Saturday, November 13, 2021

Savory Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Savory Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes
Savory Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year.  I love to start the day watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with my family.  Then, we head to my husband's family Thanksgiving celebration which usually begins at 2:00pm.  We spend a few hours with his brother's family, aunts, uncles, and cousins before heading to my mother's house where she hosts both my dad's side and her side of our extended family.  We spend the evening with my parents, my brother's family, aunts, uncles, and cousins before returning to our home where we collapse bone tired from the day's festivities.  That is if our adult children (and sometimes my mother and her cousins) don't talk us into an all night shopping spree.  Those all night shopping sprees were fun for a while but now I prefer to come home,  plop down in front of a Christmas movie, and shop online.  Now, let's talk about the food!  With the busy schedule I just described, I usually do all my cooking on Wednesday with a little touching up in the oven, microwave, or air fryer while we enjoy the parade on Thanksgiving morning.  My favorite contributions are chicken casserole, sweet potato soufflĂ©, and chocolate oatmeal no-bake cookies.  Do you know what you are bringing to the Thanksgiving table this year?  If you have no idea, perhaps this list of 20 savory recipes for Thanksgiving dinner will help you decide.  

Feel free to add to the list in the comments section at the end of this post.  

20 Savory Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

The Appetizer
The Appetizer

Let's start with an appetizer idea.  I found a new one that I might try this year.  How about fried olives?  This recipe posted by Carolina Gelen looks simple and delicious.  

The Charcuterie Board

Charcuterie boards are all the rage right now. There are a million ways to put one together, but if you need some inspiration, check out this Harvest Charcuterie Board for a tasty appetizer option from Melissa at No. 2 Pencil.

The Meats
The Meats

Now for the main attraction, the turkey!  Are you the one who cooks the turkey for your family Thanksgiving meal?  Maybe you are cooking the turkey this year, but you've never cooked a turkey before?  Melissa at No. 2 Pencil has you covered with her yummy looking Garlic Herb Butter Turkey Thanksgiving Recipe.  I don't have to cook the turkey this year but if I did, I would try this recipe out.

Sometimes we have more than one meat offered at our Thanksgiving celebrations.  If you want to add chicken, ham, roast (or all three), then consider adding the next two recipes to your family table.

Ginger Orange Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts by Sarah at Whole and Heavenly Oven

CrockPot Ham by Jessica at The Novice Chef (Need a good slow cooker?  I have one similar to this one and I love it!)

Ribeye Roast with Garlic and Herb Crust (You can order the roast from Wild Fork or you can scroll down to the bottom of the page for a recipe to use with the roast you have already purchased from your favorite grocery store.)

Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes - The Dressing
The Dressing AKA The Stuffing

Jill at the Carefree Kitchen offers us Grandma's Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe.  She has included a video to help ensure that your stuffing turns out perfect.

Another popular stuffing or dressing recipe is this Make Ahead Sage Apple Stuffing from Denise at Sweet Peas and Saffron.

The Bread - Dinner Rolls
The Bread

We love Kings Hawaiian Dinner Rolls but if you want a homemade bread to serve at the Thanksgiving dinner table, try this Savory Monkey Bread recipe from Samantha Skaggs at Five Heart Home.

The Salad - Thanksgiving Dinner
The Salad

This unique Thanksgiving Brunch Salad by Lily Mathuse includes pork sausage, eggs, and caramelized apples.  It looks both delicious and filling.

Another delicious looking salad for the Thanksgiving dinner table is this Fall Harvest Salad from Georgia at The Home Cook's Kitchen.  This salad included candied walnuts and dried cherries!   Top it off with a maple balsamic dressing.


When I came across these Cheesy Roasted Broccoli Patties from Po' Man Meals, I decided to add these as a regular table staple at my house.  We all enjoy broccoli and think these will go over well every time.  Add these to your Thanksgiving meal and also enjoy them year round.  

Is it even Thanksgiving if a Green Bean Casserole isn't on the menu?  Check out this one from Betty Crocker.

As a child, I avoided sweet potatoes as much as possible, but a an adult, I can't get enough of them.  Add a little color to the plate with these Rosemary Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potatoes from Marcie at Flavor the Moments.

If vegan is how you roll, you'll love these Savory Vegan Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes from Healthy Taste of Life.

I live in the South where collard greens are just part of life.  I'll admit that they aren't one of my favorite foods, but I like them occasionally.  My mother used to cook them often and they were almost always on my grandmother's table no matter the day of the year.  If you aren't from the south and you've never had them, here's a great recipe for you to give them a try.  Check out Southern Collard Greens from Small Town Woman.

Raw carrots are great but cooked carrots are really great.  Add Roasted Carrots with Honey and Garlic to your table this year and watch them disappear fast.  This recipe is brought to us from Jennifer at Carlsbad Cravings.

Another pretty dish for the Thanksgiving dinner table is Roasted Fall Vegetables from Lauren at Delicious Little Bites.  You'll enjoy Brussels sprouts and butternut squash accented with cranberries and maple walnuts.

If you're doing the Paleo or Whole 30 lifestyle, you'll enjoy Ultimate Stuffed Roasted Acorn Squash from Michele at Paleo Running Momma.

Here's a different way to cook corn.  Have you ever had fried corn?  I've had boiled corn on the cob, creamed corn, corn casserole, but here's something different - Five Ingredient Garlic Fried Corn from Mariah at The Simple Parent.

The Desserts
The Desserts

Well, this section deserves its own post so come back soon for a list of sweet treats for your Thanksgiving dinner celebration.


20 Savory Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Pumpkin Crafts and Activities for Kids

Pumpkin Crafts and Activities for Kids
Pumpkin Crafts and Activities for Kids

It's October!  October means all things pumpkin.  October also means lots of fall fun for kids.  Here is a list of pumpkin crafts and activities for kids.

Pumpkin Crafts and Activities for Kids

1.  Apple Stamping Pumpkin Craft:  Stamp cute pumpkins onto paper using an apple and orange paint.  Add googly eyes for super cuteness.  Check out this fun pumpkin craft from Made to Be a Momma.

2.  Easy Tide Pod Pumpkin:  Make a cute plastic pumpkin using an empty Tide pod container.  This craft looks nice with the green glittery lid.  Learn more about this craft from Tot School Resources here.

3.  Create mini pumpkins using orange pipe cleaners.  There are lots of other pipe cleaner crafts here at Fabulessly Frugal.

4.  Pumpkin Memory Matching Game:  Not only will your children improve memory skills, but they will also learn about emotions.  They'll improve social skills as they learn about 12 different emotions represented in this pumpkin matching game.

Pumpkin Activity:  Matching Game
This item is available here.

5.  Pumpkin Seed Puzzles:  Practice number recognition using this pumpkin seed puzzle suggestion from I Can Teach My Child.

6.  Paint Squishy Pumpkins:  Add colorful character to these solid white squishy pumpkins using this squishy pumpkin craft kit.  They can develop those motor skills while squishing them as they play with these pumpkins and decorate them.

Squishy Pumpkin Craft
This item is available here.

7.  Pumpkin Pounding:  Grab a real pumpkin, wooden pegs, and a child safe hammer.  Let the kids pound the pegs into the pumpkin.  This is good for hand-eye coordination.  There are lots of other pumpkin crafts and activities for 3 year olds here at No Time for Flashcards.

8.  Fall Wreath Craft Kit:  Let the kids help decorate your home.  They can make a fall pumpkin wreath using this fall wreath pumpkin craft kit.  Hang it in a place where they can see it and enjoy it all season long.

Fall Pumpkin Craft Kit
This item is available here.

9.  Color Mixing Pumpkin Activity:  Would you believe this activity is MESS FREE?  Find out how to let your kids enjoy this mess free pumpkin painting activity here at Crafts on Sea.

10.  Pom Pom Painted Pumpkin Patch on Paper:  Use painted pom poms to stamp pumpkins onto a paper pumpkin patch.  Learn more about this activity from Glued to My Crafts.

11.  Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin and a Bean Bag Toss:  This pumpkin activity kit includes two party games for kids.  They'll love trying to pin the nose on the pumpkin while blindfolded.  They'll also love knocking down the cans with bean bags.  This pumpkin activity kit could keep your kids busy having fun for hours.

Pumpkin Activity Party Games
This item is available here.

12.  Popsicle Stick Pumpkin Keepsake:  Make a pumpkin themed photo keepsake using popsicle sticks.  Keep the memory of that sweet smile forever with this idea from Fireflies + Mud Pies.

13.  Puffy Paint Caramel Apple Craft:  The kids will enjoy making these paper caramel apples using puffy paint.  See them here at I Heart Arts N Crafts.

14.  Candy Corn Bowling Game:  This activity isn't a pumpkin activity but I had to include it because it's cute and looks like fun.  Let the kids knock down the candy corn pins with the plastic bowling ball.  This is a great outdoor activity!

Candy Corn Bowling Game
This item is available here.

15.  Pumpkin Pop Up Card:  Check out this adorable pumpkin pop up card activity from The Soccer Mom Blog on Pinterest.  This would be a great card to send to out-of-town relatives, especially grandparents.


Pumpkin Crafts and Activities for Kids
Pumpkin Crafts and Activities for Kids

Friday, August 20, 2021

Abram and Lot

Abram and Lot - Coloring Through Genesis

In my Coloring Through the Bible Series (using my Beautiful Word Coloring Bible), we are now brought to Genesis 13.   At the end of Genesis 12, we read that Abram had lied about his relationship with Sarai so the Pharaoh had taken her as his own wife.  This disaster resulted in famine in the land of Egypt.  When the Pharaoh learned about Abram's deception, he sent them away.  In fact, Pharaoh's words were "Now then, here is your wife.  Take her and go!"  

Abram and Lot

Now in Genesis 13, Abram traveled from Egypt up to the Negev.  He took his wife and all his possessions.  Abram's nephew, Lot, was also with him.  We learn that Abram had become very wealthy.  Abram went back to the place where he had been earlier, the place where he had first built an alter.

Abram called on the name of the Lord. (Genesis 13:3)

Lot had is own possessions but the land where they settled could not support Abram, Sarai, and all their possessions and also support Lot and all of his possessions.  

Abram and Lot had a lot of stuff!

Eventually, Abram's herders and Lot's herders began to argue with each other but Abram didn't want he and his nephew to argue.  He didn't want their herders to argue either.  Abram told Lot that there was plenty of land so if Lot would take his possessions to the right, Abram would take his to the left or if Lot wanted to take his possessions to the left, Abram would take his to the right.  So they separated.

Lot chose the whole plain of the Jordan toward the East which was great land but it was not far from the city of Sodom where the people were evil and were sinning greatly against God.  Abram settled in the land of Canaan. 

After Lot left Abram, God said to Abram:

"Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west.  All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.  I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted.  Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land for I am going it to you."

So, Abram went to live near the trees of Mamre at Hebron.  There, he built an alter to the Lord.

Do you see a pattern with Abram?  Abram was always faithfully calling on the name of the Lord and wherever he lived, he built an alter to the Lord.  Abram was faithful to his God.

Here is a short lesson for adults about how this story of Abram and Lot relates to selfishness. 

Let's go back to Lot for a minute or two.  Remember that Lot had settled near the city of Sodom where the people were wicked and sinful.  In the beginning of Genesis 14, we learn the there had been a 13 year war in the area.  The region had been subject to King Kedorlaomer for 12 years.  In the 13th year, some of the kings rebelled.  In the 14th year, King Kedorlaomer and those allied with him defeated the Rephaites in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzites in Ham, the Emites in Shaveh Kiriathaim, and the Horites in Seir.  Then they turned back and went to Kadesh and conquered the whole area of the Amalekites as well as the Amorites in Hazezon Tamar.  Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, the king of Zeboyim, and the king of Bela marched and drew battle lines in the valley of Siddim against King Kedorlaomer, King Tidal, King Amraphel, and King Arioch (4 kings against 5).

One Side:

King Amraphel of Shinar

King Arioch of Ellasar

King Kedorlaomer of Elam

King Tidal of Goyim

Other Side:

These forces had been subject to King Kedorlaomer but in the thirteenth year, they rebelled.

King Bera of Sodom

King Birsha of Gomorrah

King Shinab of Admah

King Shemeber of Zeboyim

King Zoar of Bela

The kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled.  As they did so, some of their men fell into tar pits which were plentiful in the valley of Siddim.  The rest of their men fled to the hills.  The four kings allied with King Kedorlaomer seized all goods in Sodom and Gomorrah.  

They also carried off Abram's nephew, Lot, and all of Lot's possessions.  Remember that Lot was living near Sodom.

At least one man escaped who ran to tell Abram about Lot's predicament.  Abram gathered 318 trained men who had been born in his household.  They traveled as far as Dan.  During the night, Abram divided his men and prepared to attack the kings who had taken Lot.  Abram and his men followed the kings and their men as far as Hobah which was located north of Damascus. 

Abram defeated the kings, received all the goods, and rescued his nephew, Lot, and his household. 

After Abram had defeated the kings allied with King Kedorlaomer, the king of Sodom went to meet Abram.  Then the king of Salem and a priest of God, King Melchizedek, brought our bread and wine and blessed Abram saying:

"Blessed be Abram by God Most High

Creator of Heaven and Earth

And praise be to God Most High

Who delivered your enemies into your hand."

Then Abram gave King Melchizedek a tenth of everything.

The king of Sodom wanted Abram to give him the people and for Abram to keep the goods but Abram responded:

"With raised hand I have sworn an oath to the Lord, God Most High, Creator of Heaven and Earth, that I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the strap of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, 'I made Abram rich.'  I will accept nothing but what my men have eaten and the share that belongs to the men who went with me - Aner, Eshkol, and Mamre.  Let then have their share."

It is after this that God makes a covenant with Abram.  God tells Abram:

"Do not be afraid, Abram.

I am your shield,

Your very great reward."

At the time, Abram had no children so his only heir was one of his servants, Eliezer of Damascus.  But God told Abram:

'This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.  He took him outside and said, 'Look up at the sky and count the stars - if indeed you can count them.'  Then God said to Abram, 'So shall your offspring be."

Abram believed the Lord and he credited it to Him as righteousness.

In the rest of Genesis 15, God tells Abram that for four hundred years, his descendants will be strangers in a county not their own.  In that land, they would be enslaved and mistreated.  But God assures Abram that He will punish the nation that enslaves his descendants and that eventually they would come out with great possessions.  God promises Abram that he will go to his ancestors in peace and die at a good old age.  God promised Abram that He would give his descendants the land from the Wadi of Egypt to the great Euphrates river - the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites.

Teach the Kids!

Here is a short lesson for kids about how the story of Abram and Lot relates to selfishness.

Do your kids love to color?  You'll find free Abram and Lot coloring pages here at Coloring.WS, a DLTK site for kids.

Here is a short video lesson about how Abram rescues Lot.

Beautiful Word Coloring Bible - Abram and Lot

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