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Thanksgiving Dinner Side Dishes

November 1, 2012

Where has the year gone?

It’s already time to think about the yearly Thanksgiving Day dinner.

Where to have it? What to cook? Who is coming?

This year, dinner will be at our house.

My sister and her family are coming in from Germany and my in laws, as well as hubby’s grandma will be joining us.

We stick to the traditional when it comes to what to serve.

Hubby makes a prime rib and I will prepare the turkey, as well as the side dishes.

Two sides that will always be found on our Thanksgiving dinner table are mashed potatoes and green beans.

Easy to make and yet, loved by all.

I make my mashed potatoes the following way.


6 white or russet potatoes, not too small

Brummel and Brown spread

Garlic powder

Salt to taste


Peel and dice the potatoes, put in a medium size pan, add water and some salt, bring to a boil. Boil for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. Drain. Put potatoes back in the pot or a bowl, add about 2 table spoons Brummel and Brown spread and cover. Wait a few minutes for the spread to melt. Add about a teaspoon of garlic powder and some salt to taste. Mash with a fork or potato masher. Add ½ to ¾ cup cold milk. Blend together until creamy but not runny.


For my green beans I use a recipe handed down from my mom not the traditional green bean casserole.


1 bag of green beans (I like using the pre-washed, pre-packaged kind, I’m lazy that way.)

¼ cup of bread crumbs

Brummel and Brown spread

Salt and pepper to taste


Take the green beans out of the bag and put them in a high-sided sauté pan, add cold water until just about covered. Bring to a boil. Boil for about 10 – 15 minutes. You don’t want them to be too soft. Drain. Put the pan back on the stove over medium heat, add about 1 – 2 teaspoons of Brummel and Brown spread and let melt. Add the green beans and coat them in spread. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the green beans and gently toss so the green beans are coated in the bread crumbs. Season with salt and pepper to your liking. You can also add sautéed onions if you prefer.


Thank you to Good to Know & Unilever Spreads for being a sponsor. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.








Ready for guests, big and small…

July 26, 2012

If you’ve been here before you know that my master bath looks like this at the moment.

That’s why I’m happy that we have a half bath downstairs. I try to keep that bathroom in tip-top shape because it’s the one guests – big and small – use when they come over. With the kids home for the summer and their friends in and out of the house it’s not always easy to keep up with. It usually ends up looking something like this.

The girls tend to leave their brushes and hair accessories out. The little hand towels I have in a pretty container get used, put back and end up in a messy pile, and I’m forever laundering them. It doesn’t matter how much or how often I ask them to please, keep this one bathroom in good shape… I’m forever straightening it up and trying to keep it guest-ready.

After another one of my cleaning streaks, the bathroom looks like this.

I wiped, dusted, and organized.

1) The corner shelf got a little make-over. I removed the big, plastic dust-catcher plant and used a smaller one instead.

2) The toilet paper rolls went into a pretty container and I added some shells to the glass that holds the candle.

3) The counter around the sink got de-cluttered.

4) I put Kleenex hand towels on the towel rack. The box they come in fits perfectly when it’s turned upside down.

5) I snazzed up two towels with some white ribbon and put one on each side of the box on the towel rack.

Now, it looks less cluttered and more organized and is ready for whoever decides to stop by. I’m sure one or the other of the kids’ buddies will be here before long.

The Kleenex hand towels are so easy to use, even for the littlest hands and I’m hoping that the messiness will be kept to a minimum because all they have to do, after using one is toss it into the trash can. No more dirty towels tossed into a messy pile on the counter. And a lot less laundry for this mommy!!!

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This is a sponsored post. I was selected for participation in this campaign as a member of Clever Girls Collective.
All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own, as are the messy children!