Recipe – Garlic and Rosemary Scalloped Potato Roast

Just because Thanksgiving is over, does not mean the delicious meals have to stop! Leftovers are great around the holidays, but why not try something new? We found this roasted potato dish that we think will be a hit at your next get together! You can even pair them with some leftovers from last week!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of potatoes (5 medium sized potatoes)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1.5 – 2 tsp chopped rosemary
  • 50 ml olive oil (1.5 oz)
  • 150 ml hot vegetable stock (5 oz)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel potatoes and slices them making sure to cut all the way through.
  3. Rinse and place into a bowl with a mixture of garlic, rosemary, and oil. Make sure they are coated evenly.
  4. Arrange in an 8 inch baking dish, pouring the hot vegetable stock over the top and microwave for 10 minutes.
  5. Roast for 45 minutes to an hour or until potatoes are golden brown.

Recipe – Pretzel Turkeys

Shout out to Mommy Octopus for this recipe and presentation! What a cute and adorable little snack for Thanksgiving. At our house we always have little snacks through out the day so we do not sit down on empty stomachs, but not so heavy we cannot enjoy the main meal of the day. These would be perfect to put on a decorative plate during that time!

All you need to put these little guys together are Rolo’s, Mini Pretzels, Candy Corn, Sugar Pearls, and M&Ms. You can click on the link below to check out the original blog post if you are looking for step by step instructions. If you do make them, we would love to see a picture!

INSTRUCTIONS 

Make Your Home Smell Like Fall

One of the tricks we hear mainly from Real Estate agents is how to give a Listing that “Home” feel with freshly baked cookies or the right kind of candle. There are a couple other tricks you can use at home in order to spread Holiday cheer through out the airways! Some guests may be more sensitive when it comes to the artificial scents, so why not try to make your own?

One of the easiest tricks to a “homemade” scent that feels like fall would be to boil some orange peels and cinnamon sticks in a small saucepan. Bring the water to a boil, then bring down to medium heat for about 40 minutes. The scent will spread through out your home and linger through out the day depending on how long you keep it going for. Another trick with oranges is using some oils to turn the peels into mini candles!

Clove, Vanilla, Lemon, or even Apple Peels can be added to the mix to make your own fall scent. What brings you back to Thanksgiving at Grandma’s? Apple Pies? Pumpkin? The smell of freshly fallen leaves? Test different scents to find your own blend. If you want the fall scent and additional delicious benefits, then I recommend making some homemade dessert treats! A freshly baked apple pie will bring all of the family running!

Recipe – Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash

The beginning of November is a great time to start to finalize your menu for Thanksgiving. There are also many offices going pot luck nights, as well as Friendsgivings. Here is a delicious recipe to bring along!

Ingredients:
1 Large Butternut Squash, Peeled/Seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
3 TB Olive Oil
2 TB packed Brown Sugar
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp Kosher Salt
1 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line baking sheet with foil.
  2. Toss ingredients in a large bowl until thoroughly coated. Place onto baking sheet in single layer.
  3. Remember to rotate pan 20 minutes into baking, and check at the 35-40 minute mark to not overcook squash!

Tasty Acorn Snacks

These chocolate peanut butter snacks are perfect for a special fall treat or a get together! Everyone talks about this being Pumpkin Spice season, but I bet they never thought about Acorn treats.

All you need is Hershey’s Kisses, mini chocolate chips, and the bite size Nutter Butter cookies. Put aside 1 Kiss, 1 mini chip, and 1 cookie to go as a set and put aside how ever many you want to make. Take the rest of the mini chocolate chips and melt them in the microwave for 5 second intervals, making sure to stir between each. Dip the mini chip into the melted chocolate and hold onto the middle of the Nutter Butter. Do the same with the Hershey’s Kiss on the opposite side. Allow time to cool or put into fridge to accelerate process!

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Healthy Halloween Alternatives

Halloween is all about the decor, the costumes, and the candy for your local trick or treaters. Enjoy some tasty, healthy alternatives so when you have some leftover candy you can freely indulge on November 1st! One of my favorite things to do this time of year is taking orange peppers and carving them to look like little jack-o-lanterns. These “pumpkins” can be perfect for stuffed peppers or containers holding some other veggie treats.

Want to use some actual pumpkins? Roast a mini pumpkin, carve out the inside and use it as a serving bowl! The seeds do not have to go to waste either. Season them as you would your favorite holiday pie for a different take on such a classic treat. You can find nine amazing seasonal recipes here: https://www.sunset.com/food-wine/holidays-occasions/healthy-halloween-recipes#halloween-pumpkin-soup

Halloween Recipe – Pumpkin Chili

The best part of the main course for a party is when you can make it ahead of time! You can prepare this before your guests arrive, and keep warm in a crock pot through out the evening until it is time for dinner. Pumpkin is not just for October, but something to make as we get into the colder month of November as well.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 – 15 oz cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 – 15 oz cans corn, drained
  • 2 – 14.5 oz cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 – 15 oz can pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup Del Diablo Merlot, or similar red wine
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp pepper and 1/2 tsp salt
  • Beef broth, optional to do chicken or water instead
  • Serve with Corn Chips, Shredded Cheese, Sour Cream, and Green Onions

Instructions:

  1. Cook beef in a skillet all the way through, drain, and transfer to slow cooker. (5-6 quart size)
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients: corn, pinto beans, pumpkin, seasoning, onion, and wine.
  3. Cook for 4-6 hours, only add broth if you want a thinner soup like consistency. Serve with desired toppings!

Halloween Party – Guacamole Recipe

Up until now we have shared a lot of really simple recipes for the Holiday season, this one looks like it is more complicated but it really is not that bad! A lot of it revolves around referencing the image to correctly place the pieces. Definitely something to try at your next get together. Do you already have a go-to recipe for guacamole? If so then you can pull that out and star to work on that! You could also cheat and get some pre-made and only have to worry about the decorating.

You are going to want to Freeze it if you are not planning to use it right away in order to hold the shape. Sliced olives are used to create the stitching anywhere on the face you want them, as well as some hair. Green Olives are used for the eyes. Sun dried tomatoes create the bloody scars. You can be creative in the elements you use as well! Let us know what alterations you made.

What You Need:
Avocados
Tomatoes
Dash of Salt
Sun-dried Tomatoes
Sliced Olives
Green Olives
Lemon Zest
Garnish with blue corn chips.

Halloween Recipes – Mummy Hot Dogs

We were going to put Mummy Dogs as the title, but we figured on Wednesday we scared you enough with the Teeth Snack! These hot dogs can be preserved for a special dinner or another snack at your Halloween Party. All you need for this one is a pack of your preferred hot dogs, crescent roll dough, mustard, and your favorite hot dog toppings!

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Cut crescent roll dough into strips to wrap around each hot dog. Lay on a baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes. Finish them off with some mustard yellow eyes!

Halloween Recipe – Teeth????

You read that correctly, but these are not the teeth you are thinking of! Another spooky treat in addition to our Spider Sandwiches involves another classic combination of Apples and Peanut Butter. While these recipes are simple and speak for themselves, we still have an outline below for instructions and ingredients.

Ingredients:
Peanut Butter (Your choice of smooth or crunchy)
Apples (preferably red in color)
Mini Marshmallows
Knife and Apple Slicer

Instructions:

  1. Use your Apple Slicer to cut evenly into your apples. Red looks the best for lips, but you can also use Green and make witch lips too!
  2. Spread one side of each with peanut butter. Select one side and start to line up your mini marshmallows. Press into the peanut butter to get a better hold.
  3. Top your teeth with the top “lip”, peanut butter side facing down onto your “teeth”. Place onto a spooky tray and serve! Delicious and fairly healthy compared to the trick or treaters’ candy haul!