The Goose was home sick most of last week. He came home from school after lunch on Wednesday and was home the rest of the week due to a persistent fever and an ear infection. Thankfully, he was feeling better come Saturday morning and he was antsy to do some baking. He was in the mood to make some cookies. And I had just the recipe – Homemade Gingerbread Man.
Homemade Gingerbread Man
1 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
A few years ago I tried making braised beef for the first time. I didn’t realize that braising beef took a couple hours, and starting dinner at 5:00, with the expectation of eating at 6:00, was not possible. Fortunately, I had plenty of back-up dinner ideas at hand, so we didn’t have to wait until 7:30 to eat. Even better, braised beef tastes incredible when it has been cooked and reheated. So dinner the next night was already cooked – and it was out of this world fantastic.
2 tablespoons oil, either olive oil or canola oil
1 medium carrot, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1 stalk of celery, diced
Beef chuck roast (I usually use a 2 pound roast for the three of us)
4 cups beef broth
3 tablespoons flour (optional)
Yesterday was Thanksgiving and we had an enormous turkey dinner. We had a 14 pound turkey, even though there were only six of us. Needless to say, we have a lot of leftover turkey. And while I do love a good turkey sandwich, come Friday afternoon I am usually tired of turkey.
If you’re like me, and you’ve had your fill of turkey leftovers, you need to check out this list of recipes. You’ll never look at leftover turkey the same way again.
My very favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner has always been the pumpkin pie. When I was a kid I’d get a huge slice of pie and cover the entire piece with Cool Whip. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I discovered real whipped cream. Not the stuff out of the can – the real stuff. The kind you have to whip yourself. And I was hooked.
Homemade whipped cream is really easy to make, takes just a few seconds to whip up, and tastes SO MUCH better than anything you can buy at the store. Best of all, you don’t need any special equipment to make homemade whipped cream. You can use a stand mixer, hand mixer, or even the whisk attachment on your immersion blender. You can even use an old fashioned hand whisk!
I’m the only person in my house who really loves potatoes. My husband can take them or leave them, The Goose won’t eat them unless they are covered in sour cream and bacon and I spend a lot of time thinking of different recipes to help convince them that potatoes are delicious.
They’ve both grown to like twice baked mashed potatoes, fried potatoes, mashed potatoes, and loaded potato bites. And now they like scalloped potatoes, too. And I can add one more potato recipe to my rotation.
Last week The Goose celebrated his sixth birthday. Since he didn’t have school that day, his Dad took the day off work the three of us, along with my mom who has been visiting for the past few weeks, spent it doing all the things that he likes. We went to Denny’s for his free birthday breakfast, we went to the movie theater to see Hotel Transylvania 2, and we ate Jet’s Pizza for dinner.
Now, for weeks leading up to his birthday, The Goose would randomly tell me all of the things he wanted on his birthday. He told me he wanted to go to the movies. He told me he wanted strawberry ice cream, and black olives, pepperoni and ham on his pizza. He also told me that he wanted ice cream that was served in a cake dish, like he’d seen on the iPad. And that required some work.
Where The Goose is concerned, bacon is the king of all foods. He likes bacon bits on his turkey sandwiches, in his quesadillas and on his baked potatoes. In fact, if I’m ever coaxing him into trying a food that he’s never had before I’ll just sprinkle a little bit of bacon on it and he’ll eat it without hesitation.
Fall is my very favorite season. But I’m not alone. My whole family loves fall, but we each have very different reasons. I love the crisp fall air, cool (but still sunny) days, watching the leaves change color, and pulling all of my sweaters out of storage. My husband loves fall because football is back (even though being a Detroit Lions fan is heartbreaking), because he doesn’t have to mow the lawn anymore and he doesn’t have to shovel snow yet (but all of those falling leaves can be a pain – especially now that we have a bigger backyard with even more giant trees). And The Goose loves fall because he gets to go Trick-or-Treating, celebrating his birthday, falling into the leaves and help carve the jack o’lantern.
Though we all love fall for very different reasons – there is one thing that we can all agree on. We ALL love freshly roasted pumpkin seeds. And, surprisingly, they are super easy to make at home.
When we moved into our house over five years ago it took a few months for me to get the lay of the land. I’d lived on the East side for more than ten years, and I knew where to find the best cuts of meat, the best cup of coffee, and the best deep dish pizza. But in my new neighborhood I was completely lost.
In the fall months, my family loves heavy, savory meals. Beef pot roast, chicken noodle soup and lasagna are some of our favorites. And now we have a new favorite – and I am so excited to share it – Chicken Pot Pie.
I’ve always loved chicken pot pie – with the flaky crust, the chicken and vegetables covered in a delicious sauce – it’s fantastic. But The Goose took a little convincing – mostly because he thought we were having actual pie for dinner. But, once he took his first bite he was hooked. And you will be, too.