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Happy (early) Thanksgiving


Last weekend I celebrated my first full on American Thanksgiving.

Last year you might remember that I made Sweet Potato casserole as a small homage to the celebration.  Well this year, a girlfriend of mine has moved from the states and she decided it would be fun to have an all out American feast.

Now even though I haven’t ever had the privilege of celebrating in the States, I know what a big deal it is to celebrate it and be with your family on that day.

For our Thanksgiving feast I nominated to bring the Sweet Potato and the Cranberry sauce.  Now yes, I did ask if I could do my Sweet Potato Casserole that I made last year, but my friend Cait thought the marshmallows on top might have been a bit of overkill, so I found a different recipe that I really liked, but I wanted a topping that wasn’t so sweet on it. So I made the topping off this recipe here. As I was making the topping I was getting a bit flustered as the time of the party starting was getting closer and I was nowhere near ready, and I kinda forgot to put the flour in, then when I got there I realised that I missed out putting out the oats in it too.  This happened to be a blessing in disguise as one of the guests was coeliac and was able to eat the dish! YAY! (and she loved it which was a bonus).

The Cranberry sauce didn’t get used a lot, but I had some and it was amazing! It was so much better than I thought It was going to be, especially considering it was supposed to have fresh cranberries in it and  we only get dried out here.  The final product was a little thicker than I anticipated, but I liked it thick and chunky.  My mum tasted the final product and is adamant it will be on our table come Christmas day.

I didn’t get a photo of the Sweet Potato Casserole before it got demolished, but I did manage to get one of the Cranberry Sauce, its a bit dodgy, but its better than nothing!

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

Now that Thanksgiving is over, its onto Christmas preparations at work with the kiddies, I can’t wait!


Holiday Season


So much has been happening during the start of the rush to the holidays.

I finally finished my boot cuffs, but I can’t find the photo.  they look amazing.  So I have started another pair in a thinner wool so they won’t be so chunky.

I have been creating and cooking heaps off Pinterest recently.

To start at my regional meeting the other week I made a Cheesy Pesto Bread to take to share with my colleagues.  I think it was the only food that was completely eaten (Which I was chuffed with).  I will be making this one again when the superbowl is on next year.  I have a feeling that it will be a hit again!.


Cheesy Pesto Bread

So then was Thanksgiving.  Even though it’s not an Australian thing I still celebrate.  So my homage this year to Thanksgiving was a Martha Stewart Sweet Potato Casserole. It was amazing! I even had Rocky Mountain marshmallows left over from 4th July supplies that I had bought.  I prefered this recipe to others I had found pinned as this one didn’t have the added sugar and huge amounts of butter that some of the others seemed to have.  It was super easy to make and the marshmallows gave it just the right amount of sweetness with out being too sickly.  It was a hit with my family and friends (who ate the leftovers at school the next day.


Sweet Potato Casserole


Sweet Potato Casserole Finished

The last of my experiementing at home were the Oven Baked Tacos that we had for dinner last night.  These Tacos are sooooo much better than the normal Tacos we have.  They were much more filling than they usually would be, much healthier because of all the extra tomatos and refried beans that were in with the turkey mince.  The fact that the cheese was melted and oozy made them much more appealing to me too as I LOVE Mexican food! Especially when the cheese is all oozy!  These will defiantly be a regualy on the menu now as everybody loved them!


Loaded Oven Baked Taco

We have been doing heaps of Holiday activities and cooking but I think I will that update and the photos of our creations until tomorrow.  As there has been quite a bit to catch up on.  My New Years Resolution is to definatly make sure I blog EVERYtime I do something and not have my posts so big!