Saturday, November 25, 2017

Leader Enterprise - November 22, 2017 - Thanksgiving Side Dishes (& Leftovers)

Besides desserts, my favorite dishes are sides.  Hope you enjoy some of these delicious ideas for your holiday meal. There's one for leftover turkey too. 

HAPPY THANKS-LIVING!!! 




CROCKPOT BREAD DRESSING (FOR A CROWD)

1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. diced celery
1/2 c. diced onion 
12-13 cups dry bread crumbs
1-1/2 c. chicken (or turkey), optional
3 eggs, beaten
2 cans (10.75 ozs.each) cream of chicken soup
2 (15 ozs) chicken broth
(Don't add it all to start) 
1/2 tsp. each pepper and salt
about 1 tsp. sage OR poultry seasoning to taste 

Spray a 4-6 qt. crockpot with cooking spray. In skillet, melt butter; saute celery and onions. Place bread crumbs in very large bowl; add sauteed veggies. In medium bowl, combine remaining ingredients, saving some broth to add if needed before placing in crockpot. (You want the dressing to be moist, but not soaked wet). Pour mixture into crockpot. Cover with lid. Cook on high 3 hours and 45 minutes or on low for 4-6 hours. Let stand a few minutes before serving.  (Don't peek if you can help it=)


ULTIMATE CREAMED CORN

2 (16 ozs) bags frozen whole kernel corn
12 ozs. cream cheese, cut into cubes
3/4 c. milk
6 - 8 Tb. butter or margarine
2 tsp. sugar (or sugar substitute)
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Spray bottom and sides of 3 - 4 qt. slow cooker with cooking spray.  Spread corn over bottom. Top with cream cheese cubes, keeping away from the sides so they don't burn.  In small bowl, stir together remaining ingredients; pour over corn and cream cheese.  Cover; cook on high for 2 - 3 hours. Stir well before serving. Corn will hold on low heat up to 1 hour; stir occasionally.



BEST BROCCOLI SALAD

1 medium head of broccoli, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1/2 c. dried cranberries
2 - 3 Tb. red onion, diced
6 - 8 slices bacon, cooked crisp and chopped

Dressing: 
1 c. mayo (not Miracle Whip) 
3 - 4 Tb. sugar
(start with less and add more if desired)
2 Tb. apple cider vinegar
1/3 c. chopped nuts, toasted, optional 


Chop washed broccoli into bite sized pieces. In small bowl combine dressing ingredients: mayo, sugar, and vinegar. Just before serving, mix veggie combo with dressing. Top with nuts or stir in.  



PINEAPPLE PRETZEL SALAD 

1-1/2 c. pretzel sticks (broken in half)
1/3  c. sugar  
1/3 c. butter, melted
1 pkg. (8 oz) cream cheese, softened 
1/2  c. powdered sugar
1 (20 oz) crushed pineapple, drained
1 tub (8 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large mixing bowl add pretzel sticks, melted butter and sugar together. Stir until pretzels are well coated. Pour mixture onto (non-stick) foil-lined baking pan.  Bake the pretzels about 8 minutes, checking to make sure they're not getting over done. (The sugar/butter mixture will bubble up over the pretzels). Remove from oven; pour onto another sheet of foil and spread out to cool, making sure they're not sticking together. Set aside until salad is ready to serve.  

In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar together using an electric mixer. Add pineapple and stir until combined. Fold in the whipped topping. Just before serving mix half the candied pretzels into salad; top with remaining pretzels.

TURKEY & WILD RICE SOUP 

1/4 c. butter 
1-1/2 c. carrots, finely chopped 
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 c. flour
4 c. chicken broth
3 c. cooked wild rice {1 box Uncle Bens Is perfect}
2 c. half-and-half
2 c. cubed turkey
1 tsp. dried parsley
salt and pepper, to taste

Cook rice according to package directions. In large pot on stovetop, melt butter, then add carrots, celery and onion. Saute until tender, then stir in flour. Whisk in broth and bring to a boil. Stir until thick, about 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and reduce heat, simmering a few minutes to allow flavors to blend.


Psalm 100:4 - Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Flashback Friday - Awesome No Bake Desserts

WELCOME TO FLASHBACK FRIDAY!


Sharing some easy no bake desserts to help when you need something
quick, especially during the busy holiday season.....



May you and yours enjoy a blessed THANKS-LIVING Season! 




This creamy and fabulous dessert has a very low sugar option...I've seen folks put some on their plate...taste it and then get more before they sit down! *-*





This has been a family favorite for years.  A terrific make-ahead dessert great all year long..it feeds a crowd...and they'll love you for it. Cake mix base. Keeps nicely for a few weeks. 



A scrumptious combo of creamy peanut butter and chocolate graham crackers.
This one's hard to beat!  Make 24 hours ahead. 






This creamy dessert will knock your socks off.  Mixes up in minutes.
Use a graham cracker or a chocolate crust. 














Monday, November 13, 2017

Edible Apple Turkey Craft - Kid Friendly

I almost forgot!

I helped a bunch of kids, about 8 or 9 of them, make these fun 'turkeys' at a Thanksgiving gathering last year at the home of friends-like-family. The ages ranged from probably 3 to 10.  It was simple fun and all the adults enjoyed the results too. Cute! Cute!

Lots of options - you can use raisins for eyes, or edible markers...be creative. 
I had some edible 'eyes' on hand, so that's what we used..using a dab of honey to 'glue' them on. 

We cut a gumdrop in half for the 'waddle', then shaped it into a longer shape...
attached it to the marshmallow with honey or part of a toothpick...



This is what you need for each turkey...

1 medium apple 
toothpicks
spice drops 
(they're smaller than regular ones) 
lg. marshmallow
eyes - raisins, edible markers or store purchased 'eyes' 

Place 3 spice drops on a toothpick, leaving room at the bottom to poke it into the apple.  Make as many 'feathers' as you'd like.

Add 2 toothpick legs (it helps steady the bird=) and add a spice drop to each for feet. 

Push half a toothpick into the apple where you want to put the 'head'; push marshmallow into pick.  Add eyes and 'waddle'.  May use candy corn for a beak. 

Use your imagination.  These are fun and will produce lots of giggles,
from all ages. 

HAPPY THANKS-LIVING!!!!!! 






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Friday, November 10, 2017

Flashback Friday - Perfect Pies for the Holidays (& A sugar free option)

WELCOME TO FLASHBACK FRIDAY!

Here's a few ideas for sweet treats for your holiday menus...

Fabulously chocolate - uses sweetened condensed milk,
so you know it's sure to be creamy and scrumptious! 







Who can resist the layer of yummy cheesecake, topped with a pecan pie like filling? Twoferone!




Get ready to hear lots of MMMMM's when you serve this 
easy no bake dessert.  Oh my!! 





If you are looking for a simple sugar free recipe for someone's special dietary needs...here you go.  This recipe uses a little bit of dry Crystal Lite drink mix..
make any flavor you want! 






Friday, November 3, 2017

Crockpot Pumpkin Butter (5 Ingredients) NEW RECIPE!

This luscious spread makes a great gift, along with some homemade bread or some pumpkin bread...


This is a simple recipe that is easily doubled or tripled. 
I doubled the recipe and got these 4 little jars full and
another smaller one just for us to enjoy.

I revised a recipe (reduced sugar the most, changed up spices a little)
that I found at Cris's Recipes that Crock.  Please be sure to check out her many wonderful crockpot recipes! 

This has a deep rich flavor to it and is awesome on toast, pumpkin bread or muffins. (& cottage cheese too!=) I learned well from my grandpa King as a little girl...he always added apple butter to his cottage cheese, and I love
using this to add to mine.  MMMM!

Enjoy soon! 



CROCKPOT PUMPKIN BUTTER

1 can (15 ozs.) pumpkin 
3/4 c. white sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon 
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice 
Click here for Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and blend well. Cover and cook on high for 2-1/2 - 3 hours, stirring every 30 minutes to prevent scorching. 

If desired, pour into clean hot (small) jars; place lid on and it will usually seal on its own.  Keeps well in the refrigerator for a month (unsealed). 



Linked to 
Whatcha Crockin Wednesday



You might also enjoy this moist and tasty 







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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Flashback Friday - Marvelous One-Dish Recipes

WELCOME TO FLASHBACK FRIDAY!


As the pace of life seems to pick up, do hope you'll give these easy meals a try soon!You'll be so glad you did! 


Your family will dive into this dish...uses frozen hash browns,
soup, french fried onions and more...MMM!  Add a veggie and you're all set. 





This is a tasty dish with crescent rolls as a base, with broccoli...
creamy, cheesey. 





This is a hearty 'man's casserole' with layers of beef, mushrooms, soup, cheese, biscuits and eggs!

Beef Stroganoff Casserole





I love using up leftovers and stuffing them in canned biscuits for a delicious,
hand held meal.