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Thursday, November 14, 2019

30 Side Dishes & Desserts for Thanksgiving

Have you been asked to bring a dish to Thanksgiving dinner?
I've got you covered, here are 30 great ones.

30 sides dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

I adore Thanksgiving.

Really everything about it.  

The early morning anticipation.  Eating my pumpkin cinnamon rolls for breakfast {they are a must}.  Traveling to various relative's houses. Swirling together that combo of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and green bean casserole all in one bite. A silver of each pie on my plate. Watching the Dallas Cowboys play in the afternoon {I have no ties to Texas, but have always liked them}.  Thumbing through all the holiday ads. Taking a belly-full nap.  Watching a Christmas movie at night. Making a shopping list if I happen to get out early the next day for Black Friday.

I love it all.

Saying this, there is pressure to bring the best and brightest side dish or dessert to the table.  We wait all year for the meal, so it better be good!

I've hand-picked 15 side dishes and 15 desserts, many of them mine that I've personally made and shared over the years.  I hope this list gives you some easy, great ideas.

Let's start with those savory side dishes.

30 side dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

30 sides dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

30 sides dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

30 sides dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

And now to the stars of the show {in my opinion} the desserts.

30 sides dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

30 sides dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

30 side dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

30 side dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

30 side dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

Golly, I hope this list helps!

Whether you are a savory fan or a sweet fan there is something for everyone.  I'd love to hear which one you've picked off the list.

My two favorites?

The No-Knead Dinner Rolls and the Apple Slab Pie.  I love how both feed a big crowd.  You can't show up with a small dish.  Thanksgiving is all about sharing.  I hope you, your family and your friends have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Flour Sack Heirloom Towel on Sale + Famous Banana Bread Recipe

Today I'm sharing my Famous Banana Bread recipe + a brand new product 
that just was placed in my shop. 

You'll want to snag a few for Christmas gifts!

famous banana bread recipe

Today is a special day!

For a multitude of reasons.  First I'm sharing my famous banana bread recipe.  If you are old to the blog, then you may have seen this recipe before in a slightly different version.  Take a peek at that goodie HERE.

But honestly, this is the first time I've shared the original version.  IT IS FABULOUS. Not a soul who has tried this banana bread has not fainted.


But really, throw away all old banana bread recipes you have sitting around and print off this dandy.  It is the only one you'll ever need again.

famous banana bread recipe

Then....enter in this gorgeously designed flour sack heirloom kitchen towel.  My designer and I put this together and I just cannot love it more.  And did you notice?  Yep, that is my handwriting on the towel.

Pretty neat, huh?

I knew I wanted to create a kitchen towel for my shop and when my designer suggested putting an actual recipe on it, I did not think twice on which one.  This banana bread recipe came first to my mind and I did not second guess myself.

There were many reasons why.  First, when I think cute, adorable kitchen towels I think "baking".  Nothing screams coziness and home more than a fabulous baked good.  Second, this recipe is requested a LOT.  When I make it and bring it to whatever {coffee dates, school snacks, etc} everyone wants the recipe.  Just a few weeks back when I was subbing at our church's preschool the teacher told me her college aged daughter was making it now!

famous banana bread recipe

This towel is a dandy.

It is made of American, high-quality flour sack cotton, HUGE in size {28x29}, very absorbant and comes folded and packaged with a cute belly band.

I can already think of about 5 people on my Christmas gift list that would love this.  How much fun would it be to include it with a bottle of wine as a hostess gift?  Or prehaps with a new set of loaf pans for the baker in your life?

Or maybe even for that Mom who loves to bake and stay organized - check out this option to buy my Bread & Butter book AND this towel as a combo gift.

There are so many options.

famous banana bread recipe

It looks pretty cool hanging on a shelf {see above} or traditionally on your stove handle.  There are many ideas!  I even think gifting it to someone with it wrapped around the actual banana bread would be fun. 

So many possibilities.

Maybe your family requests handmade gifts at Christmas?  We've done that before in our family.  I find it much more fulfilling buying from small businesses than big boxed stores {don't get me wrong, I buy my fare share from Amazon, I'm not perfect}.

But these special, unique gifts that you cannot find elsewhere are pretty fun!

famous banana bread recipe

So here you go!


Order my Flour Sack Heirloom Kitchen Towel HERE.

If you are local to my area {and know me} I'm happy to hand deliver a towel to you!  Please use the local link at the bottom of this page HERE to save on shipping.

And how about that book + towel gift combo?  You can purchase that set HERE.

Famous Banana Bread

Famous Banana Bread
Yield: 20 (2 loaves)
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 55 Mtotal time: 65 M
The ONLY banana bread recipe you'll ever need. It's the recipe everyone asks for and they never turn back! Rich, sticky, sweet and full of banana flavor.


  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 3-4 large, very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk


How to cook Famous Banana Bread

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease two loaf pans with cooking spray.
  2. In a stand mixer cream together the sugar and honey until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in the eggs and vanilla.
  4. Stir in the mashed bananas.
  5. Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda.  Alternately, add in flour and buttermilk, ending with the flour.
  6. Pour the batter into the loaf pans and bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool and remove from the loaf pans.


Optional add-ins include chocolate chips, pecans, toffee bits, etc.
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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Holiday Turkey & Cheese Party Rolls

Get sick of turkey sandwiches after Thanksgiving?
These Holiday Turkey & Cheese Party Rolls are the perfect game watching and shopping grub to make up after the big meal.  It's a nice change up!

This post is sponsored by Family Fare. #OurFamilyCheese

holiday turkey & cheese party rolls #OurFamilyCheese #ad

Can you believe the holidays are right around the corner?

Thanksgiving is next on the horizon and personally it is one of my favorite holidays.  I love getting together with family, taking a look back on the previous year and just being so darn thankful we've made it to November.

Every family has their own traditions - how they dress, what they eat, if they shop or don't shop, whether or not they travel or have a quiet day inside.  That is what makes it special!  Just the perfect day to reflect and be thankful.

And I haven't even mentioned the BIG MEAL.  Which really is what stands out, right?  It's the star of the show.  Some families are all about the side dishes {green bean casserole, anyone?} and some families are all about the desserts {pumpkin pie!}.  But most families do center their meal around turkey.

That big bird gets a lot of attention!  But guess what....leftovers are a definite.  There is always some to eat the next day, which is great, but those turkey sandwiches can get boring.  

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I love creating new ways to use up leftovers.  I love cheese.  I love any type of fluffy, buttery dough.  And I love any meal that isn't fussy and you can literally grab and bite as you are walking on by.

These Holiday Turkey & Cheese Party Rolls fit into all of those categories.

This recipe not only showcases those brillant holiday leftovers but also CHEESE.  Who doesn't love cheese?  In any and all forms.  I've been blessed to live in the Midwest {where cheese is made and loved} and to have grown up with the Our Family brand of cheese.  I worked in a store in high school that featured this brand and I currently live in a small Iowa town that carries it.  The quality is superior.

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When brainstorming a recipe surrounded {literally} by this cheese I knew I wanted to wrap it around the holidays as well.

This time of year is all about eating....whether our waistbands agree or not, it is what we do!  Surrounded by family and friends sharing food and memories.  I love this time of year.  And cheese is such a great addition to any meal - it amps up any dish - like these party rolls.  

I chose to use muenster cheese as I've always been a fan.  It is a semi-soft cheese that melts well and is smooth and easy-going.  Yes, I just called a cheese "easy-going".  It goes with anything!  Not fussy or overpowering like some other cheeses.

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Just four main ingredients bring this dish together - crescent roll dough, turkey, cheese and cranberry sauce or jelly.  How easy is that?  The turkey and cheese are a bit salty and savory and that hint of sweet cranberry sauce brings it all together with a sweet punch.

The flavors are incredible!

And then, because I couldn't leave it just as that - I melted butter and garlic powder together and brushed these babies on it.  Butter and garlic make everything better!  With a sprinkling of poppyseeds at the end to make them look pretty.

Who wouldn't grab one of these while watching the big game on the Friday after Thanksgiving?  Or prehaps after a long day of Christmas shopping?  They are easy and quick and delicious.

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Now, because I will get asked....

Yes, you are welcome to use regular sliced deli turkey in these.  Or any type of jam/jelly you have on hand.  Make them your own!  But do keep the muenster cheese as a staple.

A bit sweet, a bit salty, a bit melty and gooey.  Oh and how about that crispy crust of the dough?  I will not tell you how many I hand during the taste testing. 

It's embarassing. 

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Please consider shopping at your local Family Fare store to find these tasty and affordable Our Family cheese products.

I'd love to hear how your Holiday Turkey & Cheese Party Rolls turn out!  Will you serve them Thanksgiving weekend?  Save them for a Christmas party?

Either way I'm sure you'll love 'em.

This post is sponsored by Family Fare.

Holiday Turkey & Cheese Party Rolls

Holiday Turkey & Cheese Party Rolls
Yield: 12
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 35 M
What a great way to eat up that leftover Thanksgiving turkey and cranberry sauce! Whip these party rolls up the next day for game watching or holiday shopping, an easy way to change up those holiday leftovers.


  • 8 oz can Pillsbury Original Crescent Rolls
  • 1/2 cup leftover cranberry sauce or canned cranberry jelly
  • 8 slices Our Family Foods muenster cheese
  • 10-12 slices leftover turkey
  • 3 T butter, melted
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1 t poppyseeds


How to cook Holiday Turkey & Cheese Party Rolls

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Lay a piece of parchment paper down on the counter and open the crescent rolls.  Gently roll the tube of dough out onto the parchment paper being carefully to not tear them.  It should be the left in the shape of a rectangle.
  3. Spread the cranberry sauce onto the dough.
  4. Layer on the sliced muenster cheese and turkey.
  5. Using the parchment paper as a guide, gently start to roll up the crescent dough mixture into a tube shape.  Be sure to pinch together any pieces of dough that may stretch apart.
  6. Using a serrated knife, gently cut the tube into 12 slices.  Lay the slices into the greased baking dish.
  7. Mix the melted butter with the garlic powder and brush onto the rolls.  Sprinkle with poppyseeds.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Eat warm from the oven or at room temperature.


Leftover Thanksgiving turkey and cranberry sauce is great in these rolls! But you can certainly used slice turkey deli meat and any type of jelly as a swap out.
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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Crockpot Dill Pickle Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

Soup season is here and this one is a dandy!
Crockpot Dill Pickle Bacon Cheeseburger Soup is pretty much heaven in a bowl.

crockpot dill pickle bacon cheeseburger soup

I realize I may lose some fans over this new recipe.

It is what it is.

I've been home {trying to work} with a sick five year old by my side the past two days.  It's amazing how quick I've gotten used to the home to myself during the day to get done whatever I want to get done.  I'm also a bit sleep deprived {again, sick kid}, so if this new recipe sounds weird to you, I'm sorry.

Blame it on the sick kid and lack of sleep and my brain not functioning properly.

crockpot dill pickle bacon cheeseburger soup

Here's the thing.

We as Americans LOVE cheeseburgers.  Especially bacon cheeseburgers.  And well, we are smack dab in the heart of soup season.  So naturally I've combined the two.

Now, that I've explained's not to hard to believe that I made a Dill Pickle Bacon Cheeseburger Soup, right?  And it's made in the crockpot.  You're welcome.  For all the busy Moms who work outside of the home, this one is for you.

The main mixture can sit on low while you're at work and you can do that rest {that doesn't take long} when you get home.

crockpot dill pickle bacon cheeseburger soup

Something else I should explain.

I'm going to bet that even if you serve this to someone who loathes dill pickles they'll still gobble this up.  They give the soup just a small tang and it rounds out the soup.  You know how some potato soups can be so thick {like you're eating a bowl of mashed potatoes}?  This version is still thick,yet not too thick, but has a great deep flavor.

And well, if you LOVE dill pickles {like me} then you'll take pure joy into dumping them with some of their juice into the soup.

Because....more than likely you've never done it before!

crockpot dill pickle bacon cheeseburger soup

I served this with a side of additional cooked, chopped bacon on the side {best idea ever} and some additonal chopped pickles.  It was fun!

Plus, I stuck two loaves of french bread in the oven to warm up while I was finishing it up {another great idea}.  We loved dipping that crusty bread into the soup!  It would have been even better in a bread bowl, but alas that will have to be next time.

I mean, I'm not Panera Bread.

crockpot dill pickle bacon cheeseburger soup

Double bonus, my oldest requested he take this for lunch the next day at school.  They have a microwave they can use in the lunchroom and really he'll take the chance to use it any chance he can get.

The leftovers are incredible!  Really soup is much better the next day in my opinion.  Everything has a chance to merry together.  I had a bowl the next day for lunch as well and all it was missing was that crusty French bread straight out of the oven.

I settled for crushed up crackers.

crockpot dill pickle bacon cheeseburger soup

It has been awhile since I've shared a new crockpot recipe, so I'm glad I've gotten that chance today!  Just one more to stick in your "must keep" pile of recipes that everyone in the family enjoys.

Make this and let me know how you like it!  You'll notice on the bottom of the recipe card you can now tag me on Instagram with a simple click of the button.  Share the love if you so incline, it helps my blog to grow!

Crockpot Dill Pickle Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

Crockpot Dill Pickle Cheeseburger Soup
Yield: 12 cups
prep time: 20 Mcook time: 6 H & 30 Mtotal time: 6 H & 50 M
A unique twist on cheeseburger soup! We add pickles to our burgers, why not to our soup? The chopped dill pickles and juice just give it a hint of tang, nothing overpowering - it's a burger in a bowl!


  • 1 lb ground beef, browned and drained
  • 6 strips bacon, chopped and cooked, drained of grease
  • 6 small potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 medium dill pickles, chopped
  • 1 t dried basil
  • 1 t dried parsley
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t pepper
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup dill pickle juice
  • 1 lb shredded sharp white cheddar Cabot Cheese (or any brand)
  • 3 T butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups 2% or whole milk


How to cook Crockpot Dill Pickle Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

  1. Place the potatoes, carrots, onions, pickles, seasonings, pickle juice and chicken broth into the crockpot.  Set on LOW and cook for 5-6 hours or HIGH for 3-4 hours or until the potatoes are tender.
  2. About 1 hour before the potatoes are done cook up the ground beef and bacon, draining the grease from both.  Add both to the crock pot and continue to let cook that remaining hour.
  3. When the crockpot mixture is ready, add the butter to a skillet and melt over low heat.  When melted, slowly whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute.  Whisk in the milk, additional salt and pepper to taste and allow it to thicken (a few minutes).
  4. Taking a potato masher, smash the cooked potatoes and carrots just a bit to help thicken the soup, leaving it as chunky or smooth as you like.
  5. Pour the thickened milk into the crockpot and stir.  Add in the shredded cheese and stir to combine.
  6. Cover the crockpot with the lid and allow to cook another 30 minutes on the WARM setting.
  7. Serve with additional cooked bacon and chopped pickles!  Or a side of bread for dunking.
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