Cozy Wild Rice & Chicken Soup

This is the time of year that I absolutely love soup! I’m seeing this trend of Instant Pot Soups – but honestly, this soup is so easy you don’t even need an Instant Pot it comes together so quick and the flavors infuse almost immediately.

When it is cold outside the one thing, I crave every single time… is soup! I absolutely love making soup, enjoying soup, reheating soup, I love it. This soup is both creamy and hearty and perfect to make you feel super cozy this time of year.

The savory flavors of thyme and sage that come together in the creamy roux are legit the best thing ever. It might be my favorite soup I’ve made.

It’s definitely one of my staples during the winter months. Because not only is it tasty, but it’s so easy.

I also love to have soup stuff on hand because it’s really easy to whip together when I’m having friends over – and especially when I’m having friends over and only have a little bit of time to prepare it.

When you make instant pot soups – you usually need fresh ingredients.

But with this soup, you can use frozen because it adds a bit of moisture when they thaw, and it also means you can keep the ingredients on hand for the last-minute soup need.

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Cozy Wild Rice & Chicken Soup

  • Author: Abby Turner
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x
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Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (reserve 2 tablespoons for the mushrooms)
  • 1 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup carrot, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic 
  • 8 ounces mushroom
  • 2 cups chopped chicken ( I like rotisserie chicken meat the best)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup dry wild rice, rinsed
  • 2 cups butternut squash, frozen
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, for garnish
  • 4 strips of bacon cooked and chopped roughly, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat in a large dutch oven.  Add the mushrooms, stirring well to coat them in butter, and cook for 3-5 minutes until slightly seared.
  2. Melt the remaining butter and add the onion, celery, carrot, and chicken as well as the spices and stir until well mixed.  Cook until the onions are translucent 
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and add the flour.  Use a wooden spoon to mix the flour into the vegetables, then cook the flour for 3 minutes.  This should form a roux, if you need more butter to help the roux form, add 2 tablespoons.
  4. Cook the minute rice half the amount of time the package says. Open and add to the mixture coating with the flavors.
  5. To prevent lumps, slowly stir in your chicken broth a little at a time.  Stir in the water and bring to a boil
  6. Cook butternut squash according to package and then dump into the soup.  (If you do not have butternut squash from the frozen section, add butternut squash at the beginning with the carrots.)
  7. Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 8-10 minutes.
  8. If desired, add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper and 1 1/2 teaspoons more of fresh thyme leaves. (At this point I usually add the salt, not the pepper, and add additional thyme, sage, and garlic powder.)
  9. After it’s cooked, take it off the heat, if necessary, skim off any fat that rises to the top.  Pour in the heavy cream.  Stir until it is well incorporated.  
  10. Serve hot and garnish with fresh thyme and bacon crumbles.

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Reset & Remember

I have been trying to write this blog post for a while as I have been remembering God’s faithfulness throughout 2020. Honestly, I wait until the final hour to share what is on my mind. By that point, there are so many thoughts swirling in my head; I do not know where to start.

I have taken the last two weeks to reset and focus on what Jesus taught me in 2020 and where we are going in 2021.  

Reset. A definition that means to adjust to things differently.

How do we reset? Where is our focus? Is it in the past – the disappointments and regrets even? Are you focused on things we would have done differently? Or are we looking ahead and focusing on all of the possibilities that wait for us in a new year?

365 days, 52 weeks, 12 months. – Each wait for us, having divine purpose.

I was recently having a conversation with a friend about my purpose on Earth. I began thinking, do we know what our specific purpose is? We are wired to understand why we do things. Ultimately, our overarching purpose of life on Earth is to live every moment to pursue Christ’s love, proclaim His extraordinary kindness, and fall in love with Him so that we shine His glory so all may see.  

“Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” (Isaiah 43:6–7)

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

In 2020, God called me into a deep conversation focusing on Him. He used the little book of Haggai to teach me about His undying desire for us to serve Him and bring Him glory.

If you have not spent time in Haggai, it is a great book that will take you only a few moments to read, but it took me an entire year to unpack. Yes, you read that right. I spent all year in Haggai.  

God was asking me to FOCUS on Him all year, which is a powerful theme throughout Haggai. I found so many convicting and encouraging perspectives in those two chapters. God continues to draw us into Him, no matter how unfocused we become.  

God calls us to not only put Him first in our lives but to focus on Him in every aspect of our day.  

So that is why I reset. Remembering God’s faithfulness is how I choose to reset.

I reset to remember His faithfulness, which brings me to 2021—my year of remembrance. For me, I was called to create a posture of daily recalling everything God has done, said, taught, revealed – you name it – I am learning to remember it.  

We are a forgetful people. I could go into this psychological theory called Trace Decay, in which we have to use a pathway in our brain or the memory decays.  (I’m not a neurologist… but that is the gist)

Guys! We must remember. We cannot forget what God has done. Because when we forget God’s goodness and mercy – we complain about our circumstances. We believe this lie that we deserve better; we deserve God to show up in specific ways. 

What a fallacy. We do not deserve a single drop of His kindness – yet over and over again, God desires a relationship with us, and He draws us back in.  

Remembering God’s faithfulness is not just done by recalling events in our own lives but also through the edification of scripture. You are edified by scripture when you know it and live it out. Moreover, when you know scripture and ‘hide it in your heart,’ your faith is strengthened.

My prayer for my year, and yours, is that we would remember the goodness of our God. That we would stand firm in His scripture that says He reigns over Heaven and Earth (Psalm 93), He desires to daily renew His mercy on us (Lamentations 3:22-23), and that God is a just God and longs to have compassion on us (Isaiah 30:18).  

But, we have so much to praise God for in our lives. We are on this Earth with a divine purpose. Do not waste your purpose and forget to focus on His goodness, remember – we do not deserve any of it, yet he continues to draw us in with compassion, mercy, and love.

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Advent: God’s Matchless Love

Wow.  The last week of Advent and here we are.  Each week during Advent we focus on one of four characteristics of Jesus.  Joy, Hope, Peace, and this final week – Love.  The Advent season culminates in love because it is His sovereign, all-encompassing love that provides hope, fulfills our longings, and draws us into peace.

Has there ever been something that you love more than anything? Something that you love so much that you would do anything for it?  A few weeks ago, one of my pups got sick and I was in a puddle on the floor.  I had no idea that I loved Mowgli as much as my heart was telling me I did as I handed him to the vet-tech through the car window.  I got a call a few minutes later and the vet was on the phone breaking down the costs for the treatment that would hopefully bring my sweet little Papillon back home and healthy to me.  I told her to do anything and everything possible to get him healthy… whatever the cost.

I am in no way trying to trivialize the sacrifice God made when He sent Jesus to save us.  However, in some ways… this comparison helps me understand in a very tiny and microscopic way the love that God had for us.  All I wanted at that moment the Vet called was to love on my sweet puppy, Mowgli, and bring him home with me – continue our relationship, if you will.

You see that is what God wanted. He wanted a relationship with us so bad, but because we live in sin there was no way He could.  We needed the ultimate sacrifice to bridge that deafening gap.  That bridge was Jesus. You see, Jesus had to come.  He was sent to save and redeem us so that we could have a relationship with God.

1 John 4:9 (NLT) God showed how much He loved us by sending His only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. 

In order to understand how much God truly loves us, we must first understand why God sent Jesus to Earth.  He came to us to draw near to us.  His name, “Emmanuel” literally means God with us.

He had friends and family, was tempted and beat up, He faced unspeakable opposition, and the best part – He didn’t have to.  He could have stayed in Heaven, but he desired a relationship with us.  He wanted us to know that no matter what life looks like, He has been there and done that and He is with us through all of it.

God sacrificed His Son… for us. He sent Jesus to die knowing that Jesus would conquer death 3 days later. Because of that sacrifice we are able to not only commune with God, but we are invited to receive His love constantly.


So What?


That means that we get to live life knowing that God has a bigger plan than our current circumstances and that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:37-39).


I mean come on, it’s super easy to go through some of our circumstances in life and feel like God could not be further from our situation. Like He has separated from us and we are slipping away. When we question where God is in our circumstances, I truly believe that we lose sight of how BIG our God is.


God’s love give us hope. God’s love gives us peace that’s unexplainable. Even if you don’t feel like it, or maybe you don’t think it’s true in a particular moment.

You see God is L-O-V-E and there is not a single thing that can separate us from His unending love. No matter how deep we probe into the motives of God, we will never arrive at a layer which is not Love.

Knowing that we can have confidence and proclaim the hope that Jesus revealed that night in Bethlehem.

Have confidence my friend. Jesus is coming. No one was expecting Him to come as a baby, and in a manger no less. Don’t be surprised when Jesus shows up in your life differently than you expected. That’s literally is M.O.

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Honey Roasted Spicy Peanuts using Mike’s Hot Honey

I’m all about some fun Holiday food gifts, in fact, it’s probably my favorite thing to take to Christmas parties! What’s your favorite thing? Mike’s Hot Honey is awesome for gifting – just as a jar of honey or when using it in a recipe like my Honey Roasted Peanuts!

This blog post is sponsored by Mike’s Hot Honey, but all thoughts are my own. There is a link to purchase honey from Walmart. You can purchase the honey next to the jam and peanut butter!

I love both the large 10 ounce bottles and the 1.9 ounce bottles. And the best part they are made with Chiles and not jalapenos or wasabi – so it actually adds a very flavorful spicy-ness to the honey.

This recipe can easily be substituted with almonds, pecans or chex mix! It is literally super easy and is so delicious everyone will want their own bag.

The bags I used for the gifts were just plain plastic candy gift bags and I tied them together with really pretty ribbon that I found.

They stay good in the bag for about 3 weeks – so make these honey roasted spicy peanuts at the beginning of the season and they will last the entire month!

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Honey Roasted Spicy Peanuts using Mike’s Hot Honey

Christmas Gifts
  • Author: Abby Turner
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup Mike’s Hot Honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 pound peanuts (preferably raw and unsalted)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350º.
  2. In a large sauce pan over medium heat, stir together the butter, honey, cinnamon and salt.  Heat until butter is melted and bubbly.  Add the peanuts and stir until they are well coated.
  3. On a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat, add peanuts in an even layer with room (don’t crowd).  
  4. Cook, rotating peanuts every 5 minutes to prevent burning. Remove peanuts whenever they’ve evenly browned, about 20 minutes.
  5. When peanuts are done, remove from oven and transfer to a metal mixing bowl.  Slowly add the sugar mixture, a little bit at a time, mixing well each time.  Continue to add sugar until the peanuts are coated to your liking.
  6. Lay peanuts on parchment paper to cool.
  7. Serve and enjoy!
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Brie and Pomegranate Naan Dippers

Appetizers might be my favorite thing about the holidays. I totally love the big meal from Thanksgiving, but I also love how food goes from the Big Meal at Thanksgiving to all of the fun handheld appetizers during Christmas. But what is better than tasty handheld appetizers? A quick and easy handheld Christmas appetizer! You know the ones that come together in minutes, are devoured quicker than you can put them out and are a fan favorite? Yah, those are the best types of Christmas appetizers, and the reason for the season (in my opinion).

You know I am obsessed with finding store bought hacks to make everything just a smidge easier and faster. Well, there are couple of very important hacks in this Easy Christmas Appetizer.

First off, don’t try and de-seed your own pomegranate! Buy the arils from the store – super easy and very inexpensive!


Secondly, you can absolutely buy one large piece of naan (or two or three), however, Stonefire makes these naan dippers that make a handheld appetizer even that easier!

Lastly, this recipe is really just about combining all of the different ingredients on the naan. No mixing, or combining, just stacking.

I hope you’ll make this recipe because it is a really easy and fun one to make and looks super festive too! Pomegranates are always such a nice and unexpected touch during the holidays!

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Brie and Pomegranate Naan Dippers

Holiday Appetizer | Brie & Pomegranate Naan Dipper
  • Author: Abby Turner
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 1624 Naan Pieces 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 wedge of brie
  • 1 container of naan bites or 3 slices of naan
  • 8 ounces of pomegranate arils
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme chopped 
  • ¼ cup brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Lay Naan Dippers on a cooking sheet about ½ inch apart. 
  3. Next slice Brie Cheese into thin 1/8 inch slices and lay each piece of cheese on the naan.
  4. Sprinkle brown sugar on top of Brie Cheese followed by the Pomegranate Arils. 
  5. Lastly sprinkle some Thyme on each Naan dipper.  I usually like fresh thyme, but dried works just as well. 
  6. Put in oven for 3-5 minutes until the brie cheese is nice a melted, you just want to avoid the Brie melting all of the way off the Naan.  

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Mediterranean Meatballs with a Cinnamon-Pomegranate Glaze

You guys know that I have a thing for Mediterranean food. I mean ever since I came back from Israel, I have had an obsession with the flavor profiles of the food and tried to integrate that into every recipe I can possibly create. This one is no different. I took the traditional Meatball that is sometimes served as an appetizer, added some Cinnamon and allspices to it and created a festive winter glaze with pomegranate juice and balsamic vinegar. You will be going crazy for this easy holiday app, trust me!

Did you know that in Greece and the Mediterranean – they used the prized spice, Cinnamon not only for desserts like Baklava, but also in savory dishes to help add flavor to low quality meat. That is why in a lot of traditional Greek dishes, you will notice the cinnamon flavor.

I added cinnamon in the meatballs and the glaze, and it came out perfectly. You can definitely smell the holiday aromas as you make this easy holiday app and it’s delicious.

A couple of pro tips as you are making this easy holiday app:

Have you ever cooked a steak on the stove top and then put it in the oven? That is exactly what we are doing here, except we aren’t putting it in the oven, we are just slowly cooking it on the stove top after we sear all of the sides together.

So start out with the meatballs on high-heat rotating frequently so they don’t burn, then lower the meat to medium-low heat and cook until meatballs are done (8-10 minutes).

You will love how easy these meatballs are and surprisingly tasty. I just have one request. Don’t read this recipe and say nope… can’t do cinnamon in my meat. You will be shocked at how much you love it you will be coming back for more easy Holiday apps that have a Greek twist!

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Mediterranean Meatballs with a Cinnamon-Pomegranate Glaze

Easy Holiday Appetizer | Mediterranean Meatballs
  • Author: Abby Turner
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12-15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1216 meatballs 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 1 lb ground beef or bison
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, cinnamon, oregano, thyme and nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of salt, to taste
  • ½ cup of breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Dash of nutmeg, cinnamon, and thyme
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 bunch flat leaf parsley, chopped for garnish
  • ½ cup Pomegranate arils, for garnish

Instructions

To Make Glaze:  (best case-make night before… but not imperative for a good glaze)

  1. Over medium-high heat cook 2 tablespoons of olive oil and finely diced shallots until fragrant. 
  2. Add pomegranate juice, honey, and balsamic vinegar and boil together. 
  3. Reduce to simmer and add the dash of nutmeg, cinnamon, and thyme.  
  4. Lastly, add salt and pepper to taste (I find usually I don’t need either). 
  5. Remove from heat and let sit until ready to serve.  The longer you let it sit, the thicker it will get and the better it will be. 

 

To Make Meatballs: 

  1. Mix meat, garlic powder, cinnamon, oregano, thyme and nutmeg (could also sub for garlic powder, cinnamon and allspice). 
  2. Add breadcrumbs and salt and form 12-16 meatballs.  I like to make my meatballs a bit larger as they are appetizer meatballs. 
  3. Over high-heat heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and put meatballs in skillet. 
  4. Rotating frequently, fry all sides of meatballs and then reduce heat to medium-low. 
  5. Over the next 8-10 minutes, rotate to avoid burning.
  6. Remove from heat and plate. 
  7. Drizzle glaze on top and finish with parsley and pomegranate arils. 

 

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Rudolph Spritzer

Nothing better to add to a fun appetizer or festive party than a fun drink! And this drink takes the cake, or cookie! Ha A good spritzer starts with a base, adds champagne (some fizz), and then finishes with a shot of your favorite liquid fun! However, this drink can easily be made as a mocktail for the entire party to enjoy, just hold the champs and the shot and you’ve got a festive punch for the whole gang! The pomegranate in this holiday drink gives it a festive Rudolph vibe – thus my Rudolph Spritzer!

So here are the parts that make my Rudolph Spritzer a fun holiday drink!

The base: Always go with Ginger Ale! You could also sub your favorite sparkling water especially if it’s a fun flavor like the Aha! Pomegranate and Berry one.

The Flavor: For the Rudolph Spritzer I’m using Pomegranate Juice. Other juices that are fun for the holidays are cranberry and peppermint! You could do either! Although, I think Peppermint might be better in a milky drink than a juice – but to each their own!

The Sugar: Go with a frozen concentrate! In some of my spritzers I like to go with Frozen Orange Juice, but in this case we are going with Frozen Lemonade.

Pro Tip: Always keep frozen juice concentrate in your freezer! It takes any holiday drink to the next level!

Liquid Fun: Add an entire bottle of Champagne and if you are making a pitcher put a cup of gin or vodka in it.

For the Rim, I promise I have tried it multiple ways, and let me tell you – homemade sugar cookies do not work. You need the soft frosted cookies from the grocery store. Every store has them and they have them throughout the year so this can be a fun drink rim for any occasion! The reason you need these frosted soft sugar cookies is that they crumble super easily!

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Rudolph Spritzer

Rudolph Spritzer | Christmas Drink
  • Author: Abby
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Ingredients

  • 16 ounces of Ginger Ale
  • 1 container of Frozen Lemonade Concentrate
  • 1 cup of Pomegranate Juice
  • 750 mL of Champagne or Prosecco
  • 1 cup of your favorite liquid fun (gin or vodka are great in this!) 

 

The Rim: 

  • 34 crumbled soft sugar cookies 
  • Cake or cookie frosting

Instructions

  1. Pipe the frosting on every rim. Let sit for 5 minutes. 
  2. Crumble the cookies and slowly dip, do not dunk the rim like you do salt, the rim on all sides to coat the icing in sugar cookie dust!
  3. Mix Ginger Ale and Pomegranate juice 
  4. Add Frozen Lemonade about 20 minutes prior to serving. 
  5. Mix well 
  6. At this point,  you can let everyone make their drink individually or you can continue on making a pitcher of an Adult-Friendly Rudolph Spritzer. 

Caveat: It is fun to leave the spritzer without alcohol, let everyone add their champs and shot of choice to their drink as they come in!  That way it becomes like a DIY drink bar! Super fun! 

1 cup of Liquor is about 8 shots.  If you are going to make a pitcher, the pitcher serves 8-10

 

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Cranberry Spritzer

Thanksgiving and Christmas – the combined season – is of my favorite times of year primarily because of all of the fun flavors you get to enjoy. I love a good mimosa, but sometimes orange juice feels a bit summer-y. Right? This Cranberry Spritzer is a Mule that meets a Mimosa that has a splash of gin in it! Bottom line… this holiday drink can be enjoyed any time of day and is the perfect addition to your Holiday festivities… or really just any day really!

This Cranberry Spritzer gets me in the mood for all of the fall things!! Especially since I use Rosé with it! I’m even known to toss a little sparkling Rosé in there for a festive fizz and that is always the right decision to make.

Do you have recipes that get you in the holiday mood? I sure do. And this holiday drink is one of them!

Cranberry is one of those flavors. I love my cranberry chutney and, in my cookbook, coming out I have a festive cranberry and jalapeno dip that accompanies a whipped cream cheese that is to die for.

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Cranberry Spritzer

Cranberry Spritzer
  • Author: Abby Turner
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, plus more for serving
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) Rosé wine
  • 4 ounces elderflower liquor 
  • 1/3 cup cranberry juice
  • 2 blood oranges or regular oranges, sliced for garnish
  • 46 (12 ounce) ginger beers
  • 4 ounces London dry gin

Instructions

  1. 1. To make the cranberry simple syrup: In a medium pot, bring 1/2 cup water, the honey, cranberries, rosemary, and cinnamon to a boil over high heat. Boil 3-5 minutes until the cranberries begin to burst, then remove from the heat. Let cool. Remove the rosemary and cardamon pods. Dump into a strainer to extract all of the syrup.
  2. 2. In a large pitcher, combine the cranberry syrup, rosé, elderflower liquor, cranberry juice, and gin. Chill until ready to serve, up to 2 days. (if using a sparkling rosé, add with ginger beers in step 3 just before serving) 
  3. 3. Add the orange slices and ginger beer (and sparkling rosé, if using) just before serving. 

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Cranberry and Pistachio Bark

Cranberry and Pistachio Bark

Are you looking for a quick and easy treat to curl up and watch Hallmark movies with this Christmas? Look no further than my special Christmas Candy! Not only is this a great treat to enjoy, it’s a great treat to gift to your neighbors and loved ones.

Start with melted white chocolate.

Mix pistachios, cinnamon, and dried cranberries in and sprinkle a few on top!

Let harden and then Enjoy this tasty Christmas Candy!!

It can’t get easier than that can it!?

I also love all of this Dayspring wrapping paper that I use as my table runner during the holidays! It reads – Be Still and Know that I am God. What a great reminder when the holidays can get crazy and busy, to stop and remember that Jesus is King! He came as a baby in a simple manger as a reminder that we should be still, be quiet, and listen to His voice.

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Cranberry and Pistachio Bark

Cranberry and Pistachio Bark
  • Author: Abby Turner
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Ingredients

  • 10 ounces White Chocolate Bark
  • 1 cup roasted & salted pistachios, with shells off
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (craisins)
  • 1/4 cup each pistachios and cranberries for topping
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon 
  • parchment paper

Instructions

  1. Melt the white chocolate according to the packaging. 
  2. Mix in 1 cup of pistachios and cranberries and cinnamon 
  3. Lay out on parchment paper sheet.  Spread mixture so the bark is 1/4 inch – 1/2 inch thick. 
  4. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup pistachios and cranberries on top and let harden. 
  5. Break into pieces and enjoy! 

Mixture can be doubled and tripled!

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Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffing Waffles

Biggest question I get for Thanksgiving is what to do with Thanksgiving leftovers. I love all of the food, but sometimes with 8 or 9 different side dishes, you just don’t eat as much and therefore can have food for days. I’ve also not known many people that like to eat the same meal over and over again. That is where my fun thanksgiving leftovers come in!!

You know how you put sugar on your bacon? That’s what this recipe reminds me of. Sweet and Savory. I little bit of maple syrup added to gravy and it completely transforms the taste. Make sure to save some if you need a bit to top your turkey for traditional leftovers later!

Next up, you need your stuffing a little soggy so that it will all stick together which is where the egg and the chicken broth come in! If you feel like it needs a bit more, than add ¼ cup at a time.

This is such a great recipe for an afternoon snack or lunch time meal!

I hope you enjoy this recipe and would love to hear from you what type of recipes you make for your leftovers!

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Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffing Waffles

Leftover Thanksgiving Stuffing Waffles
  • Author: Abby Turner
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Ingredients

  • Leftover Stuffing – need a good Sausage and Sage Stuffing
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of Gravy 
  • ¼ cup maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Mix egg and chicken broth and add to 3 cups of Leftover stuffing.  Let soak for 5-8 minutes until well combined. 
  2. On belgium waffle iron put 1/4 – 1/2 cup mixture in greased iron and let cook. 
  3. While cooking, mix warmed gravy and syrup together. 
  4. Transfer waffle to a serving platter and serve with hot maple syrup gravy. 
  5. Enjoy! 

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welcome to my table

I’m Abby, and I’m all about setting the table every day and making a simple dinner with easy recipes to enjoy with friends. The inspiration you’ll find here are simple and meant to encourage you to declutter your table and invite friends over! I spend my days working as a marketer for a retail company and dreaming of dinner time. I really hope that through A Table Top Affair you will find a newfound love for your kitchen and that relationships would be formed around your table.

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