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The Friday Five – Thanksgiving Dishes

The Friday Five - Thanksgiving Dishes | Squirrelly Minds

Sausage Sage Stuffed Acorn Squash from 2 Teaspoons / Millet and Brussels Sprouts Salad from Lynsey Loves Food / Rosemary Roasted Carrots from Oh My Veggies
Vegan Garden Herb Biscuits from Bitter Sweet / Caramel Apple Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream from Sugar Hero


Yessss my favourite feast of gluttony is here! Happy Thanksgiving Canadians! If you’re still trying to finalize the menu, here are 5 delicious looking recipes for you. I mean seriously, I want to make these all year round. And right now. Right right now.

I’m heading to the sunshine coast with family for Thanksgiving weekend so I won’t be back in these parts on Monday. I’ll see you all later next week!
Happy Thanksgiving friends.

For a bit more Thanksgiving inspiration:

From The Thanksgiving Archives

    

Eat/Holiday | Easy Pumpkin Butter Ice Cream

Easy Pumpkin Butter Ice Cream | Squirrelly Minds
I made some delicious pumpkin pasta (to come in this month’s #pinmakeeat!) and had some leftover pumpkin puree. I don’t know why, but the first thought that came to mind when deciding what to do with it was ice cream. Actually no, cocktail, then ice cream. Cause just because summer is over don’t mean we gotta stop enjoying this tasty treat.
Easy Pumpkin Butter Ice Cream | Squirrelly Minds
The mister found a great pumpkin butter recipe online that he made with the leftovers to create a pumpkin cocktail recipe (on the blog roster folks). I simply snatched up a heaping tablespoon of the stuff and mixed it in with some store bought ice cream, cause sometimes (most times) you can’t be bothered to make your own.
Easy Pumpkin Butter Ice Cream | Squirrelly Minds
How do you make this delicious, pumpkin pie alternative (or co-thanksgiving-dessert-arsenal) ice cream? Simple.

  • Make this pumpkin butter recipe
  • Buy or make a soft serve ice cream, such as Breyers. You can do plain vanilla, or have a little fun and go with something like caramel fudge. That’s what I did, cause hello caramel and pumpkin are a natural couple.
  • Add a heaping tablespoon (or two or three) to your bowl or ice cream and mix it all together.
  • Top on your pumpkin pie or enjoy solo, or with a friend.

Easy Pumpkin Butter Ice Cream | Squirrelly Minds
YUM! Happy pumpkin ice cream eating folks. And to my Canadian friends – hooray it’s soon Thanksgiving!!!!

For a bit more Thanksgiving inspiration:

From The Thanksgiving Archives

   

Eat | #PinMakeEat 8 – Tested Pinterest Recipes

#pinmakeeat 8 | Squirrelly Minds - Lentil Tacos with Tomato Radish Salsa from Chez Us

Lentil Tacos with Tomato Radish Salsa from Chez Us

#pinmakeeat 8 | Squirrelly Minds Ratatouille with Creamy Polenta - from Half Baked Harvest

Ratatouille with Creamy Polenta from Half Baked Harvest

#pinmakeeat 8 | Squirrelly Minds - Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries from Artful Desperado

Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries from Artful Desperado

#pinmakeeat 8 | Squirrelly Minds - Quick Homemade Ramen from Pinch of Yum

Quick Homemade Ramen from Pinch of Yum

#pinmakeeat 8 | Squirrelly Minds - Olive Oil and Sea Salt Brownie Cookies from Butterlust

Olive Oil and Sea Salt Brownie Cookies from Butterlust

Unlike August, I had a very successful #pinmakeeat this month. It was so great to get back to exploring new Pinterest recipes. There’s a few I already can’t wait to make again.

Lentil Tacos with Tomato Radish Salsa: We are huge fans of rice and beans, and by default huge fans of tacos. We keep a massive store of black beans on hand, and tortillas don’t last long in our house. But as much as we enjoy and eat tacos, never had we thought to put radishes in them. This is the beginning of a beautiful thing.

Ratatouille with Creamy Polenta: Rich stew foods with tomato sauces are one of my favourite fall dishes, and this one goes right to the top of the list. The cheesy polenta is a nice touch and goes so well with the veggies and sausage. Plus, it’s an excuse to cook with zucchini and eggplant – two vegetables I love but the mister loathes.

Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries: A birthday cake for my papa’s 69th – it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I expected. I did bake the cake a little longer than I should have, resulting in it being a bit too dry, so I’d love to try again. What I loved most was how little sugar was in the cake, and how the crunchy meringue and berries sweetened up the intense chocolately goodness. Despite what massive chocolate bar brands would tell you, chocolate shouldn’t be sickeningly sweet. It should be rich, aromatic, and full.

Quick Homemade Ramen: You know how your olfactory senses are strongly linked to your memory? Making this dish, particularly soaking the shiitake, transported me right back to Japan. Tasted like it too. Mind you, we used somen instead of ramen which I don’t recommend (unless you add it in at the very end) as it breaks down far quicker and gets a bit goopy. But my gosh was this ever still delicious. There will be a next time, and it will be with ramen.

Olive Oil and Sea Salt Brownie Cookies: Rich, gooey, chocolately – need I say more? I made these out of desperation – I was fresh out of butter but needed to have cookies NOW. I was skeptical at first as when I taste tested the batter (hey no judging) it tasted overwhelmingly of olive oil. But that strong flavour completely dissipated when baked, leaving instead a dangerously addictive treat.

Thanks for following along on this months #pinmakeeat!

What pinterest recipe have you made lately?

Eat | 8 Cozy Slow Cooker Meals for Autumn

8 Cozy Slow Cooker Meals for Autumn | Squirrelly Minds

Top Row: Turkey Pumpkin Chili from Garnish with Lemon / Pumpkin Cobbler from The Gunny Sack / Sweet potato, chicken, and quinoa soup from Chelsea’s Messy Apron
Middle Row: Jumbalaya from Recipe Diaries / Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oats from Food Doodles
Bottom Row: Pumpkin and Blueberry Cake from Kudos Kitchen by Renee / Vegetable and Pumpkin Lasagna from Williams Sonoma / Sheperd’s Pie from Taste of Home

Yep it’s official! Yesterday was the first day of autumn. Does it feel like it where you are? It poured all day yesterday, making our recent memories of hot summer sun feel like a lifetime ago.
But I must admit, as much as I love the long summer days, nothing beats pulling old the old slow cooker and coming home to a fragrant, cozy autumn meal. Yes, I realize most of these recipes are pumpkin based, and as much as I love pumpkin, I am not the 6th spice girl. But this bright orange gourd is quintessentially autumn, and is the perfect feature to any autumn meal.

Harvest Pear Latte | Squirrelly Minds
And if you want a nice beverage to warm you up, this Harvest Pear Latte is still one of my faves.

What is your favourite autumn meal?
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