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Thanksgiving Faves- Chocolate Cream Cheese Pie

Thanksgiving dinner is not complete without dessert and lots of it.  I don't make a lot of pies though out the year, but our Thanksgiving consist of plenty or pies!  Growing up I remember Grandma, my mom and aunts making lots of pies.  You had plenty of great options.  I also remember the men always undoing the top button on their pants to make room for more pie.  HAHA!!  I have carried on the pie tradition anyway and we wear sweats to avoid the pants thing.  My youngest daughter has become my pie maker and this is one of her favorites.  It takes two faves and puts it into one pie.  SO DELICIOUS!! Chocolate Cream Cheese Pie 1 baked pie crust Cream Cheese Layer 1- 8 oz. cream cheese 1/4 cup sugar 2 Tablespoons milk 1 cup whipped cream or whipped topping Mix cream cheese, sugar and milk together until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream. Place mixture in the pie crust. Chocolate Layer 1 large (6 1/2 cup serving) instant chocolate pudding 2 1/2 cups milk 1/4

Thanksgiving Faves- Snickers Salad

I was recently discussing Thanksgiving with my cousins. One thing we talked about was sitting at the kid's table for Thanksgiving.  It was the happening place to be, full of entertainment and lots of laughter.  None of us cousins wanted to move on to the adult table.  Our relationships grew and we enjoyed being around each other so much!  Lots of fabulous memories! Therefore I am excited my kids will have the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with some of their cousins this year.    Snickers Salad  is by far my kids most requested item for Thanksgiving dinner and it is a good one! Snickers Salad 1 - 8 oz. container whipped topping 1 - 3 oz package instant vanilla pudding (french vanilla is so good!) 3-4 apples 3 regular sized Snickers bars 2 cups of milk miniature marshmallows (about 2 cups) Core and chop up apples and candy bars. Mix pudding mix and milk together until smooth. Add apples and candy bars. Fold in the whipped topping and add the desire

Thanksgiving Faves- Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

Since moving away from Idaho extended family Thanksgivings have been pretty sparse.  This year we are blessed to have family coming and we will get together at my brother's house.  Which leads me in to this requested recipe that I got from my sister in law Nicole.  Another salad I don't make often enough. It is always a hit!! Broccoli Cauliflower Salad 5 cups broccoli, cut into small pieces 3 cups cauliflower, cut into small pieces 1 medium purple onion, chopped ½ cup salted sunflower seeds 1 pound bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled Dressing: 1 cup mayonnaise ½ cup sugar 1/3 cup cider vinegar 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese 1. Mix broccoli, cauliflower, onion, sunflower seeds and bacon together in a large bowl. 2. Mix dressing ingredients together and pour over salad. Stir until well coated. 3. Chill for 2-4 hours. Note: You can use what ever ratio of broccoli/cauliflower you like.  All broccoli or half and half, ect. The chill time does make a difference. It really allows the flavo

Thanksgiving Faves- Raspberry Pretzel Salad

This is one of those McNee family recipes that seemed to have gotten lost for a few years, but luckily it was found and now one of my family's favorites.  I don't make it often enough so it is a welcomed treat at Thanksgiving.   I promise to update the pictures this year. Raspberry Pretzel Salad Crust: 2 cups crushed pretzels 3 Tbsp. sugar 3/4 cup melted butter Mix pretzels, butter and sugar. Press into a 9x13 pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool. 1st Layer 1- 8 oz cream cheese 1 small can of crushed pineapple 1- 8 oz. whipped topping Beat cream cheese and pineapple.  Add whipped topping and spread over crust. 2nd Layer 1- 6 oz. raspberry Jello 1 cup boiling water 1 (10 oz.) packages frozen raspberries, thawed Dissolve Jello in boiling water. Stir in berries. Let stand for a few minutes until semi-set (around 10 minutes). Pour over cream cheese layer. Chill.   3rd Layer Cover the top with whipped topping. Chill and enjoy!!

Thanksgiving Faves- Grandma's Rolls

Growing up all family gatherings meant great food.  You knew to come hungry and plan on eating lots!  There was always a abundance of delicious food. Thanksgiving was usually an extended family gathering, it brings back lots of great memories and traditions that I still carry on with my family to this day.  Over the next week my plan is to share with you some of the Thanksgiving faves of my family.  The must have dishes for our Thanksgiving dinner.         First I want to start out with the most popular item I am always asked to prepare: Grandma's Rolls.   This recipe is not actually my grandma's, but I am pretty sure it is close to it.  One memory of Thanksgiving was the amazing smell of the rolls as they were baking.  The smell to this day still reminds me of my Grandma's home and brings back great memories.  You can half this recipe, but trust me they will get eaten so fast you will want the whole batch. Grandma's Rolls In a saucepan, combine: 2 cups milk 1

K&T's 'Rockin' Barbecue Meatloaf

A couple months ago in the midst of my move I received an email from my cousin Kara about this meatloaf she had made this was her note: "So my BCE (best cousin ever) I made award winning meat loaf tonight. Was so rocking exciting about I brought samples to Cathi, my Mom, James, Kim and Hunter. First... Hunter ate it... An 11 year old liked meat loaf... Back in the day you couldn't get us to eat much of anything. It's heavenly!"  I was totally intrigued at that point to actually have taken the time to share it with that many people when her life is so busy..It must be delicious! Then came the disclosure... "Well, no recipe..." The good news is she explained to me her process and with some trial I think between the two of us (we do make a good team) we have come up with a fabulous recipe!   I was so excited  for this that  is was the first real meal I cooked in my new kitchen.  She was right it was incredible!!  Then the bad news.... hubby threw away

No More Scrubbing Cookie Sheets!!

In the mist of my move I received a fabulous gift in the mail.  It was a Non Sitck Silicon Baking Mat, which I was so excited to try out.  Well some how it got lost in the shuffle of the move.  The other day I was moving things around and guess what I found!! It is the Love Your Kitchen Non-Stick Silicon Baking Mat I must admit I was a little skeptical on the "non stick" part so I decided to put it to the test.  I made some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.  The dough is quite sticky.  I placed the mat on my cookie sheet and put the cookie dough right on top. I baked them as normal. Used the spatula to get them off only because they were hot and it was so simple!! They slid right off the mat. The more incredible part... Look how clean the mat stayed after I took the cookies off. Totally passed the test and impressed me!! No more scrubbing the residue off the cookie sheet or buying parchment paper. So excited to try it out for other things like: