Welcome to the weekend my friends! It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next week. (Unless, of course, you’re Canadian and Thanksgiving was celebrated a month ago. In which case, Happy Belated Thanksgiving, friends!) Wasn’t the first of September just yesterday?
I will be spending time this weekend immersed in the very exciting tasks of cleaning out the pantry, fridge and freezer to make sure we are ready to go for the holidays. While I’m at it, I should probably get the patio furniture removed before the first snow even arrives.
ON THIS WEEK’S BLOGS: Ground beef Philly cheesesteaks is a delicious, convenient twist on the classic Philadelphia sandwich. This skillet version is made using ground beef instead of thin slices of ribeye or sirloin steak, making it a quicker and more economical option.
If you want something a little different for Thanksgiving this year, this herb and wine roasted turkey is a great way to go. Using this method, you can cook a 12-pound turkey in less than an hour.
This homemade brown gravy is delicious on turkey, chicken, beef, potatoes, poutine and more – best of all, it’s easy to make with no meat drippings.
When you combine crunchy, tender green beans with earthy artichoke hearts and bathe them in a garlicky cream sauce, the result is a whole new kind. artichoke casserole with green beans this is sure to be a hit at your holiday table.
These roasted Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes (with bacon!) combine savory, sweet and smoky flavors perfectly.
Chunks of fudge and chocolate-covered peanuts dance in swirls of rich fudge sauce in this tin roof ice cream sundae.
All the amazing buttery sweet pecan pie of the classic pie in a cobbler-style dessert that you can throw together in just minutes? Absolutely! This Cobbler Pecan Pie it was a HUGE win from the very first bite.
What I WRONG: My friend Gina Waldorf tuna salad caught my eye this week and sounds like the perfect lunch for tomorrow after church. I’ll pick up some grapes and more apples at the store tonight.
MY FAVORITE THINGS this week are these tiny reading lights. I bought these a few years ago because I needed a very small option for bedside reading lamps in the guest room and they are perfect for that. They clip easily to the headboard or nightstand shelf. They even dim and remember the setting when turned off and on again.
I’m glad I tried them because they turned out pretty great. I currently use one in my office, as I don’t always want the light on, but this time of year, I like to have a little more light than the windows allow. It’s a total win for an amazing price.
What I HEAR: Si Forever by Andrea Bocelli. Some friends and I got to hear Bocelli in concert a few years ago and it’s still one of the creepiest concerts ever. He cried to one of us <βήχα> Lynne <βήχει> more than once. This album never fails to put a smile on my face.
WHAT I’M READING: I’m in a serious reading slump! I don’t know if it’s just me and I’m too tired to read lately or if I’m just picking books that aren’t very good, but I haven’t found a really good new read in a while. I re-read old favorites and randomly try new ones.
I’ll look over this list of your suggestions (scroll to the comments to see them all) and repopulate my library items this week. Fingers crossed for some great new finds. If you have a favorite book or author that I haven’t already talked about reading, feel free to email me!
“Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will support you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 ESV
I wish you a beautiful week full of little things that make you smile!