Easy Creamed Corn

Easy Creamed Corn

Thanksgiving sides. How do we feel about them? Me personally, I’m ALL about the side dishes. Of course I like a delicious turkey, but I mostly fill up on the side dishes!

The truth is that I’m not sure I’ve had creamed corn. I mean, maybe at a restaurant or something, but corn is not typically one of the veggie sides we make for Thanksgiving.

That might need to change this year though because I finally made some myself a couple of weeks ago and oh my, is it yummy!

Easy Creamed Corn

Because of the season, I used frozen corn for this recipe. If you have access to good fresh corn, you can use it, but I know many might not with winter approaching. I start off by thawing the corn in some water on the stove for a few minutes. Then mix in some flour and half and half along with some other seasonings.

Easy Creamed Corn

Pumpkin Oat Bars

Pumpkin Oat Bars, Oatmeal

For the first year maybe ever, I am seriously considering starting to put up some Christmas decorations soon. I know, totally crazy, right? I don’t know what it is, it’s just fun for the girls and they like the lights. I’m not ready for the tree yet, but I know I’m still kind of nuts. We get to enjoy both Thanksgiving and Christmas here at home this year so I want to take full advantage of being home and not having to travel and just enjoy every second!

Though I’m ready for some holiday fun, I’m still enjoying all things Fall and pumpkin, per usual. I actually first made these Pumpkin Oat Bars back in August and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to post them!

Pumpkin Oat Bars, Oatmeal

Creamy Sausage Tortellini Soup

Creamy Sausage Tortellini Soup

The weather here in the OC doesn’t seem to know what it wants to do. We had some rain two weeks ago and it started to get nice and chilly. Now it’s gone back up into the mid-80s. Also, HOW is it November already? I’d like for October to continue as long as possible. November means the holiday season is near and I just cannot handle that thought right now!

You can bet I took full advantage of the crappier weather by making a huge pot of this Creamy Sausage Tortellini Soup to cozy up on the couch with!

This soup has so many great flavors and it’s not super heavy despite being “creamier”. I like to use hot Italian ground sausage for this recipe, but you can use mild if you don’t want that extra kick.

Creamy Sausage Tortellini Soup

Jack-o’-Lantern Ham and Cheese Pies

Jack-o'-Lantern Ham and Cheese Pies

There’s just a couple of days left until Halloween and I’ve got one more recipe to squeeze in for you! How fun are these Jack-o’-Lantern Ham and Cheese Pies?!

Last year, I made the jack-o’-lantern quesadillas and had the idea this year to make these hand pies!

These are generally pretty simple to make. The part that takes the longest is “carving” the jack-o’-lantern into the pie crusts. If you trust your kiddos with a serrated knife, they can help with this one!

I absolutely took a short cut with these guys by using store-bought pie crusts. You are obviously free to make your own pie crusts if you’d prefer, but the store-bought saves so much time!

Jack-o'-Lantern Ham and Cheese Pies

Spinach Artichoke Dip Stuffed Bread

Spinach Artichoke Dip Stuffed Bread

It occurred to me the other day that I’ve only posted about one game day recipe this fall which is crazy because I love me some game day food!

Hands down, one of my most favorite game day foods is spinach artichoke dip! It’s so comforting this time of year with the cooler weather. I love it with chips, sure, but I think it’s even better with bread so I thought instead of slicing and dipping, why not just stuff bread with this delicious dip?!

Spinach Artichoke Dip Stuffed Bread

Vampire Punch

Vampire Punch

Halloween season is never complete for me without making a new festive drink for you guys. I’ve made bat’s brew, witches’ brew, apple ginger fizz, and the candy corn martini to name just a few! This year, I’m all about vampires so Vampire Punch it was!

Vampire Punch

The best part of this punch is that you can make it with or without alcohol so it’s great for kids’ parties or for adult gatherings! The punch itself just requires two simple ingredients: apple juice and ginger ale! If you want to booze it up, you can add vodka as well!

Vampire Punch