Thanksgiving

My Turkey Stuffing recipe

One of my favorite sides on Thanksgiving this year was the stuffing. I created my own recipe this year and it came up great! Here I’m sharing it with you. This stuffing recipe is to be cooked outside of the turkey so you may prepare it ahead of time, which is an added bonus for me.

Ingredients

1 apple, 4 chicken sausages, 1 cup pitted green olives ( any kind), 1 cup dried cranberries, 1/2 cup of mixed nuts ( sunflower seeds, almonds and pecans), 1 cup Sherry cooking wine, 1/4 cup chicken broth, toasted bread crumbs for stuffing. 1 TBSP Oregano and Salt and pepper to taste.

Directions

Cook the sausage in a heated pan with a tablespoon of oil. When it’s starting to brown add all other dry ingredients. Add oregano, salt and pepper. Mix well. Then, add the Sherry wine and the broth. Let it cook until it simmers for a little bit (5 to 10 minutes) and add more wine if you notice the mix is too dry. It will be done when all liquid has been absorbed. At this point it’s ready to serve.

Enjoy! 🙂

One of the things I like the most about this recipe is the apple and how it absorbs the sherry wine flavor and the extra punch of flavor from the green olives. This really came out as a great stuffing!

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Pumpkin Seeds at Home

After Halloween we’re left with pumpkins of all sizes here and there. Here’s a simple pumpkin seed recipe. Everyone at home loves this pumpkin seeds recipe.

Ingredients:

– Pumpkin seeds

– 1 tsp of butter

– 1 pinch of salt

Directions:

– Heat up oven at 345 F.

– Take the pumpkin seeds out of a pumpkin. Wash them throughly and place on a round baking pan or big plate where you can spread them out well. Let them air dry for about 4-6 hours or overnight.

Heat the butter until it melts and add the salt. Mix well. Add the seeds to the butter mixture. Cover a baking pan with a baking sheet. Place the seeds on the pan making sure they are well spread appart.

– Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until seeds are brown.

– Enjoy! 🙂

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds.. Yum!

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Beautiful Pumpkin.

Yep! Fall is here and so we went out and got a pumpkin from the store. The kids wanted me to make roasted pumpkin seeds and we did! They were delicious.. Here is the recipe.

1. Cut the pumpkin and extract the seeds. The kids did this step and had a lot of fun. Here are the pics.

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Another shot of the beautiful pumpkin

It was a beautiful pumpkin so I am putting one more picture here, just because! 🙂

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Carved Spooky pumpkin…

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Spooky Carved Pumpkin

Pumpkins were removed.. and I had the cleaning task which is simply rinsing them with cold water.

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Pumpkin Seeds before Cleaning

Prepare a pan with parchment paper and set the clean seeds in the oven at 325 F degrees for 1 hour.

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Cleaned Pumpkin Seeds

Seeds cooking some deliciousness in the oven. 🙂

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Pumpkin Seeds in the Oven

When ready, take the parchment paper off, place 1/2 tsp of oil on a pan.

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Add the seeds and season with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp cumin. Yum!

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Cumin

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Pumpkin Seeds being Seasoned with Cumin

Mix and get it back in the oven for 15 minutes..

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Pumpkin Seeds with Cumin and Salt Roasting in the Oven

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Pumpkin Seeds with Salt and Cumin Ready to Enjoy.

Wonderful and easy recipe for Fall.. I hope you can try it out. 🙂

Thankful for Teachers!

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We are thankful for teachers. Two home-made cranberry sauce recipes taken from recognized magazines went to school teachers. We have their votes!

 Contestants :

And the winner is… Eating Well magazine’s Orange Cranberry Sauce. 🙂

Teachers’ comments…

  • “I liked the Orange Cranberry sauce. Very yummy!!!”
  • “Thank you so much for the turkey dish! I loved every bite. Loved the rice and the stuffed turkey. To be honest, I enjoyed both cranberry sauces. But if I had to choose, I would choose the Ginger Relish.  I found myself eating that first even though I finished both!  I liked the sweeter flavor, the added ginger I found light. The Orange Sauce seemed to have more zing, and I liked the sweetness and the texture of the Ginger Relish better. Thank you again!”
Here are some pics I took as I was preparing these recipes at home…
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Dressing with Joy for the Season

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Fast-approaching Thanksgiving, Christmas and other Holiday seasons fill us with joy; It seemed fitting to welcome them with a theme change. My blog is now wearing the WordPress “Confit” theme. Visit my blog and check it out! 🙂