Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Mint Chocolate Cool Whip Cookies

The holidays bring parties and cookie swaps! Are you ready with a go-to cookie recipe? I was just introduced to cool whip cookies. Using cake mix and cool whip you can make cookies in no time, and they are just the right level of chewy...so good. This variety is pretty simple - chocolate mint. I think of 2 kinds of cookie when I think of Christmas - gingerbread and mint. So of course I just had to try mint at the first gathering of the season. I'll be bringing these to some other holiday events for sure!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Menu Planning Monday Thanksgiving Ideas 2015

Instead of my usual meal plan every year, for the week of Thanksgiving I try to share recipe ideas for all kinds of dishes for the big meal.  After all, everyone here in the US is focused on that one day's menu plan! Here are some great ideas for the bird, the side dishes, and desserts.

Turkey Recipes:

Yummy Sides

Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole

Basic Deviled Eggs (my extended family always has this!)

Roasted Lemon Pepper Green Beans

Crockpot Sweet Potato Casserole

Juiced Up Carrots

Delicious Desserts

White Chocolate Pumpkin Fluff

Sweet Spiced Pecan Brittle

Pecan Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin Butterscotch Cookies

Samoa Brownies

Double Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

Pina Colada Cake

Architecture of a Mom Signature

I love to party! Sometimes I link up my posts to Serenity Now, Organizing JunkieTidy Mom and these link parties! You should come party with me and check out some awesome new blogger

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Rosemary Chive Crockpot Turkey Breast

If you're looking to make room in your oven for more Thanksgiving dinner this year, may I suggest you make your turkey in a slowcooker? I have a large crockpot that easily fits a 7-8 lb turkey breast that is more than enough meat for around 10 people. I've been making turkey breasts for a while, and I have to say that not having dark and white meat simplifies things tremendously, and cooking your meat in a crockpot not only frees up precious oven space, but reduces the chance that your meat dries out.

Here's what you need:

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Gift Ideas for Girls 4-8

You all know that I have 3 little girls, right? I love them dearly, but I sometimes get stumped on what to give them for Christmas and birthday...and I'm responsible for coming up with ideas and gifts lists for extended family, too. I have the added complexity that one child has a birthday near Christmas, and the other two are twins...so what do you do? Have double the Christmas list? Say no to gifts? Although I am tempted sometimes to say no to gifts, I will settle for gifts that I am confident they will keep playing with for a long time. Here's a few ideas we've found as a family.