Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year, filled with family and friends, good food and very limited oven space. In my family we love sides - more starches! More veggies! More carbs! We want it all. Even with a double oven that can make finding space for cooking the sides and the turkey a bit of a logistical nightmare.
As a housewarming gift we were given a Napoleon BBQ that has a rotisserie feature, and I thought it would be a great way to cook the bird and keep the oven free for everything else. I have to say that I was incredibly happy with how it turned out, it was easy to do, moist and soooo delicious.
5 - 7 pound turkey breast - bone in (serves 6-8 people)
Cooking turkey seems to be a time honoured family tradition so... how do you cook your turkey?
I have been making these blondies since 2007. My mom and I went on a trip to New York and I was obsessed with Sex & the City. We took the Sex & the City tour of New York which included a stop to Magnolia Bakery and I fell in love.
Since these blondies have been on my menu for years, always with a few variations, I depend on the same core recipe. The original recipe comes from the Magnolia cookbook. I'm a little more free with the recipe than they are. You can mix up the add ins for a different bar (white chocolate cranberry blondies anyone?).
I made them for Valentines Day and gave half of them away so that we would eat them. For those of you following Weight Watchers these are 11 sp (which is why I gave a ton away).
•1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
•1 cup brown sugar
•1/2 cup white sugar
•Vanilla extract (2 tsp or 2 dashes)
•1 1/2 cup flour
•1 tsp baking powder
•1/4 tsp salt
•4 oz dark chocolate chunks
•2 oz white chocolate chunks
I had this dream of sitting down to a hot coffee every morning while my little guy napped peacefully in his crib. I'd enjoy my breakfast and prep for the day ahead.
That's not a dream it's currently a illusion and as anyone with a ten week old will tell you if you can't eat it with one hand you're not going to eat.
So, I wanted something that I could make ahead, control my sugar & fibre intake, and actually enjoy and feel full for an extended period of time. That's when I thought of baked oatmeal. I have always enjoyed oatmeal and tried to find healthy alternatives to the things that come in packages. I looked at several recipes online and crafted up these bad boys. I really enjoy the oatmeal and hope to post variations soon.
Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
(6 Smart Points for Weight Watchers)
* 2 cups oats
* 1 cup all bran buds (softened with about 1/4 or 1/3 cup boiling water)
* 2 cups skim milk
* 1 egg
* 1/3 cup brown sugar divided (or Splenda)
* Vanilla extract (a dash to a splash)
* 2 tsp cinnamon
* 1tsp pumpkin pie spice
* 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
* One Apple diced (leave the skin on for fibre)
* Preheat oven to 375.
* In a small bowl mix half the brown sugar with half the cinnamon and set aside.
* In another bowl mix everything else together (yeah - it really is that easy).
* Spoon mixture evenly in a pan. Note: I use this Pampered Chef stoneware bar pan for mine. Because of this I don't need to use oil to grease my pan - if you're using something other than stoneware I'd give it a little spray down.
* Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over the top.
* Bake for 25 minutes (or a little more or less depending on your oven and what kind of dish you use). Oatmeal should appear solid and dry.
What are some of your go to recipes for breakfast? How do you like to start your days?
This weekend Jordan and I hosted Thanksgiving - kinda. Our house hosted Thanksgiving, but due to my current limitations my Mom mostly hosted from our house. Which I really appreciated.
My contribution to Thanksgiving were apple roses. I had seen this on the Domestic Geek's you tube channel and did a few updates to make the recipe a little more gestational diabetes friendly.
These apple roses are all over Pinterest and are super popular and so easy to make. Before diving into the instructions here are a few tips:
Every year we do a cookie exchange at work. In mid November we send an invite out for people to participate and then select a date in mid December to do the exchange.
This year there were 6 of us who participated (so we had to make 5 dozen cookies, a dozen for each person) and due to the generosity of those who bake I am now set for the holidays.
I thought I would share the holiday baking with all of you,via the recipes.
Peanut Butter Clusters (top row left)
In a double boiler slowly melt 3 cups of chocolate chips & 2 cups butterscotch chips. Add 2 cups unsalted peanuts. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto parchment paper.
Chocolate Macaroons (top row right)
Mix: 3 cups rolled oats, 1 cup sweetened coconut and 6 tbsp cocoa. In a pot mix: 2 cups white sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup butter, bring to a boil. Add dry ingredients and mix, remove from heat. Spoon onto wax paper to set.
Twix Cookies (middle row left)
Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies (middle right)
For the full recipe visit Miss Martha Stewart's website at:
Chocolate Chow Mein Clusters (bottom left)
In a microwave melt the following (takes about 3 minutes but don't forget to stir)
Mix until coated evenly and drop spoonfuls onto wax paper. Refrigerate until set.
Christmas Shortbread (bottom right)
This one was my contribution - you can find the recipe here.