Thursday, November 27, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Tasty Tuesday Crockpot Chex Mix & Recipe Link Up

Hi friends and welcome to another Tasty Tuesday!!  Thanks for stopping by!

One of my families favorite Thanksgiving tradition is the annual Thanksgiving puzzle and snacks.  It began as a way to keep the kiddos distracted and out of the kitchen, but now that we're all grown we still continue it.  While the meal is being finished up we all gather in the living room and watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and do a Thanksgiving puzzle together.  Not just any puzzle.  A very specific one of a family gathering around a Thanksgiving feast.  One year we decided to spice things up and do a different puzzle.
It was awful.  
We vowed to never do that again and stick to the traditional, annual Thanksgiving puzzle.
While we puzzle and laugh and talk we also snack.  Since my mother does the extraordinary Thanksgiving feast, I take care of some appetizer/snacks.  Chex mix is an absolute must for the pre-Thanksgiving feast snack.  I wanted a way to avoid taking up more oven space though, so I found a way to use my trusty beloved crock pot.  If you're looking for one more delicious appetizer or snack to take to your Thanksgiving gathering, try this one!!!

Here's what you'll need..
(This is a non-traditional set of ingredients here I realize, but this is our favorite.  Use these suggested ideas or your family's favorites!!)
-9 cups Chex cereal (most suggest equal parts corn, rice, and wheat, but we don't like wheat chex)
-2 cups pretzels
-3 cups goldfish (in replacement of nuts due to a family member's nut allergy)
-6 Tablespoons melted butter
-1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
-1 Tablespoon seasoned salt
-1 teaspoon garlic powder 

Begin by combining the cereals, pretzels, and goldfish in the crockpot.

In a separate bowl combine melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt and garlic powder.

Pour over the cereal mixture in the crockpot and stir to combine.

Turn this on low for 3 hours, stirring about every 45 minutes-1 hour so the bottom doesn't burn.  After the 3 hours pour the chex mix out on parchment paper to let it cool completely. 

Once it's all cool eat it up, store it, or package it in cute jars with ribbon for a fun gift!!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Flashback Friday Party

 Hi friends and welcome to another Flashback Friday party!  Link up as many oldies but goodies that you like, and visit others as well!!

Scripture Sunday

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Top 10 Thanksgiving Tables

I think I say this about every holiday, but Thanksgiving really is my favorite.
For this week anyways.
I love the focus on gratitude, the extra time with family and friends, the traditions, and of course-the food.  One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is without a doubt, the lingering.  You know what I mean.  The food has been prepared and devoured, and you sit around with the people you love most just gathered around the dinner table talking.  Old stories, new stories, memories, love.  
That is better than any pie.
I have to say though, it seems to me that the prettier the table, the longer the lingering. Even though I know it's just stuff and just the way the table looks and not at all as important as the people around it, I do believe you can create a cozier and more inviting atmosphere that just begs your loved ones to stay around a little longer.  Talk a little more.  Linger on.  
Today I've rounded up 10 of my very favorite Thanksgiving table ideas that will be sure to put a brighter smile on your loved ones faces, and make them want to linger a little longer this year.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Christmas at Beatrice Lanes

Some exciting things are happening at Beatrice Lanes today!  The introduction of our 2014 Christmas line, as well as the offer of instant download!  This means that all of our Christmas prints can be purchase two ways-by print, which means you will get a hard copy of the print shipped to you, or by download, which means you will receive the print digitally for you to print at your convenience from home or professionally!  Either way you want it, stop by and check out our new Christmas prints here!!  
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Tasty Tuesday Brownie Fudge Pie & Recipe Link Up

 Hi friends and welcome to another Tasty Tuesday!  I'm so glad you stopped by.

We've got exactly 2 Tasty Tuesday's until Thanksgiving, so this week I wanted to share a non-traditional Thanksgiving dessert for you to make/take to your  Thanksgiving gathering!  I knew I wanted it to be unique.  Not a traditional fruit pie.  Pumpkin Pie.  Pecan Pie.  Something that would please those who turn their heads a the "normal" Thanksgiving treats, or just spice up the dessert table this year.
I'm halfway disappointed because I couldn't think of one.  I kept going back to my favorite.  My love.  Brownie Fudge Pie.
Don't let the pie exterior fool you, it is leading to the chewy, decadent, almost gooey fudge brownie-like center that has a special place in my heart.  This pie and I have a serious relationship, and I could not bring myself to bringing you all a lackluster dessert so as not to repeat myself.  You deserve the best my friend, and this pie is the very best.

I'm not sure where I got this recipe years ago, all I know is that my life was increasingly happier when it came.  I bring this pie every Thanksgiving and Christmas, and sometimes just on a Monday because it's Monday.  If you needed any other reason to try this pie, let me tell you it only takes about 10 minutes to throw together if you use a pre-made crust.  

So let's get started…you'll need…
9 inch pie crust (homemade or store bought)
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 Tablespoons unsweeetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Dump everything except the pie crust into a bowl and combine with the help of a stand or hand mixer.  Pour into pie crust and bake at 325 for 25-30 minutes.  The key to this pie is to NOT over bake it, you'll lose the chewy-ooey-goodness-factor.  And that's my favorite.  Serve as is or with a dollop of whipped cream.  

I typically make a couple of these, as they will fly off the desert table.  
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