Thursday, November 17, 2022

I like Thursday # 324 holiday dishes

From too hot to too cold, in Colorado, welcome to this week's list of likes. I like snow and cold weather!! 

This week I'm doing a couple of online workshops, baking again, walking more, reading and watching fun shows on tv. (along with the usual chores and stressors we don't have to talk about)

Watching on youtube:

OMG tiny pottery being made:


 interesting star for holiday decorations

list of keto almond flour goodies to make as I was looking for recipes to use almond flour, I came across these.... want to try lots of them! 

Watching on tv.... we started watching Magpie Murders on PBS and love it along with Miss Scarlett. I'm still watching Bravo shows, 90 day fiance, and bachelor in paradise.. We both are enjoying Survivor and Amazing Race. Hallmark and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries has had some fine holiday movies on recently too. At lunch we watch Chateau DIY together.

I'm reading on ebook


and just finished on audio.... and it was very good


Our prompt this week is Thanksgiving memories, side dishes, recipes...stories of favorite Thanksgivings....

I am a simple cook usually. Really tasty, sometimes spicy, but mostly without recipes. Since we've had to stop getting take out, I'm branching out into baking more goodiess for variety. For instance I plan on making pirogies again over the Christmas break.Recipe: food wishes tutorial

I just tried this recipe from

very good.... and used our stonewall Kitchens holiday jam. I LOVE stonewall kitchen products and we make orders frequently.
 Growing up, Thanksgivings were big affairs with several tables set up with our best dishes. One thing I miss is spiced peaches.... something kind of like a pickled peach. Nowadays:

I love my homemade cranberry sauce, recipe old as the hills from Martha Stewart and have no pics of it but yum

we put it on sandwiches too

zucchini casserole  again no pics but it's creamy and savory

I don't know where the recipe came from but my family has been making this for at least 35 years and it's so good

roasted sweet potatoes

I roast them open in the oven til caramelized, then peel mix with half and half, brown sugar, orange peel, cinnamon and salt, butter and a bit of maple syrup. Mash together and reheat. We all three love them and have them whenever it's cold enough to run an oven for hour and half. I often will put them in with other things baking,  to save on heat. 

cup of Joe on a Snowy morning
  citrus bowl

I come from orange grove people.... we always had fresh fruit and now that I'm grown and living out west, citrus isn't as good but... I always make a labor intensive dish we call citrus salad

I peel in long spirals grapefruit and oranges (first zesting the oranges now, then freezing the zest) so the white part is mostly gone. I section them, removing any seeds into a bowl. That is a skill I learned working at my sister's shop. insert a serrated knife down the inside of a section, lift the section out leaving the peel, til all sections are free of skin and pith. 

Add in shredded coconut, cherries with a bit of juice, bananas, pineapple sections and chill together. Makes a good snack or dessert as well as being healthy.

As a young working woman I had many a friendsgiving and miss those fun times. Now that it's just we three, we try to make it as traditional as we can and after all it's about abundance and love, right? I wish we could all spend it together at one long table, don't you? 

what are you grateful for this year?  I'm grateful for my husband, my poodle and you all

Milo's Moment

Milo here, be with you in a moment I'm watching Daddy play in the snow although he doesn't look like he's having much fun

Mama: that's because he's shoveling the snow off the driveway not playing

Milo: whatever, I could help

Mama: when you go out you eat the snow then urp it all up, so no.

Milo: hmph, then lets eat! 

Mama well, I gave you some tuna salad yesterday and you licked the tuna off the tiny piece of celery and spit it out, then backed up away from it

Milo: well if you gave me some stuffing and sweet potatoes I'd for sure gobble that down!

Mama: Okay honey, next week!

now please visit these people to see what they make for Thanksgiving(if you wrote a post let me know to add you in)



easyweimaraner said...

we love the cookies... they are a must have... right now...

grammajudyb said...

I used to make thumbprint cookies, but haven’t in a long while! I forgot about the date-filled cookies, that my mom used to make when I wrote my post! I need to find that recipe!
I’m curious, why you stopped doing take out? Health reasons or something else?
Oh Milo, I don’t like celery in my tuna salad either! Phooey! :)
Thanks for the recipes. I need to make cranberry sauce!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

You have some yummy favorite sides! The sweet potatoes really sound good. That was a crazy snowstorm the other day - we got nothing, but just a few miles south there was lots! We'll see what happens today. We've been enjoying Magpie Murders, too!

Tommy and Teaghan said...

It's nice to see your list of things to do. And thanks for all those links, although now we will have a bigger list of things to do Hah! Mom wants to try to make home made pierogies but but she never did it before. They are better than store bought. We kitties don't think we will eat them.

Jinjer-The Intrepid Angeleno said...

Having just had a major zucchini quiche fail, I look forward to trying your zucchini casserole!

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi LeeAnna! Your recipes are making my mouth water. I just love cranberries - on anything. I throw in some frozen strawberries with a washed bag of cranberries and as little sugar as I can get away with. I boil it until it's the consistency I like and that's it. Some orange juice goes in if I have it on hand. YUM. This is my favorite time of year. I like to bake and it's not too hot to do so anytime the urge strikes. The roasted sweet potatoes - swoon! Poor Milo!! A good-looking poodle can't even play in the snow. HAHAHA on the celery - it doesn't look good for a poodle to eat celery. It's that simple! {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

Sandee said...

It's food season. Yummy.

I always love seeing Milo.

Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday. Scritches to Milo. ♥

Miaismine said...

Wow! It seems like snow is beginning to fall all over the country!
Thank you for sharing the origami star video. We’ll be watching the grandbabies for a few days, so that should be fun to make together! Lots of baking going on in your home! I’ll have to find some nut-free jam print cookie recipes!
Thank you for sharing the recipes!

Cloudia said...

Wow! It looks like your house is the place to be!

Sara said...

Thanksgiving food always makes me think about my dad’s turkey. It was always wonderful. I always make a cheesy broccoli rice casserole for Thanksgiving too. It was snowing when we left on our trip on Wednesday morning, but I don’t know how much snow we got.

Brian's Home Blog said...

All of the foods sure sound good, holidays are a great time for favorites old and new. Milo, you don't need to go out and get frosty paws dude. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

PaintedThread said...

Snow! You got more than we did, but we got some. It's been chilly. I love that tiny thrown pot. So cute! Those thumbprint cookies look good.

MissPat said...

My husband had to have homemade cranberry sauce (the cooked variety) and homemade pumpkin pie with real whipped cream,although he did let me use Pillsbury pie crusts from the dairy case.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Thanks for sharing those recipes...sound so good. Thumbprint cookies were a staple when growing up. Last post, love your stars made from the special prints. Milo, celery is an acquired taste for dogs.

Michelle said...

I am grateful for my family, health, and my job. I just took a photo of that zuke recipe! It is so cold here this week, temps in the 20's, and will warm up next week. The weather is crazy. Thanks for linking up.

Tommy and Teaghan said...

Thanks again for the link. Love your blog, it's inspiring :-)

Joanne said...

Hi LeeAnna,

Snow ! Plus all those yummy smells coming from your kitchen !
Comfy cozy at home !
Thumbprint cookies ! That takes me back to when I was a kid !
hugs, take care,

Annie said...

Brrrrr that snow makes me feel cold...I’m not a lover of the cold. Your recipes sounds lovely...thanks for sharing them.
Annie x

Su-sieee! Mac said...

I kinda went cross-eyed towards the end of the hand folding the star. I’m going to give it a try anyway. Watching the video got me to thinking about being young and walking around Japantown in San Francisco on lazy Sunday afternoons. I’m also going to try your zucchini casserole since I have all the ingredients on hand.

We’ve been watching Poirot and Hamish Macbeth series on PBS. We have no idea what’s being said in Hamish, but we like it anyway. Shirley Henderson and Robert Carlyle are among my favorite actors. I fell asleep on Amazing Race this week. I hope the twins made it to the next round. i’d like to see them win.

Cheers, LeeAnna!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Your post is full of YUM!!! I always like Thanksgiving leftovers, but we won't have many (save for the turkey.) It's a simple meal for us, but with turkey for days! And pie. Let's not forget the pie!

Melisa- pinkernpunkinquilting said...

All of the holiday foods sound so delicious . Thank you for sharing the zucchini casserole.I am going to have to try that and I am very intrigued by the citrus bowl. Have a wonderful weekend.

Rosemary Dickinson said...

My mom used to make thumbprint cookies. I loved them! The zucchini casserole sounds like a good one. I'm thankful for my family. I'm not sure where I'd be without them.

Kathleen said...

So many yummy things. This is almost a week late - me getting to read this. I will be roasting sweets tomorrow. I simply mash them up and add some margarine to them... 9 for 3 people should get me leftovers. Hope you have a lovely Turkey day....give Milo an extra scratch from me...our first thanksgiving without our boy!