Thanksgiving

Vanilla Syrup Recipe

Vanilla Syrup Recipe

You’re gonna want to try this Vanilla Syrup Recipe, like… now.

I recently made this to go into a basket of homemade goodies for an auction I throw in for Highland Games. Throwing for the Cure has become such an amazing event, I am happy that I can contribute something that people not only look forward to but are starting to fight over! The money raised is for such a good cause, I’m glad I can do my little part. My homemade hooch basket almost started some fights this year! 😉

This basket included Vanilla Syrup, Peach Syrup, Strawberry Margarita syrup, Strawberry Ginger Ale Jam and a few other goodies. I thought it would be good to share this recipe since it is SO quick, simple and the most delicious thing ever. I always make up a batch when I make homemade buttermilk waffles or pancakes. It goes perfectly and makes just enough for the morning.

Don’t be intimidated by making your own syrup. It’s much easier than you think! Give it a try next time you’re making the family or that special someone a delicious breakfast. Don’t tell them how easy it is and just let them be impressed at how delicious it is 😉

Vanilla Syrup Recipe

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  1. In medium size pot bring water to a boil. Once boiling add in the sugar and cornstarch. Stir constantly for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat. Add in butter, salt, and vanilla. Stir until butter is completely melted.
  3. Allow to cool prior to using. Keep refrigerated for up to one week. Syrup may separate, simply bring to room temperature and high in microwave for 30 seconds on medium power, stir until re-incorporated fully.
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Crock Pot Peach Butter

Crock Pot Peach Butter

Crock Pot Peach Butter

You wouldn’t think that peach picking in the mid-west would be something we’d get into but… you’d be wrong. Although it was fun, as we do pick-your-own for just about every season we can here. Peach picking in the mid-west was exactly as you’d expect: not all that great. Many peaches were not good. I expect it is difficult to grow them up here, but we had a blast all the same.

We road tripped it across the boarder into Wisconsin, as we are want to do, and hit up an apple picking hot spot, Apple Holler, and on an over cast Sunday we had the run of the place.  The little one was able to take a train ride, a horse ride, and got his face painted. It was an amazing day.

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Now, I make Apple Butter every year. It is one of the staples of my homemade kitchen arsenal. So when I came across several recipes for Peach Butter I had to try it. And it did NOT disappoint. It is very much like Apple Butter because it has the same spice profile but it has a different sweetness than you get from delicious ripe peaches.

I have never peeled peaches before and I have read several times about boiling them then putting them in an ice bath and then the peels would slip off. I didn’t think it could possibly be that easy but let me tell you if I didn’t do it with my own two hands I would have never believed it. It was incredible. If you haven’t tried this method of peeling peaches you should!

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Delicious, sweet and different but best of all easy! Crock Pot Peach Butter.
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  1. Bring a large stock pot of water to a boil. Once at a full rolling boil, place the peaches in the water for 1 minute. (This method works best with peaches that are ripe and ready to eat).
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  2. Remove the peaches from the boiling water using a slotted spoon and place them into a large ice bath. Let the peaches sit for a minute or two. The peels will slide right off. (Seriously, it's like magic!)
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  3. Cut peaches into slices, place in crock pot.
  4. Add all spices and sugar into crock pot with peaches.
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  5. Cook on LOW for several hours. Check after 3 or 4o hours to see consistency. The cook time will vary depending on how much juice is in the peaches.
  6. Once the peaches are cooked down enough, using an emersion blender, blend until smooth.
  7. Ladle peach butter into half pint canning jars. Process in boiling water for 5 minutes. Check jar lids by pushing on the tops to ensure they have sealed.
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Fall Tip: Preserving Pumpkins for Decorating Your Home

How to preserve mini pumpkins to decorate your home.

How to preserve mini pumpkins to decorate your house for Fall.

This is a popular search on Pinterest this time of year and I get asked by friends and family all the time how I keep my Fall decor to fresh through the entire time I have it up so, here it is! I get it! I’m right there with you, the second the clock strikes August you are itching to get your Fall decor out and make your home all cozy and full of Higge. But it is way to early to get your pumpkins and not have them rotten in a few week, let alone make it through the holidays.

How to Preserving Mini Pumpkins to decorate your home for Fall:

What you will need:

  • A Wash tub, large pot, or a cleaned stoppered sink.
  • Bleach
  • Vaseline (petroleum jelly)
  • Soft cloth or paper towel

Step 1: Soak your pumpkins in a solution of 10 parts water to 1 parts bleach. Let them soak, upside down (this keeps them in the water more) for around 10 minutes.

How to Preserve mini pumpkins

Step 2: Dry them thoroughly, I usually let them sit for a  few minutes, too. Then buff them all shiny and pretty with a dab of vaseline to seal them and make them shine. This keeps bacteria from getting in.

Note: If you notice that they get some mar on the skin, nicked somehow or the stem falls off, soak them again to kill any germs or bacteria and then reseal them. The vaseline acts as a sealant keeping anything out.

Preserved well, your pumpkins should last for several weeks and a few months even! Check them every so often to make sure they aren’t getting any soft spots. If they do, they are starting to rot, you’ll want to toss them.

Then you can decorate your mantel and all around your home with your mind at ease! Then YOU can be the envy of your friends having your house impeccably Fall-ready come September 1!

Looking for some pumpkin baking inspiration? Check out my pumpkin chocolate chip recipe and check back soon for my Crock Pot Apple Butter Recipe. Also check out my Fall Family Bucket List Printable, too!

Free Fall Family Bucket List Printables

Free Fall Family Bucket List printable

A collection of great Bucket Lists from around Pinterest. Everyone LOVES Fall and I, for one, don’t mind saying it or showing it! The weather is beautiful, the leaves are showing off, why WOULDN’T you want to get out and do some amazing things with your loved ones? Love Pumpkin Spice? Stand proud! Don’t let anyone dull your pumpkin spice love, you don’t need that negativity in your life. Ha!

If you are looking for some more Fall inspiration? How about the BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chicago Cookie Recipe? Or a delicious Thanksgiving Mac and Cheese Recipe? Planning a wedding and looking for Fall Wedding Inspiration? Or my absolutely Favorite thing ever: Baked Apple Cider Donuts

So without further ado, here are a few for JUST the kids, a blank one to make your own, plus a few for the adults, too 😉

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If you are looking for more Fall inspiration, check back soon for my upcoming posts on Crock Pot Apple Butter, How to Preserve Pumpkins, How to throw a kick ass Halloween party and Halloween Bucket List printable, too!

 

I do not own these designs, please see Pinterest link above for original posts or websites listed on images.

Never Fail Muddy Buddies (aka Puppy Chow)

This recipe is so easy NO ONE can mess it up! But I do have a few tricks to make it easier and a tiny bit more delicious 😉

Muddy Buddies Recipe

This is so easy you will memorize the recipe and keep some on hand all the time (for emergencies only, of course). I use plain ole rice chex, but I am sure you could us any kind you prefer. The nicest thing about this recipe also is you can customize it any way you want! Add, change out, use what you have on hand, whatever you want, the options are endless!

Oh, yea, and I forgot… we DO NOT call them Muddy Buddies – it is Puppy Chow all the way!

Enjoy!

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Most people call them Muddy Buddies, but we prefer Puppy Chow! A standard recipe with a few pointers to make it easier and fool proof.
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Cook Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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  1. In a microwave safe bowl, add chocolate chips, peanut butter, butter and vanilla Microwave on 50% power until all melted and smooth. (note: heating on full power may scotch the chocolate. Also, heating too much/hot will scotch the chocolate, once the bowl is too hot to handle and chocolate is soft but still lumpy, remove from microwave and stir with a spatula until chocolate is fully melted)
  2. In an over-sized bowl, put chex mix and pour melted chocolate over it.
  3. Gently mix with a wooden spoon until all cereal is coated with chocolate.
  4. In a gallon bag, pour 1 cup of powdered sugar. Then add the chocolate coated. Then add the remaining cup of powdered sugar. Shake bag until completely coated. Keep in freezer or refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
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Everyone’s Thanksgiving… in GIFs

You have been preparing for this day all week. You are excited about a gigantic, delicious meal. Get excited.

Plus you’ve been putting in some serious meditation and mental focusing in for the last two weeks to be able to deal with the large amount of crazy that is headed your way dealing with your entire family for a whole day.

And you know that you are going to be halfway drunk by the time you get there any way.

Then it’s time to get ready, and we all know this is a competition so you need to look fierce.

You make your entrance.

See annoying cousin, B-line for the alcohol so that you can feign pretending to care to hear about how well she is getting over that weird rash that has been plaguing her.

Then it’s starting to get late in the afternoon and you are so hungry, and the food is starting to be put out on the table and you’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting until…

Until you’ve eaten your body weight inset potatoes and turkey and you’re all:

Until someone brings out the desserts and you’re all:

Then you realize you’ve upset the ratio of food to alcohol in your stomach and you are all:

Then you realize you literally might be dying.

After dinner and dessert the small talk continues, but by now you’ve had too much to drink and the really messed up conversations begin:

Then it’s time to leave but you are basically immobile from the amount of food you’ve just eaten and the several gallons of alcohol you’ve been consuming for the past 12 hours.

Then you get a cat nap:

Then you realize it’s time to go black friday shopping!

But you’re still drunk and you’re not insane and you remember you don’t go black friday shopping. So…

The BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

This post is sponsored by NESTLE® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

The BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

I know it’s cliché but Fall is truly my favorite and I am not afraid to say it. The crisp air and Fall colors and, of course, the spice pallet. I can’t get enough of the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves…  The second I can break out my Cinnamon brooms I get all giddy and excited. And of course, my most favoritest part of Fall – it contains my most favorite holidays: Halloween and Thanksgiving! Christmas is magical, I agree, but here is why Thanksgiving is better: there is none of the pressure of gifts for everyone and ALL of the gathering around a really good meal!

I know you’ve probably been to the grocery store about nine times this week already and we are barely into Monday night. Lists have been made, forgotten, made again, second trips and the last-minute additions. So, who wants to think about the day-before-thanksgiving dinner???

Surely not you. But here is an easy and delicious tradition you can start THIS YEAR without adding anymore stress to your holiday planning.

Ok ok ok … being from Chicago, I am particular about my pizza. BUT, I am also realistic about my ability to get things done easily some times. I also like to keep in mind that my toddler like to eat his pizza from the crust back, so he is particular about the stuffed crust frozen pizzas.

So, for an easy and delicious day-before-Thanksgiving dinner, we do pizza night paired with the most delicious, kid-friendly, and EASY! Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.

best day-before-thanksgiving dinnerTo make things even easier on my stress level AND my pocketbook, I will pop into Dollar General  to pick up Libby’s Canned Pumpkin and my toddler’s favorite DiGornio frozen pizza.

Libby’s is my go-to canned pumpkin choice, again, because for us in Chicago, it is a local company and I love to support local businesses. And I always use the gold standard Toll House chips in my cookie recipes.

I just toss the toddler in the car and run down that day and grab the few things I need, and a few things the toddler needs (sure, you can have the Lisa Frank-style coloring book, because we totally need it). ON TOP of that, Dollar General has some pretty kick-ass coupons available for you right now. You can get $1 off your DiGornio’s Pizza and $1.50 off your Chocolate chips!

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies

So in one quick and cheap trip, dinner for the night before Thanksgiving is taken care of. And don’t worry, I’ve got you covered for a show-stopping Thanksgiving Day breakfast, too.

 

 

This recipe is so crazy easy, DB literally did almost all of it himself. Plus, you don’t need a mixer and it all goes in ONE BOWL!
Drew baking cookiesThis recipe calls for you to melt the butter instead of cream it. Because you want these to be super dense, you only need the yolk to help hold them together.

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Drew Baking Cookies Always use high quality Vanilla extract. I find imitation has a tinny after taste.

Drew baking cookies.Plopping the pumpkin into the bowl is always good for a giggle.


 

 

 

 

Licking the spoon is always allowed in our house!Drew baking cookies

Drew Baking cookies

Keeping little fingers out of the bowl was nearly impossible!

 

 

 

 

The best part about this whole set up is that, because the dough has to chill for an hour, you can cook the pizza while it’s chilling and then eat your pizza while the cookies are baking! It is literally genius. To bake up a batch of these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies and relax, Thanksgiving will work it’s self out 😉

 

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A delicious twist on classic chocolate chip cookies that will be sure to please your holiday guests!
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  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, place cubes butter and microwave until completely melted.
  2. Whisk in white and brown sugar until fully incorporated. Allow to cool for several minutes.
  3. Once cool, add egg yolk. Whisk to incorporate.
  4. Add vanilla and pumpkin and whisk to incorporate.
  5. Add salt and all spices. Whisk to incorporate.
  6. Whisk together flour and baking soda. Add to wet mixture and incorporate with a wooden spoon. The dough should be slightly dry and pull away from the side. You should be able to form it into a ball. If the dough is too dry, add small amounts of flour until you reach the correct consistency.
  7. Mix in chocolate chips and refrigerate for 1 hour until chilled.
  8. Roll into 1"-2" balls and place on parchment paper on a baking seat. If the dough has softened due to handling, re-chill. Preheat oven to 350* Bake dough balls for 8-10 minutes or until the edges begin to darken. The cookies will be puffed up and should defeat after you take them out, the centers should still be soft and the edges slightly crispy.
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German Pancakes: An Impressive and Delicious Holiday Breakfast

German Pancake Recipe

Looking to impress your family over the holidays with an out of this world delicious and seriously easy recipe? Give German Pancakes a try. I promise you that regardless of what you’ve heard, this is a foolproof recipe. Clean up is a breeze, making it is simple and the results are an impressive and delicious treat your friends and family will ask for again and again.

With the holidays right around the corner it is nice to have easy yet impressive recipes up your sleeve and this one is no exception, how much easier can you get when you make it in the blender!

AND I’ve got a pro-tip for you to help make clean up even easier! Toss some dish soap in your blender with a few cups of hot water, turn it on and done! You might have a little wiping down left to do, but the majority of the dirty work has been done, especially down in the tiny parts that are hard to clean.

So, this recipe is so easy, but there are a few things I do a little differently than some other recipes. I like mine a little thicker than most, which is why my recipe calls for 9 eggs instead of what most do, which is 6. I also put a bit of cinnamon sugar on the top of mine, while some recipes call for powdered sugar. Either of these are great or a bit of syrup, it is very eggy and fluffy and depending on your taste.

And if you are looking for a delicious and easy idea for dinner the night before Thanksgiving, check out this post with an amazing Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and some other great tips!

So, you preheat the oven to 425* and put the butter in your pan, in the oven to melt.

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Then you simply take the flour, milk, vanilla, salt, and eggs in a blender and blend until smooth!

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And then after 20-25 short minutes of agony waiting for this delicious Dutch Baby to rise, it will be fluffy and ready to eat! Your only problem will be if your family want seconds and you don’t have enough eggs!

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German Pancakes (or a Dutch Baby) Delicious, unbelievably easy to make, clean up is a breeze and your family and guests will be impressed! Fluffy and eggy!
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  1. Combine Cinnamon and Sugar in a small bowl, set aside
  2. Preheat Oven to 425*
  3. Place Eggs, Flour, Milk, Salt, and Vanilla in blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Place Butter in 9' x 13' pan and place in oven.
  5. Once preheated and butter is melted, pour batter into pan. Dust with cinnamon and sugar. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until center is set and pancake is raised around the edges.
Recipe Notes

This is deliciously simple and very eggy. You can choose to leave off the cinnamon sugar and dust with powdered sugar, top with a little bit of syrup or simply enjoy with out any topping at all!

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Inspiring Thankfulness & Gratitude: Books for Kids

13 of the Best Books on Gratitude and Giving Thanks for Kids

I am a nature lover. A lover of planet earth, of the spiritual nature of all beings and all things on this world. I love cultures and religions that champion the earth and a harmonious living within in.  So, when holidays and seasons come along that have a difficult history to jive with that, such as Thanksgiving, I always try to find a way not to be a Debbie Downer and turn it into a way to still celebrate the spirit of the holiday, while not whitewashing (literally) the bloody history behind it.

13 of the best books on gratitude for kids

Now, especially since I have a son and nieces and nephews, it is important to me to not perpetuate the popular narratives of Thanksgiving, but instead I try to focus on gratitude and being thankful in general rather than the whole “pilgrims and ‘Indians'” sat down for a happy civil meal narrative. Honor the spirit of the holiday, not necessarily the prettily wrapped up history. After all, Squanto was the only one left who survived slavery in English (and small pox) and thus knew the language and that is the reason he was able to negotiate any kind of treaty and thus a civil meal in his honor. It is even doubly important to me to not represent native peoples as caricatures of their culture, especially in the face of the tragedies going on across the country on native lands and specifically at Standing Rock.

So, I have put together a list of children’s books you can share with your little ones or classroom without any remorse, guilt, or misrepresentation. OR, just some plain cute stories about the holiday that aren’t historical at all.

1.Today I Am Grateful: Adventures in Gratitude By: Lorraine Miller

Today I am Grateful: Adventures in Gratitude

“Children can be made more grateful when the adults in their lives teach them how. Today I am Grateful is the perfect springboard for parents and educators to start helping kids see all of the goodness in their life.” —Jeffrey J. Froh, associate professor of psychology at Hofstra University

2. Grateful: A Song of Giving Thanks By: John Bucchino

Grateful: A Song of Giving Thanks

“In this exquisite picture book and accompanying CD recorded by Art Garfunkel, Anna-Lisa Hakkarainen’s radiant paintings bring John Bucchino’s words to life. A joyous celebration of the beauty of the seasons, the wonders of nature, and the blessings of faith, here is a gift to be treasured by children and adults of all ages.”

3. Thankful By: Eileen Hallinan

Thankful

Who doesn’t love Spinelli?! I know I sure do. “Charming rhymes and whimsical illustrations to convey the importance of being thankful for everyday blessings. Like the gardener thankful for every green sprout, and the fireman, for putting the fire out, readers are encouraged to be thankful for the many blessings they find in their lives.”

4. Let’s Be Thankful By: P K Hallinan

Let's Be Thankful

“With colourful illustrations and charming verse, this book acknowledges people, animals, and activities that bring joy to a child’s life. Parents can read this book with their children to reinforce the concept of gratitude.”

5. Gratitude Soup By: Olivia Rosewood

Gratitude Soup by Olivia Rosewood

“Violet the Purple Fairy learns how to make Gratitude Soup by thinking of all the things, people, places, and experiences that she is grateful for, putting them in an imaginary soup pot. She is able to shrink her pot of soup with her imagination, and she keeps the gratitude warm and flowing in her heart all day and all night.”

6. Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving By: Joseph BruchacSquanto's Journey

This is a close historical version of what really happened, or as close as you are going to get. It tells of Squanto’s capture, but also how the actual original Thanksgiving tradition began. “In 1620 an English ship called the Mayflower landed on the shores inhabited by the Pokanoket, and it was Squanto who welcomed the newcomers and taught them how to survive.”

7. Milly and the Macy’s Parade By: Shana Corey

Milly and the Macys Parade

“In the spirit of Miracle on 34th Street, few people know that the first parade in 1924 was organized by immigrant employees at Macy’s eager to incorporate their old-world traditions into their new American heritage.”

8. Bear Says Thanks By: Karma Wilson

Bear Says Thanks

The Bear Books are fantastic and I highly recommend all of them, so it goes without saying that I would include this one. “Bear has come up with the perfect way to say thanks—a nice big dinner! When Bear decides to throw a feast, his friends show up one by one with different platters of delicious food to share. There’s just one problem: Bear’s cupboards are bare! What is he to do?”

9. Thanks for Thanksgiving By: Julie Markes

Thanks for Thanksgiving

A perfect “spirit of thanksgiving” book! “Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks—the question is, where to begin? From the turkey on the table to warm, cozy cuddles, life is full of small things and bigger pleasures. But what is most important is being able to share them with family!”

10. The Quiltmaker’s Gift By:

The Quiltmaker's Gift

A great fable story about the joy of giving and how it can change even the coldest of hearts. Really a great story.

11. Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message By: Chief Jake Swamp

Giving Thanks

This is one of my favorites. “Giving Thanks is a special children’s version of the Thanksgiving Address, a message of gratitude that originated with the Native people of upstate New York and Canada and that is still spoken at ceremonial gatherings held by the Iroquois, or Six Nations”

12. The Thankful Book By: Todd Parr

The Thankful Book

Todd Parr is one that I always recommend to parents looking for great kids picture books. “The Thankful Book celebrates all the little things children can give thanks for. From everyday activities like reading and bathtime to big family meals together and special alone time between parent and child, Todd inspires readers to remember all of life’s special moments. The perfect book to treasure and share, around the holidays and throughout the year.”

13. Giving Thanks By Jonathan London

Giving Thanks

This is another one I ALWAYS recommend and is exactly what I envision Thanksgiving to be able. Finding ways to thank mother earth for her bounty and beauty. “How can a young boy ever show his gratitude for all the beauty he sees? He will learn from his father, who thanks the earth and the sky, the frogs and the crickets, the hawk and the deer, even the trees that wave their arms in the breeze. Majestic as the most beautiful autumn day and filled with glimpses of favorite woodland animals, GIVING THANKS is truly a gift to readers from nature-lover Jonathan London and master painter Gregory Manchess.”

The Best Thanksgiving Mac and Cheese

Thanksgiving mac and Cheese

It is starting to get chilly outside, and with Halloween in our rearview mirror, it’s time to start thinking about our Thanksgiving meals! I am usually a baking and sweets kind of gal, but planning the perfect Thanksgiving meal is a think of beauty and a joy for even the most avid baker.

Thanksgiving is all about decadence. You take whatever might be your everyday, and bump it up just a notch, all in an effort to show a little bit more love and appreciation for those around you. You take your standard family dinner, and make it something special. Sharing in your community and traditions. So, it goes without saying that you should have a killer Mac and Cheese recipe in your back pocket to knock your guests off their feet. If you have a homemade Mac and Cheese go-to, put it away and replace it with THIS White Cheddar mac and cheese. A cross between Panera Bread’s and something that fell from heaven and hit every branch on the delicious tree on it’s way down, you will have your family scrambling for the last spoonful.

It’s creamy, with a subtle hint of pepper and spice from the mustard and paprika. If you want a bit of smokey-ness you can always used a smoked paprika to create an even deeper flavor.

Best Thanksgiving mac and Cheese

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You can opt to use other kinds of pasta, I just prefer to use shells because then they get filled with that deliciously creamy white gold cheese sauce. I like to make homemade mac and cheese a lot, but I save this recipe to make on special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

You can also choose different types of cheddar, I just prefer to have the tangy bite that this particular brand offers. To me, the sharper the better when it comes to cheddar!

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, on medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour and cook until smooth. Reduce heat and add milk, heavy cream, salt, pepper, paprika, and dry mustard. Continually whisk until smooth and bubbled begin to appear around outside of pot. It is important that you don't leave it unattended. You don't want milk to cook down too much.
  3. Reduce heat to low and add cheese. Stir until melted.
  4. Add cooked pasta, stirring until pasta is completely coated. Allow to sit to thicken and melt. Top with additional salt and pepper if desired.
  5. Devour.
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