Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving!



 Thanksgiving...
  It's a wonderful time..  its the first time over the holidays we come together as a family.  Its a time to reflect on what we are grateful for.  As always we start out the week of school making our "Thankful turkeys".. unfortunately I don't have a photo of this years turkeys..  but it was fun nonetheless! Ev was on Thanksgiving break so she was with us too.  We make turkey bodies and feathers, and write what we are thankful for on each of the feathers.  They love it, and it begins to make them know what thanksgiving truly is about!
  This year I wasn't feeling great :(  What a bummer, to miss out on Thanksgiving food!  The kids had the flu the few weeks after thanksgiving, and I was coming to the end of it, so although I didn't really get to enjoy the meals very much, I really did enjoy the family time!!!




We first had dinner at Mamaw's (My mom) She finally got the rennovations done on her house and its beautiful!  She now has two dining rooms upstairs, rather than the one downstairs.  It looks amazing and is painted Tiffany blue.  She also put the kiddos picnic table in so now we have a 'kids table'.  Sawyer looked so big at the kids table!  
Afterward we wanted to spend some time with my Dad, so Sawyer hung out at home with Dad while we took the big kids to do Daddy's favorite pasttime..  see a movie!  We choose Big Hero 6 and it was AMAZING.  Hudson absolutely loved it!  It's going to be one of his favorites I do believe!



Next we had Thanksgiving with Stephen's family.  We had it this year at his aunt Patsy's house, where they got to play with all their cousins!  They really enjoy hanging out with these kids, they always have a ball!





All in all it was a wonderful thanksgiving, and we are really looking forward to Christmas!!! I wanted to share some of my favorite recipes with you!!

Crock Pot Cream Corn

3 (15 ounce) cans of whole kernal corn, drained
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 ounces cream cheese, cubed
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into thin slices

Instructions:
Place corn into a slow cooker.  Stir in milk, sugar and pepper until well combined.  Without stirring, top with butter and cream cheese.  Cover and cook on high heat for 2-3 hours.  
Uncover and stir until butter and cream cheese are well combined.  Cover and cook on high for an additional 15 minutes.

This turned out AMAZING!  Callie is a big cream corn person, and she loved it..  our family liked it as well, it was a hit!  

MM Cookie Bars

This recipe was AMAZING!  The kiddos absolutely LOVED it, and I think its something that I will make for a lot of family gatherings!  Kids dont' always like pies and cakes like we like to make, but they LOVE anything with MMs!
The one I made for Mom's didn't look as pretty as the picture.  I realized that I had used self rising flower and it had made the dough cover the mms.  If you use all purpose flour, it looks much prettier!  I didn't take the pic below, I googled it lol..  but they look just like this,(as long as you use the right flour they do haha!) and they taste amazing!



2 1/8 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
12 tbsp butter (1 and 1/2 sticks) melted and slightly cooled
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 tsps vanilla extract
1 12ox bag MMs divided

1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Adjust the oven rack to lower-middle position.  Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with foil, letting the excess hang over the edges of the pan by about 1 inch so you can grab those edges and pull the bars from the pan after they have baked.  Spray the foil-lined pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2.  Mix the flour, salt and baking soda together in a medium bowl; set aside.  Whisk the melted butter and sugars in a large bowl until combined.  Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix well.  Using a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until just combined; do not overmix.  Fold in 1 cup of mms and turn the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with the spatula.  Sprinkle remaining MMs on top and press in slightly.
3.  Bake until the top of the bars is light golden brown, slightly firm to the touch and edges start pulling away from sides of pan, 24-28 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack to room temperature.  Remove the bars from the pan by lifting the foil overhang and transfer them to a cutting board.  Cut into squares and serve!