Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from The Musing Foodie

The older I get, the more sentimental I become. It's as if I understand things better now than when I was younger - I can see the bigger picture, understand the deeper meaning and feel for a situation like it was my own.

I look around me and see people who can't afford a turkey, hear of a family who has just lost a child, watch marriages on the rocks, individuals who are alone, people who will spend their holiday in the hospital and others who would do just about anything for a job.

I could use this post to share my favorite turkey recipe or the ultimate pumpkin pie, explain the difference in using fresh herbs vs. dried and give you a dozen tips on my favorite side dishes...but I'm focusing on more than the meal today.

You see, it doesn't matter if your cranberry sauce comes out of a can or is made fresh. The pumpkin pie can have a store bought crust or come from a box in the freezer section. It's ok if the stuffing is a bit dry or someone forgets to bring half the paper products.

What matters is that you're sitting around a table, surrounded by those you love and giving thanks to God, who is the source of our very being. I wouldn't be where I am today without the goodness of the Lord. He's my constant companion, my ever present help in time of need and my strength...my life. He's blessed me with a loving family, amazing friends, a roof over my head and clothes to wear. I have a refrigerator with food in it that somehow comes together to nourish us. My blessings are too numerous to count and I take no credit for any of it.

Every good and perfect gift comes from above. I am so thankful, my heart overflows. God is good, He is faithful and I love Him!

So whether your meal is on strofoam plates or china, may you have a blessed Thanksgiving. Take time to remember what really matters and enjoy every moment.

Much love,

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cranberry Cobbler

Ahoy there! It's a rainy fall day in the Carolinas and I have a quiet minute to share a new recipe. This is cranberry season so I purchased a bag of fresh cranberries and whipped up this dessert the other night. It's been a hit in our house with the sweet cobblery-ness mixing with the tart cranberry...and of COURSE it's topped off with some vanilla bean ice cream. It's a unique twist that gives you something fun to do with cranberries besides make sauce.

Let's get started...
2 cups fresh cranberries
1.5 cups sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
2 beaten eggs
1 stick of melted butter
1 cup of flour

Thats it? That's IT!

Grease a 9 inch pie pan and pour your cranberries in there. Aren't they pretty?

Next, pour 1/2 a cup of sugar and the nuts on top.

In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, 1 cup of sugar, melted butter and flour. It turns into a gloppy goo that will eventually bake into an amazing cobbler crust.

Pour this over your cranberries and bake for 1 hour at 325 degrees.

While it's still warm, scoop out generous helpings into dessert bowls and top with vanilla bean ice cream.

It's sweet, it's tart, it's soooo good!

Have a delicious day friends!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Kicked Up Krispy Treats

So there I was...the kids were in bed, backpacks set out by the door ready for school the next day...I was forgetting something. Looking at the clock...it's 9:30pm....AHHH HA! I need to bake a treat for my son's special day at school tomorrow. Praise the Lord for Rice Krispys and Marshmallows! I whipped up a batch of the tried and true favorites that have been putting smiles on faces for decades. We all know the ratio of krispies to marshmallows with the 3 Tablespoons of butter...but how about adding a little pizzazz with a cup of M&M's and Reece's Pieces?! Now we're talking folks!

I added in this melt in your mouth - not in your hands treat as the final step before pressing them into the pan. How delicious!

I cut them in jumbo sizes and individually wrapped them.

And then, because by now it was 9:45pm and I simply had nothing else to do that evening, I added personalization and ribbon.

Think about the 3 gallons of Halloween candies you now have sitting in your pantry - a batch or two of these rockstar rice krispy treats can help you get through that candy in no-time.

Now, I'm going to sit back and relax and enjoy the two packages of Reece's Peanut Butter Pumpkins I just found at Walmart for 50% off. Never mind the 3 gallons of candy we have staring at me, calling out my name.

Have a delicious day!