Fort Pulaski National Monument, Savannah GA

I'm taking the occasional break from food on Sundays to talk about family, traveling, and other stuff that tickles my fancy.  If that's not your thing, feel free to scroll on by.  We'll be back to regularly scheduled programming tomorrow!

We recently took another one of our epic road trips and traveled from central Florida, all the way up to Chicago, Illinois and back.  Stopping many places along the way.  All told, we were gone nearly three weeks and drove 3,600 miles.  It was our longest trip yet and riddled with challenges (I landed in the hospital three times (!!!) and working from the road is always a touch stressful) but overall it was a great time and we're already planning the next adventure.

The Easy Dinner Recipes Meal Plan – Week 21

The Easy Dinner Recipes Meal Plan – Week 21

Hey, hey!  We survived Thanksgiving!!!  And this week we're going polar opposite with a Spanish, Mexican, South American theme.  YUM!  I love (love love LOVE) turkey and all the fixings for several days after the holidays, but then I get to the point where enough is enough and I need something DIFFERENT.  

Are you that way?  I assume I'm not the only one, so that's why we went super unThanksgiving with this week's meal plan.  I'd love to hear how your Turkey day went though!  Ours was crazy and fun and my feet still hurt and my pants are tight.  Exactly the way it should be!

Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole

This "Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole" recipe is sponsored by Lunchbox, all recipes and opinions belong to Mama Loves Food.
Easy Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole

We've been hosting Thanksgiving at our house for the last several years and I really enjoy doing so.  Food and friends and family in one place all together.  Just makes me so happy.  Even though we're having an absurdly warm fall, it's still cool enough to enjoy drinks and dinner on the patio while watching the kids play touch football in the yard.  I can't get enough of it.  Makes my heart full.

I always get teased that I make way (way, way, WAY) too much food, but it's for good reason.  I am firmly in the camp that believes Thanksgiving dinner is wonderful (magic even!), but the real reason I cook is for the leftovers.  (I'm just being honest here).  Days upon days (weeks and months if you freeze some!) of deliciously prepared foods, sorry but it just doesn't get much better than that.

But let's get down to brass tacks and talk about leftovers, because YASSSSSS!!!  LEFFFTOVERSSSSS!!!!!  I'm gonna say right now, if you're not a food mixer, click away from this post. Go right on with your happy self to the next recipe, because this one's not for you.  But if you're like me and think putting yummy flavors together is a perfectly legitimate way to eat then HELLO!  Welcome!  You're gonna dig this one!  It's all the flavors of Thanksgiving in one glorious dish.  And it's freezable for later! Whoop whoop!!!

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Creamy mashed potatoes are something I love dearly.  Many many moons ago when I was in law school a group of us stuck around for the Thanksgiving holiday and decided we would do our own big dinner.  I happily volunteered to make mashed potatoes.  Only problem was I didn't know how to cook.  But I figured I was a smarty pants and could figure it out.

Too bad I didn't have the good sense to consult a cookbook, and what resulted was a pot of gluey undercooked, over mashed, sad sad potatoes.  Needless to say, I never tried again.  Seriously, we've been using powdered 'just add water' mixes since then.  (I know.  Dreadful.)

Until now.  Today it was finally time for a do-over!  So, I dabbled around the kitchen all morning and into the afternoon until I came up with this deliciously delicious Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  I think this recipe is as good as my first one was bad.  And that's saying something.

The Easy Dinner Recipes Meal Plan – Week 20

The Easy Dinner Recipes Meal Plan – Week 20

Are you looking through my menu thinking, "Uh, April? Thanksgiving is this Thursday.  What are you trying to pull?"  I promise, I haven't forgotten! (Although, I also haven't started cooking either, oops). I figure these meal plans are inspiration for what we're going to make and not always followed day-by-day, so why not still include a full week?  Plus, we're absolutely serving salad with Thursday's Thanksgiving dinner, so it totally works out!

What are your holiday plans this year?  We  have a hodge podge group of misfits filtering through our kitchen.  My favorite sort of misfits, naturally.  I don't like to travel over Thanksgiving, so we cook and open our doors to whomever is in town.  It's a fun day!

Raspberry Cream Cheese Filled Sugar Cookies

Raspberry Cream Cheese Filled Sugar Cookies

It's cookie exchange season, but if you've been reading this site for any period of time, you know that I'm not a baker.  It's just not a skill I have perfected (although, I'd love to get around to it some day!). As such, I'm a huge fan of boxed cookie mixes.  The thing about it is, I'm never able to leave well enough alone. Mixes provide such a fun canvas for experimenting.  I know I've got the base cookie taken care of (or cake, or roll, you get the idea), so I'm always wanting to see what we can do to take it to the next level!

Tonight, with my handsome dad in the kitchen giving me a history lesson (I've really grown to love social studies in my 30's!), I whipped up these yummy Raspberry Cream Cheese Filled Sugar Cookies.  They were so easy to prepare and super yummy to eat.  Yay!  I made a batch of 20 cookies from one mix packet, but when I make them again, I'll do more like 35.  These were fantastic, but I made a cookie rookie mistake and forgot how much they grow in the oven!


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