Brandy's Brussel Sprouts with Bacon adds a delightful touch to our Thanksgiving menu!

Sweet, tender, and just a little crunch, these  Brussel Sprouts with Bacon   add a delightful touch to any Thanksgiving meal!  Brandy's Brussel Sprouts with Bacon has been on our Thanksgiving table the last several years and has become our favorite green vegetable on the menu.  So much so that Brandy, my daughter-in-law, quadrupled the recipe this year, just so there would be leftovers with the Turkey and Southern Cornbread Dressing .  Shallots, bacon, and chicken stock are all you need to add great flavor to this simple, five ingredient side dish.  The night before Brandy washed and trimmed the brussels sprouts chopped the bacon and shallots, and they were ready to saute the next morning. Sweet, tender, and just a little crunch, these Brussel Sprouts with Bacon added a delightful touch to our Thanksgiving meal! 

Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Butter Herb Turkey and Cornbread Dressing

Old Fashioned Thanksgiving recipes, including Baked Butter Herb Turkey, Southern Cornbread Dressing, and Southern Giblet Gravy!  Whether this is your first time preparing a Thanksgiving meal or you are a seasoned cook, these recipes are easy to follow and sure to please any of your guests.   Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Turkey and Southern Cornbread Dressing with Giblet Gravy {Homemade from start to finish} The countdown to Thanksgiving continues here at my house, starting with what will be on the menu.  Is the star of your Thanksgiving meal the turkey or the dressing.  For some, it may be the sides.  And I know everyone loves desserts. Our thing is pies, so many pies.

Chicken Fried Venison and Creamy Gravy

Hunting in Texas is a pretty big deal, especially around my house.  A family favorite way to enjoy venison is Chicken Fry.  Chicken Fried Backstrap Celebrating an opening day of deer season includes a  meal of Chicken Fried Backstrap.  For this recipe, it doesn't take a lot, and you probably already have them in your kitchen.    This Saturday is opening day for deer season here in Texas, and to celebrate, I am posting a recipe for Chicken Fried Venison and Creamy Gravy!    Every year my family looks forward to this day and prays that the weather is on the cold side.   Here, lately, we have been experiencing some cold mornings and pleasant days.   The deer lease that my family hunts on is not too far from our house, so as soon as they get a deer, it is in the refrigerator within a few hours to chill.   My husband has always processed his own deer, and there is no question if we are eating his deer.  I captured a few photos of my daughter frying some deer backstrap a

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake {My all time favorite pumpkin dessert}

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake , pie, and cheesecake come together to make the ultimate fall dessert, decadent in all its glory! Thanksgiving is approaching soon.  It is less than a month away, can you believe it?  The turkeys are starting to fill up in the freezer sections in our grocery stores here in East Texas, not to mention the holiday baking items displayed in the center isles. In the coming weeks, I plan to focus my blog post on our traditional Thanksgiving menu that we have each year.  My Grandchildren, especially Gabriel, are already getting in the mood for all our favorites we make every year.   He said he was ready for some Turkey and Dressing, Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows, and a Relish Tray with Ham Rolls , and don't forget the German Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Cream Pie that was set on our dessert table .  He is such a him! Talking about favorites, this Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake is my all time favorite pumpkin dessert. I have made pu

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls , easy homemade cinnamon rolls stuffed with grated fresh apples, cinnamon, and sugar and topped with a caramel icing.  Fall just got a lot sweeter!   There is nothing better! Starting your morning off with a cup of coffee and homemade cinnamon rolls will, sure enough, get your fall morning off to a fabulous day!

Crustless Sweet Potato Pie {a classic way to use leftover sweet potatoes + gluten free option}

Crustless Sweet Potato Pie , basically a sweet potato pie that has no crust.  It falls into the category of the famous Impossible Pies that was the rage from the introduction of Bisquick in the 80's.   This past weekend I wanted to try out an idea I had with some leftover sweet potatoes.  As Thanksgiving is approaching, I know this recipe is going to come in handy. Don't get me wrong--we love our leftovers, but there is a thing about you can only eat so many sweet potatoes, so that is how I came up with making this pie.  

Candy Corn Bark

Candy Corn Bark is made with chocolate almond bark, pretzels, Golden Oreos, and the star, candy corn.  The perfect treat to celebrate fall. Fall is in the air, and the first thing I want to do is make something fun and easy, which brings me to making something with Candy Corn.  Every since I can remember candy corn has been a popular candy treat around Fall.

Simple Homemade Granola

You will never buy packaged granola ever again after you make Simple Homemade Granola .   All though, there  is a ton of variation you can make, the basic ingredients are the same.  The basic ingredients are cereals like oats, sweeteners such as brown sugar, maple syrup, or honey, and then you have some fats like butter or oils.  Then add anything you like to  give it some deliciousness and nutrition, like different seeds, dried fruit and wheat germ. The possibilities are endless, as they say. My favorite way to eat granola is in a Yogurt Breakfast Trifle . A breakfast trifle is simply layered fruit, yogurt, and granola. Why wait for breakfast.  Yogurt trifles can be enjoy any time of the day for a dessert or what about an after school snack.  Once my family gets their  hands in the granola, it so hard for them to stop eating it, so I make sure I keep the ingredients on hand in the pantry. One thing I have learned is that I can put a batch in the oven and cook

Homemade Grape Jam

Homemade Grape Jam, perfectly tart and sweet, this recipe is easy to make and delicious on biscuits, peanut butter sandwiches, and homemade pop tarts.   There are a few favorites I have when it comes to home canning, and making jam is at the top.  There is such a feeling of accomplishment when you pop open a jar of homemade jams and jellies.  Making jam is a lot of work, but truly a labor of love.   That is how I feel about the Homemade Grape Jam I made this summer.   By the time, my husband picked the grapes, and I processed the grapes to make juice, and then the canning, there is a lot of time invested, but so well worth it. This summer was not any different when it came to harvesting our grapes from our one and only grapevine.   When it was all said and done, my husband had picked 7 gallons of grapes, which brought 40 jars of jam.   This grapevine is large and has the best combination of sweet and tart grapes, which is the perfect balance to make jam.  You may think th

Insprirational Thoughts #6

A little inspiration today. Don't Worry, be happy. Look at me I'm happy! Life is content in whatever state you are in! Philipians 4:11