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Thanksgiving Inspiration

Happy Friday! I hope this post finds you well! I wanted to help you this Thanksgiving, just in case you needed a point of reference as to what in the world to make next Thursday (can you believe it?!). One down side of having my own blog is that it doesn’t give me too much time to try other cooks’ recipes, which I love doing. So I gathered some of my recipes for you (and still more to come) but also some recipes around the Internet that I plan on making or dream of making this holiday. So sit back, relax, and get that mouse ready for some bookmarking! (more…)

1. I’m sure you saw these from yesterday.
2.Here’s a new kind of casserole to have at your holiday table, just minus the chicken because chicken and turkey might be overkill: Thyme Chicken Pasta Bake
3. Oatmeal Cookie Apple Crisp because duh!
4. Let’s update that sweet potato casserole to this gratin.
5. These macaroons need a proper send off before Christmas peppermint everything takes over.
6. My favorite stuffing ever.
7.I made this pie for the first time last year. It’s like a brownie meets pecan pie. Nothing wrong with that!
8. Mac and cheese became a tradition when I got married. Brie Mac and Cheese with Figs is the perfect mix of elegant and rustic.
9. Making your own ice cream just became a lot easier. I’ve made this no churn ice cream twice already and it would go perfectly with any Thanksgiving pie. Enjoy the other recipes on the blog, very simple, delicious, and gluten free!
10. If you are looking for something other than pie for dessert, look no further. It’s everything we love about pumpkin pie except easier and moussier (so not a word!): Pumpkin Mousse.

Now, enjoy your weekend of planning and grocery shopping! What are you looking forward to the most for Thanksgiving? Also, I do have some more recipes coming up next week that are easy peasy and great for any holiday so stay tuned! Happy Weekend guys!

Second Giveaway: A Foxwood Co. special!

I think we have a few things to celebrate here! School has officially been in session for a month, this was the first week of our beloved Fall, AND it’s Kitchen With A View’s 3 month birthday! Since the colder months are slowly rolling in, I know we all will be doing a good amount of entertaining between the holidays. The giveaway today is a special piece from my good friends over at Foxwood Co. It’s their Foxtail Cutting Board in hickory and it’s perfect for any type of serving, big and small. Its dimensions are 15″x6.5″. I see a beautiful assortment of fruits and cheeses laid out on this cutting board. I see a wheel of baked brie, encrusted by puff pastry, and topped with a homemade cranberry sauce sitting on this board in the middle of your buffet for Thanksgiving. It would also be a fun and rustic way to serve your pies or cookies for Christmas. I own a few Foxwood Co. items and the quality does not disappoint. If you are interested in this sweet family’s business, you can check them out on Facebook or Instagram (I follow them on both). (more…)

Now down to business. You know I like it when you talk to me on here and today is no different. To enter into the giveaway, you just have to answer this question in the comment section below. I will pick a winner at random. The giveaway ends at 8pm Eastern time. Ready?

What is your favorite part about Fall? Just leave your answer in the comments and you are entered! Can’t wait to see your answers! I love talking about Fall! Can you tell?!

House Warming

We have been lucky to be able to purchase our first home together. The last two months have been exciting…until we got our “violation” notice from our HOA. Thanks previous owners! We literally have been doing nothing but yard work for the whole month of July. A house warming party was a must for us (more…)

. To say we are blessed with amazing friends and family is an understatement. I mean, who can complain when you end up with 10 bottles of wine by the end of the night. I had every intention to take pictures the whole night but something happened between setting up my food spread and the last guest leaving for the night. I don’t know if I was in a Brie Mac and Cheese with Figs fog or on some sort of Sophisticated S’mores sugar high. Either way, I only took two pictures for your enjoyment. So, um, enjoy?

My spread for the party: Almond Apricot Chicken Salad, Brie Mac and Cheese, Sophisticated S’mores, Muddy Buddies (a party must), a peach crumble you will see tomorrow, some ruffled chips for munching, and some Oreos (Chris’s kryptonite).

“Hey, let’s start this party with a couple’s selfie!” This is the best we could do. Sorry…

First Giveaway Winner!

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Thank you to everyone who participated! I’m thrilled to see some new faces! If anything, I’m the winner here; so many green bean recipes and ideas I need to try! I wish I could have bought 36 sets of those measuring cups! So thank you very much!
Now for our winner, who was totally picked at random: Rose, from Maryland! Yay Rose! Stay tuned for more fun giveaways and of course, yummy in my tummy recipes! Have an awesome weekend!

First Giveaway!

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Because the week has felt extra long. Because it’s Friday. Because I have officially been blogging for a month. Because I love you. I am giving away these adorable Anthropologie whale measuring cups! All you have to do is answer a question in the comments below and leave your email address. This will go until 8pm tonight! So let’s get to business. In my CSA this week, I got about 5 pounds of green beans. I’ve roasted them. I’ve done an Asian thing with them. My question for you is what is your favorite way to eat green beans? Just leave your answer in a comment! I look forward to reading all of your entries. Good luck! Oh, and happy Friday!

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Just click on the word “comment” below to get your answer in.

When in doubt, charcuterie!

We had some good friends come over the other night to watch *cough* The Bachelorette *cough*. Wait a second, I shouldn’t be ashamed of watching The Bachelorette! I work hard for my free time and should be able to do with it whatever I please. I read a few pages from the Dictionary afterwards to regain any brain cell loss. See, I know what I’m doing. Now to the reason we are all here: food! Whenever I entertain, I like to have something to snack on for me and my guests. I’ll be honest, when I don’t have much time to prepare, sometimes I will serve an already open bottle of wine and the nuts from the pantry. But when I do have some sort of notice, I always turn to a charcuterie board with cheese. (more…)

There are tons of different meats out there to serve: soppresata, prosciutto, pepperoni, cappicola, etc. You could even go fancy with a confit or terrine. Depending on the size of the crowd, I like to pick 2 meats and 3 cheeses. Some grocery stores sell different flavors of soppresata like maple rosemary or chipotle. It’s fun to play with flavors but always know what they taste like before you buy 5 for a large party. Peppered salami is my favorite; it goes well with the saltiness of any cheese and is usually found in most grocery stores. Prosciutto and melon is another great crowd pleaser; a sweet and salty Italian classic.

Now to the cheese, my favorite! Ina Garten once said that whenever you are serving cheese, try to aim for a soft cheese like goat or a brie, a hard cheese like Parmesan or cheddar, and a blue, like Stilton or Gorgonzola. I, too, will follow this guideline for the most part; especially if I’m serving toast or crackers. When I’m trying to avoid the carbs, I like to pick cheese I can easily eat by itself so I go for hard cheeses. Choose a sharp cheddar, a specialty (I went with my Trader Joe’s favorite, cheddar with caramelized onion), then a European cheese like Gruyere or Manchego.

This spread was a delight to eat, satisfying a need for a salty and sweet snack. Charcuterie boards are the easiest appetizers and sometimes, the most delicious. Also, wine can make this snack a complete meal! Happy snacking this weekend!

Community

Intention is vital to any relationship, whether it’s a marriage, a friendship, or familial bond. Too many times in our lives, we lose close friendships due to the lack of intention. Sure, we all get busier and busier as we age but if we don’t stop and grab a coffee (or maybe a glass of wine) with the ones we love, we can lose some special bonds. Sometimes, people will fade out of your life for the better and what you lose in that friendship, you gain in your sanity. But if you are at home, waiting for a friend to reach out, grab that smart phone and just send a simple text. That moment of intention can make a person’s day.

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I have a group of friends that are in the same place of life as Chris and I. We are all married couples starting families. But we are also all 9-5er’s who have pets, kids, and hobbies that keep us pretty busy day to day. We decided last year to meet on a specific night, every other week and share a meal together. Although we may see each other for a quick drink or birthday hang other times in the week, we are committed to showing up at the home of whoever’s turn it is to host and bring food. This has been some of my favorite memories and I’ve grown closer to these precious people more than I thought I ever would. This time refreshes me, encourages me, and helps me walk away with a support network whenever I am in need. Plus, there are few sweeter things in life than sharing a homemade meal with your dear friends.

These 2 making googly eyes at each other are Mike and Chelsea. Excuse Chris's photo bomb.

These 2 making googly eyes at each other are Mike and Chelsea. Excuse Chris’s photo bomb.

This week was our turn to host in our new home. The hostess prepares the main meal and everyone else contributes a side, drink, and dessert. I decided to go with something that wouldn’t be a nightmare to throw together for a group. Surf and turf is always a pleasant summer option, reminding me of days as a kid at my parents’ backyard pool. I served juicy sirloin steak, cut into bite-sized pieces (all fat removed) for easy eating. I seared the meat with butter on high heat for only a minute, just to brown but not cook. The surf aspect is succulent Lemony Garlic Roasted Shrimp. Make sure you have rice or bread for that luscious sauce!


Fresh watermelon, crisp veggies with a yogurt ranch dip, balsamic squash and mushrooms, a refreshing and deceivingly strong red sangria, and a luscious peach cobbler also graced the presence of our dining room table.

My beautiful friend, Dana, preparing her balsamic vegetables.

My beautiful friend, Dana, preparing her balsamic vegetables.

I am beyond blessed to have the friends that I do and I hope this inspires you to be intentional with your community of friends. Happy Friday!