladyfingers. Add another layer of coffee-dipped ladyfingers and then a final layer of mousse. Cover the trifle bowls and place in the fridge to set for at least two hours. 

5) While the tiramisu is setting, make chocolate curls by partially unwrapping the Divine chocolate bar. Wrap a kitchen towel around the lower half of the bar to protect it from the heat of your hand. Hold the towel wrapped end in one hand and drag a cheese blade over the top of the chocolate bar to peel off curled chocolate shavings (I picked mine up for less than $3 at World Market!). The shavings will be delicate so do not handle them with your hands. Instead, use a spoon to collect them and set them aside until it is time to serve.

6) Immediately before serving, sprinkle a generous helping of chocolate shavings on top of the tiramisu and enjoy!


But wait. There's more!

World Market has recently partnered with (the also Italian), Joey Fatone and his hit show, My Family Recipe Rocks. My Family Recipe Rocks features amazing hometown cooks across America. Joey Fatone and his crew cook up old family recipes, new homegrown dishes and meet the people behind this great food in their own kitchens. To watch My Family Recipe Rocks, tune-in to the Live Well Network Sundays at 8:30p/7:30c. For local listings check livewellnetwork.comDear Joey: Please come to Portland next! I'm ready! 

In addition to cooking with great World Market recipes, Joey and World Market are giving away a dream culinary getaway to Italy. Say what?! Here's Joey to tell you about it:



Enter for a chance to win this foodie dream trip for 2 to Venice, Italy with Cost Plus World Market's Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes! The Grand Prize winner receives airfare, accommodations, cooking classes, tastings, city tours, and a $1,000 World Market gift card. Seriously. Sign me up! Sweepstakes runs through 10/18, enter now.


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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market and My Family Recipe Rocks. I was compensated for my time spent creating this recipe and writing this post for you. Love of Italian food and Cost Plus World Market is my own. See my full sponsored post policy here.
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