Friday, November 21, 2014

Bacon, Leek, and Artichoke Bread Pudding



I have really been enjoying the fall this year. Not that I hate the fall usually but, being a So Cal girl transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, when the days get gray and drizzly, the temps dive, and the sun is gone by 5 PM, it can kind of wear on a girl. Day dreams of warm sand between my toes and ocean waves crashing fill my head, and my mood can kind of falter. 

But the last couple of years have been different. I don't know if it is because I am finally acclimating (It has only taken me 6 years!), or maybe it is my little deer herd that have adopted us as family and show up several times a day to peer into the windows hoping for some treats. I don't know. All I do know is that I have been in the best of moods (with a few detours thanks to the flu and allergies) and look forward to each and every day. WOW, I am starting to sound like one of those perky people that have a perpetual smile and are constantly saying "Have a nice day"? Ya, those are the people that I usually want to smack right about now! Maybe the aliens came and I am actually a pod person and not really me at all? AHH!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Creamy Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Silky smooth mashed potatoes with the hint of garlic made stress free by use of your slow cooker.



It seems that every year I start cooking Thanksgiving dishes earlier and earlier. A lot of it is because I obviously need to have dishes to share with you here on the blog. Some of it is because with the blending of families and dinners being held at other peoples homes rather than mine, I need to plan a few get togethers to make sure we get to see all of our kids and family over the holiday. But honestly, I think the main reason is because I just, well, I just love Thanksgiving food! 

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

Fluffy little pillows of pumpkiny goodness that are guaranteed to make you smile. and have the family coming back for more!



I know I have mentioned, on several occasions, that I am not a "breakfasty" kind of girl. I think about breakfast, but if I am the one cooking it don't look for it before oohhhh let's say noon-ish? My darling Kevin usually swoops in and saves the day on the weekends, but through the week? Well, let's just say that "breakfast" doesn't happen until I have been working for a few hours and my stomach starts yelling at me that it is going to eat it's way out if I don't put something in there. Evidently you can not live on coffee alone.....I did not get this memo!