Thanksgiving has always had a special place in my heart. It’s the time of year when everyone gives a little extra effort to spend time together. Work schedules, activities and events become less of a priority and we’re reminded that our families are the real reason for being thankful. Sometimes that family extends far beyond the kind of blood relation. Sometimes that extends across the country to people you have never met. That is the case for our big, beautiful Bountiful Baskets family. We are spread out across the country; most of us wouldn’t even know each other if we crossed paths on the street. We may not know each other by face, but we can see each others’ hearts. And that is what makes us family.
This year, I am giving Thanks for not only my blood family, but to my Bountiful Baskets family as well. I have never seen a group of this magnitude; more dedicated, kind and genuine than the people in Bountiful Baskets. I have felt compassion and acceptance from places I didn’t know could exist. I have felt loved and supported by people who I have never met….People; who are extremely busy with their lives and still find time to give this co-op and each other time and energy. The truth is; most of us don’t have much to give but we would willingly give it all for each other and this co-op. I feel blessed beyond words to be a part of this, a part of something great. The coolest part, I didn’t have to pass a test to join this club…All I had to do was show up, and I was welcomed. I am thankful for no prerequisites…Not sure I would’ve passed! 😉
The 2014 Thanksgiving collaboration joins a few of our talented bloggers and lots of their yummy recipes!! Scroll through and check them out, they are categorized into 5 courses. Check out this Download Thanksgiving Timeline Here for a breakdown of your preparations to the big feast! Continue reading “A Bountiful Thanksgiving~2014”
In my house, Tuesdays are our really busy day. My daughter has dance and is absolutely famished when she gets home so I’m always looking for ideas to get dinner on the table as quickly as possible. The crockpot makes an appearance regularly on Tuesdays. I cut up the veggies and put this soup together this morning and cooked it on low all day. This recipe is loaded with veggies and sausage so it is a great meal in a bowl. Continue reading “Busy Day Sausage Veggie Soup”
It isn’t just fall, it is pumpkinpalooza! This is the time of year when I go overboard on buying pumpkins for every corner of my house and cook pumpkin in everything that I can get away with (without driving my family too crazy).
I spent the day at a field trip at a farm with my daughter’s kindergarten and was absolutely exhausted when I got home (kudos to our teachers for doing that everyday!). I had roasted and pureed pumpkin in my fridge so this soup was low effort, warm and comforting – just what the doctor ordered! Of course, you could also use canned pumpkin. Continue reading “Hearty Pumpkin and Sausage Soup”
While stalking the Bountiful Baskets Facebook page this weekend, I noticed we have some clear lines drawn when it comes to fennel:
1) People who like it and are armed with scrumptious recipe ideas
2) People who weren’t familiar at all with it (what is this leafy, green, dill-looking, celery looking thing?)
3) People who gave their fennel away because they don’t like black licorice
The good news is you don’t have to be number three. Just because you (like me) don’t like black licorice doesn’t mean you won’t like fennel. I adore it and once it is cooked, it doesn’t have a hint of black licorice or I’d give it away at pickup. This recipe is so comforting and cooks up in one pan. I think you’ll find this recipe is a delicious way to move yourself up to number one. Continue reading “Fennel Sausage Skillet”
I love to share my fennel recipes because fennel is one of those things that gets a lot of confused looks at pickup. I think that fennel is especially yummy in Italian recipes so I whipped up this soup on a recently fall evening. As soon as weather gets cooler AT ALL, I fully embrace it. Considering I live in Central Texas, these “fall days” are sparse but glorious. This came together really quickly, so it worked well at my house on a week night.
Continue reading “Fennel, Tomato and Sausage Soup”
One of my favorite add-ons is the Asian Pack! It always gives me the excuse to make up a big batch of stir fry. Today I wanted to do something different. Why not egg rolls! Simple enough, as all I needed were the wrappers. These egg rolls receive their heat from the dried Chiles de árbol in the pack. The coconut kiss, is a result of the rolls being fried in Bountiful Baskets scented organic Coconut Oil. Trust me, my house smelled amazing all day! Continue reading “Spicy Coconut Kissed Egg Rolls with Dipping Sauce Trio”
If you slice a bell pepper across the width into 1/2 inch slices, they form a shamrock! I heated eggs in the center of each bell pepper slice and it made a surprising morning breakfast. What a wonderful way to make eggs and vegetables a star for a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast! Continue reading “Irish Bell Pepper Eggs”
Have you ever eaten Colcannon? It is a wonderful creamy combination of mashed potatoes, shredded cabbage or kale, and oozing butter. It is often associated with St. Patrick’s Day, but it is a warm and hearty dish for any day! Continue reading “Colcannon”
There is nothing more comforting than Irish Shepherd’s Pie. This traditional Irish recipe has been handed down for generations in our family. We make this dish year round but it is a great recipe for St. Patrick’s Day instead of corned beef and cabbage. It is commonly made with ground lamb but you can use ground turkey or beef instead. It is a wonderful way to add some vegetables to your dinner. You can top it off with leftover mashed potatoes or Colcannon. True comfort food with warmth, heartiness, and love! Continue reading “Irish Shepherd’s Pie”
Here’s a fun festive little dish I use when cleaning out my fridge after Bountiful Baskets. It’s just two of us, so I don’t necessarily go through as much of the food as we should as quickly as we should. I love how pretty this is sitting on the table…. and even more than that I love how it looks like a rainbow when I take it to work for lunch all chilled and cool the next morning. Continue reading “Ratatouille”