Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder

November 27, 2012
Thick and creamy Chicken Corn Chowder ~ warms and satisfies the belly on cold winter days.

Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder


It's a gray day in my neck of the woods today.  A curl-up-on-the-couch-with-a-big-cozy-blanket kind of day.  I don't much care for gray, curl-up-on-the-couch kind of days.

But ya know what makes these kind of days at least a teeny-tiny bit better?

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Candy Cane Cookies {Our 'Black Friday' Project}

November 25, 2012
Fun and festive Candy Cane Cookies ~ two colors of almond sugar cookie dough twisted together, sprinkled with crushed candy canes and sugar.  They're a treasured family Christmas tradition, for sure!

Candy Cane Cookies ~ two colors of almond sugar cookie dough twisted together! A fun & festive Christmas treat.  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I sure did ... spent nice, relaxing time with my parents and Mark's Mom ... and didn't even THINK about going out for 'Black Friday' shopping.  Nope.  No way.  No how.  Shopping the day after Christmas?  Yup ... it's a tradition for Mom and me.  'Black Friday?' ... not so much.

Mom and I stayed home and made these candy cane cookies instead ... our little 'Black Friday' project!
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Cranberry Apple Casserole {or crisp ... or crunch}

November 12, 2012


As I'm sitting here thinking about writing about this dish, I can't help but have a vision of a TV infomercial playing in my head, 'cause this dish is so versatile.  {insert boisterous announcer voice here} ... It's a creative cranberry fall'ish, Thanksgiving'ish side dish ... BUT WAIT!  THERE'S MORE! ... It's perfect as a breakfast/brunch dish ... BUT WAIT!  THERE'S MORE! ...
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Traditional Southern Cornbread Dressing

November 10, 2012



It's beginning to look a lot like ... Thanksgiving!  You thought it was going to say Christmas, didn't you??  Well, not quite yet.  We've got this fabulous little holiday called Thanksgiving to get to first.

I looooovvvvvve me some Thanksgiving!  Are you surprised?
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Salted Caramel Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream Frosting

November 7, 2012
You'll love these Salted Caramel Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream Frosting ~ what's not to love?

Salted Caramel Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream Frosting

I have a confession ... these Salted Caramel Cupcakes have been sitting in my 'queue' for quite a while, just waiting (oh so patiently!) for me to get around to sharing them with you.  I actually made these beauties, along with super-fun Neapolitan Cupcakes, this summer ...
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Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon

November 4, 2012
Tender Sauteed Cabbage is made even better ~ with bacon.

Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon


Today was an 'in the kitchen day' for me.  Yay!  I made sure to get everything else that needed to be done this weekend done yesterday so I could spend the afternoon today in the kitchen with no other worries hanging over me.  No guilt.  No pressure.  Just relaxed cookin' fun.

I love it when I'm able to get my schedule to cooperate like that.  As much as I love to cook, I absolutely do not enjoy it when it's done under time pressure.  Especially when I'm working on new recipes.

Which is what I was doing today.  Today I was test-driving some Thanksgiving dishes ... so Mark and I had a mini early Thanksgiving dinner tonight.  Those dishes need a few tweaks, so I don't have them ready to share with you today ... but I do have ...
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