Showing posts with label thanksgiving. Show all posts
Showing posts with label thanksgiving. Show all posts

Monday, November 11, 2013

Yummy Thanksgiving Recipe and a Cookbook Giveaway!

Hello!! I'm back this week with another fun giveaway...I know, it's the season for giving so I am hosting all sorts of fun giveaways as of late-hope you don't mind :).
This is brought to you by my kind friends at Southern Living...my go-to destination for finding turkey day worthy recipes to drool over. Their new cookbook, No Taste Like Home, has to be one of my favorites...you all know my love affair with the south, and this book breaks down dishes by the regions from which they hail...it's a win, a great gift to give, and the pages are filled with fun facts about southern cities.
This year, we are attending Thanksgiving festivities at my Aunt Denise's house and I am responsible for a few dishes...sweet potato casserole, bread, and pie. When it comes to pie, there are the tried and true goodies...apple, pumpkin, and pecan, but this one is a step up and one that will make the hungry crowd go gaga.
Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie
Makes 8 servings   
Hands-On Time 10 min.   
Total Time 1 hour, 10 min.
Ingredients
1⁄2 (14.1-oz.) package refrigerated piecrusts
1 1⁄2 cups chopped pecans
1 cup (6 oz.) semisweet chocolate morsels
1 cup dark corn syrup
1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
1⁄2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1⁄4 cup bourbon or water
4 large eggs
1⁄4 cup butter, melted
2 tsp. cornmeal
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1⁄2 tsp. table salt
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 325°. Fit piecrust into a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate according to package directions; fold edges under, and crimp.
2. Sprinkle pecans and chocolate evenly onto bottom of piecrust; set aside.
3. Combine corn syrup and next 3 ingredients in a large saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly,  3 minutes. Remove from heat.
4. Whisk together eggs and next 4 ingredients. Gradually whisk about one-fourth hot mixture into egg mixture; add to remaining  hot mixture, whisking constantly. Pour filling into prepared piecrust.
5. Bake at 325° for 55 minutes or until set; cool on wire rack.

And now for a chance to win the No Taste Like Home Cookbook, see the giveaway details below! Giveaway starts today and runs through Thursday...best of luck my dear friends.
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Monday, November 26, 2012

a whole lotta catch up

hello, my name is natasha and i used to blog...hehe. i know, i've been away for a bit haven't i? i am so sorry for the absence, especially during my FAVORITE time of the year! we are now 100% healthy here at the stoneking residence and are happy to feel like ourselves again...through caroline's first ear infection, more teething, and a sinus and upper respiratory infection for me, it was a rough few weeks indeed.
this past week we had all sorts of fun with the family over thanksgiving! we all gathered at my aunt michele's house for lunch and dove right in...and yes, luckily this girl got her appetite back JUST in time for turkey, dressing (my favorite), and loads of pumpkin pie. we celebrated all we have to be grateful for-specifically this little one seen below-and spent the day relaxing...what could be better!
friday morning, i woke up and jeff was instantly persuading me to hit the ground running with mom and take on the black friday shopping extravaganza, as he knew i'd be devastated if i didn't do some major shopping for presents. i was so ready to get out of the house and it was so thoughtful of him to hang out with caroline for the day so i could have some 1 on 1 time with mimi... lucky for us, we racked up on some GREAT sales (a few christmas gifts purchased and some must haves for us, too) and i finally bought our very own cuisinart/keurig coffee maker...OHHH LALA! fyi: i'm in love with it already. i have been converted and doubt i will ever go back my friends. and yes, it makes the most heavenly hot cocoa, too.  
saturday, jeff did some shopping while cc and i went out and about for some girl time to hit up target's holiday decor, old navy's super sale, and shopped for a new dvd player for the house so we could break out all the holiday movie favorites we love so much!
that evening, we got out the hoards of holiday rubbermaid bins, put on some christmas tunes, and let the decorating commence...being at home with my little family made my heart so very happy. this holiday season is going to be my favorite i do believe!
sunday afternoon, we were FINALLY able to meet up with our wonderful photog/friend for our family holiday session. this was the 3rd time trying to get these taken and i was beginning to think it just wasn't going to happen...but luckily candice didn't give up on us and i think we got some AMAZING shots for our cards this year.
ok, another start to the week...wanting this to be a productive one because we have a gala friday night and saturday we fly out for california! hope you had a FANTABULOUS thanksgiving!
and p.s. before i TOTALLY forget again, the winner of the East Coast Bride prize package is Jamie...she said she'd be using the giveaway for her upcoming March 2013 wedding...how perfect! I'll be sending your info to Keri and she'll be contacting you soon!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thankfulness...I Was Here

This year, more than ever before, I think I have an
abounding list of "things" to be thankful for...
An incredible husband--we celebrated 5 months of wedded bliss. Not a day goes by that I don't thank my lucky stars and God for bringing him in my life...he's my best friend,  partner-in-crime, and I wouldn't want to go through this adventure with anyone else.
A close-knit and supporting family. There is lots to say for a family that is as close as ours is. Sure, we're all crazy in our own ways, but I am thankful for each one of them...they add so much to my life and I am a better person because I have them in my world.
The best friends a girl could ask for. Honest, sincere, caring, and always there when the going gets tough or when we're celebrating exciting happenings in each others' lives. There is no one like them and none could ever be replaced.
A job that brings me joy...there are good days and bad days with any type
of career, but my good days outweigh the bad and I am lucky to work for a
company that values and rewards its employees.
My health. Pregnancy thus far has been relatively easy and I am thankful for that. I'm healthy, trying to stay as active as possible, and just enjoying this exciting time in my life.
I am thankful for the men and women who sacrifice day in and day out to protect our country...they are so unselfish in what they give up for each and every one of us and I pray that they can return home safely to their family and friends.
Having a real relationship with God...He's with me day in and day out and I know that no matter what happens, He is always looking out and watching over me. The older I get, the closer I feel to Him and I am so happy He is in my life.
And most of all, I am thankful to become a mother. A little less than 4 months to go until we meet our sweet Caroline and words cannot express the love, excitement, and joy I have in my heart to welcome this child into the world. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt she will be loved and showered with hugs and kisses and will know how happy we are she came into our lives. Nothing is going to be better than having a child of our own. 

My cup truly runneth over ;)

And on a semi-related topic, has anyone else heard this song from Beyonce titled "I Was Here"? This is an incredible song, a testiment to living each day to the absolute fullest, to touching hearts, to doing everything you wanted, to making a difference, bringing happiness to others, and leaving a mark. We should all be living this way...we're never guaranteed a tomorrow, so live each day like it's your last. OXOX

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What I'm Cooking This Year...

Growing up, I rememeber helping my Mom prepare Thanksgiving dishes to bring to my Grandparent's house and how we would spend so much time in the kitchen, making sure each dish was prepared perfectly...afterall, turkey day is a lot about the food, am I right?
Even now, I am just like her in that I agonize over each and every detail of what I make, as food=love. This year, the dishes I am making are a little different than usual since we'll be in Hilton Head, though I just have to make some of my most treasured favorites so that it'll feel like home. Here are the items on my to-do list for tomorrow night and Thursday morning:
**this time, I'll be using pumpkin butter and pecans instead of preserves
Sweet Potato Casserole {my family's famous recipe}
Autumn Chopped Salad {via Espresso and Cream}
German Chocolate Heath Bar Cake {via Cookbook Jungle}
And because you all love to hate me when I post the infamous "Eat This, Not That" series, I read that the average person consumes more than 4,500 calolries and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving...obviously the "fattest day of the year" by a landslide. However, check out these quick switches to help keep yourself on track during turkey day! Enjoy your time with family and friends ;)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Etsy Finds...Thanksgiving Edition

Now more than ever, I find myself seeking out Etsy for ideas, inspiration, and fantastic products from sellers with clever ideas...with great prices. With the gobble gobble holiday fast approching {a mere 3 weeks away friends}, I thought I would highlight some of my favorite finds I just happened to stumble across--maybe you'll just need some of these, too ;)

Hosting a Thanksgiving get together? Look at this cute handmade garland to deck out any mantle or room in the house from Polka Dot Shop
Love the smell of freshly baked bread, pumpkins, or the overarching scent of the season? Try this fall bundle of candles via Red barn Candles' Shop
If I were hosting Thanksgiving at our home this year, I would certainly send out festive yet simple invites, such as these I found from Paper Theory
Needing to switch out the door decor for something more festive? I am loving this homemade burlap wreath over at Carolina Moon Crafts
Planning on sending greeting cards out to friends and family for this year's Thanksgiving? Letterpress card via The Paper Peony
Wanting to make some yummy favors perfect for fall? I love these homemade kraft bags found at Sincerely Sadie

Monday, November 29, 2010

Turkey Time Rewind

I was a horrid photog this weekend in that I didn't take a single picture from our family's Thanksgiving festivities... so sad. Let me put it to you this way, we came, we saw, and we most certainly ate! Please tell me I was not the only one that ate themselves into a food coma this year?? I was able to work off some of that homemade caramel cake and carrot cake by playing a few rounds of cornhole in the afternoon. By the time we made it home Thursday night, all I could manage to do was put on some comfy PJs and fall asleep on the couch with Jeff while he and his Mom watched movies all night...it's that stupid turkey ingredient I tell you! 

Just like clockwork, Mom and I were up before dawn the next morning, stopping by Starbuck's for my Skinny Peppermint Mocha and then we were off! 12 hours later, we had visited the mall, Sam's, Target, Dick's Sporting Goods, and everywhere in between and both of our SUVs were stuffed to the brim with all of our goodies. I was VERY good this year in that I only came home with 2 sweaters and a scarf for myself and the rest was Christmas presents for the family... pat on the back for me! That evening, my Dad met my Mom and I for our anything-but-turkey dinner at PF Changs and then I went home to rest with Jeff and his Mom.
Saturday was spent doing more shopping around town and running errands, and then that night we met the fam at the infamous Gerst Haus restaurant downtown for some authentic German food to celebrate my Papa's 70th birthday. We were the entertainment that night, dancing around the restaurant doing the chicken dance and had a great time!!
Sunday, we decided to take it easy and finish decorating our house for Christmas. We went and bought a real tree to put in our formal living room which makes our whole house smell like Christmas trees {yay!}, made homemade hot cocoa while we listened to our holiday music mix, and then I decorated our tree while Jeff put up the outside lights. I cannot wait to show you the finished product--not exactly the Griswalds for our first year, but we couldn't help but get excited driving by with everything all lit up!!
Is it just me or are the Cyber Monday deals not that exciting this year?? I did see DSW's whole site is 25% off, at Loft, everything is 40% off, and Francesca's has 30% off, but not too much struck my fancy...fail for getting more online shopping done today =(

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I Give Thanks...and My Own Big Turkey!

Happy Thanksgiving friends!! In a world where we are constantly on the move, sometimes it's hard to stop and smell the roses... well, it is for me at least. I do know, however, that God has blessed me and my family with so many blessings and I cannot ever begin to repay Him for just how much we all have... with Thanksgiving finally here, I wanted to highlight my list of important {and some not-so important} things I am thankful for are:

1. A house to call a home
2. A career that keeps me stimulated
3. A family that supports me unconditionally
4. True friends
5. My gym and iPod that helps me have my "me time"
6. The ability to help others
7. A fiance and best friend that is the most incredible man I could've ever wished for
8. Handwritten thank-you notes
9. A wonderful church family and my faith that has increased exponentially
10. A computer that helps me stay connected to friends and family
11. My health
12. An incredible coffee maker that is always happy to give me my morning fix
13. Clothes to keep me warm this season

The list goes on and on, but I hope you all can take a moment to reflect on just how lucky each of us is and know that all our blessings come from Him. God bless all of you on this day {as well as all others!} and remember to be thankful for the men and women who are serving our proud nation--keep them safe and bring them home soon!
And, as if I could forget, today we are also celebrating a big turkey's birthday in my family... my Papa's 70th birthday!! What a special birthday--I am one lucky girl to have such a close relationship with my grandfather--he's always been there for me from the day I was born, and he is such a loyal husband, father, and gradnfather. They just don't make them like that anymore I tell you. He retired last year and has taken up even more hobbies with his free time. He and my grandmother are constantly on the go and traveling whenever they can. Such remarkable role models who have changed the lives of so many in our family. He is selfless, honest, the ever-comedian, and loves to entertain. Papa, Happy Birthday!!! I am so happy we are celebrating today AND this weekend... love you!!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes

I've been on the hunt for some turkey-riffic {can't believe I just made that word up} recipes to share for all of your upcoming Thanksgiving menus--it's 2 weeks from today, can you tell I'm counting dowen?? Some of these I have tried, and some are newbies I can't wait to attempt, but they all seem relatively easy--a prerequisite for making it on my recipe roll--and I'm thinking you may want to try some, too!!
Appetizers

Side Dishes
Garlic Cheddar Biscuits via Gimme Some Oven
Herbed Monkey Bread via Kelly's Recipe

Main Dishes
Roasted Turkey via Paula Deen
Maple Glazed Ham via Mel's Kitchen Cafe

Desserts, Drinks, and Sweet Treats
Caramel Apple Cider via Our Best Bites
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies via Gimme Some Oven
Pumpkin Pie via Paula Deen

Is it just me, or are you all extremely hungry now too?  Nothing like some comfort food!!
Hope this helps you menu plan for your upcoming holiday feast =)
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