Thanksgiving Countdown – 2 Weeks Prior

Okay, we’re getting close now. Are you ready? Don’t lose it now, hang in there and let’s get some easy stuff out of the way and the big day will go off without a hitch.

So let’s recap:

One Month Prior:
1. Invite Your Guests
2. Plan Your Menu

Three Weeks Prior:
1. Get your gear ready
2. Create your Shopping Listplate

Now the big day is 2 weeks away. Before you do anything else you must

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Pumpkin Bread with Orange Glaze

What to do with leftover pumpkin? Make pumpkin bread of course! Did you know that not all pumpkins are equal when it comes to cooking? Those large carving pumpkins? Probably best left to carving, and maybe salvaging the seeds to roast. Jack-o-lantern pumpkins are raised more for their durability than for their taste.

Most people use canned puréed pumpkin for baking recipes like this because of the consistent results. If you want though, you can easily roast up a sugar pumpkin, butternut squash, or kabocha pumpkin for its purée. You’ll get more roasted and caramelized flavor that way. Steaming also works, though you’ll miss the extra flavor from the roasting.pumpkin-bread-a-600

This is an yummy pumpkin bread recipe spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, and

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Thanksgiving Countdown – 3 Weeks Prior

Planning your Thanksgiving Day doesn’t have to be a Big Deal.  Well, okay, it is a big deal, but it doesn’t have to destroy us, destroy our home, and possible destroy our relationships. Because, let’s face it, big holidays like Thanksgiving can be quite stressful.

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We can often put enormous expectations on these holidays. But remember June Cleaver was TV fiction. There was a whole crew behind the scenes making sure that those family dinners went off without a hitch.  Oh, to be so lucky!

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Chunky Apple Muffins

A can’t-resist breakfast treat combines autumn’s flavors: cinnamon, toasted nuts, and tart Granny Smith apples. Muffins freeze and reheat beautifully. If you choose to freeze your muffins in a freezer safe bag make sure to squeeze out any extra air first. Then place that bag inside another freezer safe bag to prevent freezer burn.  To reheat, microwave them for 15-20 seconds or put them in the fridge to thaw overnight. A quick 5 seconds in the microwave is all they need if you took them out overnight.

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Yield: 12 muffins

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