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November Recipe Wrap~Up and A Tablescape Kick~Off


November Recipe Wrap~Up and A Tablescape Kick~Off

Here we are almost at the end of November and it’s time for the November Recipe Wrap~Up. It’s also the beginning the Holiday Tablescape Blog Hop hosted by Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate. Everyday this week you can swoon over and be inspired by beautiful holiday table decorations from 20 bloggers. I’ll share mine with you on Wednesday, November 30th. Today, you can enjoy great recipes and beautiful table settings at the same time. So pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea while the food and decorating goodness entertains you. And just because November and Thanksgiving is behind us, these recipes and cooking information will serve you well throughout the remainder of the holiday season.

I never stop craving anything with pumpkin and when you add bacon to something sweet, it’s a match made in dessert heaven. These Pumpkin Bacon Bars with Caramel Frosting hit the spot anytime of day.

November Recipe Wrap~Up and A Tablescape Kick~Off

Making great mashed potatoes is a skill every cook should master and here I shared How to Make the Perfect Mashed Potatoes. Whether it’s a holiday meal or a weeknight dinner, mashed potatoes are a great side dish.

November Recipe Wrap~Up and A Tablescape Kick~Off

Pecan Rum Tart is one of the most popular recipes I’ve ever posted and with good reason. It is just so darn good. I said that it was the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving, which is true, but it’s an impressive dessert to share with friends anytime during the holidays.

November Recipe Wrap~Up and A Tablescape Kick~Off

Turkey is not just for Thanksgiving. It’s often on the table at Christmas and makes a great choice for a buffet party. To get the juiciest bird, we need to brine, brine, brine. Here’s where I share How and Why You Should Brine Your Turkey.

November Recipe Wrap~Up and A Tablescape Kick~Off

And what would the holidays be without a little bubbly and wine to celebrate? Need some great, but inexpensive wines? Although I billed this post as 20 Wines under $20 You Should Try for Thanksgiving, don’t let the passage from November to December keep you from trying one (or more) of these suggestions. They each make great gifts to take to Christmas parties as hostess gifts.

November Recipe Wrap~Up and A Tablescape Kick~Off

I promise more “goodies and treats ” recipes for the holidays. On my Friday newsletter, I’ll share Brussels Sprouts Gratin with Bacon and Gruyere. Be sure to sign up so you don’t miss extra recipes and cooking lessons every Friday.

And now, without further ado, let me introduce the fabulous Holiday Tablescape Blog Hop. I’m so excited to share this week with the most talented and generous group of bloggers. I know that you will enjoy every minute of perusing our seasonal table decorations.  I’ll be back on Wednesday with my contribution.

November Recipe Wrap~Up and A Tablescape Kick~Off


November Recipe Wrap~Up and A Tablescape Kick~Off


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  1. I used the Pioneer Woman’s turkey brine recipe this year and it smelled amazing! Thanks for the recipes and the wine list will come in handy as I stock the bar for the holidays. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story link party and have a great weekend.

  2. We are usually a turkey for Christmas household too. I have never brined my turkey and keep saying I will try it one of these holidays! Loved that pecan tart!!! Looking forward to your tablescape this week!