Category Archives: Recipes

How to Plan Your Thanksgiving Meal Efficiently

I like simplifying holiday meal work. Here are a couple of things I do for Thanksgiving. I have a file on my computer simply titled “Thanksgiving” where I list the year, what we had to eat, who was there, what we had too much of, and what I would do differently next year, if anything. I think I won’t forget by the following year, but the reality is that I do.

Baking for Thanksgiving together

On my computer, I also have a master shopping list for our Thanksgiving meal. Earlier in our marriage, I developed a Thanksgiving menu based on family favorites and traditional Thanksgiving foods. By popular demand we continue using that menu except for adding ham as a second meat, which our boys bake at another house because we don’t have room here, and they love the ham. We can’t take turkey out because Thanksgiving dinner with turkey is my mom’s favorite meal of the year. Plus we love our turkey noodle soup the day after Thanksgiving and all the great leftover turkey meals a turkey provides.

We keep our Thanksgiving meal simple with just one salad and one vegetable. We have expanded to two desserts now that there are so many in our family eating the Thanksgiving meal. We use roasting bags for the meat that turn out perfect turkey and ham every year.

On the day before Thanksgiving, we invite my mom over to sit with us while we work in the kitchen. Then we spend several hours prepping as much of the meal as we possibly can. She usually finds jobs she is capable of doing and would like to do with us. It is a sweet time of generational fellowship.

When guests join us for Thanksgiving and want to bring something for the meal, we ask them to bring one of their favorite side dishes. We don’t normally have sweet potatoes or cranberry sauce, but those have been additions brought by guests.

We hope your Thanksgiving is simple, thankful, and full of joy and loving fellowship.

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

PS: Two of our favorite holiday recipes:
Light and Fluffy Rolls
Teri’s Favorite Salad

Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks:
for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.”
(Psalm 75:1)

Easy Homemade Chocolate Syrup for Mochas

I want to share with you this super easy homemade syrup that I use in my mochas.

It’s simple. 1 cup cocoa, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, a little salt, and vanilla
Add cocoa.
Sugar.
Stir.
Salt.

We use this baking cocoa purchased from either SAMS or Costco.
Heat to boiling and then let boil (still stirring).
The finished product: oh so good!
Store in a glass jar.
Drizzle on top of your mocha too!

Chocolate Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla (or a little more)

 

Turn burner on medium heat, and combine cocoa and sugar in saucepan. Immediately add water and whisk. Add salt. Stir occasionally until mixture boils. Keep stirring as it boils, and allow it to boil for at least 1 minute. This will help the sauce to thicken. Remove from heat, and add vanilla. This rich chocolate syrup is perfect for homemade mochas or any type of hot (or cold!) drink. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator.

How much should you add to your mocha? It depends if this is the only sugar and how sweet you like it. I, for one, like my drinks sweet!

Enjoy!

“My meditation of him shall be sweet:
I will be glad in the Lord.”
Psalm 104:34

How to Make a Healthy Lunch with Leftovers

Anna is our queen of using a mixture of leftovers and turning out an amazing dish. We want to encourage you moms on how you can use your creativity with leftovers and make a quick lunch.

Here is a recent example with four leftovers:

  • Broccoli
  • Shell noodles
  • Green beans
  • Smoked meat

Add some oil to your pan, let it heat up briefly and then add the green beans.

Heat for a bit and add broccoli.

Stir, allowing the mixture to heat, and add the meat.

Lastly, drop the noodles in. Stir gently.

I believe seasonings are Anna’s secret to success. Here she added Jack Stack’s meat seasoning along with some Italian dressing.

Top with cheese, and enjoy!

“Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.”
1 Corinthians 12:4

Maxwells’ Favorite Chocolate Chip Muffins

Get ready for an easy, moist muffin bursting with semi-sweet chocolate. Let me introduce you to the Maxwells’ Favorite Chocolate Chip Muffin. We pull it out for special occasions.

Maxwells’ Favorite Chocolate Chip Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 TB. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1 egg, well beaten
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup oil

Topping:
3 TB. sugar
2 TB. brown sugar

First, preheat oven to 400º. Next, place baking cup liners in a muffin pan (you can use either a 12 cup, or use 2 – 6 cups). Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chips in a large bowl. Beat egg separately, and then add the egg, milk, and oil into the dry ingredients and stir gently until moistened. Batter will be a bit lumpy (but don’t leave pockets of flour). Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups. Next, measure your topping ingredients into a small bowl and mix until combined. Sprinkle over muffins. Bake for 15 minutes or slightly less, depending on what you like for doneness.

Muffin pan note: My all-time favorite muffin pan is a heavy-duty stainless steel. It cooks muffins perfectly. Unfortunately, it doesn’t list the brand on the pan anywhere, and I bought them years ago. We also have a Fox Run Stainless Steel Pan, and although it is not as heavy of a pan, it does fine. The Amazon link is our Titus2 affiliate link, please see our Privacy Policy here.

“How sweet are thy words unto my taste!
yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
Psalm 119:103

Light and Fluffy Rolls

Light and Fluffy Rolls

Light and Fluffy Rolls
Light and Fluffy Rolls

Light and Fluffy Rolls
Yield: 38 rolls

3 Tablespoons (heaping) yeast
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water (100-110º)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup milk
3/4 cup honey
2 eggs room temperature (
Put eggs in bowl with hot water to warm them for a couple minutes.)
2 teaspoons salt
2 Tablespoons dough enhancer (optional)
8 3/4 cups flour – white or wheat or a mixture (T
his is measured by scooping the flour into the measuring cup and leveling it off with a knife. I’ve found that the most consistent.)

Step #1: Heat water to 100-110º. Pour warm water into a mixing bowl. Add yeast and sugar. Gently mix together with a spatula and let proof for 5 minutes.

Step #2: In saucepan, melt better. Then add milk and honey until warm.

Step #3: Pour the milk+honey+butter mixture into the yeast mixture.

Step #4: Turn mixer on, and add eggs, salt, dough enhancer, and several cups of flour. Finish adding the rest of the flour and knead for 7 minutes.

Step #5: Place dough in oiled bowl, cover loosely with plastic wrap, then put in oven at 120º to rise for an hour. I heat the oven up to 180º and then leave the door open until the temperature drops.

Let rise until doubled (about an hour). Lightly flour hands and top of dough as often as needed. The dough might be slightly sticky. 

Step #6: Punch dough down. Spray muffin pans. Put two 1.5″ balls in each muffin cup. Cover. Let rise for a 1/2 hour or until doubled. Bake at 375º until golden brown (around 20 minutes). Do not over bake! Pull one roll a part to make sure it’s not doughy but just past. That makes them really soft. 

Enjoy!

“Give us this day our daily bread.”
Matthew 6:11