I made these yummy turkeys a couple years ago, but wanted to share them in case you might be looking for a silly way to get the kids excited about Turkey Day. They were both huge hits with kids and teachers alike, plus they’re healthy snacks. And frankly, just plain fun!
Paper Bag Popcorn Turkey and tutorial found at one charming party.
Fruit turkey directions from Family Fun magazine.
I am so addicted to Pinterest, aren’t you? Not only do I find decorating and crafting ideas there, but the food pins are enough to make you drool. That’s where I stumbled upon this brilliant little gem. A melted Rolo sandwiched inside two salty Ritz crackers. Mmmmm.
If you ever need a last minute treat for anything, you’ll be happy to have this idea in your back pocket. Trust me. Salty and sweet? A match made in Heaven.
Recipe: Rolo Stuffed Ritz Crackers
(from something swanky)
Since I’ve gone back to work, I’ve tried to make better use of my crockpot in getting a good meal on the table during the week. Schedules are getting crazy now that basketball practices have begun for both kids, and with me working again, I’m finding it more of a challenge to get us all to the table to share a meal. I like that the crockpot can do most of the work for me, so I’ve always got my eyes out for a tasty recipe.
This flavorful rub and a roasting chicken that fits into your crockpot will give you a meal that rivals the rotisserie chicken you buy from the grocery store. And the perk is that you’ll probably have leftovers for sandwiches, salads, or soup for a couple of days. That’s a total win.
I tear off 4 pieces of foil and wad them into balls to put in the bottom of the crockpot, then rub the spices all over the chicken (inside and out), and put the chicken on top of the foil balls. The house smells amazing when we get home and the chicken literally falls apart coming out of the crockpot.
Recipe: Rotisserie Chicken at Home
(recipe from busy mommy)
1 broiler/fryer chicken (3-4 lbs.)
2 Tbsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
3 cloves of diced garlic (or 2 Tbsp. garlic powder)
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
Combine all ingredients together in a small bowl and add water by the teaspoon until a paste forms. Stir until well combined. Place foil balls in bottom of crockpot and lightly spray inside of crockpot with cooking spray. Rub entire chicken with spice rub and place in the crockpot, on top of the foil balls. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 3 1/2 – 4 1/2 hours.
This is one of the treats I make every Christmas, but a luncheon with a World Series theme brought it out of the recipe box a little early this year. See the connection? ♫By me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks….♫ But this version is waaayyyy better than the one you find in the little box, let me tell you. It’s not difficult to do from scratch either, though you do need to give yourself about an hour.
I found this recipe years ago at allrecipes and the title alone grabbed my attention right away. It was called “My Amish Friend’s Caramel Corn.” That’s actually what I still call it, but my husband pointed out that I don’t really have an Amish friend, so I shouldn’t make claims that indicate that I do. Says it’s misleading. But we like this recipe so much that in my heart, I feel like I do have an Amish friend and I did get this recipe from her. So that being said, it will always be referred to as “My Amish Friend’s Caramel Corn!” So there!
Recipe: My Amish Friend’s Caramel Corn ☺
(from allrecipes.com, submitted by AnitaLouise)
7 quarts plain popped popcorn (I make 2 batches in my hot air popper.)
2 c. dry roasted peanuts, optional
2 c. light brown sugar
1/2 c. light corn syrup
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1 c. butter
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Place the popped popcorn and peanuts onto two shallow, greased baking pans. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Combine brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to blend. Once mixture begins to boil, boil for 5 minutes, while stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla. Immediately pour over popcorn and stir, but don’t worry about not getting every piece of popcorn covered. Bake for 1 hour, removing pans every 15 minutes to stir popcorn and turn pans. When finished, pour the caramel corn onto waxed paper and cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
When people ask you for the recipe for this cake, you’re going to have to decide whether or not you want anyone to know how incredibly easy it is to throw together. It’s what’s known as a “dump cake” because you really just keep dumping ready-made ingredients into the pan, pop them in the oven, and this cake emerges a while later. No one would ever guess that you didn’t make the whole thing from scratch!
Recipe: Caramel Apple Cake
2 cans apple pie filling
1/4 c. caramel sauce
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 box yellow cake mix
1 c. melted butter
1/2 c. chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Add apple pie filling, caramel sauce, lemon juice, and cinnamon to the pan and mix together. Sprinkle the entire box of cake mix on top. Next, sprinkle the pecans over the top. Cover with melted butter, making sure to cover the whole surface. Bake for 35-40 minutes. (Mine actually baked for 45 minutes.) Remove from oven and cool, or enjoy warm with ice cream.
My Claudia was really hesitant to try this cake because it’s called a “coffee cake.” She was sure there would have to be some coffee in there somewhere. She makes a good point. I don’t know where the name really comes from, but I told her whenever people want to have cake for breakfast, they just call it a coffee cake, and for some reason it becomes socially acceptable. Go figure.
My first impression of this particular coffee cake wasn’t terribly enthusiastic. I did eat it while I drank my morning coffee, but I thought it was a little lackluster. Kind of dry and nothing special. But because I believe in second chances, I decided to give it a look the next day. It was so much better the second time around! It became moist and wonderful and brought all the flavors of pumpkin pie to the table. I’m considering it my belated welcome to Fall.
Recipe: Pumpkin Coffee Cake
(slightly adapted from Recipe Girl)
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
One (16 ounce) can unsweetened pumpkin puree
1 large slightly beaten egg
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened slightly
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional
Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray a 9×13-inch pan with nonstick spray.
Prepare cake: Use an electric mixer to cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl; add eggs and beat well. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix dry ingredients into the butter mixture half at a time, alternating with half of the Greek yogurt. In another bowl, combine pumpkin, egg, 1/3 cup sugar, and pie spice. Keep separate.
Prepare topping: Mix the topping ingredients together with fork, hands, or pastry cutter until crumbly. Set aside.
Spoon half of the batter mixture into the prepared pan. Sprinkle half of the streusel topping over the batter. Spread the pumpkin mixture over the streusel. Carefully spread the remaining batter over the pumpkin mixture. Sprinkle remaining streusel on top. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.