Post Thanksgiving Day Wrap Up

As you may know I have a pretty big family. I’m the 7th of 8 kids, were all adults now, most of us are married and have kids of our own. So when we all get together it’s pretty loud and a little chaotic, but in the best possible way. Being number 7 the large group of people and chaos is all I’ve ever known, and I’ve always known that eventually that group would makes it’s way into my house for some event. This year it was Thanksgiving!

I have to admit I was a little bit stressed out hosting my big family for Thanksgiving. Not because I didn’t think they would fit in my house or because I was worried about that many people being over. But because I have NEVER cooked a turkey before! And all of the sudden the rookie was being called in to start at the Super bowl! When my sister in law hosted Thanksgiving for the first time my mom still made the turkey and brought it with her, but this year she just didn’t have the energy to do it. She gave me detailed instructions and my dad gave me his electric roasting oven to cook it in, but I was pretty sure I was going to ruin it!

Plus my hubby found earlier this year that he has a lot of food allergies, and one of them is turkey! So I knew that I needed to do something else for him. We decided on a ham and while we were deciding what kind of recipe to use for it we found a whole bunch of fun new dishes that we thought we would like to try. So I still gave out all the usual food assignments (rolls, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, Jello, sweet potatoes, green salad and a veggie tray, and of course pies) to my siblings and decided to add in a few extra dishes myself.

So I got up so early the sun hadn’t even thought of coming up yet and quickly discovered there was nothing I could do yet because my fridge was too full to make anything else! After a few hours of inventing things to do with myself and checking and rechecking that my house was ready, I finally got started.

Following my mom’s instructions I gave the turkey a very thorough butter massage and stuffed it with the stuffing that I made at her house the day before. Dropped it into the roaster and got started with everything else. First up was this awesome recipe that we found for Slow Cooker Cinnamon and Sugar- Glazed Carrots. That was easy enough as the first step to cooking those is put carrots in the slow cooker with some butter and cook for 4 hours. When they are done cooking you add the glaze and they turned out amazing!

Next up was this recipe for Italian Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Potatoes. As I already had someone bringing mashed potatoes I didn’t make a ton of these, which turned out to be a mistake because they were a big hit! I used golden potatoes which are a little smaller and washing, peeling and cutting those were what actually took me the longest. Since they only take an hour to cook though I was able to get them all ready and just set aside until I was ready to put them in the oven.

Next came the ham. I just bought a ham at Costco, which comes with a glaze packet to use. But we decided to set that aside and instead use this Baked Ham with Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze. The glaze took a lot longer to cook me a lot longer than the recipe said (I’m sure because I was super distracted and probably didn’t follow the directions to the letter). But once it was ready to go onto the ham, man did it smell delicious! I got the ham glazed and put in to the oven and discovered I actually had a little while still left.


So I decided to frost some sugar cookies that I had made the day before with this delicious Pumpkin Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting. I was still frosting those when one of my brothers arrived and accused me of trying to sneak vegetables in to the dessert! I was innocent this time, but eventually I think I am going to give that a try just to mess with him!

After everything was just about ready and almost my entire family had arrived, I discovered that I had forgotten to make the gravy! Luckily we still had a little while for the turkey to finish and I was able to get it made and ready just in time! And the turkey turned out perfectly.

Just to top off our amazing dinner, I made a special dessert for my cute hubby and my awesome Daddy. They are both big fans of Banana Cream pie, but there aren’t a lot of other fans in our family, so they don’t get any very often. Knowing how much they like it though I found this tasty recipe for The Best Banana Pudding Ever according to the blog that posted it. 😉 I have to admit that it is pretty darn delicious and I’m not usually a fan of Banana Cream!

I am lucky my mom is such a good cook and spent so many years teaching me how to be one as well, even if I was reluctant on occasion. Thanksgiving turned out great and I loved having my house filled to the brim with this amazing family of mine!

How did your Thanksgiving turn out? I would love to see any recipes you used that I could add to next years menu!

Lots of Love



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Clean Oatmeal Banana Bread

Clean Oatmeal Banana Bread

This Sh*t is Bananas… B A N A N A S

I seriously LOVE bananas.  I will admit, though, that I am a little picky. I only want to eat them when they are a little bit green. Once they start getting too ripe I don’t want them anymore, until they are over ripe and then they are perfect for banana bread and I love them again!

My mom has always made the BEST banana bread. It’s the kind of bread that I dream about, especially in the fall! This year, trying to be healthier on a day to day basis I decided I was going to try to find a recipe that was a little healthier.

Of course I turned to Pinterest, and found TONS of recipes that all looked amazing! So I picked a few and decided to just start trying some!

This one from Body Rock was one of my favorites! I had to look up some measurement conversions, and I adjusted a couple of things… which could be why it didn’t look anything like hers did, but it sure tasted delicious!

Banana Bread


1 cup of mashed RIPE bananas or 3 bananas

3 eggs

1/3 cup coconut oil, melted

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp pink Himalayan salt

3 Tbsp cinnamon

3 cups oats


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mash the ripe bananas in a large bowl
  3. Add in eggs and oil, mixing thoroughly.
  4. Add in oats, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, continuously mixing.
  5. Pour into a bread loaf pan, greased with coconut oil
  6. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Banana Bread Slice

Most other baked goods recipes that I have tried there is rarely more than a teaspoon or 2 of cinnamon so when this one called for 3 tablespoons, I was pretty surprised and a little worried that I had read it wrong! But it was super tasty! I served it hot (or even reheated for a few seconds) and it was really great! Give it a try and let me know what you think!