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*All recipes on this blog (unless otherwise noted) are Martha Stewart's from the Everyday Food Cookbooks here and here, they are not my own. If other than this I will post links to the recipes or indicate that they are originals*

Thursday, November 29, 2012


YES I am aware that Thanksgiving was a week ago and YES I am sorry that it has taken me so long to share mine with you and YES those are mini pecan pies and YES they were DIVINE! :)
It was worth the wait wasn't it!?!
Anyway, for the second year in a row we had Thanksgiving here in Missoula, MT.
Definitely weird to not be in MN with family, but so thankful to have great friends here that we could share the holiday with.
I was on call for work so I knew I couldn't commit to cooking an entire Thanksgiving feast (much to my dismay), but I was lucky enough that my great friend Sarah took on the challenge. 
Sarah and her husband Mike made practically the entire meal, while Logan and I brought a few extra items that I was able to put together in no time. 
I was lucky enough to make it through the whole meal without getting called into work, another thing to be thankful for! :)
So I just wanted to share with you all the three things that I made
1) Mini Pecan Pies
2)Dug's Famous Coleslaw (uncle Dug that is)
3) Cashman Cornbread corn hotdish

These are a lighter version of of these awesome little treats. 
Find the recipe here

Dug's Famous Coleslaw
8 cups shredded cabbage (2 pkgs)
½ med onion chopped
2 celery stalks chopped
½- 1 med red pepper
½-1 med green pepper
½-1 med yellow pepper 2 med carrots shredded
¼ cup of fresh Italian parsley chopped (optional)
1 ½ tsp salt
Conbine veggies & salt and let stand for at least 20 minutes, then drain, squeeze out liquid

½ cup fresh lemon juice
1 ½ cup Helmans mayo
¾ tsp salt
2 tsp black pepper
½ cup sugar
1 tbsp celery seed
1 tsp mustard seed
2 tbsp cider vinager

Wisk and add to veggies, toss gently, cover and refrigerate overnight

You will NEVER go back to plain ole coleslaw again! :)

Cashman Cornbread Corn Hotdish
Here is the recipe I recieved via email from my mom...

1 can cream corn
1 can corn with juice
1 box Jiffy corn bread mix
½ cup melted butter
½ cup milk
2 eggs
Salt & pepper
Bake 350 for 45 minutes

Enjoy best corn ever!
Love, Mom


Add this to your thanksgiving meal plans next year, you won't be sorry!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

PumpKING cinnamon rolls

Are you all stuffed to the brim???
I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving and that you all gorged yourself until you were forced to unbutton your pants or change into your stretchy pants...or maybe you were like me and just wore your stretchy pant to dinner...tacky, or smart? You decide.
I wanted to share with you all first what I made for the morning of Thanksgiving, 
PumpKING Cinnamon Rolls.
That was a typo, but now I like the ring it has, King Pumpkin Cinnamon rolls...Pumpking, get it? 
So let me share with you the back story.
My  husband informed me of a family tradition that existed in his family growing up.  Every Thanksgiving his mom would make cinnamon rolls in the morning and they would eat them while watching the parade and really all morning as his mom made Thanksgiving dinner. 
Immediately I started to look for low fat (because I'm on a "diet", shocker) yet delicious cinnamon roll recipes online.  Pumpkin is a common addition to baking recipes to make it lower fat as it makes things moist and delicious while allowing you to add less butter and other fatty things. So I found this recipe and showed it to Logan, so excited to continue on the family tradition.
Which he replies "But, I kinda just like the ones from the tube".
My eyes bugged out of my head, steam came out of my ears, I couldn't believe what I was hearing.
I'm offering to make homemade cinnamon rolls and he wants Pillsbury tube rolls...mind blown!
Luckily I calmed down and decided to take this as a challenge, I can make him LOVE my cinnamon rolls even more than the tube ones, YES I CAN!
And, fast forward....I DID!  
Recipe here
So much easier than I thought it would be, and it was a really fun project!
Rising dough.

Roll out dough.
Rolled...I had to use a little water to get the edges sealed. FYI
Sliced...I think these are just gorgeous!

P.S. Logan was amazed at how these were made, he assumed you  made each roll individually, haha!
Boy am I glad that isn't true!

Sifting powdered sugar for the icing.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Whine (not the good kind)

I hate winter!
Ok so that is a bit dramatic, I don't hate everything about winter, but right now its definitely on my bad side.  I am yet to figure out how to work with this whole getting dark at 5pm thing, all my pics are terrible without natural light and well I just can't post them!
So I haven't posted anything, in fact I've been boycotting this blog because I'm pissed that I can't find a solution without investing a ton of money in artificial lighting equipment...BOOOHOOO.
I know my problems are tiny in the grand scheme of things, but I just want to whine about this one...

Ok now that that is over, time to think of a solution!
Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
Soon, I promise, I will stop whining and start posting again!