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Thanksgiving Desserts

Here are some dessert recipes I found on YouTube, that are quick and easy to make. Recipes are courtesy of Southern Living, you can click here to be taken directly to the YouTube page and watch at your leisure and/or subscribe for more delicious recipes. Enjoy, LP

Chocolate Peanut Butter Acorns


Chocolate Frosting Nutter Butter Bites

Hershey’s Kisses

Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips


-Pipe a small amount of frosting onto center of Nutter Butter Bite. Press one Hershey’s kiss into chocolate frosting. –

-Pipe a dot of frosting on other side of Nutter Butter Bite and press one peanut butter chip into frosting

-Let “acorns” dry completely before serving

Marshmallow Turkey Legs


Large pretzel rod

White chocolate candy coating,

Melted 2 mini marshmallows

Wax paper

Vegetable cooking spray

2-3 Rice Krispy Treat bars broken into pieces


-Dip the end of the pretzel rod in the melted chocolate, and press 1 marshmallow into chocolate on each side. Let dry on wax paper

-Dip the pretzel rod and attached marshmallows in melted chocolate, covering about half the pretzel. Let dry.

-Lightly grease hands with cooking spray and press pieces of Rice Krispy Treat bars around the uncoated half of the pretzel rod, cover all sides. Pilgrim Cookie Hats Ingredients: Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter cups Keebler fudge-striped cookies Yellow icing Reese’s pieces candies


-Unwrap the peanut butter cups, place the cookie chocolate-covered side up and put a small amount of yellow frosting in its center

-Stick the peanut butter cup onto the frosting until its firmly in place. Make sure that there’s a thick line of frosting coming out form underneath the peanut butter cup. If not, line the bottom edge of the peanut butter cup with yellow icing.

-Place a single Reese’s piece onto the frosting as a “buckle”. Serve and enjoy!

Waffle Cone Cornucopias


Waffle cones Toffee bits Chocolate chips,

Melted Parchment paper


Ribbon Miscellaneous candies and snacks



-To curl the tip of your cornucopia, dip the end of the waffle cone in water for 20 seconds and microwave it for 20 seconds. Wrap the end around a clean pencil and let dry.

-Dip the rim of the waffle cone in melted chocolate; dip coated edge in toffee bits. Set cones on a piece of parchment paper and let dry

-Optional: add ribbon to dress up your cornucopia! -Fill with your favorite fall candies and snacks. We used nuts, dried fruit, chocolate candies, caramel corn and candy pumpkins

Thanksgiving Oreo Turkeys


Chocolate frosting Double stuff oreo cookies

Reese’s miniature peanut butter cups


Yellow frosting

Chocolate candy sprinkles

Optional: red decorating gel


-Squeeze a small amount of chocolate frosting around edge of one Oreo, covering about one-third of cookie edge. Insert 5 pieces of candy corn into frosting to simulate feathers.

-Using chocolate frosting, attach a second cookie to the first cookie to form a base. Candy corn should face away from the attached cookie

-Cut off and discard one edge of a mini peanut butter cup. Use chocolate frosting to attach the peanut butter cup where the two cookies meet, with the cut edge of the peanut butter cup against the base cookie.

-Using chocolate frosting, attach a whopped to top of peanut butter cup

-Cut white tip from a piece of candy corn to use for the beak, and attach to the Whopper, using chocolate frosting. Use yellow frosting to make two eyes on the Whopper and add one chocolate sprinkle to each eye. +

-Let dry completely (about 10 mins) before placing upright. Using yellow frosting, add feet to the base cookie and if you like, add a wattle (red part under beak of turkey) using red decorating gel. Enjoy!

Thanksgiving Appetizers

Hello and Happy Wednesday To Ya! The week seems to be flying by very much like the months. Before you know it, Christmas will be upon us upon.

If we were to take our cues from the department stores, we would think that we’re actual in the month of December, and Christmas was the next holiday. Yes, I know folks want to get a jump on that holiday, but can’t the stores just put the next upcoming holiday decorations in the front of the store? I mean come on, they have the rest of the store to post Christmas Items on sale, do they not? 🙂

I thought it would be a great idea to post recipes that pertain to the upcoming holiday. I won’t promise to post recipes daily, however, I will post more than one recipe on Tuesdays. In keeping with my promise, (apologies for the latesness), today I am posting 4 Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes.

These recipes come courtesy of Tasty, you can either click here or review the recipes at the bottom of this page. I strongly suggest that you have your ingredients ready before viewing the recipes because the videos go pretty fast. Or of course you can review the video beforehand to get a sense of how quickly and easy the recipe will be to make, not to mention how delicious each looks upon completion.

I hope you enjoy and as always should you decide to make any of the recipes you find here, please snap a picture and email me or comment on my page. Your feedback is always welcome.

Have A Wonderful Day!


INGREDIENTS Makes 8 Servings

1 pound breakfast sausages

½ cup onion, diced

¾ cup cheddar cheese, shredded

2 eggs

½ cup dried cranberries, chopped

½ teaspoon thyme

½ teaspoon rosemary

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 (6 ounce) box of stuffing mix

1 cup chicken broth


Cook sausages in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion after 1-2 minutes and cook until sausage is cooked and onion is tender. Remove sausage from heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl and let cool. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix until thoroughly incorporated. Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop, measure out mixture into 8 evenly sized balls and space them out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Bake at 350˚F/180˚C for 20 minutes or until bites are cooked and slightly browned on top. Enjoy!

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INGREDIENTS Makes 12 servings

4 sweet potatoes, peeled

3 tablespoons melted butter

3 tablespoons maple syrup

3½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

12 marshmallows


Peel potatoes and cut into ¼ in rings. Move rings to a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add butter, syrup, salt, and pepper to the bowl of rings and toss to coat evenly. Spray down a standard 12-cup cupcake tray with nonstick cooking spray and place sweet potato rings inside, stacking them up until level with the rest of the tray. Cover with aluminium foil.

Bake at 350˚F/180˚C for 15 minutes. Remove foil, then bake the potatoes uncovered for 5 additional minutes. Once cooked, remove tray from the oven and quickly add marshmallows, placing 1 marshmallow on top of each stack of potatoes. Turn oven to broiler setting and place the marshmallow topped stacks under the heat for 1 minute. Using a fork or spoon, carefully remove stacks from baking tray and transfer to plate for serving. Enjoy!


INGREDIENTS Makes 4 Servings

12 bacon strips

12 brussels Sprouts

maple syrup

black pepper


Lay out strips of bacon on a clean cutting board or other clean flat surface. Lightly brush each strip of bacon with maple syrup making sure to coat the entire surface of the meat. Lightly sprinkle with black pepper. Take a brussels sprouts and starting from the bottom, roll up each piece of bacon so that it evenly wraps the vegetable. Lightly brush the tops of each wrapped brussels sprout with more maple syrup and sprinkle on additional pepper. Transfer the pieces to a baking sheet making sure to place each piece of rolled-up bacon with the seam side down.

Bake at 350˚F/180˚C for 20-25 minutes or until bacon is done and thoroughly cooked. Remove from baking tray and place on paper towels to remove excess bacon fat. Enjoy!

Green Bean Onion Stacks

INGREDIENTS Makes 8 Servings

1 (14 ounce) can fresh cut green beans

1 (10 ½ ounce) can cream of mushroom soup

½ cup French fried onions

1 package of frozen onion rings


In a medium bowl, mix together green beans, soup, and French fried onions. Spray down a medium-sized baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and arrange onion rings so that they are all 1.5-2 inches apart. Using a spoon or spatula, scoop soup/green bean mixture into the middle of each onion ring, making sure to fill each ring evenly before placing another onion ring on top and repeating the process. (NOTE: Make sure to use the largest onion rings first as the base to your stacks, using the smaller rings later towards the top.)

Bake stacks at 350˚F/180˚C for 18-22 minutes or until onion rings are crisp and golden and green bean mixture is bubbling on top. Let cool for at least 5 minute before transferring to a plate to serve. Enjoy!

Halloween Recipe: Spooky Dip

Courtesy of Hannah Williams

Happy Wednesday! Where has the time gone? It appears my Halloween Recipes postings are getting later and later. Apologies!

So let’s just jump right in, shall we? Today’s recipe is a “Layered Dip,” found on Tasty’s website: . I think you’ll find the directional video very much into the Halloween Spirit. According to the reviews the dip not only looks yummy,, its also quite tasty. I hope you enjoy. Until tomorrow….LP

Ingredients for 6 servings

16 oz Re-fried Beans, 1 can

1/2 cup salsa

½ cup sour cream

1 cup guacamole




¼ cup black olive

tortilla chip, to serve


In a bowl, mix the beans and salsa

Put the sour cream in a plastic bag. Cut off the end of one corner of the bag.

Spread the bean mixture onto a plate. Spread guacamole over the beans.

Pipe out a bulls-eye pattern of sour cream over the guacamole.

Run a toothpick through the sour cream from the center outward, until it looks like a spiderweb.

Garnish with lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and black olives. Serve with tortilla chips

Garnish with lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and black olives. Serve with tortilla chips

Workout Wednesday

I know you heard this many, many, times, about how exercising or physical activity can not only improve your health but reduce the risk of developing cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Turns out the so-called experts are correct not only does exercising and physical activity have immediate and long-term health benefits it can also improve your quality of life.

However, in the same breath, those so-called experts do not give you a remedy on how to stay focused or motivated. Even if one hires a personal trainer, doesn’t mean a person will stay motivated. You know if someone doesn’t want to do something they will find every excuse in the book not to do something. Am I right?

What is one to do? If you are anything like me, you buy things like toys like a Fitbit to keep you motivated. (Gotta tell ya, I’ve been a proud owner since December 2016, and yet this sparkling toy doesn’t keep me motivated). I’ve downloaded apps and even joined the gym. All of which were sparkling and exciting in the beginning, but as soon as I see myself making some progress, it’s game over!

Which converts from a well trimmed midsection back to what I worked so hard to get rid of.

So I learned my lesson. What was the lesson? It’s ok to celebrate, but don’t make a holiday out of it. Rewards are good, they actually increase my chances of continuing with my exercise routine. How? Think of it as a carrot on the end of a stick. Knowing that I can reward myself for doing well, I will set my reward for the next great achievement and work towards that reward. Make sense?

On that premise alone, I’ve returned to my workout regimen, (Its been 17 days now), and I’m already seeing great results. It’s like my mama used to say, “Nothing beats a failure but a try. “And I’m sure you’re familiar with, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”) And most importantly, “Don’t Give Up!”