Sunday, November 1, 2009


I do love to eat! Those of you who are reading about my trip to Russia will notice how much I talk about the food all throughout my journal. Let me tell you, the food there is very different, You will have to read it to find out. (By the way, I would love to know if anybody is actually reading this. Drop in a comment from time to time to encourage me to keep on going with the story).
I just love tasting different things. I have had snails, frogs legs, cow tongue, and cow stomach (menudo) to name a few. Anyways, that is not really the topic of this post. But it is about food!

Since it is Thanksgiving this month, I thought it would be nice to get a collection of recipes from you. Share a traditional recipe that you use in your family that is just to die for. Every year, we make homemade apple pie. I get chastised pretty heavily if I neglect to make it for my family. They have to have their apple pie. I guess I do too.

We have our own apple tree so we even use our own apples. My youngest daughter loves to use the apple, peeler, corer slicer I bought from Pampered Chef years ago. It is the best! It saves soooo much time. Below, is the recipe I use. It is yummy with vanilla ice cream.

For those of you who would like to contribute recipes, I will enter you in a drawing for a set of three 80z soy wax candles made by me and sold in my store! Yes, three!!! You get to pick the scents of course.

I would love to hear if anybody uses any of the recipes that have been posted. (Drawing will be held on November 30th - my birthday!) I didn't get a lot of participation last month. Hopefully this is more of a motivating giveaway. Please play and enter early so that we can plan for and use these recipes perhaps for Thanksgiving.


Pastry for one 9-inch deep piecrust
1/4 cup of sugar
3 tablespoons of flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
5 1/2 cups of peeled/sliced apples

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup of flour
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup of caramel ice-cream sauce

Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Next, toss the apples with the sugar mixture and pour them into the prepared piecrust.

Next, combine the crumb topping ingredients. Sprinkle the topping over the apple mixture. Bake the pie for 20-30 minutes. Then, cover with foil and bake for another 20 minutes, until the apples are tender. Remove the pie from the oven and sprinkle on the pecans, then drizzle with the caramel sauce. YUMMY!!!!


  1. my grandmother made this every thanksgiving and its my total favorite. once i became a teenager it was my dish to make at thanksgiving.
    "Palacios Thanksgiving Jell-O"

    2 boxes strawberry jell-o mix
    2 boxes raspberry jell-o mix
    1/2 can cranberry sauce
    1 c. chopped celery
    1 c. chopped red apple (leave skin on)
    1 c. chopped walnuts

    ~ make the jell-o recipe according to the package directions for the HOT WATER. while dissolving you will add the cranberry sauce. you will DEDUCT ONE CAN of the COLD WATER from box directions. then add in all other ingredients. pour into large glass pyrex dish and set overnight in the refrigerator. serve chilled. serves 10-12 people.


  2. Ooooh! That sounds yummy! I would definately eat that with whipped cream too!

  3. Ok so this is not a traditional thanksgiving receipe, but with a leftover turkey sandwich it is too die for!!!

    Creamy White Macaroni & Cheese

    Cook & Reserve:
    1/2 lb dry elbow macaroni
    1 cup pasta water

    Melt/Whisk/Stir in:
    2 T. unsalted butter
    2 T. all purpose flour
    3/4 cup whole milk
    3/4 cup heavy cream
    pinch nutmeg
    2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese
    4 oz cream cheese

    preheat oven to 400
    rub inside 2 quart baking dish with butter
    bring large pot of salted water to boil for macaroni
    cook pasta according to package directions, drain & reserve 1 cup of pasta water. Set pasta aside.
    melt 2 T. butter in small sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk in flour, cook 1 minute, then gradually whisk in milk, cream & nutmeg. Bring to a boil, stiring constantly. then add cheeses, stirring until melted. If sauce seems too thick, stir in reserved pasta water as needed. Toss sauce with macaroni.
    Put in the baking dish & bake for about 20 minutes!

  4. I would have never thought to put cream cheese in macaroni and cheese! I bet that makes it soooo creamy. I am going to have to make this one because I love home-made mac. The cheesier the better.

    Thanksgiving is next week! Anybody else have some great recipes they would like to share?

  5. Hi Nicole and Nichole! I hope you two had a great Thanksgiving! My girls were off at Walt Disneyworld for the week with their biological dad, so it was just me and my husband. I cooked us some nice filet mignon and shrimp scampi for our Thanksgiving feast. I will do our turkey dinner for Christmas. Perhaps, I will try both of these recipes to go along with it.

    I am a litte sad that nobody else offered any recipes. I am happy that you two always stay actively involved. So...I am going to give you both three candles! I probably won't have a giveaway this month (December) to cover the cost of that but we will see. Maybe I will do a pendant or something. Let me know which scents you would like. You know how to contact me. :)

  6. Thanks Kristin! How thoughtful of you! These look awesome!! I bet your girls LOVED disneyworld!! It is awesome there!! How fun for them!!!

  7. wow! kristin you are so sweet! thank you:-)