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Life With A Threenager

I officially have a teenager….and a threenager. Zoey turned 3 a couple of months ago. I have realized that I had totally forgotten, or perhaps blocked out, what life with a 3 year old is like. Cause it’s not all sunshine and roses. More like tantrums and drama. Oh the drama. 

 

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Zoey was a really easy going baby. Nothing bothered her, she was very chill and go with the flow. Apparently she used all that easy going chill up in the two years because she’s a totally different creature now. 

 

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She’s stubborn and opinionated. She’s independent and loud. She’s dramatic and possessive. She’s feisty and fierce. She rolls her eyes with hands on hips as well as any teenager. She has mood swings that would rival a pms’ing teenager. She sighs loudly and shakes her head at the adults in disgust.  She loudly proclaims that we are not her boss and defiantly sits in time-out when we attempt to show her the errors of her thinking. She cries large crocodile tears when she doesn’t get her own way and stomps her foot when those tears don’t change our minds. 

 

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She has suddenly decided that all food with any nutritional value is to be avoided at all costs. She was the best eater out of all the kids until she turned 3. Now I’m lucky to get anything other than chicken nuggets and fruit snacks in her. Fruit is met with a disdainful sniff and vegetable are met with a full out tantrum. Ketchup counts as a vegetable these days, right? I’m totally counting it. 

 

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She throws herself dramatically to the floor in protest of whatever horrible thing she has been asked to do- most often it’s putting her shoes in the front closet instead of leaving them in the middle of the floor. Oh the horror. 

 

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I can’t believe I forgot the change that overtakes seemingly easy-going toddlers when they hit the age of 3. How could I forget? I assume it’s a form of PTSD designed to make sure people have more than one kid….you know, like pregnancy and childbirth. Thankfully by age 4 it gets better and they turn back into normal kids.

 

42 weeks and 6 days until she turns 4…not that I’m counting or anything.

 

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Easy Cajun Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo {Red Lobster Copycat}

I’m always on a quest to discover new and delicious options for quick weeknight dinners. We are so busy these days that I don’t have time for extensive and time consuming prep work. I need fast and I need yummy or these little creatures won’t eat. One of my absolute favorite things to eat is the Cajun Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo from Red Lobster. When I was pregnant with Zoey I consumed it by the pound. Seriously. The hostess at the front desk knew me by name. That was embarrassing. I’ve never found a recipe that was as good as Red Lobster, affordable to make at home, and easy enough to do on a weeknight. After experimenting and trying different ingredients I have finally done it. I have made a Cajun Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo that is delicious and rivals Red Lobster. 

 

No seriously, I mean it. I served it at a large family function and was reprimanded by my mother-in-law for spending too much money on take out from Red Lobster. I took great delight in telling her it was home made. It’s the little things, y’all. Of course it helped that I found the Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit mix at Wal*Mart. Those biscuits….they were sooooo good! They tasted just like the real ones from the restaurant. I will never serve this pasta dish without the biscuits ever again.

 

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Ingredients:

 

3-4 boneless chicken breasts, cooked & diced*

Zatarains Blackened Seasoning, to taste*

1 lb Fettuccine noodles

2 jars Prego Homestyle Alfredo sauce

1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

 

*I chose to use 2 packs of the refrigerated Tyson’s Southwestern Style Chicken strips instead to save time.

*I found the Zatarains Blackened Seasoning at Wal*Mart

 

Directions:

 

1. Cook noodles as directed on package. 

2. Meanwhile, combine diced chicken and Zatarains blackened seasoning in pot. The Zatarains blackened seasoning has some serious kick to it so start out with a little bit and increase it as you go. 

3. Heat chicken over low to medium heat until blackened seasoning coats heated chicken, about 4-5 minutes stirring frequently.

4. Once chicken is heated through, add halved grape tomatoes and stir frequently until they soften, about 2-3 minutes.

5. Add both jars of Alfredo sauce to chicken and tomatoes and continue to heat over low to medium heat.

6. Serve sauce mixture over hot fettuccine noodles with Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

 

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Doesn’t that look amazing? The taste is even more amazing, especially for a dish that used no time intensive, home made ingredients. From prep to table, this dinner took me 15 minutes- and that includes making the biscuits!  

 

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Cajun Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
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Ingredients
  1. 3-4 boneless chicken breasts, cooked & diced OR
  2. 2 pkg Tyson's Southwester Style Chicken strips
  3. Zatarains Blackened Seasoning, to taste
  4. 1 lb Fettuccine noodles
  5. 2 jars Prego Homestyle Alfredo sauce
  6. 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
Instructions
  1. Cook noodles as directed on package.
  2. Meanwhile, combine diced chicken and Zatarains blackened seasoning in pot. The Zatarains blackened seasoning has some serious kick to it so start out with a little bit and increase it as you go.
  3. Heat chicken over low to medium heat until blackened seasoning coats heated chicken, about 4-5 minutes stirring frequently.
  4. Once chicken is heated through, add halved grape tomatoes and stir frequently until they soften, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add both jars of Alfredo sauce to chicken and tomatoes and continue to heat over low to medium heat.
  6. Serve sauce mixture over hot fettuccine noodles with Cheddar Bay Biscuits.
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The Books On My Kindle

It’s not a secret that I love to read but I don’t think I’ve ever done a full post on the books I love to read. How is that possible? Last year I bought the Kindle Fire HD when it was newly released to replace my old first generation Nook reader. I love the Kindle Fire HD. Love it. I love it so much that I plan to upgrade to the new Kindle Fire HDX sometime around Christmas time. I use my Kindle every day and I’ve accumulated quite a collection of books in the last year. Today I wanted to share some of the books I’ve enjoyed reading and some of the book series that I love. I freely admit to be a romance book junkie- but I also enjoy other genres too. I like mysteries, humor, paranormal….I just love to read. 

 

Series I Love:

 

Christine Feehan’s Carpathian Series– this is probably one of my most loved series of books. It’s paranormal vampire with a twist. I have every book in this series and I re-read them frequently. Dark Prince is the first book and sets up the rest of the series. 

 

J.D. Robb’s In Death Series– another one of my most favorite series. I have been reading these since the very first one was published back in 1995! There’s 38 books in the series, I think, and every one of them is fantastic! It’s futuristic but done so well that it doesn’t seem outlandish. The romance is hot and the action is fast-paced. Naked in Death is the first in the series and sets up the rest of the series. 

 

Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum Series– I love books that make me laugh out loud while I’m reading them and I laugh at every one of the books in this series. Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter- a really bad bounty hunter whose car gets bombed on a regular basis. The supporting cast of characters in this series are hysterical and the main love interests are HOT! One for the Money is the first book in the series. You don’t have to read them in order but I recommend you do. 

 

Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress Series– another series that I own every book released. I pre-order her books because they are just so good! It’s paranormal vampire but with a twist again. The main character, Cat, is a bad ass and you know how I love a good bad ass chick. This series is full of action and romance. Halfway to the Grave in the first book in the series and this series does need to be read in order. 

 

Those are the main series that I read- the ones that I buy every single book on the day it’s released and stay up way too late to finish reading each one.  I have some other favorite author’s that I will read just about anything they release.

 

Dee Henderson- she is a Christian author and I fell in love with her O’Malley series and then her Uncommon Heroes series after that. Her last few books have not technically been part of either series but they tie in with them and they are soooo good. I love her writing style. If you love romance books but don’t want to read the smutty ones you should check out Dee Henderson. She quotes some scripture in her books but it’s seamlessly woven into the story lines and every story has an element of faith in it. Her O’Malley series is probably one of my favorite series of books of all time. 

 

Kathleen Brooks- I have really enjoyed her Bluegrass series. They are super cheap on Kindle ($2.99-3.99 each) and really good for the price. The stories are romance with some suspense and action mixed in. The first one is Bluegrass State of Mind and it’s free on Kindle. This series revolves around a town and a family so you should read them in order. 

 

Dianne Duvall- I discovered her Immortal Guardian series by accident and they are really good books! Again, paranormal vampire with a twist. They are heavy on the action and romance and I’ve read all of them. Darkness Dawns is the first in the series and they should be read in order. 

 

Kristen Proby- Her With Me In Seattle series is another one I found accidentally and fell in love with. Again- the prices are great (around $3.99 each) and each book gets better and better. Great romance, hot alpha males, and some drama. I highly recommend them! Come Away With Me is the first book and you should read them in order. The series is about a family and it has some really hysterical scenes that had me laughing out loud. 

 

Lila Felix- I adore her Love & Skate series. It’s more new adult and I was hooked from the very first chapter of the first book. The storylines revolve around one family and they are just fantastic! Again- very reasonably priced in the Kindle store- the first one is even free!  You should read these in order. 

 

Quinn Loftis- Her first book in The Grey Wolves series was one of the first freebie’s I downloaded to my new Kindle and I was hooked. It’s definitely a young adult series and the main female characters are a little ditzy but the books are good. It’s a wolf shifter series and I love me some wolf shifters….The first book is Prince of Wolves and is still free. You should definitely read these in order. 

 

Shelly Crane- Her Significance series is another one that I found because the first book was a freebie. And it’s soooo good. It’s another young adult series. It’s paranormal romance but no wolves/vampires. It’s a soul mate book and I loved it. The first book is Significance and it’s still free on Kindle. You should definitely read them in order. 

 

I have so many books on my Kindle y’all. I have well over 1500 books and out of those I have about 400 that I haven’t even read yet! I buy them when they go on sale for $0.99-$2 and save them to read later. It’s an addiction.  I finally made a Favorites collection on my iPhone Kindle app to keep track of my favorite books that I want to re-read. If you’re looking for a single book instead of a series- here are a few I recommend.

 

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton.  I laughed the whole way through this book. It was hysterical but definitely not a young/new adult book. Lots of sex and lots of adult humor. Not for the faint of heart prudish types. 

 

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. This book is all kinds of messed up and full of drama- which is exactly why I loved it so much. Sometimes you just need a drama filled angsty book that makes you scream. This was that book for me!

 

Chasing McCree by J.C. Isabella. This is a young adult book with some adult themes in it. The main characters were really easy for me to relate to and I was sucked right into their story. It’s a great read for only $0.99. 

 

Fallen Crest High by Tijan. Something about the way this author writes her main male characters just speaks to me. I don’t know why, maybe because I see a sliver of them in some of the men in my own life. I don’t know. But I love her books. Fallen Crest High is the first in a series with Fallen Crest Family following it and Fallen Crest Public due out in December. I also really loved her newest book, Carter Reed. I love me some alpha males, clearly.

 

Wait For You by J.Lynn. Oh my gosh. This was one of those books that I devoured from cover to cover in a few hours. I could not put it down. Having been through some similar issues in my own life I really related to the main character. The second book is out now and I just bought it yesterday. The third one comes out in February, I think. 

 

So now that you know what kinds of books I love to read, do you have any suggestions for me? What have you read lately that you enjoyed?

 

**None of the links in this post are affiliate nor am I being compensated for any of them in any way**

 

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He Said, She Said: Horse Face

 
 
 
 
{You know all those funny and/or stupid little moments that happen in every marriage but nobody ever talks about? Well welcome to He Said, She Said: True Stories where I give you an unprecedented glimpse inside the marital dysfunction. You are welcome.}
 
 
Setting the Scene: Matt and I were fully engrossed in watching a marathon of Sunday Football. The screen showed an extreme close up of the Seattle Seahawks coach. The following conversation took place as we watched the coach screaming and yelling over a bad call.
 
 
He Said: Wow, check out the vein in his forehead.
 
 
She Said: That thing is gonna blow at some point.
 
 
He Said: With calls like that one it will be sooner rather than later.
 
 
She Said: Oh goody, something to look forward to for the 4th quarter.
 
 
He Said: That coach looks like something. I can’t figure it out though. 
 
 
She Said: Like another person?
 
 
He Said: No, not a person. Give me a minute, I’ll figure it out.
 
 
**30 Minutes Later**
 
 
He Said: I got it! He looks like a horse. His face looks like a horse’s face.
 
 
She Said: Well. That’s unfortunate. 
 
 
He Said: Why?
 
 
She Said: There’s only one part of man’s body that a woman wants to resemble a horse. And it’s sure not his face.
 
 
He Said: Nothing….he was too busy choking on his beer.
 
 
**10 Minutes Later**
 
 
He Said: He also kind of looks like a bobblehead.
 
 
She Said: Well. Now you’re just being cruel. (for those non-regular readers, I have a very unhealthy fear of bobbleheads)
 
 
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Planning & Hosting A Large Thanksgiving Feast

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Every year I host a large Thanksgiving Feast at our home. It’s a tradition that started almost 7 years ago and it’s still going strong. We have family come in from all over the country to stay with us and help celebrate Thanksgiving. For the past few years we’ve had around 18-20 people at our annual feast but this year I think we’re going to approach the 30 people mark. I love to hostess and entertain but don’t get to do much of it during the year so I go all out on Thanksgiving! It’s a lot of work but over the years I’ve developed a system for making it all run smoothly. 

 

6 Tips For Hosting a Large Thanksgiving Feast

 

1. Make a guest list and get a firm headcount. I typically have my final head count by the first week of November and then I add 3 to my final count because we always end up with an extra body or two. Plus, it’s better to have too much food than not enough!

 

2. Plan your menu. I have a very established menu now but it took me a few years to nail it down. This is the part where you can reach out to other people for assistance if you want to. For example, my mom always brings the ham, the stuffing, and rolls. My sister is in charge of the turkey and the collard greens. That leaves the appetizers, the rest of the sides, and the desserts for me to prepare. I’m sharing my favorite recipes below!

 

3. Make a checklist. I break my checklist down by the week and I involve my family. Everyone has jobs to do. For example, I assign cleaning jobs to my kids the week of Thanksgiving. Matt is off of work the day before Thanksgiving so he has a job list too. Making a checklist is the only way to make sure you don’t forget to put clean sheets on the guest bed for any overnight guests. I’m a visual person, I need to see the list in order for everything to get done on time. 

 

4. Go disposable. Seriously, the last thing you want to do after a full day of entertaining is deal with dishes. I always use disposable plates, silverware, napkins, and cups. Now I don’t just grab the ugly generic stuff- I get the pretty ones but the point is I don’t have to wash dishes at the end of the evening. 

 

5. Start cooking the day before. There are quite a few things on my menu that can be made the day before. I will ** them down below beside the recipe so you know. All the pies are made the day before, the pumpkin crescent rolls, the cranberry sauce, the deviled eggs….it saves so much time on Thanksgiving Day. 

 

6. Create stations. In order to keep things flowing when the food comes out I create different stations around the kitchen and dining areas. I set up the plates, napkins, and silverware in one station for people to grab on their way to the food.  The food is laid out on the main dining table buffet style for people to serve themselves. Then I have the cups and beverages set up in another station for people to circle around to after getting their dinner. It keeps everyone moving in the same direction- like stations in a Kindergarten classroom. When dealing with a large crowd of hungry people it’s always best to have a system or it’ll become a free for all. 

 

 

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My Appetizers

 

Bacon Wrapped Brown Sugar Smokies

 

1 pkg Hillshire Farms Lit’l Smokies

1 pkg thick cut bacon

1 cup packed brown sugar

 

Cut each bacon slice into 3-4 pieces. Wrap each sausage with piece of bacon; secure with toothpick. Place in baking pan. Sprinkle evenly with brown sugar. Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes or until bacon is browned and sugar melts and forms sauce.

 

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls **

 

1 lb sausage, uncooked

8 oz cream cheese, softened

1 1/4 cups Bisquick

4 oz shredded cheddar cheese

 

Preheat oven to 400. Mix ingredients until well combined. Roll into 1 inch balls. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

 

Pumpkin Crescent Rolls**

 

8 oz cream cheese, softened

15oz can pumpkin

1 can sweetened condensed milk

2 T flour

2 T cinnamon

1 t pumpkin pie spice

8 pkgs crescent rolls

1/2 cup sugar

 

Preheat oven to 375. In mixer bowl, blend cream cheese, pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, flour and spices until combined and smooth. Unroll crescent rolls, separate and lay flat. Evenly spread 1 ½ T of pumpkin mix over dough. Roll into crescent shape and sprinkle top with sugar. Bake 11-13 minutes until golden brown.

 

Triple Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

 

48 medium white mushrooms

10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed

4 oz feta cheese, crumbled

2 oz cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

 

Using damp paper towel, wipe mushroom caps clean. Remove and discard stems. In colander, squeeze liquid out of spinach until dry. In bowl, mix spinach, feta, cream cheese and 1/4 t salt. Fill each mushroom with heaping t of spinach mix. top with parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

 

Sweet & Spicy Deviled Eggs**

 

12 large eggs

1/2 cup mayo

3 T apricot preserves

1 t curry powder

1/2 t salt

1/8 t cayenne pepper

 

Place eggs in large saucepan and add cold water to cover. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 12 minutes. Drain and run under cold water. Peel and cool completely. Cut eggs in half lengthwise and gently squeeze yolks into bowl. With fork, mash yolks with remaining ingredients until smooth. Spoom mix into white halves and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.

 

Bite Size Crab Quiches

 

1 tube large refrigerated Buttermilk biscuits

1 can crabmeat, drained

1/2 cup shredded swiss cheese

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

1/4 t salt

 

Separate each biscuit into 5 equal pieces. Press onto the bottom and up sides of 24 ungreased mini muffin cups (discard rest of dough). Fill each cup with 2 t crab and 1 t swiss cheese. In bowl, combine egg, milk and salt. Spoon 1 1/2 t into each cup. Bake at 375 for 15-20 min or until edges are golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes.

 

My Side Dishes

 

Corn Pudding Casserole

 

1 can cream corn

1 can whole kernal corn

2 eggs

8 oz sour cream

1 stick margarine

1 pkg sweet cornbread mix

1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

 

Melt butter in casserole dish. Add cream style and whole kernal corn. Add cornbread mix and sour cream. Beat 2 eggs with fork in bowl and add to mix. Stir well. Top with cheese. Bake at 350 for 1 hour, uncovered.

 

Cranberry Apricot Sauce**

 

2 bags fresh cranberries

1 cup orange juice

1 cup apricot jam

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 t ginger

1/4 lb dried apricots, finely diced

 

Stir all ingredients together in large pot and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring, until berries pop and sauce starts to thicken, about 8 minutes. Cool to room temp. Cover and chill.

 

Green Bean Casserole

 

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1/2 cup milk

1 t soy sauce

4 cups cooked, cut green beans

dash of pepper

1 1/3 cup French’s Fried Onions

 

Mix soup, milk, soy sauce, pepper, beans and 2/3 cup onions in casserole dish. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Stir. Sprinkle with remaining onions. Bake 5 minutes.

 

Made Ahead Party Potatoes**

 

7 1/2 cups  water

12 T unsalted butter

2 t garlic salt

2 t onion salt

2 pkgs cream cheese, cubed and softened

1 can evaporated milk

16oz sour cream

1 pkg Hungry Jack instant mashed potatoes

bacon, cooked and crumbled

 

Heat water, butter, garlic salt and onion salt to boiling. Remove from heat. Add cream cheese, evaporated milk and sour cream, stirring until cream cheese is dissolved. Stir in potato flakes, mixing until all ingredients are well combined. Spread mixture into greased baking dish. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Top with crumbled bacon.

 

Praline Sweet Potato Casserole

 

3 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes

1/2 cup sugar

1 stick butter + 3 T

1 T vanilla

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

3/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

1/3 cup all purpose flour

1/3 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 t cinnamon

 

Melt stick of butter in casserole dish. Mix cooked sweet potatoes, sugar, vanilla, eggs and milk together until well combined. Pour evenly into casserole dish. In small bowl, combine pecans, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Add remaining 3T butter and rub in with fingers until mixture is evenly moistened and forms clumps. Sprinkle over sweet potato mixture. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until topping is browned.

 

Whiskey Glazed Carrots

 

1 stick butter

2-3 lbs baby carrots

1/2 cup whiskey

1 cup brown sugar

1 t salt

1/4 t pepper

 

Melt 1 T butter in large skillet over high heat. Add carrots in 2 batches, cooking 60-90 seconds each. Remove from skillet. Pour in whiskey and allow to evaporate for 30 seconds. Reduce heat to medium and add remaining butter. When butter melts, sprinkle brown sugar over top. Stir together then add carrots to skillet. Cover and continue cooking for 5 minutes. Remove lid and add salt and pepper. Continue cooking for additonal 5 minutes until sauce thickens. Serve immediately.

 

My Desserts

 

Dark Rum Pecan Pie**

 

1 cup sugar

3 T butter, melted

2 cups pecan halves

3 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup dark corn syrup

2 t dark rum

1 frozen pie shell

 

Mix sugar and butter until well combined. Add pecans, eggs, corn syrup, and rum; stir until combined. Pour mixture into pie shell. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Reduce temp to 350 and bake 35-40 minutes longer or until filling is set around edge but center jiggles slightly. Cool completely.

 

Pumpkin Streusal Pie**

 

1 can pumpkin

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 large eggs

1 t cinnamon

1/2 t ginger

1/2 t nutmeg

1/2 t salt

9″ unbaked pie crust

Streusal topping:

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup flour

1/4 cup cold butter (no substitutes)

 

Heat oven to 425. Whisk pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, spices and salt in bowl until smooth. Pour into crust. Bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven temp to 350 and bake 30 minutes. Combine 1/2 cup packed brown sugar and 1/2 cup flour in bowl. Cut in 1/4 cup cold butter until mix resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle evenly over top of pie and bake an additional 10 minutes.

 

Sweet Potato Pie**

 

2 cups mashed sweet potatoes

4 oz cream cheese, softened

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup half and half

4 T butter, melted

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 t vanilla

1/2 t cinnamon

9″ unbaked pie crust

 

In bowl, with mixer on medium speed, beat sweet potatoes and cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and half and half; beat 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Add butter, eggs, vanilla and cinnamon; beat until blended. Pour mixture into pie shell. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until filling is puffed and set around edges but center jiggles slightly.

 

Turtle Cheesecake **

 

Apple Crumb Pie**

 

7-8 medium apples, peeled & sliced

1/3 cup flour

3/4 cup sugar

pinch salt

dash of lemon juice

1 t cinnamon

9″ unbaked refrigerated pie crust

crumb topping:

1 stick butter, cold

1/2 cup brown sugar

2/3 cup flour

1 t cinnamon

 

Combine apples with flour, salt, sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice in medium bowl. Gently stir until apples are well coated. Pour into pie crust. Combine topping ingredients and mix until resembles coarse sand. Spread over top of pie. Bake at 325 for 1 hour 20 minutes.

 

 Of course, these are just the recipes for the dishes I prepare each year. For beverages we try to keep it simple- sweet tea, apple cider, red and white wines, and a few varieties of soda. I really do enjoy hosting our large gathering every year. It’s a lot of work but it’s also so much fun. It’s the one time of the year when both sides of our families come together in one place to celebrate. 

 
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