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It’s Thanksgiving week! Yay! Here are a few last-minute tips for the coming week:

Check out my Travel Tips HERE & being road trip ready HERE.

Enjoy and Happy Travels!
And of course there is even more to check out on my Pinterest board: travelBUG

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THESE cookies. Divine!

Great hostess gift or take-a-longs for that crazy Black Friday shopping!

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They are delicious & so pretty!

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Check out my Thanksgiving kids table decor & crafts from last year HERE!

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PIE love

pie love

My husband loves pie. As I have mentioned…I don’t bake. So this can be a little tricky.

However, the approaching holiday season has me in the mood for pie so I may attempt to make one or two this year.

THIS pie crust looks great {although I will probably buy mine pre-made}.

THIS Pumpkin Pie looks amazing!

Pumpkin is always a favorite with us but I love Pecan Pie too.

And THIS pie sounds fun too.

Who doesn’t love a little jelly tart pie like THESE on a cold/rainy day?

THIS “pie” from The Pioneer Woman is one of the only pies I have ever made & it’s divine!

And for more inspiration Friday is Pie Day over HERE. Yum!

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{i cannot bake}

99e4d60f95b951aefaf4f999bf1b2dbd This graphic is so funny to me because I don’t bake.

I have a confession that many of you have already heard from me. I cannot bake. I mean I can bake {sort of} but I don’t like to. I’m terrible at it. I burn things or mess them up.

Baking requires measuring and precision with ingredients and perfect timing {I don’t posses such skills}. It just doesn’t work for me. I’m the type to buy store-bought, write a check or choose a really easy dessert when it comes to bringing something for the bake sale or a party.

It’s funny that as a mommy I feel completely obligated to teach my children to bake. My Grandma Lil baked anything and everything. My mom, sister, in-laws {and even my husband} are all good at baking. Shouldn’t I be passing on this skill? Isn’t that what stay-at-home mom’s do?

I do try to get the kids in the kitchen to bake from time to time but honestly I don’t enjoy it. I want to know what is wrong with me???? ahh hahh hah! I could cry.

Okay. Not really.

But seriously. Let’s hope that someday I can find the strength to use my brain in such a way. In the meantime…

Here are a few of my favorite no-bake desserts:

THESE coffee & ice cream floats are great…so is the FALL ice cream dessert

Pretzel Bites

Squirrel Mix {aka: Muddy Buddies}

And because you don’t have to measure perfectly I also love THESE anytime goodies!

Finally, notice that THESE tips for baking with kids mention to just have Daddy do it! That works for us!

What kind of recipes do you enjoy that don’t need baking skills?

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TEA party girl

tea party girlMy sweet Paige loves TEA parties. For about a year or so she has begged me to have one. So I finally put a small little afternoon party together. She invited three friends and I included their mommies {so we could have  some yummy food and a play date too}! Paige made the invites, favors for their little goody bags, place mats, decorations and even helped me come up with the menu. I had to let go of my perfect decor ideas and let her take part with her creative flair. Luckily it was a few days after Valentine’s day, so a theme presented itself easily and Paige loved gathering pretty things from around the house to make it all pretty. We decorated the night before and I made the food while she was at school. The girls came right after school in their party dresses and while Paige had come up with a few games, they were so excited to play in her room {when they weren’t eating} we never even got to games or crafts. Fun was had by all!

Here are a few more details. Hope it inspires you to throw a little TEA party for no particular reason! It sure was fun for us!

::The Menu::

Strawberry Smoothies

Nutella Sandwich’s {cut into hearts}

Cucumber & Cream Cheese Sandwich’s {cut into triangles}

Cheddar Bunny Snack Mix

Cherry Tomatoes

Cookies & Strawberries {thanks to a few girl scouts}

Tea & Hot Chocolate {I ended up only making hot chocolate}

::The Menu for the Mommies::

Strawberry Salad*

Parmesan Toasts {cut into hearts}

::The Favors::

hand-made Pictures, Bracelets & Candy for the Goody Bags {made by Paige}

Small Craft Kits {American Girl Doll accessory-making Kit purchased at Micheal’s}

small Lip-Gloss Rings {hung on each straw}

::The Decor::

black & white Chevron Straws, Bags & Table Runner {purchased online from the Plaid Barn & Pick your Plum}

valentine Decor {from around the house}

hand-made Placemats

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egg casserole {holiday hospitality 101}

holiday hospitality 101

The season of brunch is upon us. I love these simple egg dishes because they can be made the night before {Christmas Eve I usually make one} and simple popped in the oven in the morning. Give your self plenty of time for cooking these as sometimes the eggs just don’t want to cook {or “set-up”} in the middle. This can also be made at the beginning of a busy week and warmed up for a few days {if there are any leftovers…wink,wink}.

Egg Casserole

::Ingredients::

8 slices bread, crusts removed (optional) cubed or torn into bite size pieces (you can butter the bread first if you like)

½ chopped onion

2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (or whatever you have on hand such as Colby or Monterey Jack)

8-10 large eggs

2 cups milk

::Directions::

1. Mix bread, onion & cheese. Add salt & pepper to taste.

2. Put mixture in 9×13 pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray or buttered lightly.

3. Add additional ingredients such as meat, veggies, etc.{see optional addition notes}

4. Whisk eggs and milk and pour over mixture.

5. Bake uncovered in a 350 degree oven for 45-50 minutes until set

*You can do steps 1-4 at night and refrigerate over night. Simply cook in the morning allowing a few extra minutes in case the eggs do not “set-up” well. Also, if the edges or top begin to brown but the eggs are not completely cooked {“set-up”} cover with foil.

Optional Egg Casserole Additions:

Country Breakfast– cubed ham, cooked sausage {crumbled} or bacon

Mexican– cooked chorizo sausage, small can of chopped green chilies

Potato– substitute 1  16oz. package of frozen has browns for the bread; breakfast meat such as bacon or cooked sausage

Stuffed French Toast– basic egg casserole recipe omitting the onions and cheese and using cinnamon bread instead plus 8oz. cream cheese, cubed and 1 large apple.

Gluten-Free– sub out gluten-free bread instead of the regular bread {may need some extra liquid if it get’s too dry}

Cheesy Casserole– basic egg recipe with another ½ cup of cheese added to the top (be sure to add foil-removing half way through cooking time)

Veggie Fun– cooked veggies such as butternut squash or cooked bell peppers can also be added or swapped in {great addition to the Country Breakfast version above}

Get creative…there are no limits to how you can make this base recipe!

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