Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cookies and Cream Pudding Parfaits #MilkSplashRecipes

Cookies and Cream Pudding Parfait #MilkSplashRecipes
 Thank you to MilkSplash for providing the flavoring for this recipe. 

With all of the holidays coming up, plus a wedding in the mix, I am trying to think of some different desserts that I can make ahead to have for guests when they come to dinner or just for a visit. Plus, there are the places I will be going and need to take a dessert to as well. I don't want the same old things. Know what I mean? Enter MilkSplash. 

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about MilkSplash, a fun way to flavor your milk. My grandkids really loved the tasting party we had and that I told you about. I also told you about a recipe contest they are having right now. It goes through the 29th of November. I wanted to come up with a fun recipe that I thought would be a great treat for all of the holiday meals and parties coming up, so I came up with this Cookies and Cream Pudding Parfaits using the MilkSplash Cookies and Cream flavor. It's pretty tasty and I can't wait to share it with my family!! I'm sure my grandkids will love them!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cranberry Turkey Sandwich

Cranberry Turkey Sandwich

Wow! It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is in just two days! I'm so excited for all of the yummy foods and of course, spending time with my family.  I'm sure there will be football on the television, especially since the Seahawks are playing and they are the favorite team of my husband and brother-in-law. It's sure to be a good time. 

Today I have a great way for you to enjoy some of your Thanksgiving leftovers. This is a really, really easy recipe, but it is so tasty too. I love that combination. Also, it takes less than five minutes to put together. So awesome! 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Conversation Starters

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Yippie! It's Thanksgiving week! I love Thanksgiving. We get to be together as a family, lots of us, and all of that delicious food. Plus, the place I work, JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts, is closed, so I don't have to spend time away from my family. That makes me really happy too. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. 

The thing I want to talk to you about today is conversation starters for your Thanksgiving meal. Here's why I think this is important. My family, whom I love beyond measure, has a lot of the same conversations every year. Seriously. I have heard the same hunting stories at least ten times. 

I don't usually host Thanksgiving. That is my mother-in-law's thing to do and that is perfectly fine. However, one year, for whatever reason, I hosted and I decided that I would try something different. I put a cute bowl in the middle of our table and filled it with other things we could talk about. It was a success! We still had a few hunting talks, man those guys can get off topic easily, but we were able to include everyone in the conversation. It was great! 

In the event that you have a similar issue at your Thanksgiving table, or really at any meal, I'm providing you with some ideas for your conversation. I hope it helps.  

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Thanksgiving Conversation Starters

Where is someplace you'd like to visit?

What is your best memory from the last year?

What is a goal for the next year?

What is something new you learned in the last year?

What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?

What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?

What is your craziest memory from the last year?

What is a favorite childhood memory? 

What is your favorite job that you've ever had?

If someone gave you $1,000,000 no strings attached, what would you do?

What is your favorite movie of all time?

If you could have dinner with any person in history, who would you pick?

If you could have any one super power, what would it be?

If you were in a circus, what would your job be?

What is something weird about yourself? 

There you go, that will get you started. Now put them in a bowl on your Thanksgiving table and get the conversation started!! What is a question you will add to your bowl? Let me know because I will probably be hosting Christmas dinner. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies #FavoriteFamilyRecipes

Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies #FavoriteFamilyRecipes

You are in for a treat today! I am participating in a Virtual Recipe Swap where a whole bunch of bloggers are sharing a favorite family recipe, from someone else's family, on their blog. Doesn't that sounds awesome?! I did this last year and got the recipe for some really fantastic applesauce. Lucky, lucky me!! 

This year I received a recipe from Doree at Top Notch Mom, who also happens to be one of the hosts of this recipe swap. When I got the recipe, I was instantly excited. Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies. Doesn't that sound amazing? Well, believe me, they are. First of all, just mixing up the batter smells so fantastic. Then I started baking them and my whole apartment smelled so yummy. I mean really, really yummy. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

How to Show Your Gratitude

In October Chelsey, from Cee Me Be issued a challenge in one of our blogging groups. Her challenge was to write about gratitude and how we show it or can show it. My personal opinion on gratitude is that we should show it always, not just in November. However, showing it in November is a great start. Today I thought I would tell you some things you can do to show your gratitude, in case you need some ideas. I always like getting new ideas. 

The easiest way to show gratitude is to say Thank You when someone does something nice for you. Even simple things like holding the door open for you or letting you go ahead in line.