Stop Lookin'. Get Cookin'.

Serving up simple food, inspiring ideas and connecting along the way.

Birthday Giveaway Winners and Thankful List

Congratulations to Lisa, Elin and Sandra for being the winners of my Birthday Giveaways! 

I so enjoyed reading your answers to whom you imagined reading the top 10.  I think Bill and Jennifer from Channel 8 had the most votes.  I should have thought of that sooner and had them do it for me.  Maybe next year!  Also, your kind comments about my blog put a smile on my face every time I received a compliment.  I wasn’t fishin’ for them but they are greatly appreciated and I’m so glad you like the recipes.

Which brings me to what I am thankful for this year – I am thankful for many things but here are a few.

  • My hubby, kiddos and family.
  • My health and health insurance!
  • My friends.
  • My warm home and full belly.
  • My job.
  • Our boat!
  • Chocolate chip cookies, pizza and Mt. Dew.

There are so many other things I’m grateful for too and you, my reader, are one of them.

Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

Top 10 Stop Lookin’ Get Cookin’ Recipes and a Birthday Giveaway

It’s been one year already since I started this blog.  Thank you for visiting and reading and trying the recipes.  Without readers like you, this blog would have been gone long ago, like in, 11 months ago. 

Without you, there wouldn’t be fun gift packs to give away.  Now don’t go getting’ all too excited.  I can’t afford to give away trips to exotic places or a brand new kitchen, but, I can afford to give away some fun things you will use this upcoming holiday season in your kitchen.  Keep reading and at the end, you’ll see what you can win by leaving me a comment.

I was a little surprised by a few of the recipes that made the Top 10 list of most looked at recipes. Now think of this as in a David Letterman Top 10.  Imagine Martha Stewart or The Pioneer Woman or Emeril announcing these.  Or – if you want, you can image George Clooney or Ryan Reynolds or Sophia Vargas.  Whatever works for you. Got that vision in your head – good!  So here we go.

Thanksgiving Chex Mix and Sugar Cone Cornucopias

Today is short and sweet because tomorrow is BIG!!!  Tomorrow this here little blog turns 1 and I’m giving away presents!  So today you’ll get the basics while I put the finishing touches on the party.  So let’s get to it.

I found this idea over at Simple Girl At Home.  She has some really good recipes and ideas and her photography is beautiful!  Check her out when you have time.

Its simple Chex Mix mixed with candy corn and pumpkins for a Thanksgiving look but just swap out those sweets for seasonal M&Ms and you have a versatile go to snack for every holiday.

Cranberry Cream Cheese Muffins


This is going to be a quick post because I really don’t want to spoil you.  I mean, the last couple of months you’ve been lucky if I posted twice a month now it’s twice in one week.  Sit down before you faint.  Take a deep breath before you continue.  Are you all better now?  Good – you may continue. 

Are you having overnight guests for Thanksgiving?  We are and I could plan to have leftover turkey and dressing for breakfast on Friday morning.  Or I could hope that everyone is still in a Thanksgiving dinner coma yet 15 hours later.  But instead, I think I’ll make these.

Make Ahead Brandy Cranberry Sauce

“Thanksgiving is only 2 weeks away so you better start planning now,” says a huge procrastinator.  Umm – that would be me.

I know – it’s so unlike me to plan 2 weeks in advance but these next 2 weeks are full of deadlines, meetings, basketball games, band concerts and parent/teacher conferences.  So I am trying to think ahead of what I can make up now and throw in the freezer until Turkey day arrives.