Recipes

Thanksgiving Appetizer Ideas

After the annual turkey trot, we eat our dinner pretty early around here.  But depending on your tradition, you might be pretty hungry by the time the bird comes out of the oven.  Here are some hearty Thanksgiving appetizer ideas to keep the growly tummies at bay.

Bacon Roll Ups

One of our good friends refers to this as “kibbles” and always requests it when we see him.  These bacon roll ups are from the Colorado Cache cookbook.  With only a few ingredients, they are easy to put on the menu. 

I have to admit assembling them on crescent roll dough is a mess for me, but hub has it down pat.  So when you see these little lovelies, I didn’t make them.

Making it further easy, we buy the real bacon bits instead of frying up bacon with its mess and house smells.

Let me add these are not considered healthy or light.  But they do pass on the delish scale.

Baked Brie Phyllo Cups

DF Evon made these little nummies for a little get together we had recently.  They are from Skinnytaste.com so I’m considering them both healthy and delicious.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of them, you can see them here and Evon’s turned out looking exactly like that.

These appetizers call for only five ingredients, so also pretty easily doable on a busy cooking day.

Highly recommend these!

Charcuterie Tray

Now you know I couldn’t leave this off my list as one of my go-to entertaining staples.  It’s easy to make a board as heavy or light as you want and gives an opportunity to mix sweet and savory.  Adding a little extra protein into your appetizers might mean less turkey and mashed potatoes on your dish later.

Veggie Tray

Another go-to around here is a veggie tray and this qualifies as SUPER healthy and delish.  It might help fill you up a bit without adding any calories to your day.  Putting dip into a mini pumpkin adds to the festivities.

Hint: We generally keep chopped veggies in a tupperware for our constant snacking. I tuck a small piece of paper towel in with the cucumbers so they don’t get soggy and last a bit longer.

Early Christmas Decorating

Have you noticed Christmas décor sneaking in already?  I don’t mean just at the stores either.  It seems like many are getting festive early this year.

DF Jimmy from sent this video and his home looks lovely and cozy already. Make sure your sound is on!

My sister Susie sent a pic of her beautiful fireplace getting ready for Santa. Note you see a tiny bit of their wood flooring. Her super talented husband has redone all of their flooring and it’s a masterpiece.

As for me, I’m sort of on the Scrooge side. But once again, I went into Rod Works. And this time I found a gingerbread house calling my name.  I light it up in the evening and enjoy it all by itself. Next to the Thanksgiving wreath. 

Wicked witch comes separately.

What I’m Reading

After anxiously awaiting (love my alliteration) the latest Andy Weir, I dove in and found love with Project Hail Mary.  If you read and loved The Martian, you will not be disappointed.  If you read Artemis and were disappointed, you will find Weir redeeming himself now.  Recommend for any math and science nerds.

On audio I listened to Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson.  This is a detective mystery book for sure. But it is also a Christian book which I did not know when I downloaded it.  I really liked it and will be finding Henderson again for sure.

What I’m Eating

Bacon Roll-Ups (from Colorado Cache Cookbook)

  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ pound bacon, cooked and crumbled (or equivalent in real bacon bits)
  • 1 8-ounce package refrigerator crescent rolls

24 roll-ups

Separate rolls.  Mix the rest of the ingredients and spread on rolls.  Cut each into thirds and roll up.  Bake for 12 – 15 minutes at 375 degrees.

Happy weekend before Thanksgiving. And please let me know if you make one of these recipes.