Thanksgiving Menu Idea!

Yes, Thanksgiving is two days away! Need some last-minute dish ideas? Don’t stress.

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
-Philippians 4:6-7

Thanksgiving Menu

Here’s a fun and non-traditional menu that my husband and I created two years ago, for inspiration! We decided on serving small plates or tapas as opposed to a traditional menu.

Thanksgiving Menu 2016

Food and Family Fun

We definitely did not make everything from scratch, but we had a great time creating the menu and serving everything to our parents who we invited.

This was also our son’s first Thanksgiving, so it was really special for us.

Cute 6 month year old baby boy's first Thanksgiving!

Here are some pictures of the food we served!

Thanksgiving Menu idea with food images

We hope you have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!Thanksgiving turkey butt sleepy toddler

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The Search for the Sauce

The Search for the Sauce

When my family and I took a vacation to Fundy National Park, I was obsessed with the cocktail sauce Fundy Take-Out served with its fried seafood platter.

I did some research and finally found out what it was called: Olde Style, distributed by Lynch Foods. So tasty! It was like cocktail sauce that I’m accustomed to, but with a punch. How did I find out?

I messaged Fundy takeout and asked what sauce they serve with the fried seafood platter! I finally found the brand of cocktail sauce!!! When I tried googling, I typed in old tyme and old bay kept piping up, but it was called “olde style”. Fundy told me it was oldestye, but that didn’t pop up, so I deduced it was olde style! Yippy:)

Unfortunately the company Lynch Foods only distributes it to companies, and I don’t see them selling them in stores to consumers 🙁 at least not internationally.

Happy and sad at the same time!

Birthday Dinner Idea!

My dad and mother in law’s birthdays both fall in the month of December. Michael and I both decided to host a nice home-cooked birthday dinner for them.

Here’s the menu we created and used! Initially, I was going to bake a cheesecake but decided against it. I ended up driving 45 minutes to a Chinese bakery to buy a fresh cake:)If you’re looking to host a dinner party, this is just a little idea:) Thanks for reading!

Game Day Chili

My hubby asks me to make this a few times a year. Since tonight is the Super Bowl (go Pats), I prepared this classic winter dish, using my new pressure cooker that I inherited from my mother in law. My mind is blown at how quickly the flavors all come together!

Prep time: 15-20 minutes
Cook time: 6-8 hours (if using a slow-cooker); 15 minutes (if using a pressure cooker)

2-3 cloves of garlic- minced
1 onion – diced
1/2 bell pepper* – diced
1 can of beans (15.5 oz or similar) -drained and rinsed

1-2 lbs of ground meat (beef, turkey, chicken, lamb, tofurkey – whatever you prefer)

I usually kind of go crazy and add whatever I have, but the base I use consists of…
1 packet of taco seasoning
1-2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder**
1-2 teaspoons onion powder
1-2 packets of the Goya Sazon seasoning
1 teaspoon Cumin powder
1 small can of tomato paste
1 teaspoon of paprika
1 dash of cayenne pepper (a little goes a long way)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Toppings (optional)
Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Chopped scallions
A dollop of sour cream

Cooking Instrument:
My go-to has been a slow-cooker! This was due to nature of my lifestyle, working full time. All I had to do was fix it in the morning and come back to eati! So, that’s what I’m the most accustomed to using.

I have also been experimenting with my hand me down pressure cooker from my mother in law. I’m trying to come up with a few dishes for our summer camper road trips.

Another option is stove top:) I have tried this before, but it just isn’t as flavorful for my tastebuds.

Brown ground meat on stove top in a large pan. Add all seasonings. Then sauté the onions and garlic until the onions are clear-looking.

Add everything into your cooking instrument of choice. Then add some beef or chicken stock or just plan water.

Serve plain, with chips, rice, veggies or whatever your heart desires!

*Sometimes I will use a half a glass jar of salsa if I don’t have peppers in my fridge
**If you don’t have fresh garlic, just add more garlic powder
***I don’t like my chili to be too thick, so I tend to not add flour, but I have tried it before and you if you like thicker chili, just mix 1-2 tablespoons of flour with some water until it dissolves and then add it into the slow cooker a few hours into the cooking. If you’re using the pressure cooker, you can just add 1 tablespoon of flour as a thickening agent